Park to park bicycle tour July 11 2015

Pedaling, parks and pool time – The Park to Park Bicycle Tour is July 11, 8 a.m-2 p.m. at Chickahominy Riverfront Park (CRP). This annual self-guided bicycle tour is offered by Parks and Recreation in partnership with Williamsburg Area Bicyclists. It features rides of different lengths: a family ride (ride as little or as much as you’d like), 15 miles, 30 miles or the NEW Half Century ride (50 miles), which includes visits to Mid County Park, Powhatan Creek Trail, Freedom Park, Little Creek Reservoir Park and Upper County Park. Cool off after your ride in the CRP pool.
See the registration form for more information

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Events happening in Williamsburg VA June 6& 7 2015

Run for the Bacon 5K
Jun 6 (see website for times)
First Annual Run for the Bacon 5K benefiting Bacon Street (formerly known as the Mental Health Run). The activities include, a bacon costume contest,  awards and of course bacon and bacon treats! 

Jamestown Gran Fondo
Jun 6, 7:30 am – 4 pm
The Jamestown Gran Fondo has Century, Metric Century and 30 mile options. Each distance is fully supported with mechanics and well stocked aid stations. See website.

Jamestown Triathlon
Jun 7, 7 – 11 am
Swim, Bike & Run through Williamsburg and James City County then explore all that the area has to offer. 1500 meter swim, 24 mile bike, 6.2 mile run.

National Trails Day
Jun 6, 8 am – 6 pm
Celebrate the outdoors by hiking the miles of multi-purpose and hiking specific trails along Taskinas Creek and the York River in York River State Park..

Ice skating returns to Williamsburg at Mid County Park

James City County Parks and Recreation welcomes winter with cool fun at Mid County Park! The County’s seasonal synthetic ice rink, previously located in New Town, has moved to Mid County Park to offer users more space and an improved skating surface.

Iceburg, the Skate Rink at Mid County Park, opens for the winter season Nov. 15-March 1. To accommodate more guests, the operating season was expanded. The relocation to Mid County Park also offers rink visitors access to more amenities including picnic tables and shelters, indoor restrooms and heated facilities, more ADA accessible parking and walking routes as well as full use of the popular and nearby Kidsburg playground as another fun recreational offering. All park facilities will remain open during skate rink operating hours.

There are weekday, weekend and winter break hours. The rink is open daily – weekdays 5-9 p.m. and weekends noon-9 p.m. The rink is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Operation hours may be adjusted based on weather conditions, participation numbers and special events. Also check out regularly for the complete list of themed skating nights and festivities.


Skating is $8/adult and $7/youth ages 6-17, and the fee includes the skate rental. James City County and Williamsburg residents can skate for $7/adult and $5/youth ages 6-17, including skate rental. Youth ages 5 and younger skate for free. Season passes are also available for families, adults, youth and seniors ranging from $30-65 per person depending on residency. The rink will maintain a supply of skates ranging from children’s 9 to women’s 10 to men’s 13.

There is no age requirement, but everyone entering the rink must wear skates. Children under 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

The surface of the open-air skate rink is made of an EZ Glide 350 synthetic ice surface, offering a smooth surface suitable for all skating activities. Synthetic ice has a similar surface to ice, and almost anything that can be done on refrigerated ice can be performed and perfected on this synthetic ice. While synthetic ice is about 65 percent of the speed of real ice, there is risk of injury from falls and collisions. Skaters of all ages and abilities will find the surface as a safe and enjoyable alternative to refrigerated ice.

During the seasonal operation of the Skate Rink, the park’s basketball courts will be closed through March 7. Please visit the County parks offering basketball court options: Ironbound Park, 150 Magazine Rd., Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Memorial Hwy. and the Warhill Sports Complex, 5700 Warhill Trail which features four courts with lights. Two indoor courts are also available at the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Rd. For a one-time fee of $10, County residents can purchase a Daily Card, good for two years. The Card provides free access to the Center fitness equipment and courts on three days – Thursdays, 1-3 p .m.; Fridays, 6-8  p.m.; and Saturdays, 2-5 p.m.

For more information on skating, group rates or to schedule private functions, please call 757-259-5360.

Fall 2014/Winter 2015 edition of James City County Destination Recreation available now

imageJames City County Parks and Recreation has your fall and winter covered with a great variety of classes, events and activities for everyone in your family! The Fall 2014/Winter 2015 edition of Destination Recreation features Freedom Park, our many park partners and the wealth of opportunities and programming they bring to our community. Come rediscover Freedom Park – for hiking and biking, history and learning or for fun and adventure! New opportunities this fall include “The Lounge” and Club 55+ programming and the Skate Rink moves to Mid County Park, plus your favorite fall programs and special events return! Please check out this Fall/Winter edition for details on all the offerings and then sign up for the programs most beneficial to you and your family! To download a copy of the brochure click below or pick up copies at the Recreation Centers, all public parks and recreation facilities, County government offices and at the County and City libraries! Enjoy the cooler months ahead with James City County Parks and Recreation!

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Annual Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp Feast this Saturday Sept 6, 2014

The Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp Feast has become Williamsburg VA’s signature late summer family event. Over the past 34 years, it has become a place to see and be seen, a great gathering of community, entertainment and fun.  Saturday, September 6, 2014, 4-7PM (Rain or Shine) at the Jamestown 4H Educational Center on the James River.

imageAll you can eat and drink charity fundraiser! Hot and fresh cooked shrimp, hush puppies, beans, cole slaw. Soft drinks and beer. Williamsburg Winery wines available for purchase. Live music by The Hark. Free Parking.

Thanks to donations from Williamsburg retailers, there are over 30 items in the onsite Raffle. Click here to check out the Raffle prizes!

Proceeds will benefit Bacon Street, Erase the Need, and the Jamestown 4H Educational Center.

$30 from August 26-September 5, $35 at the door on Saturday September 6. The online “PayPal Payment” option accepts your PayPal account or a major credit card: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.


Where: Jamestown 4H Center 4H Club Road , Jamestown 4H Center 4H Club Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Date: Saturday, September 6,2014

Time: 04:00PM –  07:00PM

More info here


Kids biking race series at Freedom Park

A new bike series designed  for ages 3-17 is being offered at Freedom Park. Wednesdays on Your Wheel off-road bicycle racing series was created for youths to build confidence
in riding a dirt course. Off road bicycle “racing” in a casual spirit, designed to bring smiles and confidence to youth! Get the kids outside for this fun and short dirt loop (less than one mile) course. Parents must be present. Medals/ribbons awarded. Helmets required.

Sessions will be held 5:30-7 p.m. April 24, May 1 and May 15 on the new Bunny Trail mountain bike course designed for beginner riders.

Cost is $5/session for James City and Williamsburg residents
Call 259-4200.


Women’s Mt Bike Rides at Freedom Park

The Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association (EVMA) will host a women’s only mountain bike ride on Sept. 1, 9-11 a.m. at Freedom Park. Rides are also scheduled for Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. The bike rides are open to all ages and experience levels and will include novice and intermediate/advanced groups. Riders will meet outside the Freedom Park Interpretive Center located at 5537 Centerville Rd.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn the trail system of over 20 miles of single-track and multiuse trails, meet fellow female riders in the community and learn the ins-and-outs of mountain biking. In addition to a bike and helmet, riders are encouraged to bring water bottles and/or hydration packs.

Freedom Park is open daily from 7 a.m. until sunset. The Interpretive Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 5 p.m. For more information, stop by the Park, visit or call 757-259-4022.

Family Bike Ride

Local W&M Alumni are invited to a casual family bike event on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. The event is a family bike ride, lawn games and light refreshments at the Chickahominy Riverfront Park at 1350 John Tyler Highway ( The park is located next to the Virginia Capital Bike Trail. There is no registration/fee. For more info contact Barbara Ramsey at 757- 876-5391 or

WISC hosts Family Festival

The sixth annual WISC Family Festival is scheduled 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 from 9:30 at the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex. This year’s theme is “WISC Olympic Fever.” The free event will feature a petting zoo, WISC Olympic
Games for the kids and families, food and vendors.

The WISC is located at 5700 Warhill Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23188 inside of Warhill Park


VA Capital Trail Groundbreaking of Sherwood Forest Phase

Approximately fifty people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the latest section of the Virginia Capital Trail.  Held at Charles City Courthouse, the event marks the start of construction of the 12.5 mile, Sherwood Forest segment.  This section of the trail will connect the existing Charles City Courthouse segment to the Chickahominy section, completing 28 contiguous miles of the planned 52 mile route.

The trail will pass Sherwood Forest, home of America’s 10th president, John Tyler.

Construction  is scheduled to be completed in October, 2013.

The Virginia Capital Trail is a pedestrian and bicycle trail that will connect the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. The Trail will traverse 50+ miles, four jurisdictions and 400 years rich in history along one of the first inland routes in North America.  The Virginia Capital Trail is still under construction, with an estimated completion date of 2014


Currently, there are four open sections of the Virginia Capital Trail:

  • Richmond Riverfront – .5 miles – open

Parking at Shiplock Park in downtown Richmond along Dock Street. Trail to the west for ½ mile.

Get directions

  • Charles City Courthouse, 7.5 miles – open

Parking at Charles City Courthouse Visitors Center, just off of Rt. 5. Trail to the west for 7.5 miles.

Get directions

  • Chickahominy Riverfront, 5 miles – open (connected to completed Greensprings section)

    Parking at Chickahominy Riverfront Park or Jamestown High School. Trail to the east (or west if parking at JHS) 5 miles.

    Get directions

    • Greensprings, 2 miles — open (connected to completed Chickahominy section)

      Parking at Jamestown Settlement. Trailhead across Rt. 31.

      Get directions

      Read more about cycling in Williamsburg VA

      Skate/ BMX Park

      Located next to the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, this bowl-style skate park is 10,000 square feet of concrete jumps and ramps. It also features two movable ramps, a rail, a hand rail, and multiple grinding edges.  Helmets and protective are highly recommended for your protection.  Spectators are not permitted inside fenced area.

      User Fees

      Passes are required to use the Skate Park. Passes are free for James City County and City of Williamsburg residents ($10 replacement fee if lost).  Nonresidents may purchase a single day rate at $5 or a season pass at $35. Passes are sold in the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Road.

      Park Hours

      • Winter Hours: November 11-March 15, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
      • Spring Hours:  March 16-June 15, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
      • Summer Hours: June 16-September 5, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
      • Fall Hours: September 6-November 10, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.