The Department of Parks & Recreation maintains four parks and two recreational facilities. It offers a wide range of programs including aerobics, belly dancing, adult softball, tee-ball, coach-pitch youth baseball, tae kwon do, swimming lessons, a summer camp, a fitness program, youth basketball, senior programs, kickboxing, Zumba, ballet, gymnastics, adult basketball league, and other activities. Department offices are located at the Social Center, 8320 Ruthville Road. Call 804) 652-1601 for current information on classes and programs. Pets are not allowed in any county parks or recreational facilities.
Charles City County Social Center
8320 Ruthville Road
The Social Center is situated on ten acres in Ruthville. It includes two softball fields (one lighted), basketball and tennis courts, a concession stand with restrooms and a swimming pool. The playground area includes picnic tables, grills and a horseshoe pit.
5201 Harrison Park Road
Harrison Park is a 19-acre community athletic park with a short bike/jogging trail, a picnic pavilion, two small shelters, two tennis courts, a football/soccer field, a basketball court, a playground, and a tot lot.
10600 Courthouse Road
This small picnic area located on the edge of Courthouse Creek below the Neighborhood Facility includes picnic tables, grills and a foot trail on 1.5 acres.
Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park
12400 & 12580 Willcox Wharf Road
Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park is a 24-acre site located on the James River and accessible from Route 5 via Willcox Wharf Road. Its amenities include a picnic area, comfort station, fishing and birding pier, a short swamp boardwalk leading to a wooded trail, and a boat ramp. The park is home to eagles, blue heron and other waterfowl.
Mt. Zion Park
14330 Willcox Neck Road
Located adjacent to Charles City County Fire Station #3 this small park includes playground equipment; grills, picnic tables and restrooms.
Ruthville Gymnasium Complex
13100 The Glebe Lane
The old Ruthville High School is now home to the Fitness Center and the Gymnasium.
Fitness Center includes two physical fitness rooms equipped with treadmills, bikes and weight benches and one aerobics room. Hours: Mon – Fri 8 am to 12 noon and 3pm to 8pm, Sat 8 am to 12 noon.
Fitness Center Fees:
Family Membership - $20.00 per month
County Resident -- $10.00 per month
Senior (55 & over) -- $5.00 per month
Student (school/college) -- $5.00 per month
Non-Resident -- $20.00 per month
County Employee Membership -- $5.00 per month
Open Gym is held on Mondays & Thursdays – 6:30 pm – 9 pm, and includes a pool table. The Gymnasium Complex is not available for rentals.