One of the main benefits derived by a strong park and recreation agency is to improve the health and fitness of the community. Part of Arlington Park and Recreation’s vision is to increase engagement in physically active recreation and enjoyment of parks and trails to foster active, healthy lifestyles. We use policy, programming, promotion and other mechanisms to foster active lifestyles and create sustainable environments for healthy living.
Just a few of the many ways Arlington Parks and Recreation promotes health and wellness:
Play a Sport
There are lots of sports leagues in Arlington, ranging from everything from kickball, to table tennis, to pickleball and everything in between. Learn about all of the options here.
Find a Place to Play in an Arlington Park
Arlington parks have courts, fields, playgrounds, spraygrounds, trails, climbing walls and lots more to keep you active. Head over to your nearest community park! You can find it all with this easy to use tool.
Hiking is a great way to get out into nature while exercising. You can take advantage the naturalist hikes that are led several times a year. To see a current listing, browse the class catalog under nature center programs. Or maybe you want to get out and hike on your own in the parks. Use the park locator link above, or check out the full list of Arlington’s 48 miles of multi-use trails here.
It’s okay to have a snack to hold you over between meals or indulge in moderation. The FitArlington Healthy Vending Initiative helps Arlington residents and workers make healthier choices by replacing sugary snacks and beverages in vending machines throughout the County with more nutritious foods and beverages. Learn more.
Buy Fresh/Buy Local
There are many local farmer’s markets in Arlington that serve several purposes. These markets directly support farmers and reduce the carbon emissions required to move foods long distances from farms to traditional grocery stores.
Take the Stairs
The top ten reasons you should take the stairs today.
Enjoy a Night Out – Smoke Free!
Arlington County values a safe and healthy environment. The Smoke-Free Parks Initiative asks park patrons to refrain from smoking within 50 feet of areas of congregation in our parks such as ball fields, pavilions and playgrounds. Learn more about the Smoke-Free Initiative.