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Parks and Recreation

The historic district of Fredericksburg draws crowds of tourists and includes many notable homes. Kenmore was the home of George Washington’s sister Betty, and the Mary Washington House is where his mother spent her final years are . Other historic buildings and museums include the late 18th century Rising Sun Tavern, Hugh Mercer apothecary shop, and the James Monroe law office museum. Significant public buildings include the 1852 courthouse designed by James Renwick.

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
The area’s Civil War battles are commemorated in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park. The national military park preserves portions of the battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House. The Fredericksburg National Cemetery, also part of the park, is located on Marye’s Heights on the Fredericksburg battlefield and contains more than 15,000 Union burials from the area’s battlefield and Spotsylvania National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service commemorating four major battles in the American Civil War. The military park encompasses four major Civil War battlefields:

- Battle of Fredericksburg
- Battle of Chancellorsville
- Battle of the Wilderness
- Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

It also preserves four historic buildings associated with them: Chatham Manor, Salem Church, Ellwood, and the house where Stonewall Jackson died. The ruins of the Chancellor family mansion are included. There are two visitor centers staffed by Park Service rangers, one in Fredericksburg near the foot of Marye's Heights, and another at the Chancellorsville site. Exhibit shelters are staffed on a seasonal basis at Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House. Chatham Manor in Stafford County is open daily. The park was established as Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park on February 14, 1927, and transferred from the War Department August 10, 1933. The park includes 8374 acres of which 7369 acres are owned by the Federal government. Fredericksburg National Cemetery, adjoins the park. All sites are free.

Dorothy Hart Community Center
The Dorothy Hart Community Center is the home of our department and the majority of our programs. Located at 408 Canal Street. Parking is located in the back of the building. Parks and Recreation administrative office are located within the Community Center. The Center has an auditorium, three classrooms and a kitchen which hold many Parks and Recreation indoor activities. (540) 372-1086

Alum Spring Park
Discover this hidden treasure within our city limits! This wooded park is located at the end of Greenbrier Drive extended. It is equipped with a renovated picnic shelter, picnic tables, restrooms, grills, play equipment, walking paths, and a fitness trail.

Dixon Park
The City's newest outdoor facility is 46 acres and features athletic fields, outdoor swimming pool, playground equipment, 1.5 miles of trails, restrooms, and nature preserve areas.

Fredericksburg Dog Park
Located on Kenmore Avenue near Mary Ball Street. This is a special fenced-in area available to residents and their pets only. This dog park is self-monitored by its users and is designed for dogs 4 months and older.

Hurkamp Park
An historic downtown park with a fountain, brick sidewalks and benches. Local farmers sell produce on Saturdays and some weekday mornings. The park is located at William and Prince Edward Streets.

Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area
This 860-acre natural area including the 160-acre reservoir, is a haven for fishing, boating canoeing, hiking and picnicking. It also serves the residents of Fredericksburg and parts of Spotsylvania County with drinking water.

Motts Run Nature Center
Manned by volunteers, this beautiful one-room log cabin features hands-on nature displays, our resident snake "Pocket" and information that the whole family will enjoy. Looking for a fun family day? The Nature Center is free to the public during regular open hours.

Snowden Park Playground
Located on Fall Hill Avenue, this park has playground equipment and basketball courts. The playground structure is designed for 5 – 12 yr. olds. The court is a two bank basketball court.

Snowden Baseball Fields
Located on Fall Hill Avenue. There are two baseball diamonds as well as generous parking for sports enthusiasts who are attending practices and tournament games. There is also an open field area for recreational activities such as field hockey, Frisbee toss and more.

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