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To provide a variety of quality leisure opportunities to the diverse population of Staunton for the purpose of improving Stauntonian’s quality of life via well maintained historic parks paired with innovative recreation programs, athletic leagues, trips, and outstanding child-minding programs.

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2016: What's new?

Natural Play Area
Pickleball Courts
Lake Tams Renovation
Dog Park  

Treemendous Tree Hunt


GHP Tree Hunt
MHP Tree Hunt


Upcoming classes at Staunton Parks and Recreation, Register Today!

Intro to Youth Pottery

Let your child explore the wonderful world of ceramics with an introductory class in hand building with clay. They will learn the origins of pottery, the correct ways to work with clay in several guided projects, and then get creative with what they have learned! Ages: 5+. Instructor: Rebecca Razul of The Crafty Fox Box. #5738 MHPA 4pm-5:30pm, four Wednesdays beginning October 19. Price: $59. Register by: ASAP

Amazing Magic and Illusion
Have you ever wanted to be a magician? Do you like to entertain your friends and family? This is the class for you! Our Amazing Magic and Illusion Class will be a hands on interactive environment where you will learn some amazing “behind the scenes” magic and illusions. Each student will learn, create, and have a chance to perform the great magic that will be taught by Brian Bence. So, if you are an aspiring magician or just want to learn some cool magic basics, we hope you check it out! Price includes magic kit. All ages. #5721 MHPA, 6pm-7:30pm, four Thursdays beginning October 27. Price: $39. Register by: ASAP.

Paint w/Diane: Country Creek
Join Diane for a fun day of learning how to paint “Country Creek”, a Dorothy Dent design. Using water based oils on an 11 x 14 canvas; students will paint this barn by the creek in stunning fall colors. This painting class is for beginners or the fun at heart. All supplies included. Instructor: Diane Ricketson of Paint4FUN®™. Age: 14+ #5750 MHPA, 9:30am- 3:30pm (bring lunch and drink), October 29. Price $54. Register by: October 21.

Distressing and Antiquing Furniture
Do you have that great piece of furniture in need of a makeover? Would you like it to have that highly fashionable “distressed” or “antiqued” look? If so come join us to learn the many techniques for giving your old furniture a new look! Ages: 18+. Instructor: Angela Brady of Craftations. GHPGC Price: $105.
#5754 November 5, 9am-12pm. Register by: October 26

Build a Bird Marionette
Great activity for all ages. No special skills are required, just bring your creativity. A kit will be provided with a variety of palettes to choose from. Each person will take their own unique articulated bird marionette home and receive instruction on operating their puppet. Ages 9+. Instructor: Alison Oelke McCaul. #5700 MHPA 12pm-2:30pm, November 5. Price: $54. Register by: October 21.


What's going on at Staunton Parks and Recreation this week?

October 16 - October 22 

Aikido is the gentle martial art of harmonious movement. Learn to redirect aggression through circular movements designed to destabilize an attacker or restrict an attacker’s movements in a way that protects the defender as well as the aggressor. Aikido will increase range of motion in the joints, improve hand eye coordination, and increase well-being through breathing exercises. Instructor James Jacenich. Ages 7+. GHPGC, 8am-9am Mondays and 6:30pm-7:30pm Thursdays. Ongoing class.
Class option 1: Attend class one time per week Price: $48/month.
Class option 2: Attend class twice per week Price: $58/month.


Vinyasa Yoga
A flowing style yoga class, linking yoga poses together to bring balance and harmony as we move our bodies with our breath. This type of yoga flow features cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, strength, and relaxation. Leave with an overall feeling of well-being and relaxation. Multilevel class, start any time! Instructor: Maggie Mairena. MHPA, 6pm-7pm, Mondays. Ongoing class. Price: $5/class when purchasing 4 or more classes. Drop-in Price: $8.

Intro to Scottish Country Dance
Join the dance! Scottish Country dancing has been called “the most fun you can have on two feet,” and is both the modern and historic social dance of Scotland (you needn’t be Scottish to enjoy it!) This is a continuing class but beginners are welcome at any time, and encouraged to give it a try. No partner or previous experience necessary; soft-soled, flexible shoes are highly recommended. Age 14+. GHPGC, 7pm-9pm, ten Mondays beginning September 19. Price: $25/person (#5732) or $40/couple (#5733). Drop-in price: $5. Register by ASAP.

Sunrise Yoga
Comprehensive rise-and-shine yoga held in the early morning to awaken and energize your mind, body, and spirit; preparing you to take on the day. Class offers a balance of both slower, longer held postures as well as more fluid, active sequences to create a holistic practice. Instructor: Maggie Mairena. GHPGC, 7am-8am, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Price: $20/four classes, $50/ten classes, or $8 drop-in. *Drop-ins please call ahead to make sure the session is taking place that day.

Yoga for Every Body
Designed for those looking for a comfortable starting place in order to grow and nurture their yoga practice. Whether you are a beginner, nursing an injury, or have restricted movement due to age, ailment, weight, etc. this is the class for you. No experience required. All ages, levels, and body types welcome! This slower paced yoga class focuses on basic Hatha techniques and pranayama breathing. Instructor: Maggie Mairena. GHPGC, 10am-11am, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Price: $20/ four classes, $50/ten classes, or $8 drop-in. *Drop-ins please call ahead to make sure the session is taking place that day.

Lunch Hour Power Yoga
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice. Designed as a light Vinyasa class, these three aspects will be brought into union without pushing ourselves over the limit. The perfect class to generate a lunch time second wind, it emphasizes strength, muscle tone, flexibility, rhythmic breathing, and flow. Instructor: Maggie Mairena. GHPGC, 12pm-1pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Price: $20/four classes, $50/ten classes, or $8 drop-in. *Drop-ins please call ahead to make sure the session is taking place that day.


Beginner Stained Glass
Learn the beautiful art of stained glass! In these workshops you will learn the basics of stained glass construction: pattern designs, glass cutting, fitting, copper foiling, soldering techniques & finishing details. Tools provided. Instructor: Lisa Morrison of L&L Custom Picture framing and Stained Glass Supply. #5755, class held at L&L Stained Glass Supply at 1728 West Beverley Street, 4pm-6pm, four Tuesdays beginning October 11. Price: $89 (includes class materials & instruction). Register by: October 4.


Just a Swingin’- East Coast Single Swing (jitterbug)
This beginner class will get you Swingin’ and havin’ fun this fall! Beginner class will give you confidence to get out on the floor and dance. New song each week, thirty minute instruction with ten minutes for questions. Instructor: Donald Dollins. #5734 GHPGC, 6pm-6:40pm, six Tuesdays beginning October 18. Price: $44. Register by: October 12


Intro to Youth Pottery
Let your child explore the wonderful world of ceramics with an introductory class in hand building with clay. They will learn the origins of pottery, the correct ways to work with clay in several guided projects, and then get creative with what they have learned! Ages: 5+. Instructor: Rebecca Razul of The Crafty Fox Box. #5738 MHPA 4pm-5:30pm, four Wednesdays beginning October 19. Price: $59. Register by: ASAP


Creative Writing for Fun
Share your writing with others to find out what works and what doesn’t in this collaborative writing course. Use supplied writing prompts to work on character, plot, and different types of writing including poetry, short stories, and personal essays. This course involves feedback both from the instructor and other students. Ages 13+. Instructor: Erika Zipser. #5722 MHPC, 7pm-9pm, five Wednesday evenings beginning September 28. Price: $36. Register by: ASAP


Therapeutic Qi Gong
This is a series of 24 simple looking postures which help enhance posture, balance, strength and flexibility. Performed in repetitions, qigong movements are a powerful means of building inner strength, mental calm, and replenishing the body’s natural state of wellness. No previous experience necessary. Instructor: Karen Becker. #5704 GHPGC, 4pm-4:45pm Wednesdays. Ten weeks this fall beginning September 14. Price: $60. Drop-in price: $12

Sun Style Taiji 10 Form
The Sun style of Taiji (Tai Chi) is characterized by natural, upright, and relaxed postures, easily flowing from one to another. Taiji has been shown to be effective in dealing with hypertension, stress, balance and postural issues, nervous system disorders, and Parkinson’s disease. No previous experience necessary. Instructor: Karen Becker. #5705 GHPGC, 5pm-6pm, ten Wednesdays beginning September 14. Price: $60. Drop-in price: $12


Hatha Yoga Basics and Beyond
Explore yoga fundamentals in this safe, welcoming environment. Suited for individuals new to yoga as well as those with existing practices who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding or simply move at a more moderate pace. Bring your own mat, blanket or large towel, and wear clothes you can move freely in. Instructor: Maggie Mairena. MHPA, 6pm-7pm, Wednesdays. Ongoing class. Price: $5/class when purchasing 4 or more classes. Drop-in Price: $8.

Eighteen Immortals Qigong, Part 1
An unusual qigong form in which each posture or exercise is done once, rather than repetitively, the Eighteen Immortals Qigong also shows a certain influence of Yoga on Chinese healing arts. The complete form is a total mind and body workout! Some experience with taiji and/or qigong helpful but not required. Instructor: Karen Becker. #5706 GHPGC, 8am-8:45am Thursdays. Ten weeks beginning September 15. Price: $60. Drop-in price: $12


The Toddler Time Art Classroom
This is a fun and creative learning environment for toddlers. It will feature art stations such as painting, sculpture, a chalkboard floor, paper crafts and sensory tables. Each month there will be a different theme for the classroom, and each week there will be a special project. Instructor: Eleanor Rixey. The Toddler Time Art Classroom is open October through December, on Thursdays from 9:30am-11:30am. Come create, play and learn with us!  Montgomery Hall. Price: $3/child


Party Bridge Club
For experienced bridge players who are interested in socialization as well as brushing up on their game. Party on! Not an instructional club. MHPC, 1-4pm on Thursdays. Price: $10 per brochure

Learn American Sign Language
This course teaches the basic communication skills in American Sign Language. There will be many hands on activities and games, discussions, vocabulary development, and conversational skills. Any individual who has had basic, intermediate or no experience at all may benefit from this course. A fun opportunity to learn a new language in a stress free environment outside of a classroom! Instructor: Amy Tussing. #5726 MHPC, 6-7:30pm, eight Thursdays beginning September 29. Price: $84. Register by: ASAP

Gypsy Hill Walking Club
Sponsored by Staunton Parks and Recreation and Subway on North Augusta Street Did you know that one lap around Gypsy Hill Park equals 1.3 miles and takes around 25-30 minutes to complete? Club currently meets Friday mornings at 9am in Gypsy Hill Park at the bandstand. No obligation to come Friday mornings, however it can be more fun to walk and burn calories with a friend. Recorded miles do not have to take place in Gypsy Hill Park. If you would like to establish an evening/weekend “group walk” please email Steven Taetzsch at


The Explorers Club
Are you ready for new activities and adventures with your kiddos? Join us once a month as we explore new places in and around Staunton, such as the hiking trails at Montgomery Hall Park, visiting the Staunton Fire Station and local farms. Parent/guardian must remain present with children. Ages 5 and under. Trips held 10amnoon on the third Friday of the month. Price: $10 membership fee (includes an Explorers Club t-shirt). There may be an additional fee per trip estimated at $5; however most trips will not have an extra cost. For more information, please call the recreation office at 332.3945.


Haunts of Queen City: Weekend Ghost Tours from Gypsy Hill Park
presented by Ghosts of Staunton Walking Ghost Tours and Staunton Parks and Recreation
Friday and Saturday evenings during October, starting at 7pm Join us for a 90 minute walk by candlelight through the beautiful Gypsy Hill Park as we present Haunted Encounters, Ghost Stories, Legends and History of the Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley. Named after Lady Rebecca Staunton, and founded in 1747, Staunton has a long history of mysterious events that haunt us to this very day. Hear the ancient, strange and unusual tales of centuries past. Don’t miss out on this ghostly experience! Our aim is to provide a quality tour that blends history and hauntings. We strive to educate, enlighten, and entertain you with our own unique blend of the paranormal, science, history and local legend. Reservations strongly recommended and will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings. Tours will begin promptly, from just below the Garden Center, so please arrive 15-20 minutes early. Tours are rain or shine so please dress accordingly. Price: $10 Adults, $5 Children ages 6-12. For more information or tickets, please visit our website at or call 540.448.2743.

Fall 2016 Activity Guide
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Staunton Parks & Recreation Department
PO Box 58
Staunton, VA 24402-0058
Phone: (540) 332-3945
Fax: (540) 332-3983

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