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Mission Statement:

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 housing superior facilities paired with innovative recreation programs, athletic leagues, trips, and outstanding child-minding programs.

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Before and after school child care


2016: What's new?

Natural Play Area
Pickleball Courts
Lake Tams Renovation
Dog Park  

Treemendous Tree Hunt


GHP Tree Hunt
MHP Tree Hunt


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

August 21 - August 27

Good Dog Manners School
Your dog CAN be a good dog! Training makes dogs happy, and will prevent or solve most every behavior problem. You’ll learn to solve problems such as jumping, pulling on leash, housetraining, destructive chewing, etc... Let’s improve your dog’s communication skills using obedience commands for loose leash walking, sit, stay, down, come, leave it, drop it, and more. Training location provided upon registration. Instructor: Michelle Carter of Leader of the Pack Dog Training. All ages, all breeds. 6:30pm-7:30pm Mondays.

The Stonewall Brigade Band 8pm, Mondays
August 22nd- British Band Classics with Irish and German accents

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. Multi-level class, please wear comfortable clothes, bring a yoga mat & water. Start any time! Instructor: Tarenne Robertson. MHPA 6-7pm, Mondays. Ongoing class. Price: $40 per 8 weeks. Drop-in Price: $8. *Drop-ins please call ahead to make sure the session is taking place that day.

Beginning Wheel/Intermediate Pottery
Students will work closely with instructor on elements of throwing pots, such as centering, pulling, and trimming on the wheel. When not using the wheel, more advanced hand-building will be available. This is high fired stoneware with a selection of glazes. Instructor: Mary Tuttle. MHP 6-8pm, Mondays


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. MHPA, 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. MHPA, 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.


14th Annual Praise in the Park 7pm, Tuesdays
Hosted by Linden Heights Baptist Church. 
August 23rd- Heather Snow, Sierra Losh, Southern Grace


Creative Writing
A fun and collaborative course for teens, adults, and seniors to experiment with different types of creative writing! Meet other aspiring writers, get feedback on your work, and try new things in a supportive environment. All students should plan to bring printed copies of the week’s challenge to each class. Instructor: Erika Zipser. MHPC 7pm -8:30pm.


Wednesday Night Bluegrass 7pm, August 24th
Rain or shine! Hosted by Staunton Parks and Recreation 
7pm: Westwind Bluegrass Band  

8pm: Goldwing Express

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


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. Increase mental and physical flexibility through a series of partner exercises. Aikido will increase range of motion in the joints, improve hand eye coordination, and increase wellbeing through breathing exercises. Instructor James Jacenich. Age: 7+. GHPGC 8am-9am on Mondays and 6:30pm-7:30pm on Thursdays. Ongoing class.

Jazz in the Park 7pm-9pm, Thursdays, August 25th
Rain or Shine! Bring a lawn chair or blanket, concessions available. 
Matt Smiley Quartet: Colorado bassist doing lots of standards from the great American songbook

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

Ticknor’s English Country Dance
Learn dances from the 17th & 18th centuries. All experience levels are welcome to attend! Wear low heel shoes. For details, call Becky McGovern at 540.886.9729. GHPGC, 7:30pm-9pm, Friday. Price: $2/class 



Summer 2016 Brochure
Now Available:

summer 16



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Maps of Gypsy Hill Park and Montgomery Hall Park!



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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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