Upcoming Events

                              ANNOUNCEMENTS:  


The Galax Parks and Recreation Department is taking applications for the following part-time positions. Park Maintenance and Ball field workers. Weekdays and weekends hours vary.

To apply come by the Galax Recreation Center for an application. Applications must be returned to the Galax Recreation Center  positions are open until filled.

For more information contact Tony R. Quesenberry, Director Galax Parks and Recreation Department at 276-236-3218

 


GALAX OUTDOOR POOL

The Galax Outdoor Pool will open for the 2021 season June 1st 2pm-6pm weekdays, Saturdays 12pm-6pm, and Sundays 1pm-6pm

Starting June 14th operational hours will be updated once Galax City schools have finished and the Galax Parks and Recreation Summer Activity program has began.


2021 SUMMER ACTIVITY PROGRAM

We are pleased top let everyone know we are planning to offer the Summer Activity program this summer. Our program is a quality supervised activity program for children ages 6-12
As with all of our programs Covid 19 safety precautions and procedures will be followed as mandated by the state of Va. Staff and children are required to wear masks and social distance at all times.
The program will operate June 14-July 30 Monday-Friday 8am until 5:30pm
Summer program fees:
One child $100.00 per week
Two children living in the same household $180.00 per week
Three children living in the same household $270.00 per week
Program Registration Dates:
(Registration will be first come first serve on the following dates)
April 5-11 Registration ONLY for current ASAP children
April 12-18 Registration for City Employee & City Residents
April 19 Open registration
Summer program spaces will be very limited this summer to insure the safety of the children and staff.

TEE-BALL BASEBALL

Registration begins March 29 – April 26, 2021
Registration fee: $30
Open to all girls and boys 4 – 5 years old
Necessary COVID guidelines will be in effect during the season
 
COACH/MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL
Registration begins March 29 – April 26, 2021
Registration fee: $30
Open to all girls and boys 6 – 7 years old

All necessary COVID guidelines will be in effect during the season


                                 SWIM LESSONS

Upcoming Swim Lesson Registrations - All Covid 19 guidelines are in place to insure your safety and our staff's safety.  Class Registration will begin Mon. April 26, 2021 for the following sessions.

Parent Preschool (37 - 54 months) & Parent Tot (19 - 36 months), Level 1, 2 will be a limit of 9 per class session. Sessions will run May 10 - June 10 with classes sessions on Mon & Wed. and classes sessions Tue. & Thur.

Level 1, 2, 3, 4 will be a limit of 9 per class session. Sessions will run June 14 - July 14 with classes sessions on Mon & Wed. and classes sessions Tue. & Thur.

Level 1, 2, 3, 5 will be a limit of 9 per class session. Sessions will run July 19 - Aug. 25 with classes sessions on Mon & Wed. and classes sessions Tue. & Thur.  No classes will be given during the Galax Fiddler's Convention week Aug. 9-15, 2021

You must register at the Galax Recreation Center. Class sessions and spaces are limited.

For information about each class level contact Assistant/Aquatics Director Trace Lumpkin at 236-3218.


AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM (ASAP) 

Our Afterschool program is now operating with the return of in-school instruction of City of Galax public schools.

Registration:  Registration will be first come first serve only with a waiting list after registration is full.

These policies will be in place for the program this fall and changes can be made when necessary as state guidelines and regulations change in the future.  We are implementing the following procedures to insure we can offer a safe environment for each kid that attends the program.

50 Kids Total in the program – ASAP Ages:  Kids must be in Kindergarten through 5th grade only. Cost:  $50 per week per child, $90 if family has two kids, $130 if family has three kids,   Program will operate from 1:15 – 5:30pm each day school is open.  Kids will be bused from Galax Elementary School to the Galax Recreation Center at 1:15pm.  All kids must be picked up by the parents by 5:30pm

The ASAP program will follow the Galax School system’s schedule.  Ex, If school is out for any reason Ex. weather/school break week, etc. the ASAP program will not operate.  If school gets out early because of inclement weather before 11:00am parents are responsible for picking up kids at Galax Elem. School.

COVID 19 Precautions for the program

Staff will clean all rooms/equipment from before program and from 5:30-6pm at the end of each day.

All staff and kids in the ASAP program will be required to wear facemasks.

We will use the upper gym space for kids as necessary and 8 kids per ASAP room when using our rooms and tables everyone spaced 6ft apart all personal belongings are kept at their table space during time at program. 

All activities in the gym will follow same procedures with social distancing and cleaning any equipment that may be used by a child.

All snacks will be brought to each room for kids each day.

Children will have their own small bags on toys/Legos/etc to use each day at the area in each room.

Crafts will be provided individually to each child during craft time.

Safety Measures:

  • When a student or staff member becomes ill at the ASAP program they will isolated immediately and parents or guardians will be call to make arrangements for them to go home.

  • Thorough disinfection will occur in the isolation room and other areas where the student or staff member has been.

  • When a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, the ASAP program will be closed for a period of time. Re Opening of our ASAP program will be determined in consultation with Health Department officials

All ASAP program kids must have their temperature checked and cleared before entering the facility.  Any ASAP kid that has a fever of 100.4 or above will not be permitted in the facility. Parents will be called immediately for the child to be picked up.  

All kids in the ASAP program and all parents who come to pick up their child must wear a face mask Per Executive Order 63 Patrons must wear face masks when inside the facility


We would like to invite everyone back to our water aerobic and arthritis classes. We have just finished up class sessions since reopening and new class sessions are beginning and we are taking registrations for these classes at this time. For information contact us at 276-236-3218. By state guidelines we have our classes small and social distancing with instructors and participants.

 


GALAX RECREATION CENTER

The Galax Recreation Center will continue to be open Monday - Friday 7am to 8pm with a limited amount of facilities available for use.  The facilities, programs, and activities listed below will reopen with the restrictions that follow the State of Va Covid 19 reopening guidelines.

Hours of Operation:         Monday - Friday (7am-8pm)    

Saturday  10:00am – 2pm    Sunday 1pm-5pm

All Patrons must have their temperature checked and cleared before entering the facility. Patrons will be asked if they are currently experiencing fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or a sense of having a fever, a new cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition, new shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition, new chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition, a new sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition, or new muscle aches that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise). Anyone experiencing symptoms will not be permitted in the facility.

The patrons must sign in when entering the facility and answer certain questions about their health.  Per Executive Order 63 Patrons must wear face masks when inside the facility unless they meet the exemption.

 

The following Recreation Department Facilities/classes to be reopened with limited use and restrictions.

Gymnasium #1 -  1st Floor  Open Gym only –  No shared basketballs or equipment or pickup games allowed.  All patrons must maintain 10ft social distancing   Only shooting baskets on each goal with the patron’s own basketball while maintain their 10ft social distancing.  No sitting on the bleachers while in the gym area.

Gymnasium #2 -  4th Floor  No open Gym time – Gym to be used for exercise classes and programming only.  No other programs or activities.  All classes must maintain 10ft social distancing. No sitting on the bleachers while in the gym area.

Weight room –  All patrons must have a reservation to secure workout time by calling 276-236-3218 or by signing up at the recreation center. Up to 6 total participants allowed in each reservation time with a 30 minute max. time allowed in the weight room  Patrons must keep 10ft social distancing guidelines.  No personal training.  Patrons must wipe down each machine/equipment after each use during workout.  There will be time between reservations for desk workers will go in after each reservation period and wipe down equipment before next patrons reservation.

Cardio Room – Each patron will be limited to using only 1 piece of equipment. Up to 8 patrons at a time may be accommodated. 10ft social distancing guidelines required. No personal training.  Every other treadmill and elliptical machines will be used.

Indoor Track    No running laps are allowed unless no one else is on the track. only walking in the same direction while maintaining the 10ft social distancing guidelines unless family members. 

Indoor Pool  

Lap Swim will have 3 total per lane while maintaining the 10ft social distancing.

Exercise Classes will be limited to 6 patrons per class to maintain the 10ft social distancing guidelines

All patrons must come to class dressed to swim.  Locker rooms will not be available at this time.   There will not be an area to sit during classes or wait on others.

Activity Room A  & B  3rd Floor Room to be used for Knitting classes, Weight Watcher class, etc. while maintaining the 6ft social distancing

Senior Lounge – Open only for access to Senior Weight Room

Senior Weight Room - 1 person allowed in the space to exercise unless with a family members

Computer Room - 1 person allowed in the room

PARKS

Felt’s Park & Mt. View Restrooms are open 

Playgrounds are open

Any other updates will be provided here and on our facebook page.                                                     


Hours of Operation

Galax Recreation Center’s operating hours are established to best serve the needs of the public. The Recreation Center will be closed on weekends that community events are scheduled in Felts’ Park.  Children under age 11 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while using the Galax Recreation Center, Indoor/Outdoor Pool, etc. unless they are participating in a Galax Parks and Recreation Department program or activity (example: swimming lessons, youth basketball practice, swim team, etc.)


                             REMINDERS


Reminder: Be sure to sign up or update your nixle test message alerts from the Galax Recreation Center. If you have the nixle alert already on your cell phone you must update to continue to receive the Nixle Test Alerts: 
We will send out weather cancellations, closing, reminders, etc when necessary.

Text GALAXREC to 888777 on your cell phone


Indoor Pool Swim Hours

Indoor Lap Swim hours  - Call for times due to Covid 19

 


Welcome to Galax Parks and Recreation

Reminder we are open at the Galax Recreation Center with limited classes and programs as we continue to navigate this difficult time. We all know 2020 was an extremely tough year in everyone’s lives we are all hoping 2021 will be a great year as we work toward getting back to our normal routines in our daily lives.  Current programs and activities that we have available are the cardio and weight room, indoor walking track, swim lessons, water aerobic classes, yoga, senior exercise classes, open gym.  Our programs all follow the safe guidelines and recommendations from the health department along with limited capacity with certain programs.  As we move forward take advantage of the weather on pretty days and get outside and enjoy some cardio activity but remember to practice your 6ft social distancing and be respectable of others as you do your workout.  Be safe and we look forward to bringing back all of our recreational programs for everyone to enjoy.  Some of our facilities include the walking track at Mt. View and Felts Park that are open along with our tennis courts and the Galax Municipal Golf Course.  

Make fitness a part of your daily routine in 2021.  If you are new to the area stop by the Galax Recreation Center and take a tour of our facilities and also enjoy a first time visit pass to participate in one of our classes, cardio or weight room for free.  In closing, we look forward to you visiting with us at the Galax Recreation Center and enjoying one of our many special events in the park.

Tony R. Quesenberry, Director 


Great Rates For 2021

Cardio or Weight Room Monthly Fee
Individual $15.00
Adult Couple (married in same household) $20.00
Family (same household) $25.00
Senior Individual (age 55 & above) $10.00
Senior Adult Married Couple (age 55 & above) $15.00
Teen (ages 13 – 17)* $10.00
*Participants may register as a teen if they are 13 – 17 years old. Teens age 13 – 15 must be supervised by an immediate family member 16 years old or older.

Cardio & Weight Room combined Monthly Fee
Individual $25.00
Adult Couple (married in same household) $35.00
Family (same household) $40.00
Senior Individual (age 55 & above) $15.00
Senior Adult Married Couple (age 55 & above) $25.00
Teen (ages 13 – 17)* $15.00
*Participants may register as a teen if they are 13 – 17 years old. Teens age 13 – 15 must be supervised by an immediate family member 16 years old or older.


GALAX RECREATION CENTER ANNOUNCEMENTS

2021 (TCCF ) Twin County Community Foundation Grants

NEW AQUA WHEELCHAIR & ADULT ACESSIBLE CHANGING TABLE

We would like to say thank you again to the (TCCF ) Twin County Community Foundation Grant.  We have been able to purchase a new large aqua wheelchair for our indoor/outdoor pools and a accessible changing table due to the continued support of the TCCF foundation.  These new pieces of equipment will help enhance out special needs and senior citizen aquatics programs at the Galax Recreation Center. 

                              


2020 (TCCF ) Twin County Community Foundation Grants

NEW CARDIO ROOM EQUIPMENT

We have installed our new cardio equipment in our Galax Recreation Center cardio room.  The new equipment was made possible through the    (TCCF ) Twin County Community Foundation Grant.  We at the Galax Recreation Department would like to say Thank You to the TCCF for making this new equipment available to us to share with our local citizens as we continue to make our community healthier.  Our new machines include 2  Elliptical machines, Stair Climber, 2 Recumbent Bikes, Upright Bike, and Rowing machine.

Be sure to come out to our updated Fitness facilities and enjoy a great workout each day at an affordable price.
Below is our rates for our Cardio Room and Weight rooms or combined rooms. There is no contracts or memberships just pay a fee each month with whichever facility fits you or your families needs.

NEW SWIM MEET STARTING BLOCKS FOR THE OUTDOOR POOL, PORTABLE BACKSTOPS, AND NEW SANDLOT FOOTBALL HELMETS

We would like to say another Thank You to the TCCF for making these much needed pieces of equipment possible for our community.  These items all provide much needed safety for our youth as they participate in our sports programs. 


PARK 2019 GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Take the time to come by and see our newly installed Playground equipment in Felt’s Park.  The playground equipment was made possible through the (TCCF ) Twin County Community Foundation Grant.  We at the Galax Recreation Department would like to say Thank You to the TCCF for making this possible for our community youth. 

 

 

Latest News

Dog Walks

To Everyone who walks their dogs in felts’ park or mt. view park .. please clean-up after your pets. City Code Requires Owners To Clean- Up After Their Pets.. Fine $25 – $200. City Animal Control Officers will begin Patrolling Parks and Will Issue Summons. Thank You For Keeping Our Parks Clean And Safe For Everyone To Use..

UPCOMING CLASSES AND PROGRAM CHANGES

Mind and Body Class

Tuesdays & Thursdays

9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Begins Tuesday, March 30th 2021 

$20 for 6 week session

Free for Silver Sneakers members

Spaces limited! Register at First Floor desk or call 276-236-3218


Click Here for the Galax Parks and Recreation 2020 Program & Activity Brochure

 


Click Here for the Galax Parks and Recreation 2019 Program & Activity Book 


The Galax Parks and Recreation is looking for Fitness instructors for Zumba and Pound exercise classes for our upcoming classes. Contact Mary Ellen Testerman at 276-236-3218 for information


CLASS DATE CHANGE

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CANCELLED CLASSES

 


CLASSES HELD AT THE GALAX MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE

 

 


CLASSES HELD AT THE GALAX RECREATION CENTER

 

 

 

Galax Recreation Department Locations

Galax Recreation Center 

 

601 South Main Street 

Galax, Virginia  24333

276-236-3218


Felts Park     

  

601 South Main Street * Galax, Virginia 24333

Mountain View Recreation Park

  124 Mountain View Ave * Galax, Va  24333

Galax Municipal Golf Course  

Banquet Hall and Conference Center  107 Country Club Lane * Galax, Va  24333

Knob Hill Playground

Middleton Street Galax, Va  24333

Galax Skate Park

Corner of Bartlett & Main Street  Galax, Va  24333