Upcoming Events


High Country Light Show

Begins Friday Nov. 20 at 6pm and will run until January 3, 2021
Light Show Schedule: Sunday-Thursday 6pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday 6pm-11pm
Special Events at the Light School - Felt's Park
Carriage Rides
November 20-21, December 4-5 & 18-19
$5 per person, children 12 & under are free with paying adult in same household.
Chick-fil-A Nights
November 20, December 11 & 18. Will be selling chicken sandwiches
Duck Donuts
November 20-21 & December 19-20
New Year's Eve
City of Galax fireworks to ring in 2021 Felts Park
Extra Events
November 20, Town cruise & Food Drive at Roberts Citgo
December 12, Town cruise, decorate your car
These cruises are organized by Karen Shaffer of “I Cruised Main Street Galax” on Facebook.
TBD: Santa miniature ponies, Grinch, and Minnie Mouse

Santa’s Calling Christmas 2020

Dear Parents,

By completing form your child age 4 through 9 will receive a phone call from Santa Claus. Phone calls will be made on December 7,8,9,10 between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Only Galax VA accessible phone numbers, please. A form must be filled out for each child who wishes to speak with Santa.  In order for your child to have an enjoyable and memorable conversation with Santa, Please complete the form with detailed information about the child. To avoid any misunderstanding, the child’s parents or guardian must sign on the approval line. Complete form and mail to below or drop off at the Galax Recreation Center.         *** ALL FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 4, 2020 ***

 Download Santa's Calling Form Here


ASAP program still has spaces available

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

The Galax TCRH Galax Autumn Days 5K run has been cancelled for 2020. We hope to see everyone at the race in 2021.  We are not doing a virtual race this fall.

The Annual Galax Recreation Center Christmas Bazaar has been cancelled for 2020

Annual Christmas Light Show

in Felt's Park will be held this holiday season along with the social distancing guidelines that will be in place at the park. You can get information about this years light show and special events at www.highcountrylights.com

High Country Lights is an animated light show featuring over one hundred thousand Christmas lights choreographed to your favorite sounds of the season on a low-power radio transmitter - 95.9FM. It's hosted by Galax Visitor's Center and Galax Parks and Recreation Department in Felts Park. The show can be seen nightly starting at 6:00 p.m, November 20, 2020 - January 3, 2021. It ends at 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday. Admission is free. Make sure to check out our viewing tips before arriving to enhance your experience


We would like to invite everyone back to our water aerobic and arthritis classes. We have just finished up our first 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.



The Galax Recreation Center will continue to be open Monday - Friday 7am to 7pm 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-7pm)    

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 reopenedwith 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, only walking in the same direction while maintaining the 10ft social distancing guidelines unless family members. 

Indoor Pool  No swimming lessons or swim team allowed. 

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


Felt’s Park & Mt. View Restrooms will reopen

Playgrounds will remained closed until further notice


The following Programs/Facilities to remained Closed

Outdoor Pool     Picnic Shelters     Playgrounds  

Sports programs   Senior program parties/trips

Aquatic Programs Ex. Swim lessons/team

Summer Activity Program 

No swim, birthday party, or picnic shelter rentals

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.)


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

We have reopened the Galax Recreation Center on a limited basis with activities and programs.  2020 has been a difficult year so far but we are working to provide you opportunities to enhance your fitness and provide leisure activities as they relate to the Covid 19 restrictions.  As we work through this difficult time take advantage of our outdoor venues we have to keep your fitness level high and your stress level low.  Our walking track at Mt. View and Felts Park are open along with our tennis courts and the Galax Municipal Golf Course.  Take advantage of the weather 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 see everyone when we reopen.

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

Take time out to come in and visit our facility and try a new class or program this winter. Galax Parks and Recreation Department cordially invites you to come and participate in our many programs and activities.  At our facility you will find many options to meet your fitness and leisure needs. Our programs include a variety of aquatics, sports, and senior programs. Our goal is to provide the community with fitness and leisure options to help our citizens enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and learn a new activity.  Make fitness a part of your daily routine in 2020.  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 



2020 (TCCF ) Twin County Community Foundation Grants


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.

Great Rates For 2020

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.


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. 


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..


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












Galax Recreation Department Locations

Galax Recreation Center 


601 South Main Street 

Galax, Virginia  24333


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