We have the following part-time employment positions available: Recreation Field and facility maintenance/field supervision up to 30 hours a week. Job applications are available at the front desk. Please fill out an application and return to the Galax Recreation Center front desk. Do not respond through a Facebook post.  


 Friday, December 9, 2022 at 5pm

For City of Galax Employee Christmas Dinner


Saturday, December 24, 2022 

Sunday, December 25, 2022 

Monday, December 26, 2022 for Christmas Holiday’s

Sunday, January 1, 2023  for New Year’s Holiday



Registration: January 2nd – 30th, 2023

Register your team at the Galax Recreation Center

Cost: $225 per team   – Must be 18 years old or older to play



High Country Lights is a musical light show featuring over two hundred thousand Christmas lights choreographed to your favorite sounds of the season.  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 24, 2022 through January 1, 2023.  Admission is free.  Make sure to check out our viewing tips before arriving to enhance your experience.

 We are a family-friendly Christmas display centered around fun, joy and excitement for children of all ages.  Carriage rides, food trucks, Santa, photo-op area’s and much more fill the park with Christmas magic.  During the busy time of the year, it’s one way of bringing loved ones together to celebrate the season.  Without a doubt, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.



Swim Lessons 2022-23


Session 1

Starts September 19 – October 19

Monday and Wednesday

Level 1 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Level 2 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm


Session 2

Starts October 24 – Nov 28 (No Class Oct 31)

Monday and Wednesday

Level 1 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Level 3 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm


No Lessons December


Session 3

January 9 – February 8

Level 1 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Level 2 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm


Session 4

February 13 – March 15

Level 2 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Level 3 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm


Session 5

Starts March 20 – April 19

Monday and Wednesday

Parent tot 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm

Parent Preschool 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm


Session 6

April 24 – May 25

Monday and Wednesday

Level 1 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Adult 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm







Lap Swim 2022-23


Current Lap Swim Hours (Indoor Pool)

Now until May 27

Monday 1:30 – 2:30pm

Wednesday 1:30 – 2:30pm

Friday 1:30 – 2:30pm

Saturday 10:00 – 11:30am

Sunday 1:00 – 2:30pm


Open Swim 2022-23


Current Open Swim Hours (indoor Pool)

Tuesday 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Thursday 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Cost $2.00 children under 5 are Free

Children 10 and Under must be accompanied


Water Aerobics


Mon, Wed, Fri

7:30 – 8:15 am Water Aerobics

8:30 – 9:15 am Water Aerobics

9:30 – 10:15 am Water Aerobics

10:30 – 11:15 am Arthritis Aerobics

11:30 am – 12:15 pm Arthritis Aerobics

12:30 – 1:15 pm Water Aerobics


Pool Parties

Indoor Pool Party 1 hour 15 min pool time 45 min party room.

Parties are available on

Sat 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Sun 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost $125.00

A Mermaid may be added to you swim party for an additional $50 for the swim time of the party. This includes mermaid and a gift from the mermaid’s prize box and decorations.








 The Galax Parks and Recreation Department offers quality supervised programs for boys and girls in grades K – 5th who attend Galax City Schools.  This program is held Monday through Friday, except when Galax City Schools are closed for teacher workdays, holidays, inclement weather or other scheduled closings. Play games, go swimming and get a special rate on youth swimming lessons if you register your child in a class while they are in the after school program.  Daily snacks provided.



Galax Recreation Center 3:00 – 5:30 pm    Monday – Friday

 $50.00 per week (special rates for more than one child in the same household)

 *Notice – When Galax City Schools let out before noon because of inclement weather, etc., the After School Program will not operate.  When schools let out at noon or later, the After School Program will pick up your child.  For more information, call 236-3218.


Tuesday Morning Community Walk

Conducted by the New River Trail State Park

 8:30am May-Oct, 1:00pm Nov-Apr

 New River Trail State Park   208 E Stuart Dr, Galax, VA

 Enjoy a brisk fitness walk on the New River Trail. Gather in the restroom area just beyond the caboose for a fast-paced fitness walk led by a VA State Park volunteer interpretive guide. 

 The walk goes to the Cliffview ranger station and back for a total of four miles along Chestnut Creek. The mostly shaded, crushed-stone trail is 12-feet wide with almost no elevation change. You are welcome to walk less by turning back at any point. Participants finishing the walk will receive a free day pass for the Galax Recreation Center (think  pool, gym, etc.!). Please note that there is a $7 fee for parking in State Park lots unless you have an annual pass. Rainfall will cancel the walk in most cases. The group size will be limited to 12 and pre-registration will be required. To register, please visit www.sweetmountainways.wixsite.com/visit

 For more information about the New River State Park Trail, visit www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/new-river-trail