Parks and Recreation Questions
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Select from the following Categories:
Hill Village Green
- Office Hours:
Click on the following park location names to view the
office hours of each park: Administrative
Community Center, C.
M. Crockett Park, Monroe, Vint
Hill, Northern Fauquier Community Park and Warrenton
Is there a pool open to the public in the county?
- Yes, the county operates the outdoor Larry
Weeks Community Pool. The pool is open daily Memorial
Day weekend through Labor Day. Contact Vint Hill Community
Center at 540-347-6894 for more information, or Larry Weeks
Community Pool at 540-347-6935.*
- Swim Lessons:
Does the Parks and Rec Department offer swim lessons?
- Yes, contact C.M.Crockett Park, or Vint
Hill Community Center, or the Marshall
Community Center for additional information.
- Sports Leagues:
Does the county offer baseball, soccer, basketball or
- Youth athletic leagues are run by private organizations and the Department
can give you a telephone number to contact.
- Where is the Parks and Rec Administrative office located?
- The office is located at 320 Hospital Drive, Suite 6, Warrenton
VA, in the Alice
Jane Childs County Office Building.
- We just moved to the area and would like to know what
Parks and Recreation has to offer.
- The Department produces the online publication GoodTimes that will give
you that information.
*The Town of Warrenton also has an indoor pool, The Warrenton
Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF). Please call them at
- How do I schedule a facility?
- Staff can immediately
make your reservation at any department office. You can also pick up a reservation form at any department office, or go to the
Forms webpage for a facility
use application. Fill it out, make sure to read the rules on
the back, sign the form, and return it to any department office
with payment, if any. Your request will be processed
by staff as quickly as possible. You will be contacted in writing
as to availability or to possible alternatives. All paperwork
(forms, permits) must accompany payment.
Payment in full is the only way to 'hold' a reservation date.
- Can I reserve a facility over the phone?
- No, the facility application form must be signed and all
appropriate fees paid prior to assignment. You can check availability at the Facility Availability search webpage.
- Where can I camp in the County?
- Primitive campsites are available at Sky Meadows State Park
(540) 592-3556, a state operated park in Paris, Virginia.
- Hours - Parks:
What hours are parks open?
- All parks are open sunup to sundown daily year-round. Crockett
Park's hours are dawn to dusk daily. Facililties at Warrenton
Branch Greenway, Crockett Park, Northern Fauquier Community Park and Monroe Park are gated. Gates are open at sunrise
and locked at sunset.
- What parks are in Warrenton?
- Warrenton Branch Greenway, Whites Mill, Woods at Warrenton, the Lord Fairfax Community College Trail and school
sites. (Contact the Town of Warrenton Parks and Recreation Department at 540-349-2520 for more information about their parks.)
Rady Park and Academy Hill Park are also located in Warrenton.
- Which parks have reservable shelters?
- C.M. Crockett Park, Vint Hill Village Green, Monroe Park and Northern
Fauquier Community Park.
M. CROCKETT PARK
- How do I contact C.M. Crockett Park ?
- By phone, call (540) 788-4867 and leave a message on the
voice mail system during non-office hours. By fax: (540) 788-1701.
- What are the directions to Crockett Park?
- It is located about 7 miles south of Warrenton off Rt. 643/Meetze
Road on the west side of the road. Follow signs.
- What kinds of boats does the park have to rent?
- Jonboats with and without electric motors, paddleboats,
canoes and a small sailboat.
- What fish are stocked in Germantown Lake?
- Largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear sunfish,
and shell cracker. The park restocked the lake with channel
cats in October of 2009.
- Do you sell fishing licenses?
- Yes. If you are 16 or older, you'll need a valid state license.
Licenses are available at C.M. Crockett Park, Wal-Mart, and
Waters Appliance(Marshall, VA).
- Do you need a special permit to fish in Germantown Lake?
- No special permit is needed but a state license is required
- Is hunting allowed on park property?
- Since the park is a nature preserve, hunting is prohibited
on or near park boundaries. The lake is also off limits to
hunting or decoys.
- What activities are available?
- Winter: Cross-country skiing, bird watching, hiking/walking,
winter sports, fishing.
- Summer/Spring: Wildflower viewing, bird watching, hiking/walking,
kite flying, fishing, and boating with electric motors.
- Fall: Fall colors, migrating bird viewing, programs, fishing,
dog walking, plus those listed below.
- Other than boats and fishing what does the park offer?
- Volleyball court, horseshoe pit (2), 1.25 mile Four Seasons
nature trail, 1.5 mile Cross Country Trail, Bluebird Trail,
The Forge - Ropes and Initiative Course, Sanctuary - Commemorative
Grove, 5 rentable shelters, boat ramp, fishing pier, recreational
equipment to rent, modern restrooms (not open Nov.-Feb.), playgrounds
(2), picnic tables, grills, orienteering courses, concession
stand, and amphitheater.
- Is there swimming in Germantown Lake?
- Swimming is not permitted due to liability, lack of adequate
shoreline and the fact that Germantown Lake is a proposed drinking
water source for southern Fauquier County.
- What are the hours of operation for the concession stand?
- March through Memorial Day, weekends only. 7 a.m. - Dusk.
Memorial Day through Labor Day, seven days a week. 7 a.m. - Dusk.
Labor Day through October, weekends only. 7 a.m. - Dusk.
November through February, closed.
- What are the park hours?
- Dawn to dusk. This includes Germantown Lake.
- Is there an entrance fee to Crockett Park?
- There are no entrance fees for Fauquier County residents.
Fee for non-county residents is $6.00 per vehicle with non-county
decal. The honor system is in effect when gatehouse is not
- Is the park open all year?
- Yes, the park is open daily (see Crockett Park page for hours).
- How do I register for a Parks and Recreation class?
- You can sign up for a program in any region (Northern, Central, Eastern, or Southern). Just print and fill
out a FastLink
Client Account form , and a course
registration form and mail to the region (along with a
copy of driver's license, DMV ID card, or voter registration).
Full payment must accompany registration to hold your place.
Staff can also register you immediately electronically at any
department office during the registration period. On-line account
set-up takes four days. When your application for an account
has been processed, you will receive an email advising you
of your new account access code. Once your account has been
set up in the Fastlink system, you will be able to register
for programs on-line.
- When can I sign up or register?
- There are specific registration periods. Registration continues
without interruption for each course until its specified registration
deadline. No late registrations will be accepted after the
course’s published registration deadline. Refer to individual
course descriptions for specific registration deadlines. See
the GoodTimes or call the
office in that region for dates and times.
- Where can I get specific program information?
- View the on-line Parks and Recreation GoodTimes publication. It comes out
5 times per year - September, late October, December, March,
June. Also on-line at the Fastlink website under
the Activities Tab.
HILL VILLAGE GREEN
- What is available to the public?
- Vint Hill Village Green
Community Center houses a large gymnasium, two racquetball
courts, conference room, lounge area, fitness studio, and
weight room. In addition to the indoor facility, the Village
Green offers (2 lighted/1 nonlighted)softball/baseball fields,
soccer/football fields, lighted basketball court, and lighted
tennis courts and outdoor pools.
- How do I contact Vint Hill Village Green or the eastern
- For information call 540-347-6894, Fax 540-347-1895, or write
to: PO Box 861435, Warrenton, VA 20187.
- What activities are available?
- Racquetball, tennis, open adult and youth gym, weight room,
billiards, foosball, ping pong, open volleyball, badminton
and air hockey.
- What are the hours of operation?
- The Village Green Community Center's operating hours are:
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 10:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm;
and Sunday, noon - 6:00pm.
Office hours are:
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 10:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm;
and Sunday, noon - 6:00pm.
- How can I reserve the shelter or a playing field?
- Staff can immediately make your reservation at any department office. Reservation forms can also be picked up at any department office
or downloaded and
must be filled out completely and signed. If you haven't already
done so, print and fill out a FastLink
form (along with a copy of driver's license, DMV ID card,
or voter registration), and mail to the region. Return the
form to any department office or drop box with full payment.
Your request will be processed by staff as quickly as possible.
You will be contacted in writing as to availability or to possible
- Is there a public pool located at Vint Hill?
- Yes, there is a outdoor public pool (Larry Weeks Community
Pools) located on Bludau Drive - walking distance from the
Vint Hill Community Center
- What amenities does the Larry Weeks Community Pools offer?
- There is a family pool that includes a hydro therapy bench,
zero depth handicap access ramp, two water basketball hoops
and a lap lane. A separate children's pool includes a zero
depth beach entry, climb on squirt turtle, frog slide, mushroom
umbrella with cascading water, fountains and a frog slide.
- How do I contact the Larry Weeks Community Pools?
- For pool information, go
to our pool page or call 540-347-6894.
- Are the Larry Weeks Community Pools available for private
- Yes, call 540-347-6894 for additional information.
- What facilities do you have?
- Monroe Park, Gold Mining Camp Museum, soccer/football field, picnic shelter, softball/baseball field, playground, beach volleyball court, horseshoe pits and quarter mile paved trail.
- What gold mining relics do you have on display?
- Hornet balls, ore crusher parts, gold samples, miners' helmets, mortar and pestle, crucibles and maps, plus many more!
- Was there gold mining here on site?
- No, but there were 19 mines or prospects within a 5 mile radius of the park.
- What other ores were mined in the area?
- Barite, Barium, Shale, Clay, Copper, Mica, Basalt Sandstone, Quartzite, Granite, Sulfur Pyrite.
- What are the two big cement balls outside?
- Hornet Balls - From the Liberty Gold Mine used to crush ore.
- Where in the area can you pan for gold today?
- Currently there aren’t any properties with public access. All are on private property and one must get property owner's permission. Gold panning demonstrations are held at the Gold Mining Camp Museum and can be arranged through Monroe
- Can I pan from any public lands (like Phelps WMA)?
- Removal of minerals and metal detecting are prohibited. "Resources & Property Damage - It is unlawful to cut, mutilate, destroy or remove vegetation, or to remove minerals, articles or other property from the area. Metal detecting/artifact hunting is prohibited." Taken from the Rules and Regulations post at Phelps WMA. http://www.dgif.state.va.us/hunting/regulations/wmarules.pdf
- Is there gold in the streams in the area?
- Yes, many of the streams in southern Fauquier have some gold in them.
- When was the first mine opened in Fauquier County?
- The earliest gold mines were the Franklin Gold Mine, which started operations in 1825, the Union Mine (1830), the Liberty Mine (1834), and the Wycoff Mine (1854).
Date Last Modified: 12/30/2011