Sports and Recreation

Richmond's dance program is designed for children who are at least three years of age. The dance program offers instruction in a variety of disciplines including ballet, jazz, and tap. Classes are offered for different skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced. These classes are held year-round and run for a ten-week period during each school semester; however, late enrollments are always accepted.

Swimming pools are offered at ten different locations throughout the city of Richmond, VA. Two locations have indoor pools, so residents are able to use them year-round. These indoor pools have designated hours for lap swimming, and adults can also appreciate the fact that certain hours are set aside just for them. Water safety courses and lifeguard training are also offered at many of the Richmond city pools.

Richmond hosts a city football league each year for players who are between five and 14 years of age. Practices normally begin in early August, with play beginning in early September. The season ends with a tournament championship, which is culminated with an awards ceremony to honor the participants.

In addition to its football league, cheerleading is also offered for youth ages five to 14. Cheerleaders will hold their own practices independently of the football teams, and will cheer during all regular-season and tournament games.

Special recreation is offered for senior citizens who reside in Richmond. These activities take place at the Linwood Robinson Center, which is located on North 26th Street. Some of the activities that take place at this center include arts and crafts, fitness classes, bingo, and continuing education. Day trips are also scheduled from time to time. Those who visit the center during the week will also be treated to a nutritious lunch.

Fitness trails are located at three city parks: Byrd, Pine Camp, and Cannon Creek. These trails include multiple exercise stations that are designed to increase the physical fitness levels of those who participate. Participants can either walk or jog to each station depending on how intense they would like their workout to be.

An 18-hole disc golf course is located at Gillies Creek Park. Players advance at their own pace as they attempt to hurl a disc into a pre-positioned basket. The entire course covers approximately one mile, and most players are able to complete the course within an hour.