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Tourism Office to offer special COVID-19 Destination Ambassador program

Jul 15, 2020

The Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is offering a special virtual edition of their Destination Ambassador training program on July 29, 2020 for front-line restaurant, hotel and attraction employees. The program’s focus will be on operational best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as how to manage guests, policies and expectations. The special program will also cover challenges in today’s environment and offer an opportunity for participants to network and share experiences.

Green Circle Trail Phase III construction begins this week

Jul 13, 2020

Construction of the next phase of the Green Circle Trail (Phase III) on the south side of Jubal Early Drive from west of Harvest Drive to east of Valley Avenue began in mid-July 2020. This phase will construct a 10-foot pedestrian trail between Abrams Crossing shopping center and The Lofts at Jubal Square apartment complex (see map below).

Enforcement of trash container limit to resume

Jul 10, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020, many of the city’s residents were forced to stay home for an extended period of time. Understandably, this resulted in more household trash being generated than normal. In an effort to provide the best level of customer service as possible, we have been picking up additional trash that exceeds the established limit of three (3), 42-gallon containers or bags. Click here for the regulations.

Council seeks public input on possible Jubal Early Drive renaming

Jul 01, 2020

At the June 23, 2020 Work Session, City Council discussed the possible renaming of Jubal Early Drive. Several correspondences and a petition from community members prompted the agenda item. In order to determine the community’s opinion on the matter, Council directed City staff to solicit public input.

A list of frequently asked questions and a short survey is now available online at The deadline to submit the survey is July 13, 2020 at 8 am.

CARES Act Emergency Grants

Jul 01, 2020

The City of Winchester will be awarding grants to eligible, locally owned micro-sized businesses, large-sized businesses, and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Micro-sized businesses and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations may receive a maximum grant award of up to $5,000. Large-sized businesses may receive a maximum grant award of up to $10,000.

Old Town Splash Pad to remain closed in 2020

Jun 29, 2020

UPDATE (7/7/21):

The splash pad is open and has new hours:

Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 am-9:00 pm
Friday-Saturday, 10:30 am-10:00 pm

For the protection of public health and safety, the City has made the difficult decision to close the Old Town Winchester (OTW) splash pad and adjoining public restrooms for the remaining 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The splash pad and restrooms are located on the south end of the Loudoun Street Mall (between Cork Street and Boscawen Street).

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Jun 29, 2020

The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) and the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) will be hosting the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Friday, July 17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The drive will be held at the Jim Barnett Park Rec Center, 1001 East Cork Street in Winchester.

City’s AAA Bond Rating reaffirmed

Jun 17, 2020

The City of Winchester’s bond rating has once again been affirmed by S&P Global Ratings to ‘AAA,’ the highest possible rating, in advance of the City’s upcoming General Obligation bond sale scheduled for June 23. The rating reflects an unbiased assessment of the credit-worthiness of the City’s debt obligations to investors in the public financial market. The higher the rating, the greater the likelihood of full and timely repayment of the debt which equates to lower risk to investors and lower interest rates to municipalities.