If you're out and about getting fresh air, exercising or fishing in Jim Barnett Park or neighborhood parks, remember to practice social distancing (stay at least 6 ft from others not in your household) and cover your coughs and sneezes. If you are sick, PLEASE stay home and remember groups of 50 or more people are banned in Virginia.
Winchester is home to over 270 acres of park land. Jim Barnett Park features over 170 acres of beautiful green space and amenities and over 100 acres of park land is located within Winchester's neighborhoods.
Jim Barnett Park Amenities:
Playgrounds | Pavilions | Picnic Areas with Grills | Indoor & Outdoor Pools | Outdoor Basketball Courts | Tennis Courts | Sports Fields | Gymnasium | Recreation Center | Fitness Trail | Disc Golf Course | Dog Park | Arboretum | Fishing Lake | Horseshoe Courts | BMX Track
CLOSED: Rec Center facilities (Opening July 8: Racquetball Court, 8 am-5 pm, reservations recommended)
OPEN: Fitness trails, green space, pavilions, dog park, playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts, athletic fields and disc golf course (watch video below). Rec Center open for information inquiries, registrations and membership sales only.
Outdoor Pool Schedule
The outdoor pool, located in Jim Barnett Park (1001 East Cork Street Winchester, VA 22601), is open daily during the summer (Usually: Memorial Day through Labor Day).
This facility has eight 50-meter lanes in the main pool and six 25-yard lanes in the diving well (depth varies from 3.5 feet to 11.5 feet). The main pool also has a 30-foot tall tube slide and a one-meter spring board. The zero depth entry baby pool includes a water feature (maximum depth 1.5 feet).
Phase III Schedule (Beginning July 3)
Lap swimming capacity is 35 swimmers and no limit per lane (first-come, first-served) during the below times. A waitlist will be started when capacity is reached. If you'd like to wait on park property, we will notify you when a lane becomes available. Please give your phone number to staff if you are not able to get in. No advanced reservations will be accepted.
FEES: $7 adults | $6.50 students | $6 seniors and military | Included with membership
General swimming is allowed during designated times and capacity is 35 people in the pool area (swimming or not). Reservations will be accepted (groups of more than 10 will not be accepted).
CLOSED: The slide and mushroom (wading area) is closed.
RESERVATIONS: May be made up to seven days in advance. Call the Rec Center front desk at (540) 662-4946 or the outdoor pool at (540)-667-2284 to make a reservation. You will be asked to provide a name, phone number, group size, and requested time slot. Please contact us ASAP if you need to cancel so others in the community may make a reservation. If time slots do not fill for any one time, patrons will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. A waitlist will not be started for general swim.
FEES: $4 ages 6+ | $3 ages 3-5 | Free for under 3 | $12 family up to 4 | Included with membership
|Lap Swim||5-7 am
|9:30 am-11:45 am||9-11 am|
|General Swim||2-4 pm
|11:30 am-1:30 pm
Indoor Pool Schedule (Closed)
Jim Barnett Park's indoor pool, located in Jim Barnett Park (1001 East Cork Street Winchester, VA 22601), has six 25-meter lanes and is open year-round.
Swim classes are offered for participants of all ages and abilities. A variety of lap swim times are designated in the indoor pool schedule for different age groups as well as general swim opportunities.
*Temperature of the pool is approximately 83 degrees
RENT THE INDOOR POOL FOR A PARTY:
SA, 6-8 pm More Info
Y = Yes
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|11 am-1 pm||Y||Y||Y|
Open Gym Schedule (closed)
The gym will be available at the below times to anyone who would like to drop by the Recreation Center to play some hoops. This is not a league or program. Basketballs are available if needed. Organized practices of any kind are not permitted. Anyone entering the gym must pay the daily fee or have a punch pass/membership.
Y = Yes
The fitness room is open during during the building's hours of operation to participants ages 14+. Spectators are not permitted. Proper attire must be worn at all times. See the Fitness Room Policy for more details.
The court can be used for racquetball or wallyball. Court reservations can be made seven calendar days in advance for no more than two hours at a time. The court is open and available for use during the building's hours of operation.
The Winchester Dog Park, located in Jim Barnett Park, is open free to the public and offers two fenced sections (small dog area and large dog area) complete with play equipment, running water (April-October), picnic tables and more.
- Kiwanis Par Course - Jim Barnett Park features a one-mile fitness trail consisting of 18-exercise stations of varying levels of performance including stretching, aerobic and muscle toning stations.
- Winchester Green Circle Trail - The Green Circle Trail provides pedestrians with a recreational path for running, walking or cycling and connects areas of historic, recreational, educational and natural interest such as the Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve.
The Christianson Familyland area in Jim Barnett Park offers several family fun amenities including:
- Adventure playground
- Children’s Dream Accessible Playground (for children with special needs)
- Picnic areas
- Public restrooms
- 18-hole miniature golf course
Disc Golf Course
The 18-hole disc golf course is located in Jim Barnett Park. The course is available to play for free and discs are available for rent ($2.00/disc) at the War Memorial Building or the outdoor pool complex.
The BMX Track in Jim Barnett Park is the longest track within an eight-hour radius of Winchester at 1,307 feet. It has a long front straight and is a great track for training and learning. Approximately 30 local races, one state race and four multi-point races are held each year.
Jim Barnett Park has several courts available for playing horseshoe. Free. Bring your own equipment.
Use the billiards table (ages 12+) in the War Memorial Building free with paid daily facility admission or $1.50 for billiards table only. Pool sticks available or bring your own.
Many park facilities are available to rent including:
- Social Hall
- Meeting Rooms
- PB&J Program in Gym and Party Room
- Indoor Pool
- Outdoor Pool (seasonally)
- BMX Track
- Horseshoe Courts
- Tennis Courts
- Ball Fields
Located in Jim Barnett Park are three memorials:
- Veterans Memorial - inside War Memorial Building
- POW/MIA Memorial - on Maple Drive
- Korean War Memorial - on Maple Drive
Located in near Christianson Familyland, Wilkins Lake is a public fishing lake in Jim Barnett Park. Each year, the park offers a Family Day Fishing Rodeo in June and the lake is stocked full of plenty of fish to catch.
The lake was made possible thanks to generous donations by the Wilkins family in Winchester over 35 years ago (35th anniversary in 2019).
The Arboretum’s master plan and first plantings were completed in 2000 and a dedication occurred in 2003. The Arboretum, located between Pleasant Valley Road and Maple Drive in Jim Barnett Park, features approximately 40 species represented in approximately 100 trees. Many of the trees were dedicated and planted in memory of loved ones or in honor of someone. Soon, the Arboretum will focus on native species for educational purposes as well as ecological considerations.
- Arboretum volunteers are currently working with various groups to add a pollination garden and rock garden to the Arboretum.
- The Lions Club is working to build a Sensory Trail in the Arboretum (behind the Jones Funeral Home).
Who was Jim Barnett?
Jim Barnett was both a dedicated and devoted director of the Winchester Parks & Recreation Department for more than thirty years. His leadership was instrumental during a period of unprecedented growth and development. He had unceasing energy, contagious enthusiasm and a positive attitude and presented throughout the years, by his generosity, personal involvement and self-sacrifice, what every citizen should be to their community. On August 26, 1987, the Winchester Parks & Recreation Board did unanimously resolve that the City Recreation Park shall be officially designated “Jim Barnett Park.”