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Alexandria: Recreation

Play Soccer

Gunston Recreational Micro Soccer Fields (Grist Mill Park)

703-360-7013 and 703-313-8530

www.playgunstonsoccer.org/fields.php

Join one of the many micro soccer teams that play two seasons (fall and spring) on these fields. Also enjoy the playground and picnic areas and let your dog enjoy the dog park.

Pohick Bay Regional Park Golf Course

10301 Gunston Road

703-339-8585

www.nvrpa.org/pohickbaygolf.html

Pohick Bay Regional Park Golf Course features an 18-hole, par 72 golf course, as well as tournaments and golf lessons. Contact Golf Course Manager Craig Palm with questions.

Greendale Golf Course

6700 Telegraph Road

703-971-3788

www.co.fairfax.va.us/parks/greendale

Greendale is a municipal course in Fairfax County. It features an 18-hole, par 70 course as well as lessons, on 148 acres of rolling grounds with asphalt cart paths.

Swim Forever

Alexandria Masters Swimming

alexandiamasters@earthlink.net

www.alexandriamasters.com

U.S. Masters Swimming is a national organization which promotes swimming for adults over 18 years old. They offer structured coached workouts with Curl-Burke Swim Club.

Catch a Wave in the Pool

Cameron Run Regional Park

4001 Eisenhower Ave.

703-960-0767

www.nvrpa.org/cameron.html

Cameron Run Regional Park offers a variety of recreation facilities in an urban area, including Great Waves water park. Catch a wave in the wave pool, twist and turn down four-story water slides, take a plunge down speed slides, splash in the splash pads, play with friends in the shallow waters of the play pool. Little ones will enjoy the tad pool.

Land a Kick-Flip

Schuyler Hamilton Jones Skatepark

3540 Wheeler Ave.

703-838-4343

Visit the Schuyler Hamilton Jones Skateboard Park on Duke Street at the intersection with Quaker Lane. The 11,000 square foot park features 6- and 4-foot half-pipes, a fun box, a 3-foot spine, and rails.

Hit Golf Balls at a Computerized Range

TopGolf

6625 South Van Dorn St.

703-924-2600

www.topgolfusa.com

Golfers of all skill and experience levels have the opportunity to work on numerous aspects of their game — chip shots with a nine iron, or long drives. What makes the TopGolf experience original is the fact that golfers receive immediate feedback through the use of a computerized scoring system which measures length and accuracy of shots. Also on site are two TopGolf miniature golf courses.

Enlist in Coaching Clinics

Alexandria Youth Sports Office

703-838-4345

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities offers coaching clinics for individuals — with or without experience — who are interested in coaching youth sports.

The clinics — for those who coach baseball, cheerleading, basketball, softball, and football — are held two times seasonally (spring, summer, fall, winter) at the Lee Center.

Improve Their Game

Nannie J. Lee Memorial

Recreation Center

1108 Jefferson St.

703-838-4345

Kids can learn the basics of their favorite sport by attending a Fundamentals Clinic through the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. Local coaches or volunteers will teach youngsters the way to play the game the right way through the teaching of basic techniques.

Get Punchy

Dennis Porter

Charles Houston Recreation Center

901 Wythe Street

703-838-4234

The Alexandria Boxing Club is located at The Fred Smith Center, which is an extension of the Charles Houston Recreation Center. Every weeknight, members of the ABC team — both pro fighters and amateurs — practice their craft under coach Dennis Porter. To visit a practice session or to find out when local ‘Fights Night’ events are scheduled, call Dennis Porter.

Hit The Ice

Mount Vernon Recreation

Center

2017 Belle View Blvd.

703-768-3224

Ever see one of those ‘Peanuts’ TV specials where Snoopy easily glides across the ice as flawless as any Olympian skater? Well, it’s harder than it looks even if ‘good ‘ole Snoopy’ makes it look easy. But what a great sport to learn, and what a way to cool off during the hot months. Go to: www.FairfaxCounty.gov/parks. Or, get a hold of a free Parktakes magazine by calling 703-222-4664.

Get Into the Swing

The StrikeZone Academy

826 South Pickett St.

703-823-0061

www.thestrikezoneacademy.com

The indoor facility is the ideal place for players to practice their baseball and softball skills year round. Three batting cages are available for teams, along with ‘Iron Mike’ automatic pitching machines. And there are other areas to practice pitching and fielding.

There are batting, fielding, and catching instructors for beginner-level players on up through high school aged players.

Rock On

Sportrock-Alexandria

5308 Eisenhower Ave.

703-212-7625

http://www.sportrock.com/locations/alexandria.asp

The closest to a mountain range Alexandria has is the 12,000 square feet of indoor climbing walls at Sportrock Alexandria. A thorough calendar of course offerings for children and adults of all age levels, and the opportunity to walk in and take a beginners’ class on the spot, makes any time the right time for a climb.

Jazz it up with Jazzercise

Hollin Hall Senior Center

1500 Shenandoah Road

703-765-0142

www.jazzmtvernon.com

Jazzercise combines elements of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kick-boxing, to create effective programs for people of every age and fitness level.

Playing War

Eagle and Empire Game Shop

8405-D Richmond Highway

703-360-5363

Players of miniature war games gather at this shop to play each other. Games played include Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40K, Warmaster Ancients, Flames of War and Command Decision. Meetings are on Friday nights, the weekend and sometimes Wednesday nights. While it is free to participate, one needs to bring one’s own pieces.

Knitting Nights

Knit Happens

127A North Washington St.

703-836-0039

www.knithappens.net

The self-described Nirvana for knitters shop Knit Happens hosts a Knit n’ Nosh 5-7 p.m. the first Friday of every month, and is open late — until 8 p.m. — every Wednesday for quality after-work knitting time.

Alexandria Sportsman’s Club

Meets Monthly at Old Dominion Boat Club

The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club is a charitable organization which honors the student-athletes of the Alexandria community. The organization, established 50 years ago, holds meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at the Old Dominion Boat Club (1 King Street, Alexandria). Call Alexandria Sportsman’s Club Member Steve Lehman 703-470-4301 (cell).

Fort Hunt Sportsman Association

Founded in 1963, Fort Hunt Sportsman Association raises money and presents awards to athletes and teams for the schools in the West Potomac High School pyramid and Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association. For information and a meeting schedule, contact Rick Genuario at 703-360-3134.