Changes to Availability of Chesapeake Parks & PR&T Facilities

Announcement by Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism, January 13, 2023

This page will indicate changes of availability to the general public at the City of Chesapeake's parks and recreational facilities, to include community centers and specialty facilities. Examples of such changes could be due to major renovations or repairs, city major events or other large-scale activities or programs, large rentals, etc.

These changes could affect parking, traffic and/or other amenities. See the following information for specific listings. Parks will be open to the public during these events/programs unless otherwise specified on this page.

City-observed Holidays at times also affect the availability at our centers and specialty facilities. See the listing of city-observed holidays (PDF).


Bells Mill Park

  • April 1 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Young Life 5K

Chesapeake City Park

  • April 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Chesapeake Spring Arts Show
  • April 23 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Chesapeake Spring Arts Show

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

  • February 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Tidewater Striders 2023 Distance Series
  • April 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Hampton Roads Great Strides


Tennis Courts

  • Western Branch High School tennis courts will be closed for resurfacing beginning November 1st. Re-opening date is TBD.

Chesapeake Alert

Chesapeake AlertYou may receive notifications through Chesapeake Alert for major changes in parks and facilities due to renovations, repair or major events by signing up online.

For up-to-the-minute Parks, Recreation and Tourism event cancellations and postponements, visit our department Facebook page.

Additional Information: Give us a call at 757-382-6411