The Louisa Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of recreational programs and facilities for the citizens of Louisa County. Program offerings are listed in “Leisure Times,” a publication that is distributed to county residents three times a year. The department sponsors a large variety of athletic and fitness programs, special interest classes for children and adults, an after-school recreational program, trips and several special events each year.
The hub of activity is at the Betty J. Queen Intergenerational Center site, located at 522 Industrial Drive in Louisa, across from the airport. Located at the center is the Louisa County Aquatic Facility, a skate park, playground, picnic pavilion and fitness trail. A disc golf course is also being developed. The Parks and Recreation Department offices are based in the Betty Queen Center, which also features a teen center, gym and several rooms that are available for meetings and social gatherings for a fee. Many of the department’s programs are held at the Betty J. Queen Intergenerational Center.
The beautiful Louisa County Aquatic Facility is a three-pool complex, with a junior Olympic-size competitive pool, an activity pool for games and exercise classes, and a toddler pool with a fountain sprinkler. The facility offers open swim for all ages and structured activities, such as swim lessons, water fitness programs, senior citizen activities, teen parties and lap swim. It is also the home of the Louisa Gators Swim Team. There is a minimal admission fee for the facility.
The picnic pavilion across from the Louisa Aquatic Facility can be rented for birthday parties or other small events. Included are four picnic tables and two charcoal grills. When not being rented, the pavilion may be used on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Louisa Skate Park includes a pyramid, vertical wall, three-sided hip, kicker ramp and two-quarter pipes, plus some other features. There is no fee to use the facility, but skaters must bring their own equipment. Wear appropriate safety equipment, including helmet with chinstrap, elbow and knee protection, and a mouthpiece. Skaters participate at their own risk and certain rules must be adhered to.
The Betty J. Queen Center playground area includes a large play structure with spiral slide, wave slide, zip slide, a cloverleaf climber and a mega rock climber. There is also a sky runner, swings and a whirlwind seat. Also included is a fun-semble musical station. This play area is for elementary school aged youth.
The fitness trail around the Betty J. Queen Center is fabricated of crushed gravel track that gives walkers a chance to circle the playground, pass the picnic pavilion and skate park, cross over to the backside of the aquatic facility parking lot, and then do another loop on the far side of the pool. Along the path is outdoor fitness equipment, including a leg press, rowing machine, air walker, back stretch machine and more to help pump up a workout and take walking to a new level, and it is all for free! The fitness trail opened in the fall of 2009.
The Louisa Parks and Recreation Department maintains several parks. In addition to the facilities listed below, there are playgrounds at the Mineral Town Park and the Ruritan Building.
Bowlers Mill Lake is a 75-acre lake and boat ramp located on Bowlers Mill Road, off James Madison Highway south of Gordonsville. This lake area is open year-round, from sunup to sundown. Gas powered motors are prohibited. Fishing is by permit only, with permits available at the Louisa Treasurer’s Office (540) 967-3435, Carterfields Sporting Supply (540) 967-1220 or Gordonsville Sports Supply (540) 832-7013.
Located on Bumpass Road, Buckner-Bumpass Park is an 18-acre community park with picnic shelter and tables, playground equipment and walking trail. This facility is operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. Pavilion or ball field reservations may be obtained by contacting the Parks and Recreation office.
Louisa Town Park is a Passive park, offering playground equipment for elementary and preschool-age children, picnic tables, walking trail, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits and picnic shelter. Pavilion reservations may be obtained by contacting the Parks and Recreation office.
Northeast Creek Reservoir is a 187-acre lake and boat ramp located on Jefferson Highway, east of Louisa. It’s open year-round, one half hour prior to sunrise until one half hour after sunset. Gas powered motors are prohibited. Fishing is by permit only, which are available at Louisa Water Authority (540) 967-1122 or Carterfields Sporting Supply (540) 967-1220.
Rising Sun Community Park is located at 7071 Fredericks Hall Road on the property of the Rising Sun Community Building. In addition to playground equipment are swings for neighborhood youth and a basketball court for teens and adults. Picnic tables are available for use. The park is open each day until dark.
More information on recreational opportunities throughout the county can be found at the Parks and Recreation Web site, www.LCPR.info, or by calling the office at (540) 967-4420.