We constantly strive to enrich the lives of our residents, serve as stewards of Town resources, and foster a sense of community by providing diverse, accessible and valued parks, facilities and recreation programs. Parks and Recreation offers physical and leisurely activities for the community, supports the local arts, and collaborates with virtually every community group, building cooperation and cohesiveness in Herndon and the surrounding communities. 

The department oversees the operation of the Herndon Community Center. The year-round center offers a comprehensive recreation program and encompasses multi-purpose rooms, gymnasium, three racquetball courts, fitness facility and training studio, catering kitchen, arts and crafts room, childcare and preschool rooms. The aquatics facility includes an eight-lane, 25-yard indoor swimming pool, diving and instructional areas, spa, sauna, shower, and lockers. The indoor tennis center operates October through April and includes three tennis courts for reserved play, leagues, lessons, and other activities. 

The department also sponsors many popular special events like the Herndon Festival and Labor Day Festival, and oversees the operation of eleven neighborhood parks

Herndon Parks and Recreation Department was awarded the highest honor in the parks and recreation field, the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) on four occasions, most recently in 2008 (previously in 1981, 1991, and 2001). The department was also a finalist in the competition in 1990 and 2007. Click here to see our Gold Medal Award Video.

The department was awarded re-accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), an independent body sanctioned by the National Park and Recreation Association (NPRA) and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. CAPRA recognizes park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. Accreditation lasts for five years and Herndon Parks & Recreation first achieved this honor in 2006.  The accreditation process is extensive and includes a self-assessment, an on-site peer review, and final review by CAPRA.  An accredited agency must demonstrate compliance with 151 standards ranging in subject matter from fiscal accountability, security and personnel management to conservation preservation, land use management and program standards.

The Town of Herndon is the third largest town in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is found in Northern Virginia, contained within Fairfax County and adjacent to Loudoun County. The town is situated in close proximity to Dulles Airport.