FCPRD unveils new registration software

walking in a winter wonderland

Frederick County Parks and Recreation announced their partnership with CivicPlus, a leading provider of technology solutions for local governments, to implement their state of the art parks and recreation management software.

This will enhance the accessibility of recreational activities and streamline the registration process for residents.

The cloud-based solution will also help with the payment process and provide easy access to book community facilities like ballfields, athletic fields, shelters, and meeting rooms.

The new software also provides a mobile option to increase user friendliness on smartphones or tablets.

Residents must have an account set up by April 8th to register for summer basicREC and reserve facilities.

All other summer programs will open on April 15th.

To register for civicREC, click here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

FCPRD raises the stakes for the Apple Blossom 10k

walking in a winter wonderland

Frederick County Parks and Recreation announced some enhancements for this year’s Apple Blossom 10k.

This year’s winners will see an increase in prize money for both local and overall race winners thanks to the addition of a new sponsor, Monoflo International.

The new payment distribution for male and female overall winners will follow: $1,500 for  first place, $1,000 for 2nd place, $750 for 3rd place, and $500 for 4th place.

Local winners prizes for male and female competitors will follow: $1,000 for 1st place, $750 for 2nd place, and $500 for 3rd place to help emphasize the support of the local running community.

This year will also feature a “Beat the Course Record” challenge.

The current records stand at 28:47 for males and 33:25 for females.

If you can beat those records, you will take home $5,000.

The race will take place Saturday, May 4th at 8:30 am on Handley Boulevard.

A link to the full announcement is available here.

To register for the Apple Blossom 10k, click here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Local NFL product inspires donation to FCPRD

walking in a winter wonderland

The Workingman’s Store in Winchester made a generous donation of $2,500 to Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s PLAY Fund which is dedicated to giving every shield the opportunity to play.

The donation was inspired by Millbrook Alum and Kansas City Chiefs Safety Nazeeh Johnson’s trip to the NFL Championship Game.

Leading up to the Big Game, the store donated 13% of all sales, a nod to Johnson’s jersey number, to the PLAY Fund which ended up reaching the $2500 total.

To learn more about the PLAY Fund, click here.

To hear Ryan Rutherford’s interview with Nazeeh Johnson before the Big Game, click here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland returns to Clearbrook Park

walking in a winter wonderland

Frederick County Parks and Recreations annual Walking in a Winter Wonderland opened last night and will remain open nightly through January 1.

The dazzling display spans the 0.5 mile path at Clearbrook Park with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights, displays, and a display synchronized with music.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for nightly appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Tickets are available for purchase online or with a credit card at the gate with a portion of the sales going to the Chain of Checks campaign.

Advance ticket sales are encouraged as walk-up entry is not guaranteed.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

FCPRD’s hosts annual Battlefield Half Marathon

walking in a winter wonderland

Frederick County Parks and Recreation is hosting their annual Battlefield Half Marathon and Relays today.

The 13.1 mile race starts at the Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester at 8 am.

The course then travels along a scenic stretch of Middle Road which will be closed 7:45 am- 11:00 am.

Portions of Apple Valley, Germany, Shady Elm, Springdale Road and Saratoga Drive will also be closed for the race so plan to take an alternative route if traveling through the area.

Awards will be given for the top competitors individually and relay teams with the top male and female finisher’s taking home $750.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

 

Christmas in July in the Shenandoah Valley

It’s Christmas in July around the Shenandoah Valley!

The Merchants on Main are hosting the festivities in Front Royal with deals in many of the businesses downtown, live music, and a surprise you will have to be there to see.

There will also be a visit from Santa Clause at the Gazebo starting at 11 am.

Frederick County Parks and Recreation are getting in the holiday spirit as well with a showing of The Grinch at Clearbrook Pool.

The movie will begin at 7 pm and only credit cards will be taken at the gate. 

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

 

FCPRD hosts Battlefield Half Marathon

walking in a winter wonderland

The Battlefield Half Marathon and Relay will get started this morning.

The starting line will be in the Kernstown Battlefield and then proceed to a scenic run on Middle Road.

For the protection of the runners, portions of Middle Road and a few adjacent roads will be closed.

If you are supporting a runner or a spectator, a battlefield walking tour will be available.

It will last about an hour and give you plenty of time to get back to the finish line to support your runners.

For more information, head to runatthetop.net.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.  

FCPRD’s Parks and Pets Extravaganza

walking in a winter wonderland

Frederick County Parks and Recreation is hosting their 7th annual Parks and Pets Extravaganza today from 10am to 2pm.

Take advantage of the opportunity to bring your furry friend to enjoy a day at the park and take a swim.

The Clearbrook Pool will be open for dock diving and vendors will be on site with everything your pet might need.

There will also be a silent auction to benefit Esther Boyd Animal Shelter.

Frederick County’s Fire and Rescue and the Sheriff’s office will have demonstrations on site.

A car show will also be held starting at 10:30 with awards for different categories.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

FCPRD hosts Youth Triathlon

walking in a winter wonderland

Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s 6th annual Youth Triathlon returns tomorrow at 8 am at Sherando Park in Stephens City.

All kids ages 7-15 are welcome to participate in the event which transforms the park into a fun and challenging obstacle course including swimming, biking, and running.

All skill levels are encouraged to come out.

There are different distances for the various age groups.

Sign up today before 7 pm and the fee is $45. For more information, visit runatthetop.net.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.  

Field Day at MSV

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is hosting a field day event today from 10 am to 2 pm.

The walking trails will be open with activities all along the way.

There will be educational activities as MSV educators will have a geology talk.

Shenandoah University researcher Ashley Landes will also be there to speak on the wetlands.

Frederick County Parks and Recreation will bring some of the fun including a timed 50 yard dash, disc golf demonstration, and ladder golf.

The field day is free but admission prices still apply to the gardens and galleries.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.