Chesterfield Parks and Rec adapts during COVID-19

Posted at 8:01 AM, Jun 10, 2020

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- When the COVID-19 pandemic started to affect Chesterfield County, the Parks and Recreation Department began to offer virtual rec programs.

You can find new activities posted Monday through Friday on the Parks and Recreation virtual rec program webpage.

Lisa Trapp, from the Rockwood Nature Center, said helping residents has been a bit of a challenge.

"For us, it's been particularly difficult because we have an exhibit here,” she said. “A lot of the stuff that we do is focused on people coming in and looking at the animals."

The videos on the webpage have been great for homeschooling kids and parents. The videos have also been great for kids at heart.

Recreation Specialist Kim Graves said senior citizens are building better minds and bodies.

"We're doing fitness classes," Graves said. “We've done cooking classes which include four ingredients and they're healthy cooking meals."

They also have virtual tours of the parks and nearby historical sites.

"So if they were to wander out that way and check it out on their own time or even just check a map you can see not only where those buildings once existed, but what happened there at that time,” Trapp said.

Building knowledge of what Chesterfield P{arks can offer, in person or online, is Building Better Minds.

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