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A Message From Director Jane Shelhorse

Fall is always an exciting time of year, with the start of school, and preparing for the holidays...that will be here before you know it. But this year is an especially exciting time for many of the families in Louisa, as we open the new Louisa High School. What an incredible facility it is!

The day of the earthquake changed us all, but our community came together and used that adversity to become better! Our Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has a bond with our school system that was only made stronger by that day. We worked side by side with our schools to make sure there were places for our students to go; whether it was TeenQuest for middle school students or gym space for their athletic teams. Both organizations still share space with each other, support one another, and do our best to support our youth and their families.

Looking at all the changes and improvements that have been put into the new school, it’s amazing how things have changed since August 2011. Our department has also been through changes in the last four years, and we hope they are improvements.

We now take credit cards and parents may make on-site payments at our after school programs. People can now register and pay for classes online. You can even read our brochure online if you prefer that to keeping a hard copy edition. Just go to our website and you can browse through all of our programs, and register for almost any of them.

Another change is the addition of Tourism to our department. We are excited to let visitors and county residents know all of the neat things we have to offer here in this great county. We do our best to remind people that you don’t always have to go to Richmond or Charlottesville or even Fredericksburg for great shopping, restaurants, and activities; there’s a lot going on right here in Louisa. You can see for yourself by going to our Tourism website to find out some great ways you can “play local.”

You can also sign up for one of our e-newsletters to help you keep up with happening in our department and in our community. They only come out once a month, and we do not use your email to send you “special offers” or advertisements; just our newsletter to help keep you informed. You can sign up for them from both of our websites.

The department is also on Twitter, Instagram, and has our own Facebook pages (Louisa Parks and Rec and Louisa Tourism)! You can check out our pages for the latest news and photos from our programs and events. Speaking of photos, you can send us your photos from our events, programs, or just enjoying one of our parks (or even your dog enjoying the bark park!) and we will post them as part of our Play Local campaign. There is nothing we like more than seeing people enjoying what we offer. Submit your photos to (make sure you let us know who is who in the photo) and we will post it.

I think as you look through this brochure, you will see other changes we have made. We are offering lots of new things, like 3-D computer classes, Zombie Run, Insanity Workout, and cooking classes, just to name a few. We’ve even added a new recreation area featuring basketball courts, pickleball courts, and playground equipment at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School near the softball field (for use after school hours).

It’s been a busy four years, and we continue to move forward and look at ways to provide more for you. We hope you will continue to move forward with us...I can’t wait to see where we will be in 2019!

Jane Shelhorse

Louisa County Parks, Recreation & Tourism
P.O. Box 864 / 522 Industrial Drive - Suite A,
Louisa, Virginia 23093
(540) 967-4420 / Fax (540) 967-4450
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.