The Public Works Department maintains all municipal property devoted to recreational use. Within the city, the department maintains three large parks, three neighborhood parks, an athletic field complex and swimming pool, and two city school athletic fields. All of the facilities are open to the residents of the city and the Rockbridge County area. The parks (excluding Kids Playce) may be reserved through the Public Works Office by printing the recreation form and submitting it to Public Works, or calling 540-463-3154.
The department also maintains a 560-acre site on Brushy Hill and a 2000+ acre site at Moore's Creek Dam in Rockbridge County. The Moore's Creek Dam site is open to the public for passive recreation and for fishing by permit. The Brushy Hill site is open for passive recreation only.