All parks are open year round from sunrise to sunset unless otherwise stated.


Nestled in wooded hills, Archery Range Park features a junior Olympic-sized pool and training pool. As well as public swimming, the pool offers programs such as children's and adult swimming lessons, aquasize (water aerobics), and private pool party rentals. The facility is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

This park gets its name from earlier times when Cub Coup airplanes landed on the airstrip formerly here. This quiet, neighborhood park contains a picnic area, playground, and basketball court. It is located on the eastern tip of Aviation Road.


This 2200 acre park features a 250 acre lake. Fishermen can catch a variety of fish including Bass, Trout, and Muskie. Seasonally, hunting is permitted. Those persons wishing to participate in these activities must purchase a Big Cherry Use Permit at the Town Hall. Big Cherry Reservoir is accessible by four-wheel drive vehicle only.


A wide variety of recreational facilities are available at Bullitt Park. Located on the winding Powell River, the park features a 3,500 seating football stadium, picnic shelters, Greenbelt Walking Trail (lighted), playground, and much, much, more! The main entrance is at the north end of East 1st Street.


Cadet Park is one of the town's newest facilities. This neighborhood park features a playground, basketball court, picnic area and play field. The park is located on Main Ave.


Recreational activities are available year round at Carnes Gym. Opportunities for fun include basketball, aerobics, volleyball, and dance. Carnes gym is located within the Town Hall at 505 East 5th Street South.

Located directly behind the Town Hall, Carnes Gym Field offers wide open spaces for group activities. One annual activity is the soccer league.


Adjacent to the Powell River, the park is the site of the summer softball league. Additionally, the park provides open space for playing football, frisbee, and other fun activities. Frog Level Park is located on Alternate Route 58 west.


This neighborhood park is frequented by young and old alike. Whether enjoying a game of volleyball or just picnicking, Italy Bottom Park has something for everyone. The park is located on East 6th Street.


Began by the late Harry W. Meador, this quaint museum is dedicated to our coal mining region. A variety of artifacts about the industry and the coal miner are on display. The Meador Coal Museum is owned by Westmoreland Coal Company and operated by the Big Stone Gap Department of Parks and Recreation. The museum is open year round, Wednesday-Friday from 9:00 - 5:00, and Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; . The museum is normally closed  Sunday through Tuesday, However, special arrangements can be made if you telephone us in advance at 276-523-9209. The museum is located on the corner of Shawnee Avenue and East 2nd Street.


statue_small.jpg (5206 bytes)As the focal point of Big Stone Gap, Miner's Park provides a delightful atmosphere to sit and reflect upon the town's heritage. The coal miner statue, at its center, is dedicated to the citizens of the area. Summer events include concerts on the bricked terrace. Miners Park is located on the comer of East 5th Street and Wood Avenue.



A partially shaded, paved, and lighted path make this park an excellent place to walk by the river and feed the ducks. Benches and picnic tables are also provided. This park, located on Spring Street across from the Glencoe Cemetery, is open 24 hours a day year round. Land for this park was donated by the Fraley family in honor of Arnold K. Fraley, a prominent Big Stone Gap business man.



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The following list is subject to change and will be periodically reviewed and updated.


  1. Applies to reservation of any park and/or its facility:

  2. Facilities are designed for their intended use. I.E. the gymnasium is for playing basketball. Any use beyond implied intended use must be approved by the Parks Director.

  3. Reservations may be made by telephone (276)523-0115, extension 121, or in person at the Parks and Recreation office located in the Town Hall. Renter must make appropriate payment within five working days after making a reservation

  4. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis. Reservations for an upcoming year may not be made until after February 15th of that year.

  5. Reservations may not be made for more than two consecutive days without prior permission from the Parks Director.

  6. Reservation time includes all set-up and break-down times.

  7. Groups of 50 or more who rent a pavilion must pay a $50.00 cleanup deposit. This deposit will be refunded if the pavilion area is cleaned up after renter use.

  8. Renter must complete and sign a park user permit in order to guarantee a reservation. Rental agreements/contacts are subject to approval by the Parks Director.

  9. The Parks and Recreation Director reserves the right to deny or cancel any function which does not follow established policies, state laws, and regulations.


  1. A general fee schedule will be available on January 1st of each year.

  2. Cancellation and return of deposit will be accepted with 24 hour notice.

  3. All checks should be made payable to "B.S.G. Parks and Recreation".

  4. A non-Town of Big Stone Gap resident fee or rate may be charged for facility use.

  5. Fees are subject to change without notice.

  6. Fees may be waived by the Parks Director for groups that are holding activities that benefit the underprivileged.


  1. Renters and users are to be held responsible for all damage incurred during and caused by their use of facilities. Monetary charges will be made and legal action may be taken.

  2. Renters and users are to be held responsible for all undue trash pick-up and other clean-up following and caused by their use.

  3. Insurance, security, and parking personnel for a function are the responsibility of the renter(s). Additional personnel and/or procedures may be required of the renter(s) by the Parks Director.

  4. The Town of Big Stone Gap is not liable for personal property damage incurred during private functions, including tournaments.

  5. At the commencement of any indoor event holding more then 200 people, the State Fire Marshall=s announcement will be made by the renter.

  6. Glass bottles of any kind are prohibited in all parks.

  7. No unauthorized vehicles allowed on the track at Bullitt Park.


  1. Disorderly conduct, including profanity and fighting, is prohibited. Employees and/or police may enforce.

  2. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all times in all parks. Employees and/or police may enforce.

  3. Drugs and/or persons under the influence thereof are prohibited. Employees and/or police may enforce.

  4. Weapons are prohibited on or in all parks. Firearms are allowed within the boundaries of Big Cherry Reservoir during appropriate hunting season.

  5. Any destruction of property, unintentional or intentional, will be charged to the individual(s) responsible for damages. Legal action may be taken.


  1. Fund raising is not allowed unless approved by the Parks Director.

  2. Concession sales must have prior approval from the Parks Director. A seller's fee may be applicable in some cases.

  3. Users are responsible for special permits, licenses, insurance, and taxes involved in their particular use of facilities.

  4. It is the responsibility of the renter to make arrangements for equipment such as tables, chairs, sound systems, etc.

  5. All decorations must meet prior approval of the Parks director.

  6. Any group using the park for organized activities must submit their schedule in writing to the Parks Director at least one month prior to the start of the events.

  7. Users and/or sponsors are responsible for their own advertising and must provide the Parks Director with this information for persons who make inquiries to the Parks and Recreation staff.

  8. Any special needs must be discussed with and approved by the Parks Director.


Any person in violation of rules and policies will receive one or a combination of the following:

  1. verbal warning

  2. eviction from the premises

  3. appropriate law enforcement or legal action

  4. and/or loss of rights to future rentals and/or use of Big Stone Gap park facilities.

Complaints and/or appeals to the policies must be submitted in writing to:

Tammy Grimes, Director
Big Stone Gap Parks & Recreation
505 East 5th Street
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219