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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | May 2009 | VBgov.com/Parks
Greetings!  
 
Start planning for a fun-filled summer with a look at our Summer 2009 Youth and Adult Programs Catalogs!  Whether you want to tone up with our fitness classes, explore your creativity in our art classes or learn a new skill such as golf or surfing, let us be your destination for FUN!  Registration for our new programs begins June 6th via EZreg.
Parks & Recreation is Now Hiring!
 
Work for Us!Apply to be part of our team!  We offer positions in areas such as:
  • Athletics
  • Aquatics
  • Day Camps (Including Therapeutic Recreation)
  • Outdoors
  • Recreation Support
To view current openings, visit https://www.vbcareers4gov.com and click on Search Postings.  Enter your search criteria, or just click Search to view all openings.  Click on the View link to get more information about a position.
Virginia Beach Named Sixth Best City for the Outdoors
 
Virginia Beach is known for its sun and sand, but there's more to the city than just the beach. Forbes magazine recently recognized the city as being one of the best places in the United States for the outdoors. Virginia Beach ranked sixth, joined by other localities like San Francisco, Jacksonville, Seattle and Washington D.C.
 
The ranking was compiled based on the following categories: parks spending, percentage of park land, recreational facilities, air quality, sunshine, snowfall, precipitation and temperature extremes.
 
Memorial DayMemorial Day Closures 
 
Due to the observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th, all Parks & Recreation administrative offices, community recreation centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed.  All parks, park facilities and municipal golf courses will be open for your enjoyment.  Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!
Picnic in Our Parks - Reserve a Shelter Today!
 
Looking for a place to host your next gathering?  Reserve a picnic shelter and enjoy a day in the park surrounded by friends and family! 
 
Picnic shelters are available in the following parks in the City: Bayville Farms, City View, Great Neck, Little Island, Mount Trashmore, Munden Point, Red Wing and Woodstock Park. Shelter sizes range from eight to twelve tables and all shelters have grills for charcoal cooking.
 
View rates and reservation procedures
Unleash Your Dog in Our Dog Parks
 
Dog ParkBring your pooch to one of two dog parks in Virginia Beach for an opportunity to relax and socialize. Each park consists of a one-acre fenced area where dogs can run free from their leashes.  Park locations:
Red Wing Park at 1398 General Booth Blvd.
Woodstock Community Park at 5709 Providence Rd.
An annual onsite registration fee of $10 is required, along with proof of license and vaccination. Dogs will be issued a tag to wear visibly on their collar. Children are required to be at least 8 years of age to enter the park.
 
No Mow and Buffer Management Areas
 
Protection of our resources, including both park land and waterways, is a top priority in order to ensure that current and future generations will continue to enjoy excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation and education.
 
As one of our many ways to successfully accomplish this, we are working to establish at least a 20-foot no-mow and natural buffer area around all of our City Park System water areas.  This action will improve the protection of our land and water resources within the system while establishing and providing management and maintenance practices that are more efficient.
 
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.