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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | July 2009 | VBgov.com/Parks
Join Us for Artisans in the Park, August 1st and 2nd
ArtisanThe 34th annual Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Art & Craft Festival, Artisans in the Park, will continue with the established tradition of excellence at Great Neck Park on August 1st and 2nd. Located along the banks of the Lynnhaven Bay, the 70-acre park boasts a landscape of mature trees for shade and winding paved pathways, offering much for this outdoor art and craft festival. Over 75 artists and craftsmen will be displaying and selling their original creations.
Free admission and parking at Cox High School, corner of Great Neck Road & Shorehaven Drive.  Map it!
Saturday, August 1st: 10am - 5pm
Sunday, August 2nd:  10am - 4pm

Get in the Game! Adult Fall Softball Registration


Softball PlayerCity-Wide Athletics Fall 2009 Adult Softball Team Registration will be July 27-31. Fee is $500 per team. Men's, women's and coed leagues will be offered. Questions?  Call the City-Wide Athletics Office at 358-0458.


A few notes about registration:

  • Registration is taken on a team basis at the City-Wide Athletic Office (4001 Dam Neck Road). Each team pays a franchise fee at registration.
  • Participants must be 18 years old or out of high school.
  • Games are held at various ball fields throughout the city.
  • Register early! Leagues are subject to close-out prior to the last day of signups.

Find other City-Wide sports information.

Three Virginia Beach Parks Offer Disc Golf Courses
Disc GolfDisc golf (also called Frisbee Golf) is a game in which individual players throw a flying disc into a basket or at a target.  The play is very similar to traditional golf, but instead of a ball and clubs, players use only discs.  According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, "The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc."

While disc golf shares much in common with traditional golf, there are a few differences. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you don't need to carry a huge bag of equipment and you never get stuck with a bad "tee time."  It's inexpensive, physically accessible and designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.
Disc golf provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise, and promotes a combination of physical and mental abilities that allow very little risk of physical injury.  Visit one of the local courses below to see why this sport is becoming increasingly popular! 
  • Bayville Farms Park features a 20-hole disc golf course which was the first of its kind in Virginia Beach and is the second-oldest course in the Unites States! Many golfers travel to Bayville for its historical significance. Map it!  
  • Munden Point Park features an 18-hole disc golf course that meanders through the park with baskets positioned throughout, even on the finger piers along the North Landing River. There are also 2 additional practice baskets at the park.  Map it!
  • Fairfield Neighborhood Park (Kempsville area) is home to a three-hole course that was recently constructed as an Eagle Scout Project.  Stop by to get a feel for the game.  Map it!
There are no fees to enjoy the courses, but you will need to bring your own discs.  Just like in regular ball golf, you should let better players play through so the course does not get backed up.
New Park Trail Maps Available
TrailThinking of heading to the park for some exercise?  Check out the new trail maps below to find the best trails for walking, running and biking.  The maps distinguish between hard (paved) trails and soft (unpaved) trails and list the approximate distances. 
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.