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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | August 2009 | VBgov.com/Parks

Get a Sneak Peak! Fall Program Catalogs Available Online


CatalogStay active and engaged all year round with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation!  Our new Youth and Adult Program Catalogs are full of exciting classes and activities for all ages.  Be sure to check out our expanded fitness and outdoor program offerings like Kettlebells, Beaming, Archery and Outdoor Beach Family!

Printed catalogs will be available by September 8th and program registration begins September 12th via EZreg.
Save the Date for the STIHL Lumberjack Championships
Lumberjack 09Gear up for thundering chain saws and swift axes as the STIHL Virginia Beach Lumberjack Championships arrive at Mount Trashmore Park on Saturday, September 19th from 12:00 - 4:00 pm! Free public admission and on-site parking available for this exciting and educational event.
Lumber JackWith a number of buzz-worthy challenges throughout the day - including underhand chop, standing block chop, Jack & Jill sawing, hot saw, single buck and the U.S. Championships for Axe Throwing - modern day lumberjacks and lumberjills will chop, smash and saw their way through a truckload of logs in no time flat. Using super-modified chain saws, some of which are built from motorcycle engines, they can make three cuts through those logs in under 10 seconds ... and that includes starting the saw!

AthleteLast Call for Forever Fit Registration!


Athletes age 50 and better have the opportunity to let their skills shine in the Forever Fit Games held October 2nd and 3rd.  Competitions include: badminton, basketball, billiards, bocce, cornhole, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, shuffleboards, softball hit and throw, swimming, table tennis, track & field.  The $20 fee entitles participants to five events. Registration is only available until September 18th, so sign up today!  View additional event details.
Pacific Avenue Trail Extension Project
Pacific Ave. TrailIf you've been to the Oceanfront lately, you've probably seen tall pilings sticking up out of Lake Holly. That's a sure sign that construction is under way for the Pacific Avenue trail extension.

The trail will be a 1,400-foot boardwalk along the lake's edge, stretching from 5th Street to 9th Street/Norfolk Avenue, running alongside Pacific Avenue. This will give walkers, joggers and bikers a picturesque path where they won't have to compete with traffic along Pacific Avenue. A gazebo halfway down the path will provide shade and rest.

The project costs about $1.1 million, with most of that money - nearly $800,000 - coming from a federal grant. The trail will be part of an eight-mile loop from Pacific Avenue to General Booth Boulevard to Birdneck Road to Norfolk Avenue. The loop will be complete once Birdneck Road construction is finished. This will connect the Oceanfront with the Aquarium, Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center, Owl Creek Golf Course and Seatack Recreation Center.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance from Monday, August 31st to Monday, September 7th. 
Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance from Monday, September 14th to Sunday, September 20th.  The pool at Princess Anne will remain closed through September 27th.
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, September 6th for Labor Day.

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accomodation and inclusion services.

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.