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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | January 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks

Get a Taste of Your Own Generosity! 

Chipotle LogoChipotle Mexican Grill is holding a fundraiser to benefit the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Foundation at their new restaurant located at 2701 N. Mall Drive near Lynnhaven Mall on Thursday, February 11th from 5-8pm. For a $5 donation, you get a meal (burrito, soda, chips and salsa) and 100% of your donation goes directly to the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Foundation! 
The Foundation is a non-profit partner with the Department of Parks and Recreation. Their mission is to secure, manage and invest privately raised funds, gifts and bequests in support of Parks and Recreation programs, services and facilities. Their most recent project was the purchase and installation of an accessibility ramp and wheelchair at the Princess Anne Recreation Center that will enable swimmers with limited mobility to easily enter the pool.
An event flyer for the fundraiser is available here.  Feel free to print the flyer and tell your friends about this great opportunity to enjoy Chipotle while helping to support the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Foundation!
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Nominate Outstanding Youth & Adults for Best All Around

Best All AroundDo you know youth who stand out for their leadership, community involvement, positive influence or who showed courage in overcoming adversity? Do you know adults who contribute to the community through their outstanding and inspirational work with youth? If so, consider nominating them for one of Virginia Beach's Best All Around Awards. Completed nominations are due by March 1, 2010.
Nominees must be in one of two categories:
1. Youth who live in Virginia Beach and are enrolled in grades 1 - 12
2. Adults who volunteer or work with Virginia Beach youth (such as a coach, teacher, mentor, social worker, probation officer, etc.)
The criteria for Virginia Beach's Best All Around awards are based on the 40 Developmental AssetsŪ, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that help young people grow up to be healthy, principled and caring adults. 
Nomination forms are available online at VBgov.com/YOO. The Best All Around program is sponsored by the Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Team and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation.
Get in on the Action! Adult Spring Sports Leagues Gearing Up
Adult Spring Softball
Registration: Feb 22 - March 12 | $500/team
Play ball!  Men's, women's and coed softball leagues are offered.  Practices begin April 1 and the season will run from the end of April through late July. Each team consists of a maximum of 20 players. Games are held at various ball fields throughout the city.  
Sand FootballAdult Spring Coed Sand Football
Registration: Feb 1-12 | $675/team
Love to play football? Like the beach? Give sand football a try this spring!  Gather up your friends and put together a team of up to 15 players for this coed 6 on 6 flag football league. Games consist of two 40-minute halves and are played on the beach at 25th Street on Sunday mornings. The season runs from March to May.
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
  • Register early! Leagues are subject to close-out prior to the last day of signups
For more information, call the City-Wide Athletics Office at 385-0458 or visit VBgov.com/sports.

Marshview Park Recreational Trail Grant

MarshviewVirginia Beach Parks & Recreation has applied for a grant funding to build the first trail on the Marshview property, an 82-acre parcel of undeveloped land at the Oceanfront, between the neighborhoods of Lands End, Salt Marsh Point, Seatack, and Shadowlawn on Lake Rudee. The City's Outdoors Plan recommended that the City acquire the Marshview property for a future public park. The site will provide a unique upland, waterfront park property for Virginia Beach residents to enjoy.
The grant would provide funding for a 2,000 foot long trail with 3 bridges. Learn more about the property, view maps and provide feedback at VBgov.com/MarshviewPark.

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 accommodation 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.