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

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Join Us at the Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday

Saturday, March 27 from 11am - 2:30pm at Red Wing Park
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Looking for a great family outing this weekend? Celebrate Virginia Beach's international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the 6th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. You and your family will enjoy the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, cultural activities and demonstrations such as the paper art of Origami, Oriental Pottery and more. View the event program. 


Admission is free. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. You are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the performances. In the event of inclement weather conditions, the event will be postponed until Sunday, March 28, at the same time and place. 


Attend the South Beach Trail Boardwalk Ribbon Cutting 

South Beach TrailYou're invited to attend the South Beach Trail Boardwalk Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, April, 1 at 1:30 pm. The ceremony will be held at the southwest corner of Norfolk and Pacific Avenues and parking is at the 9th Street Parking Garage.


The South Beach Trail Boardwalk, formerly known as the Pacific Avenue Trail Project, provides a critical pedestrian and bicycle link that connects the popular multi-use trail along Norfolk Avenue with Winston-Salem Avenue, 5th Street and the Rudee Inlet Bridge. The 1,400-foot elevated boardwalk crosses the edge of Lake Holly, running alongside Pacific Avenue. The boardwalk gives walkers, joggers and bikers a picturesque path where they won't have to compete with traffic.


The trail is 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. View photos of the South Beach Trail Boardwalk.

You'll Be Seeing Stars at the Mount Trashmore Star Party
Friday, April 23 Beginning at Dark at Mount Trashmore Park

Star PartyTake your stargazing to Mount Trashmore Park! The Virginia Beach City Public Schools Planetarium along with local astronomy clubs are collaborating with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation to host the 2nd Mount Trashmore Star Party. Come and observe night sky wonders through a variety of telescopes and learn to identify constellations in the sky.


A tent to experience ViewSpace will also be set up. ViewSpace is an internet-fed, self-updating, permanent exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Learn more about ViewSpace.


Anyone wishing to set up a telescope can also do so. The goal is to share the beauty of the night sky with anyone wishing to learn about it.  For more information, please contact Stacy Sanders at 385-0425, or Chuck Dibbs at 648-4940.


City Cyclists: We Need Your Input! 

Riding BikesWe're updating the 2004 Bikeways & Trails Plan that originally identified a continuous, safe, and coordinated system of bikeways and shared use trail facilities. To continue improving the quality of life and connectivity throughout the city, we are seeking public input that will help us enhance the existing Plan and identify any problem areas or issues that have room for improvement. 


You're invited to attend a Public Information Meeting to share your input; each meeting runs from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm:

  • April 6 at Princess Anne Rec Center, 1400 Nimmo Pkwy
  • April 19 at Creeds Elem. School, 920 Princess Anne Rd.
  • April 29 at Kempsville Rec Center, 800 Monmouth Ln.

For more information, please contact Wayne Wilcox at (757) 385-1104, or email at wwilcox@VBgov.com.

Save the Date for Earth Day and American Indian Pow Wow

Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 at Mount Trashmore Park
For the first time ever, Earth Day and the American Indian Pow Wow will be held on the same weekend at Mount Trashmore Park in the hope that these two events will complement one another, allowing added opportunities to honor Mother Earth.

Pow WowThe 10th Annual American Indian Pow Wow takes places on Saturday, May 1, 11:00 am -  6:00 pm. Become enriched in Native American culture as it is showcased through spirited music, intertribal dancing and drumming, and American Indian cuisine at this interactive and alluring event. There will be displays and sales of authentic and Indian-inspired arts and crafts, and educational displays exhibiting artifacts used by American Indians. 

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Earth Day LogoMark your calendar for the 2010 Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, May 2, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. This event will give you a chance to take part in the national Earth Day's efforts to work towards a "Billion Acts of Green" - a collection of environmental actions, deeds and undertakings that count towards endeavors to solve climate change. This event will also feature an eCycling opportunity from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm sponsored by Synergy Recycling. 
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It's not too late to register to be an exhibitor at Earth Day. Get more information on becoming a Commercial or Non-Profit Exhibitor.
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
Three of the six boat ramps at Owl Creek Boat Ramp are closed so the piers and bulkheads can be inspected and repaired.  The piers, walkways and three ramps closest to General Booth Boulevard are closed until further notice.
The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed March 29 through April 4 for the installation of a new filtration system.
Don't forget that your membership is good at all six recreation centers!  If your usual center is closed for maintenance, take the opportunity to visit another center.  Use this locator to help you find one!

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.