Parks & Recreation Newsletter | August 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
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Fall 2010 CatalogOur new Fall Catalog contains exciting programs and activities for the whole family. Look for great outdoor and indoor fun for little ones and school-aged children as we celebrate the fall season. Adults might enjoy some of our new programs such as Bollywood and Hula Dancing, a kayak tour of Back Bay and How to Train for Your 5K. 
Registration begins Saturday, September 11 at 9 am.
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Kempsville Pool to Undergo Renovations
Kempsville Pool before renovations
Kempsville Pool Before Renovations
The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will undergo renovations beginning September 7, 2010. While there is no definite time frame to modernize Kempsville Recreation Center, maintenance will be completed to extend the life of the pool facility, including:
  • Installation of new HVAC system;
  • Installation of energy efficient windows;
  • Replacement of holding tank;
  • Replacement of the fiberglass pool shell with a plaster shell; and
  • Replacement of the railings on the pool deck and in the balcony area.
Renovations are expected to continue through May 2011. During this time, the swimming pool will be closed, but all other areas of Kempsville Recreation Center will remain open for use. Additional swimming classes will be offered at Bayside and Bow Creek Recreation Centers. Kempsville's swim team will practice at Bayside Recreation Center. And while Kempsville's pool is undergoing renovations, Bow Creek Recreation Center's pool will open at 6:30 am, Monday through Friday, to accommodate early morning swimmers.

Details about the progress of the renovations, including photos, will be posted to VBgov.com/Swim.
Update on Municipal Golf Course Operations 
Aerial view of Red Wing Lake Golf Course
Red Wing Lake
This past year, the Golf Division has undergone an extensive review of all facets of the City's golf course operations. This review was conducted by Golf Convergence with the complete report found here.
Based upon current market conditions and future requirements, it was recommended to look into the private sector to provide the management and maintenance of our golf courses. Currently, we are in the process of requesting proposals from golf management companies to partner with the City to provide these services for Red Wing Lake, Kempsville Greens and Bow Creek Golf Courses beginning January 1, 2011 with the option to provide the same at Virginia Beach National Golf Course beginning January 1, 2012. 
It is our goal to create a win/win partnership that will provide our guests with an exceptional golfing experience for many years to come. We will keep you updated as the process continues.

Thank You to the USS Bush Sailors! 
Volunteers from USS Bush at Providence Park
USS Bush Volunteers

As a part of a community relations project called "1,000 Points of Light Across Tidewater Day," nearly 2,000 sailors from the USS George H. W. Bush participated in 80 community service projects across Hampton Roads on August 17. The City of Virginia Beach was lucky to receive 502 volunteers at 39 sites, including many of our parks. Thank you to all who participated!
Looking for volunteer opportunities? Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation welcomes volunteers in a variety of different areas. Learn more...  

Become a Vendor at Santa's Stocking Craft Bazaar

Santa's StockingHere's your chance to participate in the 32nd Annual Santa's Stocking Old-Fashioned Craft Bazaar. An average of 5,000 shoppers per weekend show up for unique, hand-crafted items to purchase as holiday gifts or just to keep for themselves!

This cherished Virginia Beach event will be held on two different weekends, with different vendors each weekend: November 6 & 7 and November 20 & 21. Hours for both weekends are Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm.

Vendor applications are available and will be accepted until October 25, 2010, on a space available basis. Applicants can only participate during one weekend of Santa's Stocking and items for sale must be handcrafted by the applicant. Vendor fee is $125. Admission for shoppers is free.
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.
Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed August 30 through September 5 for maintenance. The weight room will remain closed through September 12 and the pool may remain closed through September 19. Please call 496-6766 for opening date.
All Community Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed September 6 for Labor Day.
The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed beginning September 7 for renovations. Reopening is expected in May 2011. 
Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed September 13-19 for maintenance. The pool will remain closed through September 26 and may remain closed longer, so please call 426-0022 for opening date.
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.
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the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.