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Outdoors & Environmental 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. Parents and children will enjoy our Friday Night Hikes and Explore Our Parks series, while teens and adults can go on an Owl Prowl or experience a kayak tour of Back Bay from Little Island Park to False Cape. Look for outdoor programs beginning on page 32.
 
Registration begins Saturday, September 11 at 9 am.

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Preserving Open Space at Pleasure House Point
 
Pleasure House Creek at Pleasure House Point
Pleasure House Point
In July, Mayor Sessoms announced that the 122-acre Pleasure House Point property may be acquired and protected under terms of a deal between Wells Fargo bank and The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national environmental group. Pleasure House Point, located just west of the Lesner Bridge and south of the Chesapeake Bay, is at the convergence of Pleasure House Creek and Crab Creek, overlooking the Lynnhaven River.
 
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and The Trust for Public Land plan to partner with the city to pull together funding to make the purchase. TPL would buy the land from Wells Fargo if the partners can raise $13 million by December. TPL would then sell most of the land to the city for open space preservation and public access to the Lynnhaven River. This may require the use of up to $5 million from the city's Open Space Funds.
 
Another portion of the site would be sold to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for use as an environmental-education center. TPL also would make available part of the site fronting Shore Drive for commercial and other development, if additional conservation funding cannot be found. 
 
The city anticipates working with citizens and partner groups to develop a plan for use of the public open space, building on the city's existing plans to improve water quality in the Lynnhaven watershed, including a return of the famous Lynnhaven Oyster fishery.
 
"The site has been identified by the city for nearly the past decade as a top priority for open space acquisition to preserve and enhance the existing riparian and maritime forest habitat and provide public access to the Lynnhaven River shoreline," said Cindy Curtis, director of Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation. "We are thrilled this opportunity has arisen."
Experience Kayak Fishing on Lake Smith 
by Stacy Sanders, Outdoor Programs Team
 
Stacy leading a kayak fishing excursion
Stacy Sanders
One of my favorite pastimes is fishing. I grew up fishing small ponds near my grandparent's house, and I learned about the sport using a cane pole. I stuck with it over the years, getting better equipment as I learned more about the sport. After moving to Virginia Beach two years ago, I had the opportunity to fish on a more regular basis. Today, part of my job is to teach and lead fishing programs; something I greatly enjoy. 
 
Join Stacy and add a little more adventure to your fishing trips as we go Kayak Fishing! On Tuesday, September 14 from 9 am to noon, we'll demonstrate the techniques of casting from a kayak, get you loaded up with gear and bait, and head out to reel in a fish. This program will meet at the kayak launch at Lake Smith Fishing Station located off of Northampton Blvd. on Shell Rd. The cost is $16 and all you need to bring is yourself! Register online or in person at any recreation center.
 
For more information about this program, contact Outdoor Programs at 385-4461, or email outdoors@VBgov.com.
Reel in the Catch of the Day!
 
Fishing off of the Little Island Fishing Pier
Fishing Pier
Kids can try to reel in the BIG one at the Little Island Fishing Pier in our Fish On program. We will provide all the equipment, and even bait your child's hook. This session is designed for kids who would like to see what the sport is all about as we will give a brief intro on the equipment and casting lessons. We also welcome those who are experienced and just want to come out and enjoy an evening of fishing. A parent must attend with the registered participant (age 5-14). The program costs $7 and covers access to the pier. Three sessions are offered:
 
#95038 | Thursday, September 9 | 6-8 pm
#95039 | Thursday, September 16 | 6-8 pm
#95040 | Thursday, September 23 | 6-8 pm
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 Tuesday, 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...
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 requires 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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