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Therapeutic Recreation Newsletter | December 2010 |
After School Participants Keep Busy!

Farmers MarketThe Champions and All Stars After School Programs have started the fall season having a blast. There is a schedule filled with fun activities waiting for them as soon as they get off the bus. Not only are they keeping busy in the recreation center enjoying games, activities, and art projects, but they are also utilizing the fitness room, game room and gym. 

The kids have enjoyed awesome trips to places such as Target to shop for new games, Mount Trashmore to enjoy the warm weather outside, and Taylor Farms to enjoy a hay ride and pick pumpkins. Both staff and participants in the after school programs are looking forward to the holiday season and all the fun activities that are to come!
Hampton Roads Preparedness for Those with Special Needs

HR Special NeedsThe Hampton Roads Medical Needs Registry is an emergency preparedness tool that will be used by local emergency managers to communicate with people who have medical needs for emergency preparedness planning. The Medical Need Registry contains the names and addresses of individuals with medical needs or health conditions who cannot manage independently in a general shelter or evacuation center in an emergency. For more information, please go to the website
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Our Mission: 

To provide programs and services to individuals with disabilities that will...

 Enrich quality of life
 Meet community needs
 Enhance skill development, leisure education and recreation participation
 Increase independence through individualized goals and objectives
The staff achieve this mission by offering a variety of programs for children, teens and adults including after school programs, summer day camps, dance, fitness, aquatic and social programs.
Registration for Winter/Spring Programs


We will be holding registration on Saturday, January 8 at Kempsville Recreation Center room 103 (TR office) from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Around TownAround Town I - Age 36 & up
Bayside | Fridays | 2/18-5/13 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $65 
Around Town II - Age 22 - 35  
Kempsville | Fridays | 2/18-5/13 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $65

Around Town III - Age 14- 21
Kempsville | Fridays | 2/18-5/13 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $65

Tumble, Jump & Roll - Age 4 - 8
Kempsville | Mondays | 2/14-3/14 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm | $37

Swim, Stretch or Tone - Age 14 & up
Princess Anne | Wednesday | 2/16-4/27 | 6:30 - 7:20 pm | $52
Learn to Swim - Age 1 - 5 with parent
Bow Creek | Tuesday | 3/15-5/10 | 5:00 - 5:30 pm | $32

SwimmersLearn to Swim - Age 6-15
Bow Creek | Tuesday | 3/15-5/10 | 5:00 - 5:50 pm | $43
Bow Creek | Tuesday | 3/15-5/10 | 6:00 - 6:50 pm | $43
Bow Creek | Thursday | 3/17-5/12 | 5:00 - 5:50 pm | $43
Bow Creek | Thursday | 3/17-5/12 | 6:00 - 6:50 pm | $43

Learn to Swim - Age 16 and up
Bow Creek | Thursday | 3/17-5/12 | 7:00 - 7:50 pm | $43

Intro to Competitive Swimming - Age 6 and up
Bow Creek | Tuesday | 3/15-5/10 | 7:00 - 7:50 pm | $43

Ongoing Registration for After School Programs
All Stars - Age 5 - 13 (must have turned 5 on or before 9/30/10)
Kempsville | M-F | 1/3-6/17 | 2:30 - 5:30 pm | $275/month
Champions - Age 14 - 21 (currently attending middle or high school)
Kempsville | M-F | 1/3-6/17 | 2:00 - 5:30 pm | $275/month
Staff in the Spotlight: Bill Parker

Bill ParkerBill Parker is a graduate of Longwood University. He has worked with Therapeutic Recreation Programs for 11 years. Bill has supervised many of the programs throughout his career including Champions, Around Town, Camp Explore and New Ventures. He supervises the three Recreation Specialist I's in the unit and is responsible for payroll and hiring of seasonal staff. His favorite part of the job is helping participants increase their independence. He serves as one of the Department's Mandt Trainers providing staff with skills to assist patrons in managing their behavior.


Outside of work, Bill enjoys coaching his daughter's softball team and his son's baseball team. He is a loyal Redskins fan and enjoys a variety of music.

Outdoor Challenge Program a Success!

KayakingThis fall we offered a new program called the Outdoor Challenge Series. Without a doubt, it was a huge hit with the participants who had the opportunity to learn three new life long leisure activities: fishing, hiking and kayaking. Each week before the group would head out to try an activity, they would spend some time in the classroom talking about a variety of topics such as safety, equipment, how to do the activity, and supplies needed. They enjoyed fishing at the Little Island Fishing Pier, hiking at First Landing State Park and kayaking at Lake Smith. We are looking forward to running this program again in the spring and learning more outdoor activities.

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
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