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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | November 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
At a Glance: FY10 Annual Report 

 

Annual ReportWe'd love for you to take a look at our 2010 Annual Report to see what we've accomplished in the past fiscal year. You may be surprised at just how far the department spans in terms of services, programs and facilities offered. In addition to providing and maintaining vital open space for the City, we offer six community recreation centers with indoor pools, numerous athletic fields, three municipal golf courses and a municipal tennis center, a boat ramp, a fishing pier and more. Throughout these facilities, we offer programs for children, teens, adults, seniors and people with disabilities.

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Grand Opening of New Kids Cove Playground 
Friday, December 10 at 2:00 pm | Mount Trashmore Park

 

Kids Cove PlaygroundBring the kids and join us for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new Kids Cove playground at Mount Trashmore Park! At nearly 26,000 square feet, the new playground is almost two times the size of the existing Kids Cove, and is comprised of a general play area, a swing area and a climber area, along with four new mini-picnic shelters. The new play area is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and will be barrier-free to accommodate all children.

 

Some of the design features of the new playground will pay tribute to the original 14,000 square foot wooden Kids Cove playground built by volunteers in 1993. While beloved and very popular, the existing wooden playground is not fully accessible and cannot be modernized to meet current ADA guidelines.

 

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 2:00 pm on December 10 and will include a tribute to the wooden playground. It is anticipated that the wooden playground will be removed in early spring of 2011.

 

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Check Out VB's First Ever State of the Urban Forest Report 

 

Urban ForestVirginia Beach's urban forest, the trees where we live, work and play, provides multiple benefits to residents including cleaner air, fewer pollutants in our waterways, nutrient cycling in the soil, as well as reduced stress and improved real estate values. For the first time, we have a snapshot of our community's urban forest. The State of the Urban Forest Report 2010 includes an assessment of the amount of tree cover; an overview of the tree related communications in the community; and details the urban forest management practices currently performed.

 

"The role that trees play for our community is often overlooked," said Kristina Salzman, City Arborist. "Trees impact each and every person in our city. And since the health of the urban forest reflects the health of the community, we need to be sure that we are managing our urban forest well, so we can reap maximum benefits. The State of the Urban Forest Report helps us identify our current reality and spells out ways that we can improve."

 

For additional information, please contact Kristina Salzman at 385-4076, or KSalzman@vbgov.com.

Feedback Needed for Bikeways & Trails Plan Update 

 

TrailYou're invited to attend a public open house to review and provide feedback on the draft 2010 Bikeways & Trails Plan Update. We need your help to determine what our highest priorities should be, if we have covered all the bases and if there is anything we missed.

 

The 2004 Bikeways & Trails Plan originally identified a coordinated system of bikeways and shared use trail facilities. To continue improving the quality of life and connectivity throughout the city, we have drafted a new plan based on solicited public input.

 

You are welcome to attend either open house anytime from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm to review the plan:

 

Monday, December 6 at Oceanfront Area Library, 700 Virginia Beach Blvd

Thursday, December 9 at Kempsville Recreation Center, 800 Monmouth Lane

 

For more information, please contact Wayne Wilcox at 385-1104, or email wwilcox@vbgov.com.

Lighted Tennis Courts Available Year Round 

 

TennisAs the daylight hours are diminishing, you may find it more difficult to fit in a game of tennis before dusk. Beginning December 1, all City parks will close at 5:00 pm, but a combination of school and park locations will offer lighted tennis courts daily until 10:00 pm.

 

Bayside High School, Creeds Park, First Colonial High School, Green Run High School, and Ocean Lakes High School have lighted tennis courts.

 

Lark Downs Park (near Kempsville Recreation Center) offers lighted courts by request during recreation center hours.

 

Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center offers lighted courts until December 15, 2010.  Please call 385-2695 for court availability and information on the indoor bubble.

Winter Rates in Effect at Municipal Golf Courses 

 

Winter rates went into effect at all three Virginia Beach Municipal Golf Courses - Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens and Red Wing Lake - on November 1. In addition, twilight rates now begin at noon instead of 1pm. Schedule an afternoon tee time for a great deal that includes a cart rental!

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

 

The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through spring 2011 for renovations.
 
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, parks, and administrative offices will be closed on November 25 -26 for Thanksgiving.

 

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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