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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | December 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks 
Check Out Our Winter Programs!  

Registration Begins Saturday, January 8

 

KarateDon't get stuck on the couch this winter! Parks & Rec will help your family stay active with exciting classes and programs for all ages. From swimming and dancing to pottery and martial arts, everyone can learn something new or brush up on old skills.

 

If your New Year's resolution is to get fit, you'll find a slew of new fitness and wellness programs, including Workout Warriors, TRX Suspension Training, and How to Train for Your 8K.

 

Registration for all programs begins at 9 am on Saturday, January 8. Remember that you can register online with your barcode and PIN, or register in person at any recreation center.

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Revamp Your Exercise Routine at Free Fitness Event! 

 

Yoga

Do you steer clear of group fitness classes? Always do the same exercise routine? Now is the time to try something new! Enjoy a morning full of FREE sample classes during our Passport to Fitness event on January 15, 2011. Five recreation centers - Bayside, Bow Creek, Great Neck, Kempsville and Princess Anne - will offer a variety of mini-classes from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. We're even offering water fitness sessions at Bow Creek! You can take a look at the class schedules for each center here. Be sure to bring water, a yoga mat for mind & body classes, and a swimsuit if you want to try a water fitness class.
 
Our Fitness Team will answer your questions and local vendors will be on site to give information to promote healthy lifestyles. You can also enter a drawing to win a 30-Day Unlimited Group Fitness Pass! This event is free and available to participants age 14 years and older. Start planning for a fit new year!

New Kids Cove Playground is Now Open 

 

Climber at Kids Cove

Construction is complete, the ribbon is cut and the new Kids Cove playground at Mount Trashmore Park is open for all children to enjoy! If you missed the Grand Opening on December 10, you can take a look at some photos of the event and new playground on our Flickr page.
 
Like the playgrounds at Little Island and Great Neck Park, Kids Cove is barrier free for kids of all abilities. The giant play structure has a variety of climbers and slides, but also features double-wide ramps and decking making it completely wheelchair accessible. Separate swinging and climbing areas offer something for all ages. The play areas are all built upon colorful rubber surfacing that is firm enough for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs and also helps to buffer falls.
 
Now if we could just get the weather to be a little more cooperative....

Are You Registered for the Winter Wildlife Festival?

 

Seals at CBBTSpaces are filling quickly for the Winter Wildlife Festival on January 28-30, 2011 and we don't want you to miss out on the chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach! This event includes educational workshops and engaging excursions - many of which are free! Registration is required to attend workshops and excursions (some require a fee), so sign up today!

 

Be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center, 1400 Nimmo Parkway, and speak with our Winter Wildlife Festival partners. You'll also learn ways to get involved with local efforts and see what conservation groups and businesses are doing. Children's activities available too!
 
Visit VBgov.com/WinterWildlife for a full list of excursions and educational sessions along with registration information.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

 

All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on December 31 and January 1. Mount Trashmore Park will be open on Friday and Saturday, but all other City parks will be closed. Lynnhaven Boat Ramp will be open on Friday, December 31 only.

 

The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through Spring 2011 for renovations.

 

Don't forget that your membership is good at all six Virginia Beach 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 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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