A Fond Farewell to the Original Kids Cove
It took just five days in May of 1993 to build the ultimate children's playground at Mount Trashmore Park. It was a true community effort that brought together over 5,000 volunteers, in rain and shine, to make Kids Cove a reality. From the planning to the fundraising to the actual build, the community took a dream for a barrier-free playground and brought it to life. Kids Cove has been enjoyed by children and families for nearly 18 years and evidence of its success is visible daily on the smiling faces of all who visit.
While beloved and very popular, the existing wooden playground is not fully accessible and cannot be modernized to fully meet the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines or today's guidelines and standards for public use playgrounds.
To ensure that children of all abilities will continue to have a barrier-free playground to enjoy, a new Kids Cove playground was built adjacent to the original wooden structure and opened in December 2010. It is nearly twice the size of the original with rubber playground surfacing and is fully compliant with ADA guidelines to accommodate all children.
With the new Kids Cove open, we've finalized plans for the removal of the wooden playground. In early March, the original Kids Cove will close and be fenced off so it can be prepared for removal. To maintain the safety of park visitors and minimize the impact to the use of the skate park and new Kids Cove playground, work to remove the wooden playground will be conducted at night, while the park is closed.
Footage, photographs and articles that reflect upon the construction and opening of the original wooden Kids Cove playground are available at VBgov.com/KidsCove. In addition, a monument to pay tribute to the original playground and those who helped to build it is being planned.
Wooden Pickets: The wooden pickets surrounding the original playground have been removed. If you purchased a picket in 1993 and would like it back, please contact Amy Woodson, Parks & Recreation Supervisor at 385-0415 or awoodson@VBgov.com.
New Management in Place at City Golf Courses
The City of Virginia Beach has partnered with Virginia Beach Golf Management Inc. (VBGM) to maintain and operate three City golf courses: Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens and Red Wing Lake. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with proven industry professionals who bring over 50 years of operational and maintenance experience to our facilities. This is truly a win/win agreement that not only provides benefits to the City and to VBGM, it also will provide very attractive fee structures and an enhanced golfing experience to our guests.
The City and VBGM have successfully negotiated a 10 year lease agreement with two additional five year renewal options. It is our goal to make our courses self-sustaining. Rent to the city will be paid in the form of 10% of the gross revenue. Our plan is to put aside portions of this rent to create a fund that will provide the necessary resources to repair, replace and fund any future capital needs of the three courses. VBGM will also provide over $550,000 of their own money to make improvements and upgrades to the existing courses and structures within the first two years. A renovated clubhouse at Red Wing, new cart paths at Kempsville Greens and interior upgrades at Bow Creek are on the list.
On February 1, 2011, the three courses were transitioned to the new operators. The courses did not miss a day of operation and have remained open for play as VBGM works diligently to make sure this transition is as smooth as possible. VBGM is currently working to obtain new merchandise and a new golf cart fleet that should be arriving later this month. They also are in the process of putting the finishing touches on their new website. There are new and exciting times ahead and we hope to see you on the course!
Call for Exhibitors and Artisans for Upcoming Events
Earth Day Exhibitors
Do you belong to an organization that is committed to protecting the environment? Do you own a business that promotes going green? Have an idea how to make everyday life more eco-friendly? Then you should consider joining us as an exhibitor at our annual Mount Trashmore Earth Day Event!
Held this year on Sunday, May 1, this event is a great opportunity for your group or business to reach thousands of like minded people in a fun and engaging outdoor celebration.
There are two exhibitor categories: non-profit and commercial. There will be no fee for participating non-profit exhibitors unless selling a promotional product, then a $150 fee will apply. Commercial exhibitors will be charged a $150 exhibitors fee, whether selling a product or not. Get more information becoming a Commercial or Non-Profit Exhibitor.
Artisans in the Park
The 36th annual Artisans in the Park will be held August 6-7 at Great Neck Park. Offering a weekend of outdoor family fun, this festival provides an opportunity for artists and craftsmen to display and sell their work as an estimated crowd of 20,000 enjoy the displays, stage entertainment, children's activities and festival foods. Free admission and parking for the general public!
All qualified artisans are encouraged to apply for a space at the event. All work must be original, professional quality, and executed by the accepted artist who must personally attend the booth space. Two artists producing one single work may apply as an exhibiting team and occupy one space. Additional information is available on the Artisan Application.
Join Us for the 7th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
Help us celebrate Virginia Beach's international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the 7th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 2 at Red Wing Park (1398 General Booth Blvd) from 11 am - 3 pm. Enjoy the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, creative activities and various demonstrations. This is a family event that allows everyone to come together and embrace the nature that surrounds us.
Featured performances will celebrate all City of Virginia Beach Sister Cities, including songs from Sons of Norway (representing Sister City Moss, Norway) and key entertainment from the Kempsville Middle School Band representing Sister City North Down County, Ireland.
Food and beverage are available for purchase. You are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the performances. In the event of inclement weather, the events will be postponed until Sunday, April 3, at the same time and place. Admission and parking are free.
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