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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | May 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks 
2011 Bikeways & Trails Plan Complete


BikingThe citizens of Virginia Beach have shown and stated consistently over the years that they want to be able to bike and walk around the City, both for recreation and for transportation alternatives.


Virginia Beach's 2009 Comprehensive Plan and its Master Transportation Plan respond to these desires generally, and this new 2011 Bikeways and Trails Plan responds to them specifically, pointing the way towards an enhanced system of bikeways and trails, plus the programs and other initiatives that support their use.
City Council adopted this plan as a component of the Comprehensive Plan in April 2011. You can view the plan online. Printed copies will become available at libraries in June 2011 and will be available for purchase at the Planning Department for $25.

Enjoy a Jazz Concert in the Park
Tonight! May 20 from 6-9 pm at Great Neck Park


Jazz PlayerEvery third Friday from May until September, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation will be hosting Friday Free for All, a collection of family-friendly movie nights and concerts in the park complete with themed games, activities, music and fun for everyone!
Join us tonight at 6 pm for a Jazz Concert at Great Neck Park, the first event in the five part series. Eddie Sal, a local favorite and New Orleans native, will sing and entertain you with a taste of Dixieland and New Orleans funky grooves at this unique outdoor concert setting. 
Eddie Sal has entertained all over the U.S. from New Orleans to Las Vegas, Reno, Boston, Orlando and all points in between. With versatility that allows him to perform many styles of music, his soulful voice will delight any audience. Past performances include Showtime at the Apollo and the New Orleans Summer Pops Orchestra.
Free admission and free parking! Food will be available for purchase. Overflow parking will be available at Cox High School (corner of Great Neck Road & Shorehaven Drive).

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Upcoming Events 
5/20 | Jazz Concert 
Great Neck Park @ 6 pm
5/21 | Family Nite Hike**
Lake Smith @ 8:30 pm
6/4 | Family Fishing Clinic**
Munden Point Park @ 8:30 am
6/4 | Clean the Bay Day**
City-wide @ 9 am 
**No cost, but requires registration
Earth Day: By the Numbers 
10,000 - estimated attendance
17,410 - pounds of electronics dropped off for e-cycling
4,500 - pounds of paper collected for shredding
52 - exhibitors with ties to earth-friendly practices
45 - attendees utilizing the free bike valet service
Over 1,000 Volunteer to Clean the Bay in Virginia Beach!


VolunteersVirginia Beach has filled all available spots for area clean ups in this year's Clean the Bay Day event coming up on June 4. Additional effort was made this year to concentrate on areas where other clean ups throughout the year do not take place. Over 30 sites have been identified involving over 1000 volunteers! Groups with interest in participating may still register to clean other communities in the Hamptons Roads area.


Half of Virginia is drained by Chesapeake Bay rivers and two-thirds of the state's population lives within the Bay watershed. Litter pollutes our waterways, kills marine and other wildlife, and degrades our neighborhoods. Rain that falls on our city streets, roofs, and lawns and runs down storm drains delivers much of the litter that reaches our waters.

What can you do to help? Reduce the amount of chemicals and fertilizers used on lawns, do not pour anything down storm drains and join 7,000 fellow Virginians in removing unhealthy debris from our cherished waterways. By boat or on foot, gather your groups, friends, neighbors and co-workers for a fun day and a worthwhile way of helping us Save the Bay.

Reel in the Big One at the FREE Family Fishing Clinic!

Saturday, June 4 from 8:30 am to 1 pm at Munden Point Park, 2001 Pefley Lane


Boy FishingHelp your child tackle the basics of angling Virginia's waters by attending this free family fishing clinic. You and your child (ages 5-14) will team up with experienced fishermen for guided instruction on beginning fishing skills.

Advance registration is required. Register under parent or guardian name at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center or online. Limited to the first 150 participants. A parent or guardian must be present for every 4 children.

Fishing poles, tackle and bait provided if needed. Event will be held rain or shine. Hot dog lunch included.   


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Get Involved - Join the Trails Club!


On the TrailLove being outdoors? Looking to be active in your community? Join like-minded individuals who are working to enhance the multi-use trails system in our city parks and natural areas. This volunteer group meets one Saturday a month at one of our local trails to pick up litter and trim, prune and maintain our trails!


The next clean up will take place on July 9 from 9 am to noon at Lake Smith. Contact the Outdoor Programs Unit at 385-0472, or email outdoors@VBgov.com for more information.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.


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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