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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | May 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks 
Preview Our Summer Catalog!

Registration Begins June 4 for Most Programs


Summer CatalogYou and your family will enjoy an active summer with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation programs, classes and events!

Check out our Summer Catalog for a complete listing of what's coming up!


We've got a ton of fitness classes offered both indoors and outdoors, so you'll be all set for the beach season! We still have space available in summer camps for the kids and we also have a variety of drop-in programs for both youth and adults in our recreation centers.

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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.

Lobby Renovations at Bayside, Great Neck & Princess Anne 


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Front desk at Princess Anne (before)

The lobbies at Bayside, Great Neck and Princess Anne Recreation Centers are being renovated to improve traffic flow and provide a single front desk area complete with a scanning station. Bayside Recreation Center's lobby renovations began this week. Once Bayside is complete, Great Neck's lobby will be renovated; we anticipate this work will begin in July. Princess Anne's lobby will be renovated upon completion of Great Neck and work is anticipated to begin in September.

The renovations will change the flow of traffic to improve customer service and safety, and will clearly direct customers to the front desk area. The doors at the entrance will be replaced with sliding doors that are better suited to high traffic. Lighting and seating in the lobby will also be improved, with additional seating at the pool spectator area. A layout of the new floor plan is available here.


The recreation centers will be operating as normal during these renovations, with classes and programs scheduled as usual. Safety of our customers is our primary concern; at times, customers may need to walk through a construction tunnel to access other areas of the recreation center.

Register Now for 2011/12 School Year Programs!

Before and After School Program Registration Began May 21 


Out of School Time ProgramsAs convenient as it gets! Our high-quality, affordable and easy-access programs are offered inside various Virginia Beach public elementary and middle schools, as well as at our recreation centers, for a stress-free solution to your children's before and after school needs.


Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation has a proven track record for providing safe, structured environments where children are surrounded and supported by adults who care about them. We believe child's play is an essential quality as youth develop into young adults. We also believe that leisure opportunities help them make healthy and positive lifestyle choices.


Programs run concurrent with the Virginia Beach Public Schools operating calendar and include a recreation center membership for your child. Registration began May 21 and continues on a space available basis. View our Summer Catalog for additional details, including cost, locations and registration options.

Join Us at Friday Free For All - Movie Night: The Goonies

Friday, June 17 from 7:30-10 pm at Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive


piratesEvery 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 at Mount Trashmore Park on Friday, June 17 for a showing of The Goonies. Indulge in the adventure to find legendary 17th century pirate One-Eyed Willie's buried treasure in this 1985 classic film. Wear your best scallywag eye patch or swash bucklin' gear for plenty of pirate-themed activities. Movie begins at sunset; food will be available for purchase.


Free admission and free on-site parking! 


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Buy One, Get One Free Piranhas Soccer Tickets! 

Special Offer for Virginia Beach Recreation Center Members! 


Piranhas LogoThe Virginia Beach Piranhas Women's League and Men's Premier Development League soccer teams are providing a special buy one, get one free ticket offer for Virginia Beach Recreation Center members. This offer is good at any home game, including double-headers! All games are played at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex and you can purchase tickets at the box office, just be sure to show your membership card to receive the deal.


The next games will be played Saturday, June 4 at the Sportsplex at 5:30 and 8 pm. Learn more about the teams and view the complete schedules at VBpiranhas.com.

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 weight room and cardio areas of Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10 for maintenance.


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.
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.