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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | June 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks 
Clinic Introduces Families to Fishing

 

Family Fishing ClinicVirginia Beach Parks & Recreation's annual summer Family Fishing Clinic was held Saturday, June 4 at Munden Point Park with more than 100 people in attendance. This free event for children and their families was a partnership between Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation's Outdoor Programs Unit and Region 7 of the Virginia B.A.S.S. Federation. Fishing poles, bait, certificates "goodie bags," and 20 volunteers to help with the event were provided from the B.A.S.S. Federation.


The day began with a morning of casting practice and fishing led by the B.A.S.S Federation volunteers. Throughout the event, the B.A.S.S. volunteers assisted the children by baiting their fishing hooks and helping release the fish after being caught. Catfish and sunfish were the two main fish caught at the event. The B.A.S.S. volunteers showed the children how to carefully remove the hook from the catfish's mouth without getting hurt by the catfish bards.

 

After a morning of fishing, everyone was able to enjoy a hot dog lunch followed by a prize giveaway of ten fishing poles. Lunch and prizes for the giveaways were purchased through donations from the Sheriff's Community Fund and Dick's Sporting Goods.

 

A huge thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors and the Munden Point Park staff; because of you this event was again a huge success!

 

A second Family Fishing Clinic will be held this year on Saturday, October 1 at Munden Point Park. Register today! 

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1,900 - volunteers
  
34,000 - pounds of litter collected & removed
  
52 - sites in Virginia Beach that were cleaned
Plan a Beach Park Getaway to Little Island Park

 

Little Island ParkLittle Island Park, located at the southern end of Sandbridge, just north of Back Bay, offers everything you'll need for a day at the beach without the distraction of huge crowds and retail galore. Little Island features a 2000 foot beach for swimming and fishing and a 775 foot beach for surfing, with the two areas separated by a 400 foot fishing pier.

  
Additionally, the park offers tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts and beach volleyball, and a newly renovated playground. With convenient restrooms and concessions, inexpensive daily parking and picnic shelters available for rent, you'll enjoy a relaxing day at the beach. New this year, seasonal rental items are available that include corn hole games, umbrellas/chairs, tiki umbrellas and soft surf boards.
  
The pier admission fee is $7. Weekly and annual pier passes are also available. A Virginia Saltwater Fishing License is not needed for the pier, but is required if fishing from the beach. Be sure to bring your own bait and equipment as these items are not available at the park.
  
It's a best bet to arrive to the park early, especially on the weekends, so that you can avoid traffic and secure a parking spot. Parking is $3 for residents and $5 for non-residents. Buses and RV's are $10 per day. The park and fishing pier are open from 5:30 am to 11 pm daily.
  
View photos of the park, or check out an aerial view to see where the amenities are located.
We've Got a Cleaner Bay Thanks to 1,900 Volunteers!

 

Clean the Bay DayYes, Virginia Beach, your Bay (and more) is now cleaner! Over 1900 of your family, friends and neighbors joined forces with the City of Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to get out and do their part in cleaning up 52 sites in the city. These groups collected and removed over 34,000 pounds of litter! Zone Captains stepped up and organized groups and ensured that the area they were responsible for was spotless by the end of this one day event.
 

If you did not get a chance to help out this year, please keep us in mind for the next. If you want more information, please visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's website
 

If you are looking for opportunities throughout the year, check out our Adopt-a-Program, join our Trails Club, and of course, you can take a bag out with you each time you head out. Pick up the litter BEFORE it ends up in our waterways!

 
SunscreenProtecting yourself from the sun should always be a priority when heading outdoors in the summer months. Below are tips from the FDA on purchasing and applying sunscreen. 
  
Check product labels to make sure you get:
  • A "sun protection factor" (SPF) of 15 or more. SPF represents the degree to which a sunscreen can protect the skin from sunburn. The higher the number, the better the protection.
  • "Broad spectrum" protection sunscreen that contains products which protect against both UVA UVB rays.
  • Water-resistant sunscreen that stays on your skin longer, even if it gets wet. "Water-resistant" does not mean "waterproof." Water-resistant sunscreens need to be reapplied as instructed on the label.
Tips for applying sunscreen:
  • Apply the recommended amount evenly to all uncovered skin, especially your lips, nose, ears, neck, hands, and feet.
  • Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going out in the sun.
  • If you don't have much hair, apply sunscreen to the top of your head, or wear a hat.
  • Reapply at least every two hours.
trailsGet 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, July 4 for Independence Day.

 

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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