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Aquatics Newsletter | August 2011 |
Preview the Fall Catalog!   

New Digital Flipbook Format for Easy Reading!  


Get the first look at our Fall 2011 Programs & Activities Catalog now available as a digital flipbook! Registration for new programs begins Saturday, September 10 at 9 am. 

Take Your Mark - GO!  


Swim LeagueCalling all swimmers ages 6 to 17! Winter swim league sign-ups begin on Saturday, September 10 for all recreation center teams.      

New to the winter swim league?
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation offers an intramural winter swim league with emphasis on swimmer development and fun in a low-key competitive environment. Each team will swim regular season and championship meets during a season that runs from November to February. Teams practice twice a week under the supervision of experienced coaches, building competence in each of the four competitive strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly) as well as learning starts and turns. 

Please note, Seatack's team will be practicing at Great Neck Recreation Center while Seatack undergoes renovation. 


To register, please visit any Virginia Beach Recreation Center. Or, if you know your account number and family PIN, you can register online at
Pool Calendars

Pool Events
8/19 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside

8/26 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne
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New City of Virginia Beach Website Coming Soon!  

New Website to Launch on Monday, August 29   


WebsiteBig changes are coming to on August 29! The City of Virginia Beach's website has been completely redesigned based on direct feedback and requests from our users, as well as the city's desire to implement technology improvements. Some notable additions and enhancements to the website include:      

  • An interactive calendar of events that can be filtered based on your preferences
  • A media center containing video and photo galleries 
  • Mobile accessibility that is compatible across all major smartphone formats
  • A visually appealing design that highlights our beautiful city through the use of imagery
  • An interactive Map Center featuring layering capability and an improved graphic interface 
  • A design that is compatible with multiple browsers on multiple platforms
  • An improved search with auto-suggestions as you type        
We hope you'll love the new site! Please note that you may need to update some of your saved links when the new site launches.
Check Out Our Splash Mob!   


Splash MobThe National Recreation and Park Association challenged local agencies to celebrate Parks & Recreation Month by recording flash mobs that demonstrate the benefits of parks and recreation. Our aquatics unit created a fun twist on the concept and organized "splash mobs" in the pool with participants doing the Hokey Pokey. 


Thank you to the members of Kempsville Recreation Center's Aqua Muscles and Moves fitness class, led by Chuck Thomas & Sue Saxton and summer campers from Bayside Recreation Center and Williams Farm Elementary School, led by Michelle Walz for your willing participation!

Watch the Splash Mob Video! 

Saturday Lessons Offered this Fall  


Girl in PoolDoes the busy week make you wonder when you are going to have time to get your children into swim lessons? Our recreation centers offer swimming lessons on Saturdays starting in September. Don't wait, sign up today!

Tiny Bobbers (age 1 to 3 with guardian) 

#100914 | Bow Creek | Sep 10 - Nov 5 | 9:30 - 10 am | $35

#101217 | Great Neck | Sep 24 - Nov 12 | 9:30 - 10 am | $38


Preschool Paddlers (age 4 to 5 ) 

#100922 | Bow Creek | Sep 10 - Nov 5 | 9:20 - 10 am | $51

#101207 | Great Neck | Sep 24 - Nov 12 | 9:20 - 10 am | $45

#101208 | Great Neck | Sep 24 - Nov 12 | 11:10 - 11:50 am | $45


Learn to Swim Levels 1-3 (age 5 to 15) 

#100935 | Bow Creek | Sep 10 - Nov 5 | 10:10 - 11 am | $47

#101232 | Great Neck | Sep 24 - Nov 12 | 10:10 - 11 am | $43

#101233 | Great Neck | Sep 24 - Nov 12 | 11:10 am - 12 pm | $43


Learn to Swim Levels 4-5 (age 5 to 15) 

#100943 | Bow Creek | Sep 10 - Nov 5 | 10:10 - 11 am | $47

#101240 | Great Neck | Sep 24 - Nov 12 | 10:10 - 11 am | $43

Vote for Mount Trashmore! 

Help Mount Trashmore Park Win a $100,000 Recreation Grant  

Kids Cove at Mount TrashmoreDid you know that being active at Mount Trashmore Park this summer could help it win $100,000? The title of "America's Favorite Park" and a recreation grant are up for grabs. So get out, play and vote for Mount Trashmore Park before September 6!

America Is Your Park encourages families to get active outdoors in parks across the country and vote to help their favorite win one of three recreation grants made possible by the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative. So, if you like biking, running, skateboarding, walking your dog or taking the kids to play, there's no better place to enjoy these activities than at Mount Trashmore Park.  


You can help Mount Trashmore Park by: 

  • Voting as many times as you can! Voting is unlimited.  
  • Uploading photos and videos from the park to
  • "Checking in" to Mount Trashmore Park via Facebook Places 

You can also help by spreading the word about the contest - urge people to vote by reminding park visitors, sending emails, posting a status on Facebook or sending a message on Twitter about why you love Mount Trashmore Park.


Mount Trashmore could be crowned "America's Favorite Park" this summer. But it's up to you - so get outdoors, play in the park and don't forget to vote!
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


The pool at Seatack Recreation Center will be closed for renovations beginning August 22 and lasting approximately three months.

Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance from August 29 to September 5. 

The pool, weight room and racquetball courts are expected to remain closed until September 19 for additional maintenance and ceiling painting. 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.


Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance September 12-18. The pool is expected to remain closed through October 2.

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 you or your child require 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
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