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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | August 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks 
Preview Our Fall Programs 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. 

Outdoor Beach Women is Back!

Saturday, October 15, 9 am to 5 pm | Munden Point Park   


Outdoor Beach WomenLadies, once again, on October 15, your opportunity to get outside and participate in outdoor recreation activities is yours and yours alone!

A full day at Munden Point Park is being planned with you in mind. We'll have local experts on hand to professionally instruct you on the ins and outs of exciting outdoor activities in a fun and relaxed environment. You will be able to choose four of the following sessions to attend:


  • Geocaching/GPS
  • Fly Casting
  • Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Explore the Outdoors
  • Tree ID
  • Hiking-Backpacking-Camping


The cost is only $65 per person and includes lunch. Registration begins September 10. Registration forms will be available at all recreation centers and online at VBgov.com/parks. Grab your friends and register early as spaces fill quickly for this program!

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Winter Wildlife Festival 

January 27-29, 2012

Princess Anne Recreation Center


Witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach, whether it's following fascinating bird activity, spectacular whale sightings or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife.


Free and open to the public (with a fee required for only some sessions), this event includes educational workshops and engaging excursions that are sure to captivate outdoor enthusiasts, both novice and expert.


Registration will begin November 15. 

Happy Trails to You!


West NeckVirginia Beach city parks and natural areas offer plenty of opportunities to get out and get moving. Whether you want to walk, run or ride your bike, consider one of these locations to log some mileage. Click the links for a trails map of each location.  

If you are looking for an escape into nature, then West Neck Creek Natural Area and Stumpy Lake Natural Area are two ideal destinations for you. West Neck Creek and Stumpy Lake are wooded areas that are perfect for a nature walk with the family, or a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living. West Neck Creek has three loops of soft trail, equaling 2.5 miles long and one small paved trail path that is about a third of a mile in length. Stumpy Lake's trail consists of two loops, totaling 1.65 miles in length. You can truly experience nature and wildlife as you venture through the woods at either location. 

Prefer a location with a little more activity? Try visiting one of our city parks. Red Wing Park features two soft trails totaling just under a mile. This site is perfect for a nice walk in the park and offers the chance to stroll through the many gardens featured here. Bring your dog and after you finish a walk together, you can give him some off-leash time in the dog park. 


Providence Park has two hard trail loops which circle the park. If you stay on the outer loop, the distance is .7 miles. Bring the kids with you for a visit to the playground near the intersection of the loops.


City View Park has a quarter-mile soft trail and a hard trail that is just over a mile in length. This park also offers a playground, making it ideal if you are bringing the family. 

Probably our most well-known park is Mount Trashmore Park. The first of its kind, this park transformed a waste site into a beautiful park that has become a mecca for all types of fitness and leisure activity. Mount Trashmore Park consists of paved trails that intersect between Lake Trashmore and the famed mountain. The perimeter trail that surrounds the park is 1.84 miles long. You can also choose to just go around the mountain (1.19 miles) or around Lake Trashmore (1.45 miles). If you're up for a challenge, make the stairs a part of your course and cross over the mountain and down the other side!  

New City of Virginia Beach Website Coming Soon!

New VBgov.com Website to Launch on Monday, August 29

WebsiteBig changes are coming to VBgov.com 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.
Vote for Mount Trashmore!

Help Mount Trashmore 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 LivePositively.com
  • "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 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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