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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | August 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks 
Parks & Rec Centers Open as Scheduled!


Our city parks and recreation centers were fortunate to have fared well in the hurricane. Our facilities are opened today as scheduled. The pier at Little Island Park is closed, but the rest of the park remains open with lifeguards on duty as normal.


Bayside Recreation Center is open, but the pool is closed at this time. We expect the pool to open later today.  


Great Neck Recreation Center is closed for previously scheduled maintenance.  

Preview Our 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.

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New City of Virginia Beach Website Coming Soon!      

New VBgov.com Website to Launch in Mid-September

WebsiteBig changes are coming to VBgov.com in mid-September! 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! You may need to update some of your saved links when the new site launches.

NOTE: The new website was initially set to launch on August 29, but due to the approach of Hurricane Irene, the launch date was delayed. 

Register to Compete at SK8R Bash!

October 8, 10 am to 5 pm | Presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and WRV



It's back! Roll out for some nose-grinding action at our action-packed skateboard competition at the 24,000 square foot Mount Trashmore Skate Park. Complete with big airs, board grabs and other raw tricks, this contest runs alongside fun activities and rockin' live music. Registration is underway for anyone who wants to compete in the skateboard competition.  


Sign up today!

Competition Information 

Registration Cost: $25 (Event Day Registration: $30, if space is available)

  • Helmets are required; elbow and knee pads are recommended
  • Applications accepted on first come, first serve basis until categories are full; space is limited
  • Registration status confirmed by email
  • Competitors receive contest t-shirt
  • Prizes in each category
  • Parents must sign for participants under age 18
  • Proof of age may be required

Contest Format

Each competitor will be given a :30 second intro-run, and then placed in a 10 - 20 person Jam Session. The top 8 from each category will be placed in a final jam. Divisions and schedules are listed on the registration form

Vote for Mount Trashmore!

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


Boy on PlaygroundDid 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!
Enjoy Music and Fireworks at Patriotic Concert!

Friday, September 16, 6 to 9 pm at Mount Trashmore Park 



Join us for the fifth and final installment of the summer event series Friday Free for All on Friday, September 16 for a

Patriotic Concert at Mount Trashmore Park.


Celebrate our military heroes with this rockin' military salute while enjoying the sunset over Lake Trashmore. The Blue Aces Ensemble of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band will entertain the crowd with their fast-paced performances and variety of musical styles. The Blue Aces have performed for military and civilian dignitaries including the President of the United States, our warrior airmen and joint-combined forces deployed in support of the Global War on Terror.

The concert begins at 6 pm and fireworks will light up the sky at 8:30 pm (rescheduled from July 4). Food will be available for purchase; free parking and admission.

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Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


The pool at Seatack Recreation Center is closed for renovations until approximately the end of November.


Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance through 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.
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.