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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | September 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks 
It's Time to Get Fit, Virginia Beach!  

Saturday, October 15, 9 to 11 am | Mount Trashmore Park     

 

Take advantage of the cooler weather with an outdoor workout at Mount Trashmore Park! Get Fit Virginia Beach is your chance to sample the different fitness classes Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation offers for FREE! Come dressed for a workout and just bring a towel and water. Classes run from 9-11 am and include:
  • TRX® Boxing at Get Fit
  • Kettlebells
  • Zumba®
  • Boxing
  • Ropes
  • Boot Camp
  • Personal Training 
  • Martial Arts
  • Tai Chi
  • Drums Alive®
  • Cardio Kickboxing 
Health and fitness vendors will be onsite from 8:30 -11:30 am providing tips and resources to pursue healthy, active lifestyles. Our fitness staff will help determine what you need to reach your fitness goals. Personal trainers will be available to answer your questions and conduct body fat analyses. Check out some photos from last year's event!

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Parks Make Cents!   

Study Reveals Economic Impact of VB Parks & Recreation       

 

Stumpy OverlookLast year, the City of Virginia Beach requested that The Trust for Public Land carry out a study of its park and recreation system based upon seven attributes of parks that provide cities with measurable economic benefits. Not every aspect of a park system can be quantified - for instance, the mental health dollar value of a walk in the woods has not yet been documented - but the factors included in this study are: clean air, clean water, tourism, direct use, health, property value, and community cohesion.  

 

In 2010, the park system of Virginia Beach provided the city with revenue of $10.6 million, a collective increase in resident wealth of more than $305 million, resident savings of $375 million, and municipal savings of just under $10 million.   

 

View the report: The Economic Benefits of the Park and Recreation System of Virginia Beach.

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Become an Outdoor Beach Woman

Woman Kayaking - OBW 

 

Ladies, October 15 is your day to participate in outdoor recreation activities in a fun, relaxed environment!

You'll enjoy a full day at Munden Point Park with instruction from local experts. Choose four of the following Outdoor Beach Women sessions to attend:

  • Archery Basics
  • Explore the Outdoors! 
  • Fly Casting
  • Geocaching and GPS 
  • Hiking, Backpacking, & Camping 
  • Intro to Kayak 
  • Native Tree & Shrub Walk  
Cost: $65/person, includes lunch. Grab your friends and register today!
Attend SK8R Bash for Live Music & Skate Competition!

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

 

SK8R Bash Participants

It's back! After a one-year hiatus, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and WRV have teamed up again to bring the best skateboard competition in the area! Roll out for some nose-grinding action at our action-packed skateboard competition at the 24,000 square foot Mount Trashmore Skate Park.

 
This event is free and open to the public with onsite parking. In addition to the skateboard action, you'll also enjoy live musical performances by local talent 
Subtle Skeptics and Coastland. Conquer the rock-climbing wall and check out the Invincible Me? XTreme Games, hosted by the Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action for fun interactive games and free prizes for youth ages 14 & up!

Also sponsoring this event is CHKD Sports Medicine, the region's only comprehensive sports medicine program exclusively for athletes 21 and under. 


Competition Information 

Registration Cost: $25 (Event Day Registration: $30, if space is available) Sign up today! 

  • 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
City Receives $500,000 For Pleasure House Point Property

 

Pleasure House PointAs part of a large conservation effort to permanently protect the entire Pleasure House Point property located within the Lynnhaven watershed, the City of Virginia Beach has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation. The grant will help the city acquire 82 acres of coastal wetlands and marine forest.   

 

The property is identified in the Virginia Conservation Lands Needs Assessment as highly threatened by development. The acquisition of Pleasure House Point has been identified as a top priority in the City of Virginia Beach's Comprehensive Plan.  

 

Efforts to protect the largest undeveloped parcel of land on the Lynnhaven River (122 acres) began in 2010 through a partnership with Trust for Public Land, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the City of Virginia Beach. The Trust for Public Land initiated a plan to purchase the property and sell parcels to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the City of Virginia Beach.  

 

The project has strong local support from community. Organizations and individuals have rallied to raise funds to ensure the entire property is preserved as natural area, rather than having a portion commercially developed. The Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Foundation is participating as the designated 501(c) (3) organization for fundraising activities. 

Green Teens Can Earn Community Service Hours 


Project Green Teens LogoTeens in grades 7-12 can help the environment while earning community service hours through Project Green Teens. Project Green Teens is a volunteer group of teens who strive to improve the environment and the mindset of the Virginia Beach community. These green teen leaders find and complete projects that make a difference in our parks, neighborhoods and schools.

 

Meetings are held monthly with projects identified by the team. Upcoming projects include participating in a clean-up on Fisherman Island on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, educating others about the environmental impact of plastic bags at the Old Beach Eco Market on October 15, conducting environmental audits of schools, and participating in a dumpster dive.

 

There is no cost to join Project Green Teens, although a permission slip must be signed by a parent. For more information, visit VBgov.com/pgt,  Facebook.com/ProjectGreenTeens
, or contact Caryl Thompson at cthompso@VBgov.com

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

 

Kempsville Recreation Center is closed for maintenance through October 2.  

 

The pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance through October 2.  

 

Bayside Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance beginning October 10 through October 16. The pool at Bayside will be closed from October 7 to October 20.     

 

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

 

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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