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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | October 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks 
Ready to Get Back to Fitness?

KickboxingIt's happened again. Summer ended with a flurry of activity, the kids are back in school, fall is upon us and you may have fallen off the exercise wagon. Having trouble getting back on? It's never too late, and the sooner you start the better you will feel.

Our Get Fit Virginia Beach event was held at Mount Trashmore Park on October 15 and was attended by over 300 people who sampled the many fitness classes that we offer. Take a look at some photos from the day! 

Whether you attended Get Fit or not, we can help you get motivated to achieve your fitness goals! We offer classes in the most popular formats in the nation such as Zumba®, Kettlebells and TRX™, and some unique ones as well including our Drums Alive® class (see video).

We offer two class formats: drop-in group fitness classes and registered classes. Some classes are available in both formats.


What are "Drop-In" classes?

Drop-in classes are group fitness classes held in our recreation centers that do not require advanced registration. Each center has a monthly group fitness schedule that lists the class offerings. Classes are available on a first come, first served basis. Drop-in classes do require a recreation center membership (or visitor pass) and a group fitness pass. You can purchase a punch card to pay for these classes (2-4 punches per class) or you can pay for each class individually. You can also purchase a 30-day or 90-day unlimited card, so you can attend as many classes as you would like.  


DancingExamples of these classes include, but are not limited to; Turbo-Kick®, SilverSneakers®, Zumba®, Hi-Low Cardio, Yoga, Pilates, Core Balance, Step and more.


What are "Registered" classes?

Registered classes are listed in our quarterly Programs & Activities Catalog and do require advanced registration. Classes are available both in our recreation centers and at outdoor locations throughout the city. Classes held at recreation centers require a membership (or visitor pass), but outdoor classes do not. Class costs vary based on program and length. Registration can be done online through EZreg or in person at any recreation center.


These classes include, but are not limited to; boot camps, dance classes, Drums Alive®, kettlebells, personal training, martial arts, TRX™ classes and more.

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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 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 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. Look for additional information at VBgov.com/WinterWildlife in the coming weeks.    

Shop Away at Santa's Stocking Old Fashioned Craft Bazaar!
November 5-6 & 19-20 | Saturdays: 9-5; Sundays: 10-4 | Kempsville Recreation Center


Put on those comfy shoes and shop among 100 different vendors each weekend selling everything from stocking stuffers to painted artwork and everything in between, all at budget-friendly prices! Shop for gifts or pick something up for yourself and don't forget that each weekend has completely different vendors!

Also, bring the kids for that classic photo with Santa!
Santa's StockingPhotos with Santa are available on Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm and on Sundays from 1 to 4 pm. Package prices vary.

Now in its 33rd year, this annual event offers free admission and parking at Kempsville Recreation Center, located at 800 Monmouth Lane (off Kempsville Road). 
Food concessions will be available for purchase both weekends.

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Stay Active with Winter Sports Leagues!


Men's BasketballDon't let the cooler weather slow you down this winter! We offer a variety of winter sports leagues to keep you energized! Registration for men's basketball and coed volleyball takes place November 14-28 at the City-Wide Athletics Office located at 4001 Dam Neck Road. The entry fee for men's basketball is $675/team for A, B, and C leagues, $475 for men's church league and $400 for the Sunday league. New for 2011, we will be offering a 50 & over (slow break) basketball league! Registration is $400/team. The coed volleyball entry fee is $400/team for A, B, C and Duffer divisions.


Practices for both sports start December 1 with games scheduled to start the week of January 9. Basketball teams may consist of up to 15 players, while volleyball teams may have up to 12 players. Participants must be 18 years old or out of high school. Basketball and volleyball leagues both have a 60% residency requirement. Men's church basketball waives this requirement if the church is located in Virginia Beach. 50 & over basketball has no residency requirement.


We also offer frostbite softball in the winter! Team registration takes place November 1-4 at the City-Wide Athletics Office. Games are played in December and January at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex. Team entry fee is $325/team with a maximum of 20 players on the roster.


For more information, visit VBgov.com/sports, or call the City-Wide Athletics Office at 385-0458.

Hosting an Event or Tournament? Let Us Help!


Whether you are looking for an outdoor wedding site, a family reunion gathering place, or planning a sports-related tournament, we offer a variety of facilities to accommodate your event. Reservations for park shelters and ballfield rentals for 2012 will begin on November 1. 


Picnic ShelterPicnic shelters may be reserved at Bayville Farms, City View, Great Neck, Little Island, Mount Trashmore, Munden Point, Red Wing and Woodstock Parks. Shelter sizes range from eight to twelve tables; all shelters have grills for charcoal cooking. Depending on your needs, various picnic shelters are equipped also with electrical outlets and nearby restroom facilities. Playgrounds, athletic areas, and multi-use paths are also nearby most park sites.


Reservations for park shelters can be made at any of our six recreation centers Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Field rentals include a variety of options for tournaments and league play. Reservations can be made by contacting the office staff at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex at 385-0478.  


Lighted park ballfields available for rent include Bayville Farms Park, Lynnhaven Park, Newlight Park, Oceana Park, Red Mill Park & Rosemont Forest Park.Tournament facilities available for rent include the ball fields and multipurpose fields at City View Park and the Princess Anne Athletic Complex.   


We also have gym, pool and room rentals available in our recreation centers. Plan your next birthday party with us!  

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on November 11 for Veteran's Day. They will also be closed on November 24-25 for Thanksgiving.    


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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