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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | November 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks 
New Parks & Recreation Director 


Michael KalvortCity Manager James K. Spore has named Michael J. Kalvort as the new director of the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department.

Kalvort is currently director of parks and recreation for the City of Chesapeake, a position he has held since January 2011. He has worked in the parks and recreation field for 19 years and is chairman of the Revenue Development and Management School of the National Recreation and Park Association. Before arriving in Chesapeake, Kalvort worked for six years as deputy director of the Parks and Recreation Department in the City of Cape Coral, Florida.
Kalvort was selected after a three-month nationwide search. The position came open in August when the former director, Cindy Curtis, was promoted to deputy city manager.

Kalvort holds a master's degree in public administration from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida. He will start his new job January 1.  

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Register Now for the Winter Wildlife Festival!

January 27-29, 2012 | Princess Anne Recreation Center

Bird WatchingRegistration is now available for the Winter Wildlife Festival! This three day festival provides you with the opportunity to witness winter wildlife in places like Back Bay and False Cape, Fort Story, First Landing State Park, Mackay Island, Whitehurst Tract, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel area and more! 

Sessions have a limited number of spaces, so register early to secure your spot! Sign up for sessions such as: 
  • Beginning Birding
  • Back Bay/False Cape Terra-Gator & Tram Tour
  • Owl Prowl
  • Rain Barrel Workshop
  • Urban Birding Tour
  • And new this year:
    • Wildlife Photography
    • Mackay Island Excursion
    • Twilight Aviary Tour
    • Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel & Back Bay/False Cape Day Tour 
Join us for the Festival Kick-Off on Friday, January 27 at the Virginia Aquarium with a feature presentation of "Winged Migration," the fascinating Academy Award-nominated documentary by Sony Pictures brought to you free of charge by Back Bay Restoration Foundation.

Be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center on Saturday, January 28 from 10 am to 4 pm and speak with Winter Wildlife Festival partners, including the Virginia Aquarium, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, False Cape State Park, First Landing State Park, Lynnhaven River NOW, and the Virginia Beach Audubon Society. Learn ways to get involved with local efforts, and find out what the environmental groups and businesses are up to.  

There is no cost to attend the festival, but some sessions and excursions do have a fee. Membership cards are not required for this event. Register now!  

Renovated Dog Park Opens at Red Wing Park


DogCalling all dogs! Play time just got better at Red Wing Park! The newly renovated dog park at Red Wing Park, located at 1398 General Booth Blvd., is now open with more space, new benches for pet owners, a shade structure, and a water source for dogs. Dog clean-up bags are also included in the design of this renovated amenity to Red Wing Park.


You'll need to register your dog at the park office with proof of dated rabies vaccination and City of Virginia Beach pet license. Parvo vaccination is strongly recommended. Current annual registration for one dog costs $15 and $10 for each consecutive dog.  


The park is currently open from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm daily. Learn more about our dog parks

Shake Off the Winter Blues at Shiverfest!

Saturday, December 3, 4 to 8 pm | Mount Trashmore Park


ShiverfestThe temperatures have dropped, but that's no reason to stay indoors this winter! Bring the entire family out to Shiverfest on Saturday, December 3 at Mount Trashmore Park. The thrills and chills begin at 4:00 pm and continue until 8:00 pm.

See the park transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday goodies and festive music. The first 50 children to arrive at the Experience the Fun tent will receive a lighted kite to fly on top of the mountain. There will also be free holiday crafts for the first 250 kids!


Santa arrives at 4:00 pm on a 1941 restored fire truck provided by Khedive Fire Brigade. Bring your camera to take a photo with Santa before his big night! Free admission and onsite parking.  


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Canoe/Kayak Launch Opens at Stumpy Lake Natural Area


Kayak LaunchGrab your canoe or kayak and head out to the newest launch in Virginia Beach! Located just after the causeway from Indian River Road near the entrance to the Stumpy Lake Golf Course, the launch provides first time-ever water access to Stumpy Lake. The new launch is designed for non-motorized vessels and is fully ADA compliant. We've also added 12 parking spaces which include one handicap space, and two for trailer parking. View additional photos.

The Stumpy Lake property consists of a 278-acre lake and a 174-acre golf course with approximately 970+ acres of undeveloped, forested land surrounding the lake.The Stumpy Lake Natural Overlook was incorporated in October 2010 to provide an opportunity for passive recreational uses like hiking, bird watching, nature observation and photography.

No swimming or fishing is permitted from the launch area; however, fishing regulations are monitored by Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on the Overlook. The facility closes at 5:00 pm daily during the winter season. 

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on the following days: 12 pm, December 24 through December 26 for Christmas and January 1-2 for New Year's.


The pool at Seatack Recreation Center is closed for renovations until approximately mid-December.


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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