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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | May 2012 | VBgov.com/Parks 
New! Month-to-Month Memberships

Available July 1 | For Adults, Seniors & Non-Residents


Want to join our recreation centers, but don't want to pay for a full year up front? Beginning July 1, you can enjoy all of the great benefits of a membership, without the annual commitment!


Join today!Our new month-to-month membership option enables you to pay a low monthly fee using a credit or debit card, with the option to cancel at any time with a 30-day notice. No commitment and no joining fees. Ever. 


Month-to-Month Rates
Adult | $11/month
Senior | $9/month

Non-Resident | $31/month

Sign up for a month-to-month membership at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center starting on July 1! As always, annual memberships are available for kids, adults, seniors and non-residents. Learn more about our membership options.

Late Applications Accepted for Artisans

Apply by July 6 | Event Dates: September 8 & 9  


Artisans and craftsmen who are looking for a venue to showcase and sell their hand-crafted works of art are encouraged to submit an application for Artisans in the Park. We're accepting late applications through July 6 for our outdoor fine arts & crafts festival in September. This event, now in its 37th year, attracts thousands of people to Great Neck Park for art, entertainment and food.


Download and complete the artist application and submit it by July 6 for consideration in the event. Additional details, including fees and selection criteria, are outlined on the application.


Have questions? Email PRspecialevents@VBgov.com.

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VB Park System Ranks 7th Among 40 Largest US Cities  


Great Neck ParkVirginia Beach earned four "park benches" on the ParkScore™ rating system recently released by the nonprofit Trust for Public Land, ranking 7th among the 40 largest U.S. cities.

ParkScore™ rates city park systems on a scale of zero to five park benches. This comprehensive rating system is designed to help communities identify where new parks are needed most and which park improvements can deliver the greatest impact.


Ratings are based equally on three factors: park accessibility, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (approximately -mile); park size, which is based on a city's median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to public parks; and services and investment, which combines the number of playgrounds per 10,000 city residents and per capita park spending.


Virginia Beach led all cities on the playground measurement with five playgrounds per 10,000 residents, more than double the ParkScore™ city average. Data compiled through this ratings system reflects national, state and city public parks and open spaces. It does not include privately-owned neighborhood parks and other recreational amenities like swimming pools, athletic fields, and playgrounds that are funded through Homeowner Association (HOA) fees.


For more information about Virginia Beach's ParkScore™ ranking, visit ParkScore.TPL.org.

Bike Safety Tips for Cyclists & Motorists  


CyclistIt's no secret that the benefits of bicycling lead to healthier communities and promote a cleaner environment, so Virginia Beach is working to make our city a safer place to ride. Since May is National Bike Month, here are some safety tips for cyclists and motorists alike:

Give a minimum of two feet.
Motorists and bicyclists can share the road safely when everyone observes all traffic laws. Drivers must give at least two feet of clearance when passing a cyclist on the road. When riding two abreast, bicyclists cannot impede the movement of traffic, and need to move into single file when being overtaken from the rear.

Wear the proper gear.
The grim reality is that about 1,000 American bicyclists die in crashes every year, with approximately 75% of those being from head injuries. Children ages 14 and under are five times more likely to sustain bicycle crash-related injuries than any other age group. All bicyclists should wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride as it is the single most effective way to prevent head injury in the event of a crash. Stay visible too; wear bright colors and use reflective equipment.

Don't be a bike salmon.
You know how salmon swim upstream to get to a particular destination? Turns out more and more bicyclists follow this example when riding against the flow of traffic. This wrong-way riding behavior endangers everyone - motorists, pedestrians and other cyclists. Let's make the roads safe for everyone by following the rules of the road and going with the flow of traffic.

Learn more about cycling in Virginia Beach.

Enjoy Free Admission, Activities & Snacks at Seatack!

Monday, June 18 | 11 am - 2 pm | Seatack Rec Center, 141 S. Birdneck Road


Vertical WallYou're invited to check out Seatack Recreation Center for free on Monday, June 18 during their Open House from 11 am to 2 pm. You and your family can enjoy the climbing wall, inflatable bounce house, Wii games, complimentary hot dogs and cool refreshments.

During Seatack's Open House, all areas of the facility will be available to enjoy, including the cardio & weight room, indoor pool, gymnasium, sportwall, climbing wall, and locker rooms, without a membership or day pass. Children must be at least six years of age and have parent's written permission to use the climbing wall.


The Joseph V. Grimstead, Sr. Seatack Community Recreation Center is located at 141 S. Birdneck Road, within walking distance of the neighborhoods of Lands End Condominium, Salt Marsh Point, Seatack, and Shadowlawn.

Celebrate Independence Day at Mount Trashmore Park! 

Wednesday, July 4 | 4 - 10 pm | Mount Trashmore Park  

Celebrate with your friends and family at our annual July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore Park! We're featuring great musical acts as singer/songwriter Rachel Rocheleau opens for country sensation, the Beadle Brothers! Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. Admission and limited onsite parking is free. Food and drinks available for purchase.  July 4

Main Stage Performances
5:00 - 6:00 pm | Texas Roadhouse's Andy Armadillo and the acclaimed country line dancers will kick off the evening. Learn how to line dance to popular country songs, get your picture taken with Andy and participate in the free giveaways.

6:00 - 7:30 pm | Aspiring local singer/songwriter Rachel Rocheleau makes her big stage debut at Mount Trashmore Park performing a medley of classic patriotic favorites, a mix of today's top hits, and a few great oldies.

8:15 - 9:30 pm | The Beadle Brothers are a high energy country duo that have previously opened for many national recording artists including Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence and Lori Morgan. 


Children's Activities

4:00 - 8:00 pm | Free children's activities and games at Shelter #3. The Virginia Freemasons will be making child ID cards at no cost.


9:30 pm | Zambelli, the "First Family of Fireworks" will amaze you with their spectacular fireworks show!

Note: When parking lots at Mount Trashmore Park are full, Edwin Drive between Independence Boulevard and South Boulevard may close.



Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on May 28 for Memorial Day. 


The pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed through June 17 for maintenance.


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.