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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | June 2012 | VBgov.com/Parks 
Go Kayaking at Stumpy Lake!  


Kayaking at Stumpy LakeThis summer, we're renting kayaks one Saturday each month at Stumpy Lake Natural Area. This past Saturday was the first rental opportunity and we had a great turnout! For many, it was their first time on the water. We provide all of the gear for you to explore the beautiful Stumpy Lake. Single and tandem kayaks are available to rent, so come on your own or bring your family and friends.


Kayaks are available on the following Saturdays: July 14, August 11 & September 8 from 9am - 5pm. The cost is just $10 per hour/per boat. Pay on site; cash only.


Children age 3 must be at least 25 lbs and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Have your own kayak or canoe? You'll love the new launch at Stumpy Lake. Check it out!

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Show Some Love for Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation!  


I LOVE VBPR!In celebration of July as Parks & Recreation Month, we've got three great ways for you to show (and share) your love for Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation!


1. Check out our activity calendar! Since 1985, Americans have celebrated July as the nation's official Parks & Recreation month. We've got 31 days of fun activities to help you celebrate with us!


2. Bring a friend to the rec center! Each day in July, Virginia Beach recreation center members can bring a friend to any of our centers, free of charge. As long as they are accompanied by a member, friends can enjoy unlimited visits for the whole month! Friends can also participate in group fitness classes by using a group fitness sampler or with the purchase of a punch card.


3. Participate in our "Show Us Some Love" photo contest! Get creative and show us why you "heart" Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation! Snap a photo showcasing one of VBPR's programs, parks, facilities or events while incorporating a heart symbol. Submit your photo (July 6-23) on Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation's Facebook page using the "I Love VBPR" custom tab below our cover photo. Be sure to include the location of the photo and a description during submission and then get your friends and family to vote for your photo! Get the most votes to win a $100 Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation gift certificate!

Calendar and contest details are available at VBgov.com/iLoveVBPR.

New! Month-to-Month Memberships

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


New Membership Option!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!


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.

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.



Youth Football & Volleyball Registration  

Saturday, July 7 & 14 | Times & Locations Vary


Youth FootballGet your kids involved in sports! Organized athletics are offered through the City-Wide Athletic Office in conjunction with volunteer Recreation Associations for youth 10 years old through 18 years old and attending K-12 schools.


Youth football and volleyball registration will take place on July 7 and 14. Specific sites and times are available here. Practice will begin in August and games begin in September. Recreation Associations will charge a player registration fee and the sports offered vary by area.
Don't know which Recreation Association you belong to? Find it here.

Dance the Night Away at Latin Fiesta! 

Friday, July 20 | 7 - 10 pm | Mount Trashmore Park


Salsa ConcertJoin us at Mount Trashmore Park on Friday, July 20 for Latin Fiesta, our salsa concert in the park! 


The sizzling sounds of Tumbao Salsero Orchestra will keep you moving all night long with Latin rhythms that include Salsa, Merengue, Jazz and Bomba. The 11-member band has entertained thousands of fans at concerts throughout Virginia including Latin Fest and Norfolk Harborfest.

The concert begins at 7 pm, and food will be available for purchase.


Free admission and free on-site parking! 


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Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on July 4 for Independence Day.


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.