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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | July 2012 | VBgov.com/Parks 
Fall Catalog & Registration: August 11  


Look for our Fall 2012 Programs & Activities Catalog to debut online on Saturday, August 11. Registration begins the same day at 9 am. Some of the programs available in this catalog include:

  • Winter youth swim league
  • Outdoor bootcamps
  • Women's surfing clinics
  • Archery classes
  • Kayak tours

You can register online via EZreg or in person at any recreation center. Printed catalogs will be available in late August.

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Adult Softball, Sand Football & Kickball Leagues Offered

Softball FriendsAfter this summer's scorching temperatures, we're probably all ready to start thinking about fall! Get ready for fall sports league registration including adult softball, sand football and kickball. Sign up, get active and enjoy the camaraderie of your team!

Adult Fall Softball
Gather your teammates and friends and form your Adult Fall Softball team! Team registration continues through Friday, July 27. The fee is $500 per team. Men's, women's, coed, and men's 50 & over leagues are be offered. 

Adult Sand Football
Do you want to make those calf muscles burn? Try playing football - in the sand! Team registration runs September 4-14. Entry fee is $675 per team. Sand Football is a non-contact, coed flag league.


Adult Kickball  

It's that same game you loved to play in school, and now you can play as an adult! Enjoy the friendly competition of coed, adult kickball during the Fall 2012 season at Princess Anne Athletic Complex. Team registration continues through August 24; franchise fee is $300 per team.

Provide Feedback at Pleasure House Point Open House  

Monday, July 30 | 6 - 7:30 pm | Baylake United Methodist Church, 4300 Shore Drive   


Pleasure House PointYou are invited to provide feedback on the concept plans drafted for the newly acquired Pleasure House Point property during a public open house on Monday, July 30, 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Baylake United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach.

This Open House will provide an opportunity for you to discuss with staff the master planning ideas that have been developed with community stakeholders and provide feedback on the objectives for this natural public area.

Located just west of the Lesner Bridge and south of the Chesapeake Bay, Pleasure House Point is 118 acres of water, tidal marsh, sandy shores and maritime forest. The shallow water estuarine environment of the property provides habitat for the iconic Chesapeake Bay blue crab and the Lynnhaven oyster. This high-profile property was once being considered for a large waterfront development, but with the help of the Trust for Public Land, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the surrounding community, the City has recovered one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the Lynnhaven River for generations to come.

We're Throwing a Beach Bash at Mount Trashmore Park! 

Friday, August 17 | 7 - 10 pm | Mount Trashmore Park


Steel DrumBreak out the beach balls and sunglasses as we turn Mount Trashmore Park into an island paradise on Friday, August 17! Grab a cool drink, relax and put yourself on island time. Exhilarating sounds of steel drums and horns by musical group Caribbean Steel will have you feeling like you're in the tropics. This free concert begins at 7 pm so bring your beach blanket or chair and get your island rhythm going.


Children's activities, corn hole and other beach games will be on-hand. We'll have delicious food available for purchase and all the makings of a great Beach Bash right in the heart of the city! 


Free admission and free on-site parking! 


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Month-to-Month Rec Center Memberships Available

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? Now 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. As always, annual memberships are available for kids, adults, seniors and non-residents. Learn more about our membership options.

Save the Date for Artisans in the Park: September 8 & 9 

September 8 & 9 | 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday & 10 am - 4 pm on Sunday | Great Neck Park  

Artisans in the ParkExplore the works of over 75 artists and craftsmen during the 37th annual Artisans in the Park, Art and Craft Festival - all in the serenely secluded backdrop of Great Neck Park. This two-day event is now in September, offering attendees the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy Virginia Beach's early autumn weather while enjoying the local and regional artists displaying, demonstrating and selling original art and fine craft wares.


Artists & Craftsmen

A variety of art and fine craft styles are represented, including pottery, metal and glass work, photography, jewelry, drawing and paintings, and sculpture. All work is of original design.

Late applications are being accepted through July 31 for talented artists who wish to showcase their work at this event.

Main Stage Musical Performances

Saturday | 11 am & noon | Local singer/songwriter Rachel Rocheleau
Saturday | 2 pm & 3 pm | The Steve Daley Band

Sunday | 11 am & noon | Jazz saxophonist "Johnny J"
Sunday | 2 pm & 3 pm | Regional musicians "Kindred Place," featuring Bria Kelly
A variety of food concessionaires will be selling delicious items including, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, pitas and more! Smoothies, lemonade, kettle corn, ice cream and even funnel cake will be available too.



Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


Bow Creek Recreation Center will close on August 25 for a long-term modernization project. Expected re-opening is September 2014.

Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed August 27 through September 2 for annual maintenance.

All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, September 3 for Labor Day. Parks remain open for your enjoyment.


Bayside Recreation Center will be closed September 10-16 for annual 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.