Parks & Recreation Newsletter | September 2012 
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30 Days 'til Williams Farm Opens!  

Ribbon Cutting: Friday, October 26 | 4 pm | 5252 Learning Circle

Williams Farm EntranceWilliams Farm Recreation Center will officially open its doors Friday, October 26 following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 pm! Everyone is welcome to stop in for a tour of the center following the ceremony. On Saturday, October 27, we'll have a Grand Opening Celebration from 9 am to 4:45 pm.


This innovative recreation center is like nothing you've seen before! We've worked with the community to design all aspects of this center. From the pool which boasts an indoor water park, outdoor sprayground, three-story water slide and an aquatic climbing wall to the indoor, elevated track and the generous fitness room, this recreation center is sure to impress! Teens will love the new multimedia room where they can produce their own music and videos. Williams Farm Recreation Center also includes an indoor gymnasium, an outdoor play court, classroom space for early childhood programs, and meeting rooms.  


Williams Farm Skate ParkThe brand new 25,000 square foot Williams Farm Skate Park features a tiered bowl, flow park, and urban skate plaza. The skate park is lighted and will remain open until 9 pm daily.


The adjacent 30-acre Williams Farm Park offers new picnic shelters, improved trails, and a park office with restrooms and vending machines. 


The recreation center, park and skate park are located off Newtown Road, between Diamond Spring and Newtown Elementary Schools. Check out more photos of Williams Farm!


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Join Us for the Pleasure House Point Ribbon Cutting!

Friday, October 12 | 11 am | Pleasure House Point Natural Area, 3957 Marlin Bay Drive


PHPJoin us for the official Pleasure House Point Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, October 12 at 11 am. 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 preserved one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the Lynnhaven River for generations to come.

On Saturday, October 13, community environmental organization, Lynnhaven River NOW is hosting the Pleasure House Point Celebratory Grand Opening as part of their 2nd Annual Fall Festival. From 11 am to 4 pm, enjoy family-friendly activities at the Fall Festival including kayak tours of Pleasure House Creek, guided nature walks, eco-friendly craft vendors, educational booths, live music and locally-sourced foods. Shop the onsite Farmer's Market and Seafood Market as well.

Get Ready to Get Fit, Virginia Beach! 

Saturday, October 13 | 9 am - 11 am | Mount Trashmore Park  

TRXTake advantage of the cooler weather with an outdoor workout at Mount Trashmore Park! Get Fit Virginia Beach is your chance to sample the different fitness classes Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation offers for FREE! Come dressed for a workout and just bring a towel and water. Classes run from 9-11 am and include:

 - Kickboxing

 - Step 360

 - ViPR

 - TRX®

 - Zumba®

Health and fitness vendors will be onsite from 8:30 -11:30 am providing tips and resources to pursue healthy, active lifestyles. Our fitness staff will help determine what you need to reach your fitness goals. Personal trainers will be available to answer your questions and conduct body fat analyses.


Attend SK8R Bash for Skate Competition & Live Music! 

Saturday, October 20 | 8 am - 5:30 pm | Mount Trashmore Park

SK8R Bash Participants It's back! Our action-packed skateboard competition at the 24,000 square foot Mount Trashmore Skate Park takes place Saturday, October 20. Complete with big airs, board grabs and other raw tricks, this contest runs alongside fun activities and rockin' live music. Don't miss the RedBull® pro skater demo and autograph signing session! 


Registration is underway for anyone who wants to compete in the skateboard competition.

Competition Information

Registration Cost: $25
Event Day Registration: $30, if space is available

  • Helmets are required; elbow and knee pads are recommended
  • Applications accepted on first come, first serve basis until categories are full; space is limited
  • Competitors receive contest t-shirt
  • WRV prize packs (including skate decks, sunglasses, apparel and skateboard accessories) awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category
  • Parents must sign for participants under age 18; proof of age may be required
Contest Format

Each competitor will be given a :30 second intro-run, and then placed in a 10 - 20 person Jam Session. The competitors from each category will be placed in a final jam. Divisions and schedules are listed on the registration form. Sign up today! 


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Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project. Expected re-opening is September 2014. 


Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed though September 30 for annual maintenance.


Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed October 8-14 for annual maintenance. The pool will remain closed through October 21.


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.
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