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Youth Programs Newsletter | October 2012 | 
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Join Us for the Grand Opening!

Williams Farm Recreation Center, Park & Skate Park  


PoolJoin us to celebrate the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Williams Farm Community Recreation Center, Park and Skate Park!

The 71,000 square foot recreation center is like none other in Virginia Beach! Check out the indoor pool (pictured) that includes a water playground, 156-foot curving slide, rock climbing wall, current channel and outdoor sprayground. Other features include a large gymnasium, fitness space, cardio and weight room, indoor track, outdoor play court, multimedia area for teens, classrooms for preschool programs, and meeting rooms.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Friday, October 26 | 4:00 pm

Celebrate with City officials as the ribbon is cut and the recreation center, park and skate park are opened to the public! Be one of the first to see Virginia Beach's newest facilities!

Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, October 27 | 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Join us for free admission to the recreation center and fun activities for the whole family all day long! We'll have free fitness classes, boxing & TRX® demos, youth activities & games, skate park demos, Touch a Truck in the park, and more! View the schedule of activities.


Free Entry to Williams Farm Recreation Center!

Want to come check out the new center? Entry is free (no membership card needed) through Friday, November 2. A membership card or day pass will be required beginning Saturday, November 3. Remember, one membership card gets you in to any Virginia Beach Recreation Center!

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Upcoming Events

10/20 | SK8R Bash | Mount Trashmore Park  


10/26 | Williams Farm Ribbon Cutting | Williams Farm


10/27 | Williams Farm Grand Opening Celebration | Williams Farm

Attend SK8R Bash for Live Music & Skate Competition! 

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

Skater in BowlOur 2012 SK8R Bash at Mount Trashmore Skate Park is the spot for you to drop in on our annual amateur skateboard competition. This event is free and open to the public with on-site parking. In addition to the skateboard action, you'll also enjoy live musical performances by local talent "User Friendly" and "Subtle Skeptics," plus tons of activities and freebies. Event sponsor Checkered Flag Toyota Scion will be on hand, and don't miss the RedBull® pro skater demo and autograph signing session with Ron Deily!

Competitions include battles on the street course, the above-ground seven-foot deep bowl, and the thrilling 14-foot high vert ramp. Prize packs for winners provided by WRV.


Event day registration to compete is $30, if space is available, and will take place from 8 am - 12 pm at the Special Events Office located at 300 Edwin Drive at Mount Trashmore Park. Applications are available for download at


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Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating


Halloween CostumeGhosts, witches and vampires take to the streets on Wednesday, October 31 in celebration of Halloween. Trick-or-Treat begins at dusk and ends at 8 pm for children 12 years of age and younger in Virginia Beach.
If you are passing out treats, please turn your porch light on so children will know they are welcome at your door. If you are not passing out treats, please turn your porch light off to avoid being called upon.
Listed below are a few Halloween safety tips provided by the Virginia Beach Emergency Response System:

  • Wear light-colored clothing that is labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant and is short enough to prevent tripping. Add reflectors or glow-in-the-dark safety stickers for higher visibility.
  • Make sure children can see clearly through face masks or better yet, use face paint or makeup instead of a mask.
  • Carry a lightweight flashlight and fully charged cell phone.
  • Accompany young children, especially if they are under the age of eight. If you cannot accompany them, have them go with a group of other children. NEVER let them go alone.
  • Watch out for traffic and only cross at corners. Be careful not to cross between parked cars.
  • Let your family know ahead of time what route and streets you plan to travel.
  • Stay within your neighborhood and visit only the homes where you know the people.
  • Use sidewalks where available. If sidewalks aren't available, walk facing traffic.
  • Have children wait until they get home to eat their goodies so you can examine their treats.
  • Accept only wrapped or packaged candy.
Halloween Fun for the Little Ones!


Spend some time with your child experiencing all the fun of Halloween at these festive events! 

Halloween CostumeP.A.T.'s Batty Parade

Age 3 - 5 with parent | Let your little one go trick or treating around the rec center in their Halloween costume. At 11:30 am, PAT the Turtle will lead the parade to the library for the final treat stop.
Princess Anne Rec Center | Friday, Oct 26 | 10 - 11:30 am | $6 | Register!


The Great Halloween Hunt

Age 2 - 12 | Celebrate Halloween with us at Bayville Farms Park! Kids will participate in a costume contest, parade and face painting, then go on a Halloween hunt! No additional cost.
Bayside Rec Center | Saturday, Oct 27 | 11 am - 1 pm

Great Neck Ghouls Gala
Age 1 - 5 with parent | Join us in costume for creepy crafts, ghoulish games and spooky snacks!

Great Neck Rec Center | Wednesday, Oct 31 | 9:30 - 11 am | $6 | Register! 

Boys and Girls Youth Basketball Registration  

Saturday, October 27 and Saturday, November 3

Youth BasketballNeighborhood Recreation Associations will hold youth basketball registration on Saturday, October 27 and Saturday, November 3. View specific locations and registration times.

  • Recreation Associations charge a registration fee
  • Online registration is encouraged where available
  • Proof of age is required
    • Leagues sponsored by Parks and Recreation are open to ages 10-18 (age as of Dec. 31, 2012)
    • Most areas sponsor leagues for children under age 10
  • Players must be a Virginia Beach resident and attend school (K-12) to be eligible. High school varsity and junior varsity basketball players are not eligible.

For more details, call City-Wide Athletics at 385-0458, or email

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


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

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

All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers & Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on November 11 for Veteran's Day. Administrative offices will also be closed on November 12. Parks remain open both days.

All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, administrative offices, parks & park facilities will be closed on November 22 & 23 for Thanksgiving.


Don't forget that your membership is good at all 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
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