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Aquatics Newsletter | October 2012 |
Join Us for the Grand Opening!

Williams Farm Recreation Center, Park and 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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Pool Events
10/28 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne

11/2 | Movie in the Pool: Muppets | Princess Anne

11/4 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck
Are You Ready for a Hurricane? Get Prepared!


A hurricane is coming, now what? If you are one of the many Eastern Atlantic residents that have yet to plan for a hurricane, now is the time. Get prepared by following these simple steps.


1. Have an Emergency Supply Kit
The kit should include: non-perishable food, water, a battery-operated or hand-cranked radio, flashlights and batteries. You should also prepare a portable kit that can be located in your car and holds the following items:
  • Copies of important documents: driver's license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, etc.
  • Copies of prescription medications and first aid kit
  • Bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows.
  • Maps
  • Non-perishable food, water and pet food
Family Plan2. Make a Family Emergency Plan
An emergency plan will help to establish a plan to help contact, locate and evacuate your family. Your plan should include the following points:
  • Identify ahead of time a family meeting place
  • It may be easier to contact a long distance number than to call a local number, so have a long distance family member be the main contact to check in with if your family gets separated
  • Plan to Evacuate 
    • Have a location to evacuate to
    • If you have a car, keep a half tank of gas in it at all times
    • Take your Emergency Supply Kit
    • Take your pets with you, but remember not all shelters allow pets
3. Be Informed
Make sure you stay informed and educated on the possible dangers of the hurricane. Familiarize yourself with the conditions and risks that are associated with a hurricane.
  • Make a plan to prepare your home. Cover all windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds
  • Remove all objects from outside your house that could become a moving hazard
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water
Choosing the Right Swim Cap


Swim CapIf you are shopping for a swim cap, you might be a bit overwhelmed in narrowing down the right choice. Swim caps come in an array of styles, colors and materials. They are designed to do a bevy of things, including keeping long hair out of the face, keeping hair protected from chlorine, keeping the head warm when swimming in cold or open water, making swimmers more visible and most importantly, aiding in swimming faster by reducing drag. Contrary to popular belief, swim caps are not effective at keeping hair dry.  


So how do you decide what you need? Take a look at the material and the benefits provided. Swim caps are made in three main materials: latex/rubber, silicone and lycra. 


Latex Swim Caps
Latex caps have been around since the early 1920's and are made of a very durable rubber. These caps are very popular with the competitive swimming community due to their tight fit. Though these caps tend to be more difficult to put on, they protect the hair well against chlorine in the pool. Latex caps are the most affordable of all caps available and are priced around $3 and up. One drawback to latex caps is that many people suffer from latex allergies. 


Silicone Swim Caps
Silicone caps are quickly becoming the most popular of all swim caps, due in large part to the growing number of people allergic to latex. These caps are very easy to put on and protect the hair well against water. However, the cap tends to roll up easier on the sides and applies more pressure to the ears during wear. Silicone caps, a bit more expensive than latex caps, are priced around $6 and up.


Lycra Swim Caps
Lycra swim caps are more comfortable than either latex or silicone caps. Lycra caps are durable and easy to put on and take off. Some drawbacks include issues with slippage, staying on the head and protecting the hair against water. These caps are more for recreational swimmers and would not be recommended for true competitive swimmers. Lycra caps are the most expensive of the three, priced around $9 and up. 


Whether you're new to the sport of swimming, or already benefitting from swim workouts, hopefully this will help you find a cap to fit your swimming needs. See you in the pool!

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's pool will be closed through October 21 for annual maintenance.

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 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 you or your child require 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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Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.