Parks & Recreation Newsletter | January 2013 
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Take Part in the Winter Wildlife Festival!  

January 25-27, 2013 | Princess Anne Recreation Center

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The 2013 Winter Wildlife Festival is almost here and though registration for the excursions has closed, there are still ways for you to participate. 

Check out the Exhibit Hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center on Saturday, January 26 from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be several exhibitors from local environmental and wildlife agencies and businesses, as well as nature photographers, decoy carvers, live animals and raffle prizes. Dominic's will be on-site throughout the day and will have hot meals and beverages available for purchase. Concurrent children's activities will take place next door at Princess Anne Library and will include story times, crafts and a visit from a live owl! 
You can also drop into to one of our Walk-Up Workshops. Lead by local scientists and historians, these workshops give you a chance to learn more about wildlife conservation in our community. See below for sessions; pre-registration not required. 


10:30 - 11:30 am | The Story of the Canebrake Rattlesnake led by Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologist, J.D. Kleopfer


12:00 - 1:00 pm | The Turtle with a Smile; Diamond Terrapins in VA led by Diane Tulipani of the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences


1:30 - 2:30 pm | Wildfowling: A Local Tradition lead by Al Henley of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
Do You Have What It Takes to ROCK July 4th?    


ConcertWe're looking for talented, home-grown musicians to compete for the headlining performance at this year's July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore Park! If you win the competition, you'll have the opportunity to take center stage in front of an estimated crowd of 50,000 people!

Applications will be accepted until February 28. Musicians of all ages and genres are encouraged to apply; there is a $20 non-refundable entry fee, and 75% of the band must reside in Hampton Roads.
A panel of judges will review all applications and select up to five bands to perform at a live competition on Friday, April 19. Audiences will have the opportunity to preview the potential winners at this free concert and cast their votes online shortly thereafter.
The winner of the competition will be determined by the total number of online votes, and then perform as the headlining musical act at the annual July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore Park on Thursday, July 4. Runner-up will win the opening act slot.
If you think you have what it takes to rock July 4th, enter the competition! 
Game Time! Register for Spring Sports Leagues  


SoftballPlay ball! Registration for our new Grapefruit League and our Spring Softball Leagues takes place next month. Games are held at various ball fields throughout the city. Get your team together and have some fun! 


New for 2013! Adult Grapefruit League Softball

Divisions offered: Men, coed
Registration: February 4-8 | Team Fee: $250
Season (approximate): late February to late March 2013


Adult Spring Softball

Divisions offered: Men, men's church, women, coed, coed church
Registration: February 18 - March 8 | Team Fee: $500
Season (approximate): April 29 to late July 2013


Love to play football? Like the beach? Give Sand Football a try this spring! Gather up your friends and put together a team of up to 15 players for this coed 6 on 6 flag football league. Games consist of two 40-minute halves and are played on the beach at 25th Street on Sunday mornings.

Divisions offered: Coed
Registration: February 1-8 | Team Fee: $675
Season (approximate): March to May 2013


A few notes about league registration:

  • Registration is taken on a team basis at the City-Wide Athletics Office (4001 Dam Neck Rd)
  • Each team pays a franchise fee at registration
  • Participants must be 18 years old or a graduating senior 
  • Register early! Leagues are subject to close-out prior to the last day of signups

For more information, visit

Last Chance to Weigh in on Bayville Farms Dog Park Design 


Virtual Town Hall - Dog ParkWe're in the process of planning future improvements at Bayville Farms Park, a 68-acre park located adjacent to Bayside Recreation Center. Due to the growing demand for off-leash dog areas in the City, we're designing a dog park for this location.
Our current design standard for dog parks provides a fenced area for both small and large dogs to socialize and run together. This design has been implemented in existing off-leash dog areas at Red Wing Park and Woodstock Park.
We are considering an alternative design that would create separate areas for small and large dogs. Do you think that the dog park design at Bayville Farms Park should follow the current design standard of one area for all dogs, or would you prefer separate areas for large and small dogs? 
Tell us what you think by February 15 using the City's new online civic engagement tool called Virtual Town Hall. It takes just a minute to subscribe and you'll be able to weigh in on this and other City topics. You can also view what others are saying about the same issues.Learn more!

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


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


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.
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