Parks & Recreation Newsletter | April 2013 
Look for Summer Catalog Online This Saturday! 


Our Summer Programs & Activities Catalog will be available online this Saturday at 9 am. Registration for summer programs begins at the same time, both online via EZreg and in person at all Virginia Beach Recreation Centers.
Bring the Family Out to K-9 Karnival!

Saturday, May 11 | 10 am - 3 pm | Mount Trashmore Park  


K9We're celebrating a day dedicated to our furry friends on Saturday, May 11 at Mount Trashmore Park! Bring the whole family (including the dog!) out to the park from 10 am to 3 pm for exciting canine demonstrations, fun competitions, doggy displays and more at our free K-9 Karnival!  


Activities for this year's event include:


Canine Demonstrations | 10 am - 12:30 pm

The Greater Atlantic Rescue Dogs (GARD) will give a demonstration of search and rescue techniques on the main field. Tidewater Search & Rescue will give an obedience demonstration along with a demonstration with human remains detection dogs.


Rabies Shot Clinic by VBSPCA | 10 am - 3 pm

A must for every dog! Offered onsite at the "Neuter Scooter" by the Virginia Beach SPCA. VBSPCA veterinarians will provide rabies and distemper vaccinations at a reduced rate of $10 each, and microchips at a cost of $25. Low-cost canine and feline spay/neuter appointments can also be made in advance by calling (757) 323-7729.


Agility Course Competition | 10 am - 3 pm

With jumps, hoops, tunnels and more, all ages can compete with their pups. Presented in partnership with Family Dog Club, Inc.


21st Annual Dog-Gonest Dog Show | 10:30 am - 12 pm

This is 15 seconds of fame for you and your favorite mutt! Does your dog love peanut butter? Have him or her compete in contests like the "GREAT Peanut Butter Lick-Off!" Additional contests include Tail Wagging, Barking, and "Stupid Pet Tricks." Participation is free and prizes will be awarded! Registration will take place at the show arena at 10 am.


2013 Hyperflite® Skyhoundz® Local Championships | 1 - 3 pm

Unleash the champion in your dog during this ever-entertaining contest with amazing displays of canine grace, athleticism and agility. This disc-catching event is open to all owners and dogs, regardless of breed, size or experience. Registration will take place at the information tent from 10:30 am to noon.


Visit our webpage for complete details! Be sure to post your photos from the event and tag them with #K9Karnival!



Join Us for the Rock Around the Block Party!

Friday, May 17 | 6 - 9 pm | Williams Farm Park, 5269 Learning Circle 


Block PartyCome out and rock Virginia Beach's newest park with your family and friends! We're hosting the Rock Around the Block Party at Williams Farm Park on Friday, May 17 from 6 - 9 pm. Fun family activities, tasty festival foods, and live entertainment are on the agenda for the day!

Rock Around the Block Party is the first event in the Party in the Park summer series. Dance to the beats of the live DJ, courtesy of Crazy Diamond Entertainment, while enjoying carnival games and inflatables for the kids. You won't want to miss performances by Betty F. Williams' Elementary School's Drum Team and Step Team, or the amazing dance tribute to "The King of Pop" Michael Jackson by 10-year-old local sensation known as "MJ."

Be sure to check out a Piloxing® demonstration by our Fitness Team, as well as a variety of food vendors and exhibitors onsite for the event. Be sure to tag your photos with #PartyinthePark!


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Construction Updates and Completed Projects


Beach Garden ParkBeach Garden Park (pictured)

STIHL Inc. teamed with Parks and Recreation and K & D Round's Landscape Services to clean up and renovate Beach Garden Park. This two-day project celebrated the annual Professional Landcare Network's (PLANET) Day of Service, a nationwide Earth Day event. Volunteers gathered to cultivate and redefine flower beds, prune trees and shrubs, create a wetland garden, and install a rock bed to control runoff erosion. 


Little Island Park 

We're adding 124 new parking spaces to the existing lot, as well as a new entrance and attendant booth. Parking may be limited during construction, but we are working towards completion in time for a busy Memorial Day weekend.


Mount Trashmore Park

The trail widening project continues at Mount Trashmore Park, though weather delays have pushed back the anticipated completion date. If the weather cooperates, we hope to have the trail work finished by early May. Once the trail project finishes, we'll also be adding low- and high-impact fitness stations along the perimeter trail for those looking to enhance their workouts.

Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park

The Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park project is a major renovation of the former Princess Anne Park site. Phase I was completed in February and included a new trail system, restrooms, extensive tree planting and expanded parking. A light garden sculpture was also installed as a gateway feature. The second phase of this project is underway and includes new picnic shelters, playground equipment, and other park amenities such as benches and tables. Project completion for Phase II is anticipated in late May to early June.


Recreation Center Landscaping

Princess Anne and Great Neck Rec Centers are undergoing extensive landscape enhancements to the front entrance areas of the buildings. The goals of these enhancements seek to improve exterior security and safety for patrons, reduce required landscaping maintenance and related costs, and enrich the seasonal color and aesthetics of site plantings.

Showcase and Sell Your Art at Artisans in the Park! 


AIP BoothWe're looking for talented artisans to participate in our 38th Annual Art & Craft Festival, Artisans in the Park! This year's event will take place at Great Neck Park on September 7 & 8. We're seeking artisans who work in any of the following mediums: clay, fiber, glass, graphics/painting, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, photography, and wood. All qualified artisans are encouraged to apply for this jury-selected show. Full details are available on the Artist ApplicationGet your application in by April 30 and the jury fee is only $20! Beginning on May 1, a late jury fee will apply.  

Artisans in the Park is free and open to the public, beginning at 10 am on both days, ending at 5 pm on Saturday, September 7, and at 4 pm on Sunday, September 8. Along with artisans displaying and selling their work, this event also features live music, food vendors and children's activities.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project. 


The pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed Wednesday, May 8 until noon on Thursday, May 9 while the electronics controllers are upgraded.


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center and admin offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. Parks will be open on Memorial Day.


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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