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Youth Programs Newsletter | August 2013 |

Register Saturday for Fall Programs!


catalogLook for the Fall Programs & Activities Catalog to be posted online this Saturday! Registration begins Saturday at 9 am for fall programs, including:


 - Youth Swim League

 - Fit Families - New Class!

 - Tap & Ballet 

 - Family Fishing Clinic

 - Martial Arts

 - Family Nite Hikes


Sign up for these classes and more online using EZreg, or in person at any recreation center.

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Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park Now Open!


PlaygroundPrincess Anne Commons Gateway Park, a renovation of the former Princess Anne Park located at the corner of Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads, is now open and awaiting your visit! Take the kids to check out the new playground, picnic shelters*, trails and restrooms. Additionally, the park is now home to the Light Garden sculpture which consists of sun-refraction glass panels arranged to resemble a grove of trees.


You'll also notice that meadow management practices have been implemented at this park. The grassy, native vegetation provides natural buffers that foster important environmental and cost-saving benefits.


*Currently, the picnic shelters are available on a first come, first served basis. We'll begin taking shelter reservations at a later date.

Dance the Night Away at Latin Fiesta

Friday, August 16 | 7 - 10 pm | Mount Trashmore Park


Dancing Salsa ConcertBring the whole family out to Mount Trashmore Park next Friday night as Tropical Storm plays a mixture of music featuring Salsa, Merengue, Bomba & more. Start the weekend off with the ultimate Latin experience right here in the heart of Virginia Beach! You can dance the night away, or sit back and relax after a long week!


Latin Fiesta is the final event in our Party in the Parks series. This event has free admission; food and drinks will be available for purchase from on-site vendors. You are welcome to bring chairs and blankets. Dancing shoes are optional.


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Save the Date for Artisans in the Park: September 7 & 8

September 7 & 8 | 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday & 10 am - 4 pm on Sunday | Great Neck Park 


AIPExplore the works of over 75 artists and craftsmen during the 38th annual Artisans in the Park, Art and Craft Festival - all in the serenely secluded backdrop of Great Neck Park.


This two-day event, now in September, offers you the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy Virginia Beach's late summer weather while browsing the local and regional artists displaying, demonstrating and selling original works of art. 

A variety of art and fine craft styles are represented, including pottery, metal and glass work, photography, jewelry, drawing and paintings, and sculpture. All work is of original design.



Stop by the Main Stage for live music throughout the weekend. Children will have an opportunity to have a free picture ID Card made on site, compliments of the Virginia Beach Mason Lodge, District 56 at Shelter #1. 

A variety of food concessionaires will be selling delicious items including, BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, pitas and more!  Smoothies, lemonade, kettle corn and ice cream will be available too. 


Artisans in the Park has free admission and ample parking at Cox High School with a free shuttle to the park.


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Competitors Wanted for SK8R Bash! 

Competition: Saturday, October 19 | 10 am - 5:30 pm | Williams Farm Skate Park 


sk8r bashWe're looking for skateboarders who want to participate in our annual SK8R Bash competition! This year's event will be held at the city's newest skate park - Williams Farm Skate Park! The 25,000 square foot, concrete skate park features a tiered bowl, flow park and urban skate plaza.


Competition includes beginner, intermediate and advanced heats in flow, street and bowl. Beginner competition is restricted to youth who are fairly new to skateboard competitions and/or under the age of 14; the intermediate and advanced levels are open to all ages. Competition applications are available here. Deadline to submit competitor applications is October 4.

Our 2013 SK8R Bash is free to attend and will include live music, interactive activities and an open street course for non-competitors. Check-in and registration for those competing will begin at 8 am, competition starts at 10 am and runs until 5:30 pm on Saturday, October 19. With a brand new location, this event is sure to bring out some of the best local talent! Check out the action in this video from last year's event! 


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Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

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


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day. Parks will be open.


Bayside Recreation Center will be closed on Monday, September 9 through Sunday, September 15. The pool will remain closed through Sunday, September 22.


Williams Farm Recreation Center will be closed on Monday, September 23 through Sunday, September 29. The pool will remain closed through Sunday, October 6.


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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