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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | August 2013 | VBgov.com/Parks
5 Quick Tips for Sun Protection


sunscreenWe're constantly hearing about the negative effects the sun can have on our skin. So what can you do now to protect your skin, yet still have a fun, outdoor summer? Here are some simple tips:


1. Seek shade during the hottest part of the day, 10 am to 4 pm, when the UV rays are most intense. 


2. Wear clothing that blocks the sun. This can include clothing with UVR protection or clothing with a tight knit so that the sun cannot harm your skin.


3. Make sure you have sunscreen that is protecting you against both UVA and UVB rays.


4. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours. Remember to reapply!


5. Don't get burned! Just one bad sunburn (blistering) in adolescence can more than double the risk of getting melanoma later in life.

Learn more about protecting your skin from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Boat Slips Available at Lynnhaven Marina


MarinaDoes your boat need a new home? We've got one large and several small slips available at the Lynnhaven Marina. Located off Shore Drive, just before the Lesner Bridge, the marina offers easy access to the Lynnhaven Inlet and Chesapeake Bay. Small slips accomodate boats 25' or less and the large slip handles vessels up to 36'. Slips are leased on an annual basis. Fresh water & 30 amp electric hookups are provided along with private restroom access.


For more information, or to lease a slip at the marina, please call Sharon Godfrey at (757) 385-1126, or email sgodfrey@vbgov.com.

Enjoy the Arts Outdoors at Artisans in the Park

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 can have a free photo ID card made on site, compliments of the Virginia Beach Mason Lodge, District 56. 

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. #VBArtisans


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Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park Now Open


Princess Anne CommonsPrincess 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. If you have driven by the area, you've probably seen that the sculpture is illuminated at night with blue LED lights.  


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.

Register for FREE Family Fishing Clinic

Saturday, October 5 | 8:30 am - 1 pm | Munden Point Park 


FIshingGo fish! Spend a morning at Munden Point Park learning to fish with your kids (ages 5-14) at our free Family Fishing Clinic. Don't miss the chance to team up with experienced fishermen for guided instruction on beginning fishing skills. You'll learn about tackle, bait, knot tying and casting. We'll even help you reel in your catch! This program is always a hit with parents and kids alike.
Advance registration is required. Space is limited to the first 125 participants. A parent or guardian must be present for every 4 children.
Fishing poles, tackle and bait are provided, if needed. This event will be held rain or shine. A hot dog lunch is also included.

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 Monday, September 2 for Labor Day. Parks will be open.


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


Williams Farm Recreation Center will be closed on Monday, September 23 through Sunday, September 29 for annual maintenance. 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 you or 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 fun@VBgov.com.
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