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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | September 2013 | VBgov.com/Parks
Save the Date for Our Job Fair

Tuesday, October 15 | 1-4 pm | Princess Anne Rec Center 

Looking for a part-time job? Stop by our job fair at Princess Anne Recreation Center to find out about opportunities with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation. We're routinely hiring for:


- Before & After School Program staff

- Clerical support

- Facility management staff

- Lifeguards

- Parks & landscape management staff

- Swim instructors

- Personal trainers

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We'll have staff on hand to talk to you about the online application process and they'll provide tips for completing and submitting applications. You can also learn some interview tips and trends and find out what a typical day on the job is like. 
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Compete at Sandbridge Paddle Fest!

Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13 | Little Island Park & Back Bay  


Paddlers, you don't want to miss the Sandbridge Paddle Fest - two days of paddle races (SUP, surfski, outrigger & kayak) at Little Island Park and Back Bay on October 12 & 13! Compete for awards, or just come out and enjoy the festivities while supporting the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Foundation. Weekend festivities also include a paddle expo, demos, kids beach obstacle course and post-events party at Baja Restaurant.  


Sandbridge Paddle Fest

Saturday, October 12 
- SUP Open Ocean Race: Long Course (4-5 miles) or Short Course (2 miles)
- Kids' SUP: 1-mile course in Back Bay following the adult races
Register here

Sunday, October 13 
Kayak, Surfski, OC-1: 6-mile Back Bay Challenge or 6-mile Fun Paddle in Back Bay
Register here 

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation and be used to help Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation provide youth program scholarships and specialized equipment for Therapeutic Recreation Programs. Contributions to the Foundation through this event are tax deductible.

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Search for City Parks with New Park Finder  


Despite having more than 200 city parks in Virginia Beach with amenities ranging from playgrounds and picnic shelters to ball fields and kayak launches, you've probably only been to a handful of locations. We've made it much easier for you to find and explore new parks in the city! 


Be among the first to try out Park Finder, a tool that allows you to search for a city park by name, location and/or amenities. Search results display both in a list and on a map, and selecting a park allows you to view details including address, amenities, hours and driving directions.


You can use Park Finder on your desktop computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone. We've added a link for Park Finder on our homepage, or you can go directly to VBgov.com/ParkFinder


We'd love to hear your feedback! Email fun@VBgov.com and let us know what you think. 

Shop Our Community Yard Sale at Mount Trashmore!

Saturday, September 28 | 9 am - 1 pm | Mount Trashmore Park


Treasures at TrashmoreOne man's trash is another man's treasure! Treasures at Trashmore is an old-fashioned community yard sale held at Mount Trashmore Park. We're bringing together nearly 40 participants in one place for you to browse and barter to find the best deals. Come out to Mount Trashmore this Saturday and see what treasures you can find!  


Free admission and on-site parking for shoppers.


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SK8R Bash Drops In at Williams Farm Skate Park

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


sk8r bashCheck out the action as amateur skateboarders compete for top prizes at our 2013 SK8R Bash! This year's event will be held at the city's newest skate facility - Williams Farm Skate Park! The 25,000 square foot, concrete skate park, located next to the Williams Farm Recreation Center, features a tiered bowl, flow park and urban skate plaza.   


SK8R Bash is free to attend and will include live music, interactive activities and an open street course for non-competitors. New this year, students from Virginia Wesleyan College will conduct tarp surfing sessions - combining skating and surfing in a whole new way!

Want to compete at SK8R Bash? 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. Prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. Deadline to submit competitor applications is October 4, as long as space allows. Registration cost is $25 and includes contest t-shirt.


Check-in and registration for those competing will begin at 8 am, competition starts at 9:45 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! 



Crafters, Apply to Sell Your Wares at Santa's Stocking

Application Deadline: October 16 | Event: November 2-3 & 16-17 


Santa's StockingWe're looking for talented crafters to participate in the 35th Annual Santa's Stocking Old Fashioned Craft Bazaar at Kempsville Recreation Center. This event takes place over two weekends: November 2 & 3 and November 16 & 17 from 9-5 on Saturdays and 10-4 on Sundays. Vendors may exhibit during one weekend only to provide a unique shopping experience each weekend. Complete an application today! Space is limited; application deadline is October 16, as long as space allows.  


With free admission and free on-site parking to shoppers, Santa's Stocking Old Fashioned Craft Bazaar will feature over 100 different vendors each weekend selling unique handcrafted items - everything from stocking stuffers to works of fine art, all at budget-friendly prices. Food concessions will also be available for purchase both weekends.



Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

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

Williams Farm Recreation Center will be closed through Sunday, September 29 for annual maintenance. The pool will remain closed through Sunday, October 6.
Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed on Monday, October 7 through Sunday, October 14 for annual maintenance. The pool will remain closed through Sunday, October 20.


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.
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.