Parks & Recreation Newsletter | November 2013 | VBgov.com/Parks
Spread a Little Holiday Cheer


Will you be out shopping on Black Friday? Consider picking up an extra gift to donate to Toys for Tots. Through December 15, all Virginia Beach Community Recreation Centers will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for children age 1-11. Of particular need are toys for 9-11 year olds. All donations are welcome with the exception of weapon-type toys like Nerf guns, swords and play guns. Your donation will go to a needy child in our own community.

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Provide Feedback on Draft Concept Plans for Kempsville Recreation Center's Replacement


Kempsville Recreation Center, located at 800 Monmouth Lane in the heart of Kempsville, opened in 1977 as Virginia Beach's first community recreation center. Though it's the city's oldest recreation center, it remains one of the busiest. 


The center is much loved, but it's over 35 years old and a 2009 facility assessment rated the overall condition of the facility as "poor." Improvements are needed for accessibility and ADA compliance, and the plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems are nearing the end of their lifecycles. The existing pool and associated infrastructure have a remaining lifespan of 10-12 years. 


After evaluating potential cost savings and lifecycle costs associated with retaining the existing pool and other portions of the facility, consultant HBA Architecture and city staff recommended demolishing the existing structure and constructing an entirely new building. Draft concept plans for the new facility feature an indoor track, double gymnasium, fitness areas, indoor pool with lap lanes and water play components, outdoor sprayground and therapeutic recreation program space. 


We want your input on the draft concept plans. You can provide feedback online through Virtual Town Hall between December 5 and January 3 or in person by attending one of the scheduled public meetings:


- Thursday, December 12 from 6 - 8 pm at Kempsville Recreation Center, or

- Saturday, December 14 from 1 - 3 pm at Kempsville Recreation Center 


For more information on the Kempsville Recreation Center replacement project, including the draft concept plans and construction timeline, visit VBgov.com/Kempsville

Registration Now Open for Winter Wildlife Festival!


This three-day festival provides you with the opportunity to witness winter wildlife in places like Back Bay and False Cape, Pleasure House Point, Mackay Island, Whitehurst Tract, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel area and more! New sessions for 2014 include: North Landing River Birding, First Landing Nature Walk, and Chesapeake Bay Boat Trip. Check the festival website for trip details. 


The event will be held January 24-26, 2014 and will feature educational workshops, outdoor excursions, children's activities and an exhibit hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center. The Festival Kick-Off features keynote speaker, Noah Strycker, Associate Editor of Birding magazine, well-known writer and "bird man." Strycker will discuss his latest project, "Bird World," a book about the fascinating parallels between bird and human behavior. There is no cost to attend the kick-off, but registration is required. 


How to Register 
Registration is available in-person at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center or by mailing in a registration form. Past participants and recreation center members can use EZreg to register online with their client barcode and family PIN. 
Give the Gift of Recreation! 

Gift CardSimplify your shopping this year with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation gift cards! Our gift cards can be purchased in any amount that the recipient can use towards an annual membership, the first month's payment of a month-to-month membership, shelter reservations. party & room rentals, group fitness classes, kayak tours, swimming lessons, dance classes, tennis programs, personal training sessions 
and much more! So, forget long lines at the mall, wondering which toys he already has or which size she wears, and give a gift they're sure to enjoy! Stop by any recreation center to purchase, and give the gift of recreation!  

Winter Catalog Available Online December 7 

Colder weather and shorter days leaving you with a case of the winter blues? Improve your mood by staying physically active with classes like yoga, boxing, basketball clinics and competitive swim clinics. Brush up on old skills or learn new ones with dancing, martial arts and pottery classes.
With exciting classes and programs for all ages, Parks & Rec is sure to keep your family active and blues-free this winter. Look for the Winter Programs & Activities Catalog to be posted online at 9 am, December 7! Both online and in-person course registration also begins at 9 am, December 7.
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Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

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


The gym and cardio areas at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed on Tuesday, November 26 through Saturday, November 30 for refinishing of the gym floor.
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center and administrative offices will be closed on Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29 for Thanksgiving. Staffed parks will be closed on Thursday, November 28 only. 


The pool at Bayside Recreation Center will be closed on Sunday & Monday, December 8 & 9 for installation of ADA railing. 


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.