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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | May 2014 | VBgov.com/parks
Summer Movie Nights Begin in June  

Bring a blanket or beach chair and get comfortable as you enjoy a hit movie on the big screen under the stars! Held in our parks on select Friday nights this summer, all movie nights offer free admission and free parking with concessions available for purchase. Activities begin at 7 pm; movie starts at sunset.

Friday, June 13 | Toy Story

Friday, June 27 | Cars
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Mount Trashmore Carnival Kicks Off Tonight!

Rides, games and traditional state fair foods are all available at the Summer Carnival at Mount Trashmore Park! Located in the parking lot off Edwin Drive, the carnival is great for all ages and offers free admission and free parking. Ride prices are below; games and concessions are priced separately. 

Ticket Prices for Midway Rides:
Single Tickets: $1 each (each ride takes 2-6 tickets)
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: $18 wristband 
Twelve Buck Tuesday: $12 wristband 
Dollar Day Thursday: All rides $1 each
Saturday & Sunday: $20 wristband
Carnival hours are 6 - 11 pm during the week, and 2 - 11 pm on the weekends. The carnival may close earlier at the discretion of Deggeller Attractions based on weather conditions and attendance. 
We want to see your photos! Tag them with #TrashmoreCarnival on Facebook and Instagram. 
New Dog Park Opens at Bayville Farms Park

Hey, dog owners! This past weekend was the unofficial opening of Virginia Beach's newest dog park, located at Bayville Farms Park in the Northwest portion of the city. This is the City's third off-leash dog park, but the first to provide separate fenced areas for small and large dogs. The other two dog parks are located at Red Wing Park and Woodstock Park

To utilize any of our dog parks, an annual on-site registration fee of $15 is required (for the first dog, $10 for each additional dog), along with proof of license and vaccination. Parvo vaccination is recommended. A dog park pass will be issued for each dog. Registered dogs may visit any dog park. 

All of our dog parks are open from 7:30 am to posted park closing time.
Pardon Our Construction 

Seeing orange cones or construction fencing lately? Several of our parks and facilities are in the midst of construction projects. Here's the scoop on what's being done:
Closed earlier this month for a Public Works storm water drainage project to reduce area flooding on and across Kilbourne Court. Construction completion is anticipated in mid-July, weather permitting.

Construction began this week for renovations which include the replacement of the park office building (also houses storage and public restrooms), expansion of the west parking lot, a new park entrance sign, reconfigured access and exit to General Booth Blvd, and the addition of a water fountain to the dog park. The park will remain open for public use during the renovations; however, there will be periods of time when certain areas will be closed for construction and public safety. Vehicular access may also be delayed. Completion is expected in late fall, weather permitting.

Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area (pictured)
Construction is progressing on Phase I improvements, which include a new boat ramp, formalized car and trailer parking, stabilization along the shoreline to prevent erosion and re-establish native vegetation, several fishing and overlook platforms, a floating crew dock, a new pedestrian bridge to connect the north and south parcel, and renovations to the existing soft surface trail along with installation of hard surface trails. Completion is expected in late fall, weather permitting.

Future improvements will also include the installation of a park office, restrooms, picnic shelter, park benches and a playground. 

Significant improvements will begin next week including construction of an asphalt path, pedestrian bridges, and a small parking lot. The park will remain open for public use during the renovations; however, there will be periods of time when certain areas will be closed for construction and public safety. The adjacent parking lot at Salt Marsh Point Neighborhood Park will be closed during construction to accommodate large equipment. Work is expected for completion in late fall, weather permitting.

As we work to improve these parks, look for others to explore using our interactive Park Finder
Cool Off at the Sprayground at Williams Farm!

When the summer heat turns up, break out the swimsuits and head over to Williams Farm Recreation Center to cool off on the sprayground! After a long, cold winter, we're looking forward to plenty of sunshine and spraying water! 

As long as the temperature hits 75, the sprayground will operate during the following hours: 

Monday - Friday | 11:30 am - 8 pm
Saturday | 9 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday | 11 am - 4:30 pm

A recreation center membership or day pass is needed to access the sprayground. Children under the age of 9 must be supervised by a responsible person at least 16 years of age. 

Want to bring your group to the sprayground this summer? Private rentals are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 - 11:30 am. Cost is $89 and proof of liability insurance will be required. Please contact the center at (757) 385-2950 for additional information and to schedule your rental!
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

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


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.