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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | July 2014 | VBgov.com/parks
The Elves are Back!

Tiny Doors It looks like some elves have returned to Virginia Beach and made themselves at home in some of our City parks! Tiny doors have been spotted in trees at Great Neck, Bayville Farms and Red Wing Park. If you and your family stumble upon any of these doors, take a photo and post it to our Facebook page so others can share in the elfin magic!

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is a proud landlord of the Tiny Door Project.
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Enjoy an Evening of Jazz in the Park
Friday, August 8 | 7 - 10 pm | Mount Trashmore Park

Jazz in the Park

Celebrate the musical flavor of New Orleans right here in Virginia Beach! Come out to Mount Trashmore Park from 7 - 10 pm on Friday, August 8 for Jazz in the Park featuring local musical group, Boardwalk Brass Band. 


Driven by the influence of the second line groove straight from the heart of the Big Easy, Boardwalk Brass Band performs song selections from their favorite groups including The Meters, Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels and many more. Their bold brass sounds mixed with the hard driving Caribbean rhythms and an occasional vocal will keep you tapping your feet all night long.


Enjoy Cajun eats by local food trucks The Lucky Peach and The Thirsty Frog. RVA Festivals, Inc. will be on hand to serve up some tasty Cajun treats as well. #VBParksRec

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Watch "Ratatouille" at Mount Trashmore Park
Friday, August 22 | 7 pm | Mount Trashmore Park

Ratatouille Movie Poster
Save the date for the last movie of our Summer Movie Night Series, "Ratatouille," on August 22 at Mount Trashmore Park
Bring your blanket or beach chair and enjoy the evening under the stars at this free event. Movie begins at sunset; children's activities and various exhibitors will be set up beginning at 7 pm. Concessions will be available for purchase. #MovieInThePark    
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Kayak Rentals Now Available at Stumpy Lake 

Kayaking at Stumpy Lake
Back by popular demand, kayaks are now available to rent 7 days a week at the beautiful, cypress-lined Stumpy Lake.  


Hours (subject to change)
Through October 3
Monday - Friday: 12 pm - 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm


Rental Rates
Single kayak: $30 for 4 hours
Tandem kayak: $50 for 4 hours
Ages 6-12 must be in a tandem kayak with an adult; ages 13 and up are eligible to paddle a single boat. Life jackets and paddles will be provided with rental. Operated by Wild River Outfitters


Rentals will occur unless conditions are unsafe. Thunder and lightning will require for all users to exit the water and wait until the storm passes before resuming activity. Accommodations can be provided to special needs individuals that are able to operate the equipment used to control the kayak.


Prefer a guided tour? 
Join us on one of our upcoming scenic kayak tours!
Saturday, July 26 | Hutton Circle | 9 - 11 am | $20 | Register
Sunday, August 10 | Full Moon Paddle at Stumpy Lake | 7 - 9 pm | $20 | Register
Saturday, August 23 | Horn Point | 9 - 11 am | $20 | Register
Get a Job That's Fun!

Zumba Instructor

Looking for a part-time job? Join our team! Have fun while you work and know that you are making a difference in your community. We're regularly hiring for these positions:

 - Lifeguards
 - Swim Instructors 

 - Fitness Class Instructors

 - Personal Trainers

 - Out-of-School Time Programs Staff
 - Park Staff
 - Recreation Center Staff

 - Special Needs Support Staff 
Position information and applications are available online at VBcareers4gov.com. Click on 'Search Postings' to see current openings.

Mark Your Calendar for Artisans in the Park
September 6 & 7 | 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday & 10 am - 4 pm on Sunday | Great Neck Park


Artisans in the Park Explore the works of talented artists and craftsmen during the 39th annual Artisans in the Park, Art and Craft Festival - all in the serenely secluded backdrop of Great Neck Park.


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


Artists & Craftsmen 

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. View the list of exhibiting artists at VBgov.com/artisans.



Stop by the Main Stage for live music throughout the weekend. Jack Becker and User Friendly will perform on Saturday; and Johnny Johnson, Eddie Sal and Costume Party will perform on Sunday.

A variety of food trucks 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 parking at Cox High School with a free shuttle to the park. 


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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 1. City parks will be open! 
Bayside Recreation Center will be closed September 8 - 14 for fall maintenance. The pool will remain closed through September 21.  


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.