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Have you visited any of America's National Parks? What's your favorite? 🍂🌲🍁
09/24/2020
Stunning sights in national parks during peak fall foliage

Have you visited any of America's National Parks? What's your favorite? 🍂🌲🍁

America’s national parks aren’t short on natural beauty, especially in the fall. If you love soaking up the season by enjoying colorful fall foliage, here are gorgeous photos that capture the season across America’s amazing national parks.

The pump track at Brigadoon Pines Park is temporarily closed beginning today to complete the concrete installation and w...
09/23/2020

The pump track at Brigadoon Pines Park is temporarily closed beginning today to complete the concrete installation and will need a couple of days to cure. The pump track will reopen for use Saturday morning, Sept 26.

Today is 🚲 Bike to Work Day...with perfect weather🌤️ too! While today is the designated day, many people here in VB, lik...
09/22/2020

Today is 🚲 Bike to Work Day...with perfect weather🌤️ too! While today is the designated day, many people here in VB, like Bikeways and Trails Advisory Committee (BTAC) member, Carter Sinclair, commute on their bikes daily! Our own P&R Director, Michael Kirschman, also took the opportunity to ride the trail along Princess Anne Rd. to the office today. Drop a pic in the comments if you biked to work today or make it a daily habit! #biketoworkday VBgov.com/bikeways

09/22/2020

⚠️ MT Kid's Cove Construction Alert!⚠️ Yesterday we began a project to replace some of the pour-in-place playground surface. The project should take ~2 weeks, weather permitting. We're sorry for the inconvenience, but the temps have to be just right for this type of surface!

09/22/2020

Hear from our own Kathy Williams and other area TR providers about all the incredible programs that are available! #therapeuticrecreation

09/21/2020

Attention Bayside swimmers! The pool will reopen tomorrow, but there will not be a 7:45 am deep water fitness class. Everything else will be normal operations. Welcome back! 🏊🏾

The National Recreation and Park Association 2020 Engagement with Parks Report had some great key findings that remind u...
09/20/2020
Engagement with Parks Report | Research | National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association 2020 Engagement with Parks Report had some great key findings that remind us just how vital our work is to the community! #VBParksRec #parksareessential

🌳 People visit their local park and recreation facilities more than twice a month, on average, with 1 in 10 visiting at least weekly, if not daily.
🚶🏾 Three in five people — or more than 190 million people — visited a local park, trail, public open space or recreation facility during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic (mid-March through mid-June 2020).
🏡 Seventy-seven percent of U.S. adults consider high-quality park and recreation amenities important factors when choosing a new place to live.
💚 More than 4 in 5 people agree that parks and recreation is an essential local government service.
https://www.nrpa.org/publications-research/research-papers/engagement/

Engagement with Parks Report: This annual report studies the usage of parks, the key reasons that drive their use and the greatest challenges preventing greater usage.

Lack of a quarantine routine have your family feeling off? Sleep is just as important as a healthy diet and physical act...
09/19/2020
Make Time 2 Sleep Bedtime Calculator

Lack of a quarantine routine have your family feeling off? Sleep is just as important as a healthy diet and physical activity for growing kids! Check out this simple tool to see how much sleep your kiddos should be getting. 😴 💤 🛌🏾 🌜 #sleephealthy http://sleepeducation.org/healthysleep/make-time-2-sleep-bedtime-calculator/

Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, sleep is one of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle. To get good sleep, you need a good bedtime. Use the Bedtime Calculator to identify an appropriate bedtime that will help you get the sleep that your body needs. Remember: Adults need a bedtime too!

09/19/2020
Articles :: VBgov.com - City of Virginia Beach

⚠️ Reminder! Pear tree removal may cause some minor traffic delays on Princess Anne Road between Newtown and Alsab Circle this weekend. 🌳 https://www.vbgov.com/news/pages/selected.aspx?release=4994&title=tree+removal+on+princess+anne+road%2c+september+19+%26+20

Tree Removal on Princess Anne Road, September 19 & 20Lane closure may mean minor delays for driversTuesday, September 15, 2020​(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) - On Saturday and Sunday, September 19 & 20, 2020, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation's Park and Landscape Services tree team will be removing Pea...

09/17/2020
HRSD Providence Road Drone Progress

Woodstock Park Improvement Project drone footage!

Progress on HRSD Providence Road Projects including offline storage facility, Woodstock Park Improvements, and pressure reducing station.

We are very proud of our Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action participants and the contributions they make to the community t...
09/16/2020

We are very proud of our Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action participants and the contributions they make to the community through service! 👏

Sincere thanks and congratulations to the Mayor’s Youth Leaders in Action (M.Y.L.A.), the 2019 group winner of the Debra L. Elam Award. Each year, the Office of Volunteer Resources honors both an individual youth and a youth group with this award. In 2019, the M.Y.L.A. gave more than 2,700 hours of service, assisting with a wide variety of projects throughout the City of Virginia Beach.

We heard from many of you over the weekend about this and are so happy that WAVY TV 10 decided to do a story and help br...
09/16/2020
Confetti bomb released in VB nature preserve angers environmentalists and residents

We heard from many of you over the weekend about this and are so happy that WAVY TV 10 decided to do a story and help bring awareness to the issue. As visitors to our parks and natural areas, it is critical that we all do our part to leave no trace and help protect and preserve our environment, waterways, and wildlife. Thank you to the kind-hearted volunteers who jumped into action to assist with the clean-up! #leavenotrace #beresponsible #doyourpart

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — People were not happy to find pink confetti covering a portion of the Pleasure House Point Nature Area this past weekend. “There was just pink confetti all …

🚸 Important Childcare Info! 🧒🏾 Tomorrow, Sept 16 at noon, we will begin taking registrations for our regular ✏️ Out-of-S...
09/15/2020

🚸 Important Childcare Info! 🧒🏾
Tomorrow, Sept 16 at noon, we will begin taking registrations for our regular ✏️ Out-of-School Time Before and After School Programs 🍎 with a tentative start date of Oct 6 (pending the return the in-person instruction by VBCPS.) For locations, cost, and registration instructions, visit VBgov.com/childcare.

09/13/2020
Hidden Treasures: Accessible Trails

Take a stroll! As we work to improve connectivity and create scenic spaces for you to explore, check out some of our paved trails starting with this one at West Neck Creek Natural Area. #VBhiddentreasures #optoutside #takeahike #VBParksRec

You can have an impact on local scenes like this! Serve your community as part of the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation ...
09/12/2020

You can have an impact on local scenes like this! Serve your community as part of the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Commission. Apply for this special volunteer experience today! https://bit.ly/2DQJvEp

Remembering those who were lost and the unity we felt amidst the sorrow in the time that followed. #neverforget
09/11/2020

Remembering those who were lost and the unity we felt amidst the sorrow in the time that followed. #neverforget

⚠️ Tomorrow morning, a volunteer group will be de-vining trees at Pleasure House Point along the stone-dust path that co...
09/11/2020

⚠️ Tomorrow morning, a volunteer group will be de-vining trees at Pleasure House Point along the stone-dust path that connects the Brock Center to Marlin Bay Drive. The trail will be closed from 9-11:30. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank the volunteers who are generously giving their time to complete this project!
If you are interested in other volunteer efforts like this within our park system, please email [email protected].

Happy 1st day back to school - whatever that looks like for your family! We were pumped to welcome the kids to our P&R S...
09/08/2020

Happy 1st day back to school - whatever that looks like for your family! We were pumped to welcome the kids to our P&R Safe Learning Centers today and be of service to City essential workers, teachers, and working parents. Wishing everyone a safe and healthy school year! (@ Bayside Elementary School) 🍎 📚 📏 📝 ✏️ #safelearning #essentialchildcare #VBParksRec

09/08/2020
askhrgreen.org

Teamwork makes the clean-up dream work! You and your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends can join AskHRGreen for cleanup events across the region.
⭐️ WHEN: Friday, September 18 + Saturday, September 19
REGISTER NOW! For those who don’t know, this is an opportunity to transform your neighborhood into a more beautiful, more valuable, more healthy space.
With the need for social distancing, you’re encouraged to organize smaller groups in an area you choose.
To participate, be sure to register. https://askhrgreen.org/programs/great-american-cleanup/

Teamwork makes the clean-up dream work! You and your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends can join us for cleanup events across the region.

⭐️ WHEN: Friday, September 18 + Saturday, September 19

REGISTER NOW! For those who don’t know, this is an opportunity to transform your neighborhood into a more beautiful, more valuable, more healthy space.

With the need for social distancing, you’re encouraged to organize smaller groups in an area you choose.

To participate, be sure to register and we’ll provide supplies and support. https://askhrgreen.org/programs/great-american-cleanup/

Tag your folks below, register your team, and LET’S DO THIS!

📣 Starting tomorrow, we're resuming membership sales for new members 😁! Find a supportive community focused on your heal...
09/07/2020

📣 Starting tomorrow, we're resuming membership sales for new members 😁! Find a supportive community focused on your health - which is more important than ever! ➡️ Check out our membership options and temporary COVID usage guidelines at VBgov.com/join. #VBParksRec

😀 🙌🏾 The renderings and complete description of the final design for the Woodstock Skate Park are now available on our w...
09/05/2020

😀 🙌🏾 The renderings and complete description of the final design for the Woodstock Skate Park are now available on our website! The new 30,000 square-foot skate park is a result of all of the public input gathered at the design workshops and online. Team Pain took all of that feedback and created a design that includes:
• Snake run and two-level bowl with waterfall, five corners, and two hips
• Quarter pipe with extension
• Ledge runs, stair sets, wall rides, snake run, banks, hips, rails, and other custom ledges
• Warm-up area
• Shaded viewing spots and so much more!
Construction starts Sept 14 and the park is tentatively scheduled to reopen summer 2021. Shout out to HRSD for their continued partnership to make this all possible! ➡️ VBgov.com/woodstockpark

09/04/2020

⚠️ 🏊 The pool at Bayside Rec Center will be closed Sept 6-20 for draining and maintenance🚧 . The rest of the center will remain open using the member reservation system.
☝🏾 As a reminder, all rec centers are closed on Monday, Sept 7 for Labor Day.

If you like doing awesome work with awesome people, we've got a bunch of part-time positions available right now! 🤗 Park...
09/03/2020

If you like doing awesome work with awesome people, we've got a bunch of part-time positions available right now! 🤗
Park aides, lifeguards, aquatics instructors, and activity center leaders for our childcare programs - apply online at VBgov.com/careers

The FREE LENA Start program is coming back this fall! Join GrowSmart or Virginia Beach Public Library virtually for clas...
09/03/2020

The FREE LENA Start program is coming back this fall! Join GrowSmart or Virginia Beach Public Library virtually for classes.
For more info., email at [email protected]

LENA Start is coming back this Fall! Join GrowSmart or Virginia Beach Public Library virtually for classes.

For more info., email us at [email protected]

If you're ready for a Family Nite Hike raise your hand 🙋? We just added a couple of dates this month, so sign up now at ...
09/02/2020

If you're ready for a Family Nite Hike raise your hand 🙋? We just added a couple of dates this month, so sign up now at VBgov.com/parks!
🦉 Friday, September 11 @ Pleasure House Point
o 7:30-8:30pm or 8-9pm
🌛 Friday, September 25 @ Stumpy Lake
o 7:30-8:30pm or 8-9pm
(*📸 photo taken pre-COVID, hence no masks or social distancing)

Just keep mowing! Just keep mowing! Our crews are working their tails off to get caught up on our normal mowing schedule...
09/01/2020
Grass too tall? Hampton Roads cities playing catch-up on grounds maintenance.

Just keep mowing! Just keep mowing! Our crews are working their tails off to get caught up on our normal mowing schedule, so we appreciate your understanding! 🌿 🚜 https://www.pilotonline.com/government/local/vp-nw-school-grounds-0828-20200829-7c666fjiqzamfovvrrpijhek4q-story.html

Staffing issues due to the coronavirus slowed down grounds maintenance at Virginia Beach public schools, and it shows. While football fields are being mowed, the baseball diamonds are especially in bad shape, and grass is nearly 2 feet tall next to the sidewalks around some of the buildings.

You've been so patient while we've been working with VBCPS to get the plans for the new Safe Learning Centers in place. ...
08/31/2020

You've been so patient while we've been working with VBCPS to get the plans for the new Safe Learning Centers in place. Registration for the general public begins NOW! First priority has been given to City essential workers and teachers, and we have a limited number of spaces available for working parents who are in still need of childcare during the period in which VBCPS is in the red virtual learning setting. An FAQ has been posted on the website to answer your questions, but here is a snapshot of what the Parks & Program involves:
✏️Students in grades K-5
✏️Hours: 6:30 am to 6 pm, M-F
✏️Locations: 22 designated VB elementary schools (see list on website). Note, you do not have to register your child at their home school site!
✏️Cost: $160 for the first 2 weeks, $80 for each week following as long as schools are still in virtual learning.
🍎 ➡️ Register now! VBgov.com/childcare

Volunteers are such an important part of our work and we truly appreciate the time and energy they bring to give back to...
08/28/2020

Volunteers are such an important part of our work and we truly appreciate the time and energy they bring to give back to the community! 🥰🙌 #volunteers #givingbacktothecommunity #marshviewpark

We are very proud of our team for doing something bigger than themselves by volunteering at VA Beach Parks and Rec. We were able to remove non-native invasive plants that were encroaching on the Marshview Natural walking path. #BrandGood #ReciprocityRoad

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08/27/2020

Interesting share from the VBPD!

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⚾️ Let's play ball!
08/27/2020
VB adult softball league starts Friday amid pandemic

⚾️ Let's play ball!

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The coronavirus sidelined many sports leagues this year, but one local softball league is making a comeback. Virginia Beach Parks and Rec sports management coordi…

08/23/2020
Music Dance Party

Dance party 💃 🕺 💃 🕺 ! Join some of Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action (MYLA) for an at-home dance session with your little wigglers! Find even more cool videos like this on our Virtual Rec Center. https://youtu.be/4owug9Y9pAQ

In this video, Katie and Bella from MYLA host a virtual dance party for children.

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