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“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” - Aristotle ☀️🐱🌲🍃🍂 #breathe #optoutside #vbparksrec
03/12/2020

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” - Aristotle ☀️🐱🌲🍃🍂 #breathe #optoutside #vbparksrec

Thank you to Councilman Michael Berlucchi for stopping by our early childhood program at Bow Creek Recreation Center for...
03/06/2020

Thank you to Councilman Michael Berlucchi for stopping by our early childhood program at Bow Creek Recreation Center for Read Across America today! 📚📖

#readacrossamerica #readingisfundamental #vbgrowsmart #vbparksrec

03/05/2020

UPDATE: This issue has been resolved!
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Due to mechanical issues, Great Neck Recreation Center is experiencing a hot water shortage. We will update when the issue has been resolved.

Spring break will be here in no time! Stop into a rec center today to register for spring break camps. 🌷 🌞 #springbreak2...
03/04/2020

Spring break will be here in no time! Stop into a rec center today to register for spring break camps. 🌷 🌞 #springbreak2020

🌱Seeds!💚 the library and the VB Master Gardeners!
03/04/2020

🌱Seeds!
💚 the library and the VB Master Gardeners!

A new month is here and that means NEW SEEDS! 🌱
Come visit the free Seed Library at Central Library and pick up March's offerings: Catnip, Red Salad Bowl Lettuce and Echinacea-Purple Coneflower.
Thank you to the VB Master Gardeners who were here yesterday to update the selections: Mary Anne D., Kim B., Mary M. and Cyndie G.!

🏀 We're feeling the madness now that March has arrived! The rec centers have youth hoops programs lined up all month, so...
03/03/2020

🏀 We're feeling the madness now that March has arrived! The rec centers have youth hoops programs lined up all month, so check it out and register today. VBgov.com/marchball

⚠️ Friendly reminder for our Seatack folks!
02/29/2020

⚠️ Friendly reminder for our Seatack folks!

To wrap up this month of member love, today we have a heartwarming story from Kempsville about a very generous couple an...
02/28/2020

To wrap up this month of member love, today we have a heartwarming story from Kempsville about a very generous couple and a boy named Bruce. 💗

Staff at Kempsville were recently approached by a married couple who wish to remain anonymous. Tragically, they lost their own son and to honor him, each year they gift a pair of new basketball shoes to a deserving kid. This year, they gave a pair of Paul George Nike's to Bruce. Bruce is well-known by the center staff as a respectful kid who is kind and inclusive with other kids playing basketball. The joy on his face when he was given the shoes was incredible to witness! We are so lucky to have so many amazing members like this couple who let us in on these sweet moments, and to have awesome kids like Bruce who will remember their days playing basketball on our courts for the rest of their lives!

Thank you to all of our members and rec center customers -we truly appreciate and love all of you! 💗

It's really coming along! #woodstockpark
02/28/2020

It's really coming along! #woodstockpark

👀👀👀👀Check out the construction progress on the Woodstock Park Improvement Project. We're super excited about this project and our partnership with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation! The park closed in June 2019 to begin construction on building a new skate park on the surface of partially buried storage tank and renovate Woodstock Park. #HRSDBuilds

Love public art in our parks!
02/27/2020

Love public art in our parks!

Happy #NationalRetroDay! Designed by internationally renowned artist Dale Eldred in 1988, "Light Garden" was one of the first commissioned contemporary art pieces in Virginia Beach!

It was originally located in the courtyard of the former Pavilion Convention Center, but needed to be relocated when the Pavilion was demolished in 2003. The 32 glass sun-refraction panels are now arranged at Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park to resemble a grove of trees and to illustrate the role of light throughout the day. Virginia Beach City Government Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation
#vbarts #vbpublicart

“Skateboarders are prone to being labeled by society as rebels, social deviants or rule-breakers,” Corwin said. “Stereot...
02/27/2020
Skateboarding improves mental health, helps build diverse relationships, USC study says

“Skateboarders are prone to being labeled by society as rebels, social deviants or rule-breakers,” Corwin said. “Stereotyping masks an array of valuable skills obtained through skateboarding. The study aims to redefine what it means to be a skateboarder and highlight connections among skateboarding, education and career.” https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-26/skateboarding-improves-mental-health-helps-build-diverse-relationships-usc-study-says?fbclid=IwAR0Ko4vkAQWi-8hPTT9yNmfblXzOGbc7nkRvwARqQARi8HgcVrWxVEBMbas

The findings, which indicate the sport fosters community and encourages resilience, fly in the face of commonly held misconceptions, researchers say.

We wholeheartedly agree! 💚
02/24/2020

We wholeheartedly agree! 💚

If you love nature hikes and kayaking, head to Munden Point Park. It’s one of Va Beach’s hidden gems and the perfect place to reconnect with nature. 🌳
📷: Kayla Benesch

"...Its urban canopy has some 3 million trees, which makes up 30% of the city’s land and provide more than $250 million ...
02/24/2020
Preserving and expanding Virginia Beach’s forests is key in fight against flooding, study says

"...Its urban canopy has some 3 million trees, which makes up 30% of the city’s land and provide more than $250 million in annual savings and benefits, according to the city’s urban forest management plan." 🌳

Virginia Beach is the state’s biggest city and it comes with an unusual amount of forested land. Its urban canopy has some 3 million trees, which makes up 30% of the city’s land and provide more than $250 million in annual savings and benefits

It's the last week of February - hard to believe, right?!?! One thing that's easy to believe though is how much we love ...
02/24/2020

It's the last week of February - hard to believe, right?!?! One thing that's easy to believe though is how much we love all the wonderful people who visit us day after day in the rec centers and become like family. Meet another member of the rec center family - Bill.💗
Bill is a 70-year-old Army veteran (among many other things) and a regular at Williams Farm. He joined in January 2019 after suffering a stroke in July 2018 which landed him in the hospital and rehab facilities for a four-month stretch. After his rehab was considered "complete," having no access to fitness equipment or individuals to provide training quickly caused Bill's health to decline and he became very weak and lethargic. Thanks to his incredible wife, Jan, who refused to watch him fade away, they decided to check out the rec centers. They initially visited the Kempsville location and took a tour with staff member Erin Ray. After some discussion with Erin, she recommended that Bill and Jan check out Williams Farm and after a tour there with Anne Marie Studds, Bill knew that was where he wanted to be.
Today, Bill visits Williams Farm on average 4 - 5 times a week. He's in extremely good spirits and better health today as a result. Working with his medical team, Bill had a goal of meeting a certain weight, and through his work and dedication, has exceeded that goal by at least 5 pounds. With the help of his personal aide, Bill uses the Sci Fit, fly machine, the lat pull-down, rowing machine, shoulder shrug equipment and periodically works on leg work. Lifting weights makes him feel great!
Bill feels at home at Williams Farm and considers the staff there to be like family. Bill says that the rec center provides an outlet to build accomplishments, and the facility and staff mean the world to him. When Bill and his son talk now, Bill boasts about his latest achievement in the weight room with a smile and sense of triumph.

Now that the storm has passed, let's get back to showing love for our incredible rec center family! 💗 Meet Jenevieve (as...
02/21/2020

Now that the storm has passed, let's get back to showing love for our incredible rec center family! 💗 Meet Jenevieve (as told by her mom):
"Jenevieve has been part of the Williams Farm Early Childhood Program since September 2018. The program has significantly helped Jenevieve with her social interactions, communication skills, and bonding with other kids and caregivers outside of the family. Jenevieve is very selective of who she feels comfortable with and really does not open up to very many people, but the staff does a really good job of interacting with her and drawing the fun-loving child out of her. Other programs that we looked into were kind of stand-offish when it came to her Epilepsy and developing a protocol to accommodate her, but the Parks & Rec Inclusion Program allowed her to be able to participate in things we never thought possible at her own pace with a close, watchful, caring eye.
Jenevieve loves to dance, sing, play basketball, and run around on playgrounds.
She just started her second year of playing basketball in the Little Ballers program at the Bayside Rec Center. With the help of the Inclusion team, she is able to play with a helper by her side and her father coaches her team."
We 💗 Jenevieve! #VBParksRec

Our annual Unity Week might not be until October, but Quaden's story is a reminder of why the message to accept others, ...
02/21/2020
Quaden’s sweet message to bullied kids

Our annual Unity Week might not be until October, but Quaden's story is a reminder of why the message to accept others, make them feel included, and above all else, BE KIND, is so important every day of the year. Your kindness might make the difference for someone today! #VBunity #bekind https://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/bullied-boy-quaden-bayles-reveals-names-tormentors-call-him/news-story/1aa404cc67419d962f8cbc910ca50f8b?fbclid=IwAR2c8KyftFfyr5pkiAWTi7h5uOwkKfIwgQrOHTM6YGRKQt8ZJccI3rTbmK0

The nine-year-old boy inundated with a wave of global support after his mum shared reports of bullying online has shared a heartwarming message with his new fans.

02/20/2020
Delayed Opening, Early Dismissal, School Closing Impact on School Operations

UPDATE Thurs @ 8:50 PM: The City will be operating under modified conditions tomorrow morning (Friday.) As a result, recreation centers will now open at 10 am. Early Childhood Programs at Kempsville, Williams Farm, Bow Creek, and Princess Anne will also open at 10 am.
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❄️With schools delayed 2 hours tomorrow, P&R before school programs are cancelled. After school programs, however, will operate tonight as usual!
❄️Rec youth basketball is cancelled this evening.

This chart provides parents, students, and staff with an overview of the impact on programs and services available in the schools should there be a delay, early dismissal, or closing. View detailed information on school closings and cancellations.

You count!
02/19/2020

You count!

The 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities like ours every year for the next decade. Census data influences highway planning and construction, helps determine funding for grants that support teachers and special education as well as programs to restore wildlife, prevent child abuse and provide housing assistance for seniors. And, that's just the tip of the iceberg. You can complete yours online at 2020Census.gov starting March 12. To see other programs Census data supports, visithttps://2020census.gov/content/dam/2020census/materials/partners/2020-01/Uses-of-Census-Bureau-Data-in-Federal-Funds-Distribution.pdf

New amenity alert! Head over to Bayville Farms Park to check out the new skate spot that was just completed! #skateVB #V...
02/18/2020

New amenity alert! Head over to Bayville Farms Park to check out the new skate spot that was just completed! #skateVB #VBParksRec

Is this you, trying to stick to your 2020 goals? Hang in there! If these goats can do this, then you can do that. 🐐
02/18/2020

Is this you, trying to stick to your 2020 goals? Hang in there! If these goats can do this, then you can do that. 🐐

Mountain Goats don't care about your gravity 😮

02/17/2020
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I had a blast giving Brandon the 411 for Miz Information on all the great stuff there is to do at our rec centers! If you're not a member, you're definitely missing out 😉 - Julie #findyourcommunity #VBParksRec

Miz Information has sent Field Correspondent Brandon Mitchell to the Kempsville Recreation Center to find out what all there is to do at the rec centers in Virginia Beach. As it turns out, they have more to offer than just exercise equipment. Tune into this week's episode for the 411! Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

02/16/2020

2020 is off to an amazing start and we are so proud of everyone who committed to doing the 20 in 20 Fitness Challenge (almost 1400 people signed up 👏 !) We want to congratulate all of the prize winners and hope everyone will keep going on their health journeys with us. The winners were -
🏅 Bayside: Melinda Spence
🏅Bow Creek: Julieta Ramos
🏅Great Neck: Kathleen Kent
🏅Kempsville: Janis Stiverson
🏅Princess Anne: Lenora Thomas
🏅Williams Farm: Rebecca Feldhaus Adams
🏆 GRAND PRIZE: Judy Stelman
#20in20 #VBParksRec

☝️ ⚠️ ❗  Friendly reminder that Kempville's maintenance week starts on Monday. Visit us any of our other six locations t...
02/15/2020

☝️ ⚠️ ❗ Friendly reminder that Kempville's maintenance week starts on Monday. Visit us any of our other six locations to keep your routine going!

It's only fitting that on Valentine's Day we recognize another member who we love! 💕Meet Betty Borders...💕 How long have...
02/14/2020

It's only fitting that on Valentine's Day we recognize another member who we love! 💕Meet Betty Borders...
💕 How long have you been a member?
"I have been a member for over 10 years. I started with my late husband, Loy, to whom I was married for 32 years. We enjoyed working out in the weight room on the equipment and then walking and talking in the gymnasium."
💕What do you enjoy most about Princess Anne Rec Center?
"The front desk staff are always wonderful and cheerful to me every time I enter the center. We have such great fitness classes and instructors that make me feel at home and keep me fit and healthy. I attend classes 4 times a week all year round. I don’t like to miss a class. I have met so many people that have become my friends and I enjoy spending time with them. I love the fitness instructors that teach these great classes."
💕In your opinion, what is the biggest benefit of exercising?
"I broke both my legs and after rehab I came back to Silver Sneakers and have not stopped. I also attend Chair Yoga as often as possible, about twice a week. These classes keep me fit and I always feel better after I work out.
There are so many benefits but the biggest benefit of exercising is that I always feel better after I work out. I not only feel better, but I am also in a much better mood once I finish my workout."
💕What tips would you offer someone who is just starting out?
"Work out as often as you can. Make yourself work out even when you don’t feel like it. I guarantee you will feel better. I just celebrated my 92nd birthday and I plan to have many more!"

The National Park Service knows how to show the love! ❤️
02/14/2020

The National Park Service knows how to show the love! ❤️

Happy #ValentinesDay!

Love,
Your Parks

02/13/2020

‼️⚽️‼️Adult soccer at Bayside Rec Center is cancelled this evening due to a roof leak. We apologize for the inconvenience!

As #blackhistorymonth continues, today we salute Philo Brathwaite, thefirst African American professional disc golfer. “...
02/12/2020

As #blackhistorymonth continues, today we salute Philo Brathwaite, the
first African American professional disc golfer. “I didn’t start playing disc golf on a professional level to be the only black guy doing it…it just so happened that I was the only black guy doing it.” https://bit.ly/31TKnQf

Just a couple of weeks until our spring job fair! We're looking for passionate individuals to join our team. Could it be...
02/12/2020

Just a couple of weeks until our spring job fair! We're looking for passionate individuals to join our team. Could it be you? https://bit.ly/2SjTNkM

⚾ Batter up! Team registration for the spring adult softball league is happening now. VBgov.com/sports
02/11/2020

⚾ Batter up! Team registration for the spring adult softball league is happening now. VBgov.com/sports

02/11/2020

Yesterday, some members of the Park & Landscape Services team participated in Red Mill Elementary’s Community Expo. It was a school-wide passion project on the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development where 3rd-5th grade students picked a goal and then had to advocate for it. Our Meadow Management program fell under Goal 15 – Life on Land. Our staff discussed the benefits of meadows being pollinator-friendly wildlife habitats while providing erosion, litter, and run-off control. 🌿🐝💚 #meadowmanagement #protecttheenvironment #VBParksRec VBSchools

Third graders from Norfolk Christian Beach Campus visited our Forever Young seniors at Bayside Recreation Center last mo...
02/10/2020

Third graders from Norfolk Christian Beach Campus visited our Forever Young seniors at Bayside Recreation Center last month to interview them for a biography project they are working on in conjunction with Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia. Through learning and researching, the students plan to publish the biographies and present them to their senior friends in May. We can’t wait to see the final product! 📝 #foreveryoung #sssva #vbparksrec

As we continue celebrating our awesome members this month, we invite you to also share your stories of what the rec cent...
02/10/2020

As we continue celebrating our awesome members this month, we invite you to also share your stories of what the rec centers mean to you in the comments or email us at [email protected] with a photo so we can give you a shout out too! ❤️ Meet Murry (85) and Frankie (80)...
Together Murry & Frankie have been using our rec centers for the past 22 years, but primarily Great Neck. What started out as doctor’s orders to exercise to lower blood pressure and keep fit turned into a daily routine and the feeling of friendship and comradery as part of the rec center community. Frankie and Murry can be found 6 mornings a week on their favorite cardio machines - Frankie on the elliptical and Murry on the climber or rower. They both agreed that they keep coming back because it’s like being a part of a club - you make friends and there’s something for everyone. Murry commented that since he started coming to Great Neck, his blood pressure is now under control and he has had more opportunity to practice deep breathing during his 30 minutes on the climber each day. Murry and Frankie are both valued members of the rec center family. ❤️#VBParksRec

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    Would you clarify the policy for dogs/animals in recreation centers? Of course service dogs are allowed, but what about Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) and therapy dogs? Yesterday there was a dog with a "therapy dog" vest accompanying an adult male around the rec center, including the locker room. The therapy dog appeared to be there solely for the benefit of its owner (not brought in for a group, such as usually done with therapy dogs).