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UPDATE- the phones are working now!
❗❗ We are having trouble with our phone system, so if you're having an issue with summer camp registration and need assistance, please email [email protected] and they will call you back or email you in the order that they're received. We apologize for any inconvenience!
Huge shout-out and kudos to our Park & Landscape Services crew that handle such diverse types of work for our city, including the speedy installation of Live! On Atlantic 2021 banners at the Oceanfront! Thanks for making us shine ☀️✨🌟 #vbparksrec #liveonatlanticvb
It's finally here! Parks & Rec Summer Camp Registration Info!
🌞 Priority Registration opens April 17 @ 9 am - Available to customers enrolled in our 2020/21 School Year or 2020 Summer Child Care Programs
🤸🏾 Standard Registration opens April 24 @ 9 am - For the general public
💻 Registration will be available online only until June 6. If a program is full, add your child to the waitlist and we will follow up with you should space become available.
✅ There is an FAQ with lots of good information along with the complete list of locations, sports & specialty camps, and more at www.vbgov.com/camps
On April 3rd, 2021 Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and City of Virginia Beach Waste Management Division partnered up for the annual Great American Cleanup. Special thanks to volunteers from Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission, Tidewater Search & Rescue, Eastern Virginia Mountainbike Association, VB Bikeways & Trails Advisory Committee and all of our other volunteers. Together, we removed 6,040 lbs of litter and illegally dumped material from Marshview Park. Volunteers thoroughly cleaned more than 1.5 miles of shoreline and acres of public visitation area. Thank you for keeping Virginia Beach beautiful!
On April 3rd, 2021 Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and City of Virginia Beach Waste Management Division partnered up for our annual Great American Cleanup. Special thanks to volunteers from Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission, Tidewater Search & Rescue, Eastern Virginia Mountainbike Association, VB Bikeways & Trails Advisory Committee and all of our other volunteers. Together, we removed 6,040 lbs of litter and illegally dumped material from Marshview Park. Volunteers thoroughly cleaned more than 1.5 miles of shoreline and acres of public visitation area. Thank you for keeping Virginia Beach beautiful! City of Virginia Beach Office of Volunteer Resources
Our team members are so talented we just want to sing it from the rooftops...and so do they🎼 ! Check out this Covid safety song written and performed by Christiana Williams (Ms. Tiana to the kiddos!) who works in our Early Childhood Programs. Childcare staff members have been working so hard through the pandemic to create safe and fun spaces for the kids to enjoy! https://youtu.be/RCcQmS4o-4k
We teach our children that sharing is caring, but there is one thing that we don't want to share....Germs!! While in the midst of a global pandemic, Christi...
Friendly reminder that tomorrow is the last day to submit your entries for the Cherry Blossom Haiku Contest!
The Divisions for submission include the following:
Youth – 5-12
Teen – 13-17
Adult – 18 and up
Complete rules and submission info can be found at www.vbgov.com/cherryblossom.
If you're taking the dogs for a nature walk during this beautiful spring weather, PLEASE keep them on a leash. It's nesting season for local wildlife, including Diamondback Terrapins. 🐢 Unleashed dogs in our natural areas pose a threat to survival for the eggs and hatchlings. Thank you for helping to protect our wildlife. ☀️ 🌼 🐣
Exploring the natural beauty of our area is an amazing way to spend quality time with those you hold dear. Find a new place to take it all in by using our free VBParkFinder app. Search by amenities, zip code and more! Drop your favorite VB spot to spend time in the comments 👇🏾.
(📷 credit: Constance Owen)
Crafting with the kiddos! Learn how to create a carp windsock, a paper fan, and how to create a blossom painted bottle...visit the Children's Activities tab at www.vbgov.com/cherryblossom for some hands-on, seasonal fun!
National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Parks & Rec works to provide safe places and programs to keep kids happy, engaged, and active! #pinwheelsforprevention
Get in on the action at the Paddle Battle pickleball tournament happening at Red Wing Park on June 5 & 6. There will be Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles Divisions in this double elimination event. Reserve a spot for your team before we fill up. www.vbgov.com/recevents
In case you haven't had a chance to check out the cherry blossoms or Japanese Garden at Red Wing Park, we are bringing them to you with aerial footage of 150 Yoshino cherry trees in peak bloom.🌸 🌸 They were presented by our International Sister City, Miyazaki, Japan, in 2005. Our local all volunteer orchestra, Symphonicity, performs the music track of Vivaldi's Spring. 🎻 Enjoy.🎵
Taken March 30, 2021 A birds eye view of 150 Yoshino cherry trees in peak bloom at Virginia Beach’s Red Wing Park, a gift from International Sister City Miya...
Get growing! 🌱
🌿🌼Guess what's back?? That's right, it's VBPL's Seed Library! Each month, Virginia Beach Master Gardeners will stock the library with packs of flower, herb, and vegetable seeds for you to take home and plant in your garden!
Currently seeds are available for pickup at the help desks at the Central and Princess Anne libraries. (selections may vary)
To find out more: www.VBgov.com/Library-Grow
🐶 🐕 🐩 New amenity alert! The brand new, 4 section, shaded dog park at Marshview Park (120 Marshview Dr.) is now OPEN and ready for you and your K-9 companions! Additional amenities at Marshview will also be opening very soon, so stay tuned!
COVID-19 is forcing changes to events around the world. News 3 got a special look at the Cherry Blossom Festival that's back on this year with some changes.
April is Autism Acceptance Month!
We've designed a 30-day calendar filled with information to improve awareness, acceptance, and education about the Autism Spectrum.
Do you have questions for individuals with Autism or their caretakers? Fill out the survey form at www.vbgov.com/tr and look for the video we'll be posting later in the month with the answers!
Today's StoryWalk at Red Wing Park is being delayed by an hour to allow the wet weather to pass! #rainraingoaway 🌦️ 🌬️ www.vbgov.com/cherryblossom
Cherry Blossom Season Activities Celebrate Virginia Beach’s international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This year, because of Covid 19 restrictions, instead of hosting our annual festival at the park we are offering virtual and popup events to p...
Tomorrow is April 1st and we're not fooling when we say that the playgrounds at Mount Trashmore are reopening with the changes in the state restrictions going into effect! 🤸🏾 😃 While we know everyone will be excited, please remember that it is still recommended to maintain social distance, wash hands frequently, and wear a mask when you can't maintain distance.
The blossoms are looking gorgeous this morning - great inspiration for the start of our Cherry Blossom Haiku Contest! 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸
Write a haiku following traditional rules (5-7-5) around one of the following themes: a celebration of spring, cherry blossoms, or Japanese culture.
Submit your haiku using the entry form on our website between March 29 - April 12 for your chance to win. Winners will be featured on social media and on temporary signage in our Japanese Garden at Red Wing Park. Learn more about haikus in the contest tab at www.vbgov.com/cherryblossom 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸 🌸
Head over to Red Wing! It’s a beautiful day for a story walk! 🌸
🚔🐿 Sam Squirrel is ready for his crime-fighting adventure! It’s not too late to sign up your child’s favorite toy to ride along with a Virginia Beach police officer! Call Seatack Rec Center at 757-385-5925 to register and then drop off by 5pm today. This is a free program and rec center membership is not required! Learn more at www.VBgov.com/recevents🚨
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As part of our annual 🌸Cherry Blossom🌸celebration, you can snag a limited edition Red Wing Park t-shirt to support the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Foundation! Like the blossoms, they'll only be around for a limited time, so get your orders in. (Available in a variety of colors and styles, both youth and adult!) https://www.bonfire.com/red-wing-park/
🚗🚫Please be aware that parking for the Williams Farm Skate Park will not be available tomorrow, Friday 3/26 until after 5 pm. The Williams Farm Rec Center is hosting a Covid Vaccination Clinic 💉 and all available parking will be needed. We appreciate your understanding!
It's that time of year! Buds are popping and spring is all around, which means Cherry Blossom season is upon us. 🌸 While we aren't hosting our traditional festival this year, we do have a series of activities and other things planned to commemorate this special time along with our sister city relationship.
Up first and starting this weekend - Cherry Blossom StoryWalk®
📖 A StoryWalk® is a fun way to explore our parks on a family-friendly trail while reading a book that has been laminated and presented page by page.
In honor of the 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival, and partnering with the Virginia Beach Public Library we're presenting the book Pinkalicious: Cherry Blossom by Victoria Kann.
Dates & Location:
Red Wing Park, 1398 General Booth Blvd
March 27, 28 and 30 and April 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 11, from 10am-2pm
These walks are free & open to the public and kiddos will get a take-home craft!
🌸As for the blooms themselves, the buds are just breaking, so we anticipate a little color next week and a full bloom the week of April 5. For more on this year's Cherry Blossom activities, visit www.VBgov.com/cherryblossom
A vision for biking in Eastern Virginia: A path from Richmond to Virginia Beach
The eventual vision would see cyclists taking the ferry across the James River and extending the trail to the ocean at Virginia Beach.
More on the Toy Ride Along program we’re working on with VBPD!
Today, Master Police Officer David Nieves, Community Liaison Officer for the Third Precinct was interviewed by WTKR to discuss the upcoming Toy Ride Along program sponsored by the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation and the Virginia Beach Police Department. The Toy Ride Along program will document a Virginia Beach child's toy as it accompanies a police officer on duty. There are still some spots available for children who live in Virginia Beach communities. Learn more, https://tinyurl.com/canety7x
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation estimates it has between 350-500 positions to fill.
This great blue heron with full mating plumage was just chillin’ along the upper North Landing River today. Tell us what feathered friends have you spied around the neighborhood now that #springisspringing 🌿 #vbparksrec
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There might still be a chill in the air, but it's officially the first day of spring! 🌸 🌷 🌼
With hundreds of part-time positions to be filled for spring and summer, we're hosting a virtual job fair on March 30 from 3-6 pm. Login during that time to talk to our hiring managers, learn more about open positions, and get tips on submitting your application to make sure you stand out! We have a particularly large need for lifeguards and childcare staff, but many other opportunities like fitness, landscaping, and more to explore! https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation/join-our-team/Pages/job-fairs.aspx
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Hidden Treasures: Atlantic Slimy Salamander
Salutations (as Nicole likes to say!) Look carefully at this week's hidden treasure - the Atlantic Slimy Salamander. #hiddentreasuresVB #VBParksRec
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
Hidden Treasures: Fishing Line Recycling
In today's hidden treasure, Nicole explains how you can help us protect our area wildlife by simply recycling your old and broken fishing line in handy containers. #VBhiddentreasures #recreateresponsibly #recycle VBgov.com/outdoors
Hidden Treasures: Box Turtles
This week's hidden treasure might be a little shy, but Kaitlyn explains why they're so cool! VBgov.com/outdoors #hiddentreasuresVB #vbparksrec
Hidden Treasures: Oyster Castles
Living like royalty? Oysters in the Lynnhaven River near Great Neck Park are lucky to call these castles their homes. Learn more about these helpful habitats from Katie in this week's Hidden Treasures video! VBgov.com/outdoors
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We are Parks & Rec: Stewardship of funds and facilities
As we close out Parks & Rec Month this week, we want to reaffirm our commitment to you to work each and every day to responsibly care for our City and residents. From open spaces to park facilities to programs that improve your health and wellbeing, we take our role in your lives and the future of our community seriously...but we have a lot of FUN doing it! Thank you for allowing us to serve you! Happy Parks & Rec Month! VBgov.com/july #vbparksrec #julyisparksandrecmonth #weareparksandrec #parksmakelifebetter
Hidden Treasures: Osprey Nests
I spy with my little eye...an osprey nest! Learn about these amazing and thankfully not as "hidden" treasures in this week's video. VBgov.com/outdoors
#hiddentreasuresVB #vbparksrec #pollinators #beefriendly #optoutside
We are Parks & Rec: Community Access
One of the best things about the work we do is finding ways to create access to things that improve your life and make you happier and healthier! In part 3 of our Parks & Rec Month video series, check out some of the ways we make accessibilty a priority! VBgov.com/july #vbparksrec #julyisparksandrecmonth #weareparksandrec #parksmakelifebetter
Time for another edition of Hidden Treasures 🌳☀️Join Nicole from our Outdoors Team to learn about a pretty pollinator that’s native to our coastal environment 🐝🌾 VBgov.com/outdoors
#hiddentreasuresVB #vbparksrec #pollinators #beefriendly #optoutside
We Are Parks & Rec: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
As we continue to celebrate July is Parks & Rec Month, check out the second video in our series highlighting our community priorities - Promoting Healthy Lifestyles. The health and wellness of our residents is always top of mind when we're planning and programming! Check out all the videos at VBgov.com/july #vbparksrec #julyisparksandrecmonth #weareparksandrec #parksmakelifebetter
We Are Parks & Rec: Protecting the Environment
We are Parks & Rec! As we celebrate July is Parks & Rec Month, get to know who we are and what we do in our four-part video series highlighting the community priorities that guide our work to serve our amazing residents! Check out all the videos at VBgov.com/july #vbparksrec #julyisparksandrecmonth #weareparksandrec #parksmakelifebetter
Hidden Treasures: Bat Houses
It's a bird!? It's a plane!? Nope - it's just a friendly, mosquito-eating bat! Go batty with Kaitlyn and learn about this week's Hidden Treasure. #hiddentreasuresVB #VBParksRec VBgov.com/outdoors
Hidden Treasures: Northern Water Snakes
They may not be everyone's favorite hidden treasure here in Virginia Beach, but the Northern Water Snake is the topic of this week's latest video! #hiddentreasuresVB #VBParksRec VBgov.com/outdoors
Hidden Treasures: Natural Areas
Our city's natural areas are the ultimate retreat for calm and serenity! Check out today's hidden treasure and drop a comment with a pic or favorite memory from one of these serene spots. #hiddentreasuresVB #VBParksRec VBgov.com/outdoors
Celebrating our pre-K grads at Princess Anne Rec Center today and wishing them all the best in Kindergarten next year!
Hidden Treasures: Crayfish Chimneys
Wondering what all of those little piles of built up mud you're seeing really are? Watch and learn in today's Hidden Treasures episode! #hiddentreasuresVB #VBParksRec
Hidden Treasures: Diamondback Terrapin
It's time to reveal another Hidden Treasure! Learn about the Diamondback Terrapin in today's featured video with Katie. #hiddentreasuresVB #VBParksRec #PHP
Hidden Treasures: Little Island Kayak Launch
Looking for a good spot to launch your kayak and explore the waterways of the southern part of the city? Head down to this week's Hidden Treasure at Little Island Park!
Our doors have been closed to the public since March, and our rec center staff misses you! We hope this brightens the start of your week ☀️ #vbparksrec
Hidden Treasures - bald cypress
Virginia Beach is full of hidden treasures...and we've got some experts on our team who are going to share their secrets with you. Check out our Hidden Treasures video series on our virtual rec center and check back for more to come! #VBhiddentreasures #VBParksRec #baldcypress
The Aquatics unit wanted to take a moment to recognize their team members who are graduating this spring and congratulate them on their achievements. From all of us at Parks & Rec, we wish ALL the graduates of the class of 2020 a future full of health, happiness, and success! #2020grads
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation strives to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the City’s coastal environment, as well as to ensure all residents – regardless of their physical, social and economic circumstances – can access Parks & Recreation programs. The department’s vision is to be the national leader in providing enriching and memorable lifelong experiences. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.
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My favorite place to play Pickleball is at the Rec Centers. I go so often that I am familiar with the staff and just love how ready they are for us, how clean the facilities are, and how professional they are. So...this post is not about the staff. They are awesome! There is a developing problem though and I have seen it enough that I thought I needed to say something about it. I am going to speak in a general way as to not single anyone out anyone. I have, however, consistently seen a problem and it needs to be addressed. Evidently, there are people/a group of people that think they can come to play PB and treat the court as if it their private reserved court. From what I understand, you can’t reserve a court for yourself and it is open play for everyone, with people rotating turns or at the very least a fair system of turns. Thankfully, we have a great community of PB players at the Rec centers who communicate and share courts and playtime. This attitude of entitlement with a few caused a real problem around Christmas time with some of us. From what I understand it was addressed by the staff but staff can’t be present all the time. I was playing today at a different Rec Center and a new person who just moved to Virginia Beach came in and asked if they could play. They told me this was only the second time since moving here that they came to a Rec Center to play. Their first experience was with this group of people at a different Rec Center who told the person that they do not rotate because they know each other and are concerned about COVID-19 😂😂😂...that’s the go to line by the way. This was a new person to VB. These are NOT GOOD OPTICS. There needs to be clearly understood rules for open play and maybe paddle rotation. Leaving it up to the players to address doesn’t always go well. Thanks.