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If youโ€™re wondering why the pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center is closed this summer, THIS is why ๐Ÿ˜ฑ A very critical...
06/25/2021

If youโ€™re wondering why the pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center is closed this summer, THIS is why ๐Ÿ˜ฑ A very critical and comprehensive ceiling and lighting overhaul is underway๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿฆบ #thanksforunderstanding #reopeninginseptember #vbparksrec

If youโ€™re wondering why the pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center is closed this summer, THIS is why ๐Ÿ˜ฑ A very critical and comprehensive ceiling and lighting overhaul is underway๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿฆบ #thanksforunderstanding #reopeninginseptember #vbparksrec

Please sign up and give if you can!
06/24/2021

Please sign up and give if you can!

You're someone's type! The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. The Mayor's Cup Blood Drive will be held at multiple locations throughout the city - please consider giving and help us beat the City of Chesapeake! Visit www.redcrossblood.org and put in sponsor code "VBMayor" to find a drive that works for you.

๐ŸŒž It was a bee-utiful day to celebrate National Pollinator Week with the dedication of our newest pollinator garden at R...
06/23/2021

๐ŸŒž It was a bee-utiful day to celebrate National Pollinator Week with the dedication of our newest pollinator garden at Red Wing Park! The air was buzzing with excitement...and the pollinators were loving it too!
๐Ÿ In 2020, Virginia Beach became a Bee City USA affiliate, joining many other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators. The Council of Garden Clubs of Virginia Beach and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation led efforts to accomplish this certification, which not only supports bees but all native pollinators.
๐ŸŒป How can you help? Planting even the smallest pollinator garden at your own home can provide a healthy habitat for these helpful creatures. Honey bees are in danger and there are 80 food crops in Virginia, including blueberries, strawberries, and peaches, that rely on them for pollination!

06/22/2021

Weather update: Weโ€™re sorry to report that due to the amount of rain received, the carnival will not open tonight as we previously had thought. We are sorry for the disappointment!
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๐ŸŒงFor those interested in the Mount Trashmore Carnival - We are still planning to open tonight, however, we will probably be in a rain delay at the usual start time and plan to open once the current line of showers/storms pass. Stay tuned to this post for updates!

๐Ÿƒ๐ŸˆRegistration for fall youth flag football (ages 8-18) has begun! Regular Registration: June 21st โ€“ July 19thLate Regis...
06/21/2021

๐Ÿƒ๐ŸˆRegistration for fall youth flag football (ages 8-18) has begun!
Regular Registration: June 21st โ€“ July 19th
Late Registration: July 20th โ€“ July 26th
Practice Starts: August 16th
www.vbgov.com/sports

๐Ÿƒ๐ŸˆRegistration for fall youth flag football (ages 8-18) has begun!
Regular Registration: June 21st โ€“ July 19th
Late Registration: July 20th โ€“ July 26th
Practice Starts: August 16th
www.vbgov.com/sports

โ€œA father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guiding light whose love shows us the w...
06/20/2021

โ€œA father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.โ€ โ€“ Unknown
Happy Father's Day to all the dads and father-figures here in Virginia Beach!

โ€œA father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.โ€ โ€“ Unknown
Happy Father's Day to all the dads and father-figures here in Virginia Beach!

The Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival ends on Tuesday, so get out there and get yourself a funnel cake while you can! A re...
06/19/2021

The Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival ends on Tuesday, so get out there and get yourself a funnel cake while you can! A reminder that due to the heat index, the hours for today are 5-10 pm. Sunday will be 2-10 pm. ๐ŸŽก ๐ŸŽข ๐ŸŽ  ๐ŸŽช
www.VBgov.com/carnival for information!

The Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival ends on Tuesday, so get out there and get yourself a funnel cake while you can! A reminder that due to the heat index, the hours for today are 5-10 pm. Sunday will be 2-10 pm. ๐ŸŽก ๐ŸŽข ๐ŸŽ  ๐ŸŽช
www.VBgov.com/carnival for information!

Some really good stuff happening for the environment yesterday as the Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club volunteered with ...
06/18/2021

Some really good stuff happening for the environment yesterday as the Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club volunteered with Park & Landscape Services to remove invasive species at Pleasure House Point Natural Area. This important work will save and preserve numerous native trees including oaks and pines, and many native shrubs and grasses that were being overtaken by the invasives. Huge thanks to these amazing volunteers and their ongoing commitment to this area!

06/18/2021

Heads up that the carnival at Mount Trashmore will open at 5 pm tonight, Saturday, and Sunday due to the high heat index. Stay hydrated ๐Ÿ’ฆ and sunscreened๐Ÿ˜Ž!

While our admin offices will be closed tomorrow in observance of Juneteenth, recreation centers and parks will be open d...
06/17/2021

While our admin offices will be closed tomorrow in observance of Juneteenth, recreation centers and parks will be open during normal hours both Friday and Saturday.

Last night, City Council adopted a resolution making Juneteenth a permanent City holiday. Most City offices and facilities will be closed for the holiday (details: http://bit.ly/JuneteenthVB). The Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department is hosting a weekend of free events to acknowledge Juneteenth, provide cultural experiences to learn about history and for the community to connect with friends, family and neighbors (details: http://bit.ly/Juneteenth2021EventsVB).

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that enslaved people in Galveston, TX, the last of the former Confederate states to abolish slavery, heard that the Civil War had ended and learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had made them free nearly two years earlier.

06/16/2021
06/14/2021

It seems like today is a good day to remind our followers not only about what type of organization we are, but also what the rules of engagement on our social channels are. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is a city department dedicated to providing recreational and wellness opportunities that are accessible and inclusive to ALL residents. We practice acceptance, unity, and inclusivity, and will not stand for hate, racism, ageism, homophobia, or other forms of exclusion and oppression.
The rules for participating in posts on our page can be found listed in the About section. Thank you for your support and for being part of this community!

In celebration of Pride Month, we're inviting you to Bow Creek Rec Center for an inclusive night of family fun! โค๏ธ ๐Ÿงก ๐Ÿ’› ๐Ÿ’š...
06/13/2021

In celebration of Pride Month, we're inviting you to Bow Creek Rec Center for an inclusive night of family fun! โค๏ธ ๐Ÿงก ๐Ÿ’› ๐Ÿ’š ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ–ค #VBunity #pride

In celebration of Pride Month, we're inviting you to Bow Creek Rec Center for an inclusive night of family fun! โค๏ธ ๐Ÿงก ๐Ÿ’› ๐Ÿ’š ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ–ค #VBunity #pride

Throwback to last weekendโ€™s Paddle Battle, thanks to Gamma for providing prizes, and congrats to all the winners! ๐Ÿ“ #pad...
06/12/2021

Throwback to last weekendโ€™s Paddle Battle, thanks to Gamma for providing prizes, and congrats to all the winners! ๐Ÿ“ #paddleballtournament #vbparksrec

The big day is almost here...Who's ready to ride the brand new Woodstock Skatepark?!?!? The park will officially open fo...
06/11/2021

The big day is almost here...Who's ready to ride the brand new Woodstock Skatepark?!?!? The park will officially open following a short ceremony on Wednesday, June 16 (equipment should be finished being cleared by about noon.) We can't wait for everyone to experience this incredible new park that came as a result of an awesome partnership with HRSD. See you soon!

The big day is almost here...Who's ready to ride the brand new Woodstock Skatepark?!?!? The park will officially open following a short ceremony on Wednesday, June 16 (equipment should be finished being cleared by about noon.) We can't wait for everyone to experience this incredible new park that came as a result of an awesome partnership with HRSD. See you soon!

06/10/2021
Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival :: VBgov.com - City of Virginia Beach

Rain, rain, go away! โ›ˆ๐Ÿ™ Carnival is closed for the night!
Www.vbgov.com/carnival

Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival About the 2021 Event: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. The 2021 S....

Shout out to our friends Surfrider Foundation for donating the receptacles and being a great partner in conservation! Lo...
06/10/2021
Opinion: Cigarette butts pose insidious threat to Va. beaches

Shout out to our friends Surfrider Foundation for donating the receptacles and being a great partner in conservation! Look for these new cigarette butt disposal containers at a park near you soon and know that every butt put in them gets recycled. As always, please dispose of your cigarette butts and other trash responsibly as a courtesy to your fellow humans and our Earth! ๐Ÿข๐Ÿฆ†๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒŠโ™ป๏ธ

Hampton Roads organizations are getting aggressive about keeping area beaches free of toxic cigarette butts, guest columnist Michael Gold writes.

06/09/2021
Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival :: VBgov.com - City of Virginia Beach

The Mount Trashmore Carnival will close tonight at 8pm due to weather. โ›ˆ
Www.vbgov.com/carnival

Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival About the 2021 Event: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. The 2021 S....

We're completely revamping our adult swim programs and will be adding more and more offerings throughout the summer! ๐Ÿ’ฆ ๐ŸŠ...
06/09/2021

We're completely revamping our adult swim programs and will be adding more and more offerings throughout the summer! ๐Ÿ’ฆ
๐ŸŠWant to learn to refine your strokes as you train for an event? We got you!
๐ŸŠPreparing to join the military? We got you!
๐ŸŠJust need to start with learning the basics? We got you!
Swimming is an essential skill, and it's never too late to learn or improve your technique for fitness or just enjoyment. Let us work with you!
https://bit.ly/2RH6t82

We're completely revamping our adult swim programs and will be adding more and more offerings throughout the summer! ๐Ÿ’ฆ
๐ŸŠWant to learn to refine your strokes as you train for an event? We got you!
๐ŸŠPreparing to join the military? We got you!
๐ŸŠJust need to start with learning the basics? We got you!
Swimming is an essential skill, and it's never too late to learn or improve your technique for fitness or just enjoyment. Let us work with you!
https://bit.ly/2RH6t82

Yesterday, we celebrated Pre-K 2021 Graduation at the Parks & Rec Administration Building! We had a combined total of 23...
06/08/2021

Yesterday, we celebrated Pre-K 2021 Graduation at the Parks & Rec Administration Building! We had a combined total of 23 graduates from our four Early Childhood sites ๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“’ Barks & Rex were happy to hand out diplomas and goodie bags to our rising Kindergarteners ๐ŸŽ“ We ended the graduation with a parade led by our excited staff and Glitter Bows & Pointed Toes Cheer Company who came out to cheer them on to the next level! ๐ŸŽ‰ #vbparkrec #preKgraduation2021 #barksandrex

06/08/2021

Calling All Parents & Caregivers of children ages 0 - 3 years of age! We are registering for our FREE LENA START parent groups. LENA Start supports families with simple techniques and talking tips you can utilize in your daily routines. Explore how to support your child's healthy development through early talk and interaction. Parents receive amazing resources and weekly books to build a home library and early love of learning! For more information email us at [email protected] or visit: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/lena-start
#talkbuildsbabiesbrains #parentshavethepower

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06/07/2021

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Virginia Beach's Park & Landscape Services thanks the sailors of USS Tortuga, led by Steven Riggert, for helping clean up Chicโ€™s Beach after Memorial Day. While we did not have any of the large debris that was expected after Memorial Day, we did pick up an estimated 190 pounds of micro plastic, cigarette buts and more. We plan to partner with them again after July 4th.

Thanks to Sharon for coming out to assist as well. In total we covered about ยฝ mile of beach.

With the rainy weather behind us, it's time to hit the water! For our boating friends in the southern end of the city, w...
06/05/2021

With the rainy weather behind us, it's time to hit the water! For our boating friends in the southern end of the city, we remind you that you can now launch your boats into the North Landing River for FREE at Munden Point Park! Just 5-miles down the road from the very popular (and often crowded) Pungo Ferry Landing launch, you can put into the same scenic waterway at no cost and with ample parking. Boat safely! ๐Ÿšค โ›ต

With the rainy weather behind us, it's time to hit the water! For our boating friends in the southern end of the city, we remind you that you can now launch your boats into the North Landing River for FREE at Munden Point Park! Just 5-miles down the road from the very popular (and often crowded) Pungo Ferry Landing launch, you can put into the same scenic waterway at no cost and with ample parking. Boat safely! ๐Ÿšค โ›ต

06/04/2021

The carnival at Mount Trashmore is closed for the rest of the evening due to the rain.โ›ˆ The good news is the forecast looks much better for Saturday and Sunday! โ˜€๏ธ

Don't forget to do your part for the environment at this year's Clean the Bay Day continues through the weekend! #ctbd20...
06/04/2021
Clean the Bay 6-day virtual event ends this weekend

Don't forget to do your part for the environment at this year's Clean the Bay Day continues through the weekend! #ctbd2021 #cleanwaterways๐Ÿ˜โ™ป๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ https://www.wavy.com/video/clean-the-bay-6-day-virtual-event-ends-this-weekend/6691059/

This year's Clean the Bay Day is different. It lasts six days and allow participants to clean whenever they want during that time and record their progress with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

A hobby that gained a lot of traction here locally during the pandemic was fishing. Free Fishing Days are back June 4-6!...
06/03/2021

A hobby that gained a lot of traction here locally during the pandemic was fishing. Free Fishing Days are back June 4-6! Get out and wet a line without having to purchase a fishing license. Visit our website to learn the basics with fishing tutorials from the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, and find maps and information to explore saltwater and freshwater locations around Virginia Beach. Fish responsibly!๐ŸŽฃ www.vbgov.com/fishing

A hobby that gained a lot of traction here locally during the pandemic was fishing. Free Fishing Days are back June 4-6! Get out and wet a line without having to purchase a fishing license. Visit our website to learn the basics with fishing tutorials from the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, and find maps and information to explore saltwater and freshwater locations around Virginia Beach. Fish responsibly!๐ŸŽฃ www.vbgov.com/fishing

โ›ˆ๏ธ Due to inclement weather, the Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival will be closed tonight 6.3.21. For carnival-related inf...
06/03/2021
Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival :: VBgov.com - City of Virginia Beach

โ›ˆ๏ธ Due to inclement weather, the Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival will be closed tonight 6.3.21. For carnival-related info, visit www.VBgov.com/carnival

ย Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival About the 2021 Event: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. The 2021 S...

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    Looking for local coed teams to feel a few spots in a tournament the weekend of July 29th Aug1st. Free entry!!!
    Can we get an update on the Paddle Battle today at Red Wing Park?
    What part of Virginia beach can I bring out dog we need waves... my son has Autism and that's his thing but we have a dog who is not yet trained as his service dog and am concerned about being put off the beach. My son can't handle that.. So where will we be able to go with no trouble..?
    Are there any soccer fields at the park?
    I am writing this post in the spirit of solving a problem for some of us that play Pickleball at the Rec Centers. The problem is rapid filling of the reservations on Fridays, when reservations open up. I have heard other players lament over being closed out of sessions almost immediately and didnโ€™t pay much attention to it until it happened to me. Since I primarily play at Princess Anne, I will use this as an example. Each Friday prior to 12 noon, I am poised to make my reservations for the the next week. I even place my games on the Wish List so I can move them to checkout quickly and watch the count down clock. This past Friday, I was closed out of Tuesday play at 12:01. 12:01!!! Currently, 16 people are allowed to sign up for play time at PA. Often times, on the actual day of play, not all 16 people show up. Due to the limitations of the website, those of us who would have liked to play have no idea slots are available unless we call or show up. I would like to ask that more slots be made available if the Rec Centers are going to continue with this system. For example, add 4 to 8 more slots at Princess Anne on the day to reserve (Friday 12 noon) and or for those who get closed out it would be nice if the system put them in a que for cancelled reservations. It is my understanding from speaking to a Rec center employee that more slots could be added to reservation days and times. Thanks for your consideration.
    Was a little bummed to see the palms gone at West Neck Creek Natural Area, including a couple of once-native Sabal Minors. A group had planted those a few years ago, trying to bring them back in Virginia. I like rosemary, but that's not native. It's an imported plant from the Mediterranean. Not the worst thing the City has done recently, but just wanted y'all to be aware that those Sabal Minors are important to some people here. Hopefully you at least tried to replant them elsewhere, but Sabal Minors aren't the easiest to transplant once established.
    SAFE Project invites military spouses and family members to our Your Emotional Ruck programming in the Virginia Beach area on April 23 (Dam Neck Annex) and April 24 (Joint Base Langley-Eustis)! During this day-long workshop, the ruck represents the unique, emotional weight carried by a military spouse or family member that often differs from their civilian counterparts. This program uses evidence-based and anecdotal approaches to identify risk-protective factors and suggests coping strategies for military-connected individuals. #military #Veterans #militaryspouses Learn more and register! April 23: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/your-emotional-ruck-dam-neck-registration-143842395477 April 24: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/your-emotional-ruck-joint-base-langley-eustis-registration-144240829203
    From our wonderful fitness staff at Bayside, Marques Williams and J. Lindsey demonstrating exercises for the triceps and biceps.
    Hi, does anyone know when the cherry blossoms will bloom at Red Wing Park?
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