July is Parks & Recreation Month!

This July, discover the power of play and adventure. For children and adults, play is a vital part of our mental wellbeing, physical health and personal interactions. Join us in one of our parks, recreation centers, athletic facilities, trails or waterways and celebrate Parks & Recreation Month.


With more than 280 parks and 7 incredible community recreation centers, there is no shortage of ways to play in Virginia Beach!​ Below are a few special activities happening in July. 

Adventure Challenge 

Challenge yourself to participate in at least five of the nine activities on our Adventure Challenge card throughout July. Download one here​ or pick one up at any recreation center. Post at least two photos of your participation on Facebook or Instagram and tag us @VBParksRec, then submit your completed card to any rec center before August 1st for a chance to win a $100 Parks & Recreation gift card! ​​

Fitness ChallengeFitness Challenge

Our recreation center members are encouraged to take part in July's Fitness Challenge. Compete against friends, or set your own personal goal to walk, run or ride 31 miles in the month of July and post your updates along the way. Sign up with the fitness staff at​ your rec center. Prizes will be awarded!

July 4th Celebration

Tuesday, July 4 | 4 - 10 pm​ | Mount Trashmore Park
Celebrate America’s independence with live music by Free For All​, delicious foods, and of course, booming fireworks! | Limited on-site parking available for $10​

Sunday RUNday​

Sunday, July 23 | 7:30 am​ | Mount Trashmore Park
Lace up your sneakers and join us for Sunday RUNday at Mount Trashmore Park. The annual race event features the VBPRF 5K, Kids Fun Run and Family Fitness Run/Walk. Race highlights include free race photos, a 2017 race t-shirt and finisher medal - plus music and food trucks.​
Registration: 5K (before July 23 ) $30 // Kids Fun Run $5 // Family Run/Walk $3

Each July since 1985, America has celebrated Parks and Recreation Month, a program of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The goal is to raise awareness of the vital impact that parks, recreation and conservation has on communities across the U.S. ​