July is Parks & Rec Month

​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 have on communities across the U.S. ​​​ 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. ​ ​

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We know that parks are at the center of so many citizens' and visitors' experiences and memories — moments that park and recreation professionals help make happen. Local parks are often our first experiences in nature, our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life’s special moments, spots of respite and healing, sites that connect us with essential community services and so much more.

Join us in July as we celebrate how important it is to rise up and support parks and recreation. Every day, our parks and rec employees rise up for our community in service of equity, climate readiness, and overall health and wellbeing. Every day, we provide Virginia Beach citizens with memorable lifelong experiences. And every day, we strive to exceed expectations in an inclusive, innovative, and sustainable manner. 


 Community Passport Challenge

Participate in our Community Passport Challenge

Help us celebrate by checking out everything Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation has to offer! Participate in our Community Passport Challenge:
  1. Download & print the passport, if you don't already have one. 
  2. Choose at least 3 of 5 activities listed on your passport.
  3. Enter the passcode in each respective box. Passcodes can be found in the following locations:
    • PARKS | In the kiosk at one of our selected parks (listed below)
    • REC CENTER | At the front desk of your local recreation center. If you can't find it, ask one of our staff members! 
    • PROGRAM OR CLASS | Provided by the instructor or facilitator of the class or program.
    • SPECIAL EVENTS | At the Parks & Recreation booth or table at our special events. 
    • E-NEWSLETTER | In your confirmation email after subscribing to our e-newsletter. 
  4. Complete contact info on the back of your passport and submit it to the front desk of any recreation center by August 5 to get your Parks & Rec swag AND be entered to win one of four grand prizes: a kayak tour, a picnic shelter rental, a rec center room rental or a $100 Parks & Rec gift card!
Parks & Rec employees may participate but are not eligible to win. 

Select Parks

You can find the passcode in the kiosk at any of the following parks during July: 

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 Where is Barks?

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Test Your Knowledge of Virginia Beach Parks & Recreational Facilities
Celebrate Parks & Rec Month by participating in this fun photo contest featuring our plushie pals, Barks & Rex. 

They've been visiting popular parks, natural areas and recreational facilities and dropping hints about their locations. Guess where they are for a chance to win the one-of-a-kind, huggable 18" Barks & Rex plushie pictured in the quiz!

Parks & Rec employees may participate but are not eligible to win a prize.

The Where is Barks quiz has concluded. Thank you for participating!

 T-Shirt Sales

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​Celebrate July is Parks & Rec Month by giving back to community programs sponsored by the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Foundation. Did you miss out on that awesome shirt?

We're bringing back some of our past designs for a limited time.

Parks & Rec employees may participate but are not eligible to win a prize.

T-shirt sales have ended, stay tuned for more opportunities to rep Parks & Rec! 



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Protecting the Environment
See the Parks & Rec staff in action and learn about what we do to protect the environment.
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
Learn about how we promote healthy
lifestyles for all ages and abilities. 
Ensure the Stewardship of Funds, Facilities & Public Lands
Watch how improving and maintaining existing parks, playgrounds, and rec centers positively impact lives and our community.
 Check out how we make our community inclusive by providing access to parks and recreation for all residents - physically, economically and socially.