Review Updated Concept Plans for Kempsville Community Recreation Center’s Replacement

Open House Style Public Meeting 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday, May 22 at Kempsville Recreation Center

Monday, May 12, 2014

​Based on input received by the public, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation has tweaked the concept plans for Kempsville Community Recreation Center replacement. The public is invited to review these updated concept plans at an open house style public meeting 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 22 at Kempsville Recreation Center, 800 Monmouth Lane. 

Located in the heart of Kempsville, this recreation center opened in 1977, and is Virginia Beach’s oldest -- and second most busy -- recreation center. It is scheduled to close late 2014, a few weeks prior to the opening of the new Bow Creek Community Recreation Center. Kempsville Community Recreation Center will be torn down and the new recreation center built in its place. 

The new facility will boast a larger gymnasium, a bigger pool with indoor water play components, six 25-meter lap lanes, and two 1-meter diving boards; more room for circuit and free weight equipment; and dedicated space for therapeutic recreation programs. It will also include an outdoor sprayground, and family changing areas. The new Kempsville Recreation Center will meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, meaning it will be energy efficient and will meet specific environmental standards. 

The May 22 public meeting will be an informal, open house style meeting. Staff will share the updated concept plans and will be available to answer questions. Those unable to attend the public meeting are encouraged to visit to see the latest version of the plans. For more information, please contact Rob MacPherson at  or (757) 385-1100. 

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