Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation programs & facilities receive honors at professional association conference

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation is pleased to have received three awards on Monday, September 9, 2013 at the 2013 Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) Conference in James City County, Virginia.


The Best New Environmental Sustainability Award was presented in recognition of the preservation of Pleasure House Point Natural Area. This natural area was acquired and preserved in July 2012 by the City of Virginia Beach through a forward-thinking partnership with the Trust for Public Land (TPL, in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). This 118-acre legacy acquisition contains a mile of shoreline on the Lynnhaven River and Pleasure House Creek. With the assistance of TPL, CBF and the grassroots efforts of the community, the City of Virginia Beach succeeded in preserving one of the last undeveloped parcels of land on the Lynnhaven River.


Williams Farm Community Recreation Center was recognized as the Best New Facility (Bricks and Mortar).  This 71,000 square foot recreation center, which opened October 26, 2012, features several unique amenities:

  • Three classrooms specifically designed for early childhood programs;
  • A zero-depth swimming pool with a 156-foot slide that curves outside the building, a current channel, a 13-foot tall rock climbing wall, a children’s play fort and splash pad, and an outdoor sprayground;
  • An indoor perimeter walk/run track featuring views of the swimming pool, weight room, and gymnasium;
  • A multimedia room for teens with a recording studio, green screen, and state of the art workstations for creating audio, video and illustrative graphics.

Williams Farm Community Recreation Center is Virginia Beach’s first community recreation center to be submitted for silver LEED certification, integrating environmental stewardship, energy efficient mechanical systems, water quality, and sustainable building design and site development.

The Best New Facility Award (Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways) was awarded for the Williams Farm Park and Skate Park. Located next to Williams Farm Community Recreation Center, the 30-acre Williams Farm Park and Skate Park boasts a unique 25,000 square foot concrete skate park, a large multipurpose field area, and restrooms, vending and office areas. The Williams Farm Park and Skate Park is uniquely situated between three Title-I elementary schools, with a middle school directly across the street. The entire site also provides pedestrian linkages to adjacent neighborhoods, schools and a smaller neighborhood park.


“Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation works diligently to provide state of the art facilities and positive experiences for our citizens and visitors,” said Michael J.  Kalvort, Director of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. “The Williams Farm Community Recreation Center, Skate Park and Park and Pleasure House Point are all community amenities which will serve Virginia Beach for generations to come.  Being recognized by fellow parks and recreation professionals and our state professional society is quite an honor.”


For more information about Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, please visit or, or call (757) 385-1100.


Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community.  We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 711 Virginia Relay), visit or sign up for our email newsletters at


The Virginia Recreation and Park Society is a private, non-profit professional organization, founded in 1953 and incorporated in 1956. Its purpose is to unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks and other leisure services in the Commonwealth of Virginia, into one body. For more details, visit ​