After 37 Years, Kempsville Recreation Center Closing February 20 for Renovations; New Center Expected to Open in 2017

Before demolition, share memories on a graffiti wall designed to go virtual

Thursday, January 22, 2015

​(Virginia Beach, VA) - Virginia Beach’s oldest recreation center, Kempsville Community Recreation Center, is closing its doors at 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 to make way for a newer, more modern recreation center.  The center was originally opened in May 1977. Share your memories of Kempsville Rec Center from the last 37 years on the center’s designated graffiti walls. Before demolition, the writings and drawings will be captured by a photographer, and shared in a virtual photo montage on


Located in the heart of Kempsville, this 37-year-old recreation center will be demolished and a new Kempsville Rec Center will be erected in its place. Demolition is scheduled for spring, with construction expected to begin July 2015.


Membership with Virginia Beach recreation centers allows access for all six Recreation Centers, so members currently using Kempsville Rec Center won’t miss a single activity or program. Williams Farm Recreation Center is only 5.2 miles from Kempsville Rec Center, and the new Bow Creek Community Recreation Center opening late March 2015 will only be 4.8 miles away. Indoor pools, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, large gyms and energetic instructors are just a sample of what all the recreation centers offer – with membership starting at only $12 a month.


When the new 79,457-square-foot Kempsville Rec Center reopens in early 2017, it will feature:

  • Indoor pool with 
    • Zero-depth entry for younger children and water play activities
    • Six 25-meter lap lanes
    • Two 1-meter diving boards\Aqua track
  • Indoor walking/jogging track
  • Fitness areas with
    • Free weights
    • Circuit weight equipment
    • Cardiovascular equipment
    • Group fitness class / dance space
  • Double gymnasium  
  • Therapeutic recreation program space
  • Two youth activity rooms
  • Three early childhood program classrooms
  • Five multipurpose rooms
  • Improved parking and pedestrian access


Concept plans and floor plans for the new Kempsville Community Recreation Center are available for review at each Virginia Beach Recreation Center and


For more information about plans for Kempsville Community Recreation Center’s replacement, please contact Rob MacPherson at


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