Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Wins Awards for Outstanding Sustainability and Facility Projects

Monday, November 14, 2016

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation continues to be a leader in the parks and recreation field, and was recognized with two prestigious awards from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) last week at the VRPS Awards Banquet held in Roanoke, VA.

  • Best New Facility: Bow Creek Recreation Center and Family Golf Center
    The community recreation center building is a 67,743 square-foot state-of-the-art facility adjacent to a public golf course. The new facility replaced a 50-year old structure that was originally built as a private club house to serve the adjacent golf course and then later converted to a public recreation center. The building has attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Bow Creek Community Recreation Center and Family Golf Center has become the heart of the surrounding community and has re-energized the community's passion for active recreation pursuits.
  • Best New Environmental Sustainability: Virginia Beach Trees for Clean Water Grant Initiative
    In 2015, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation received a Trees for Clean Water Grant for $4,500 from the Virginia Department of Forestry to educate and engage 4th grade students about the importance of trees in their community and plant 60 trees at four schools with less than 7% urban tree canopy cover. This collaborative effort proved to yield more positive outcomes than originally forecasted. As a result of this cooperative effort, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and Virginia Beach City Public Schools committed to continuing this program and an additional grant was awarded for the second consecutive year. The goal is to increase the amount of forested cover in the Virginia Beach watersheds, while fostering a better understanding of the benefits that trees provide for the health of our waterways. As of June 2016, this collaboration has facilitated over 100 trees planted at Virginia Beach Schools and 500 students and teachers have been educated about the environmental, economic, and emotional cultural importance of trees in their world.

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. The members work together to promote and improve the profession in all its diversity. 

​About Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation strives to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the City's coastal environment, as well as to ensure all residents – regardless of their physical, social and economic circumstances – can access Parks & Recreation programs. The department's vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that create a sense of community. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, visit or call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay). Sign up for Parks & Rec email newsletters at Find us on Facebook at