Kempsville Recreation Center Grand Opening Rescheduled Due to Construction Delays

Highly anticipated center to now open June 29

Friday, May 19, 2017

As result of construction delays, the opening of the new Kempsville Community Recreation Center has been rescheduled for June 29 at 11 am. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation's Planning, Design and Development Division is working diligently with our city partners to ensure the new center is completed and lives up to the expectations of our citizens to deliver an incredible recreational experience.

"I hope that once guests enter the building and see how beautiful it is, and how much there is to do, they'll forgive the delays and make visiting the center part of their weekly activities," said Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE, Director of Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation.

Following the grand opening celebration, the weekend is set to include free admission from June 29 to July 2 along with tours, fitness demos, food trucks, giveaways, and of course full access to use the pool, indoor play area, fitness equipment, walking track, gym and more!

With summer camps set to start on June 19, the department is working closely with parents of those registered children to relocate them to nearby school sites and will deliver an incredible camp experience until
the week of July 10th when the camps will move to the rec center.

"I know that the community is anxiously awaiting the grand opening. No one is more disappointed than I am by the delay, but the city is committed to making sure the center is perfect before opening. Our citizens deserve recreational facilities where they can pursue healthy lifestyles, build community, and have memorable experiences," added Kalvort.

Opening in 1977, Kempsville was the first Virginia Beach community recreation center. In February 2015, the building closed for a full reconstruction and will be the seventh center for the city. Memberships are available for purchase online at with rates for both residents and non-residents of Virginia Beach.

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