Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Eliminating Fees for Skate Parks and Dog Parks as of April 1

Saturday, February 09, 2019

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – With a budget proposal going before City Council in May and special permission from the City Manager to begin the change on April 1, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is officially doing away with fees for use of its three dog parks and three skate park facilities. Between February 1 and March 31, new users will be charged a nominal one-time prorated fee. Existing customers whose passes expire before March 31 will have their pass extended as a courtesy at no additional charge.

"One of the department's goals is to increase public access to parks and programs for our residents," said Parks & Recreation Director Michael Kirschman. Improved customer service and increased efficiencies are other important reasons for the change. There will be less of a burden on the users to complete a cumbersome process and drive to off-site locations to complete transactions. "At the end of the day, we just want people to take advantage of our city's incredible outdoor recreation amenities and make it as easy as possible for them to do that. And with more dog parks planned in the near future, access should continue to improve and be easier than ever before," Kirschman added.

Further details about the fee elimination process and FAQs can be found on the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation website.
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