City seeks public input on proposed plans for Bow Creek Recreation Center replacement

Public Information Meeting 7 pm – 8:30 pm, Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Bow Creek Recreation Center, 3427 Club House Road, Virginia Beach

Thursday, December 22, 2011

After 50 years of use, Bow Creek Recreation Center is being replaced. Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation is hosting a public meeting to seek residents’ input on site plans and conceptual renderings on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Bow Creek Recreation Center, 3427 Club House Road, Virginia Beach.


“The city is requesting community feedback to ensure we’re moving in the right direction and appropriately addressing the needs of existing and potential new users of this key recreation center,” says Barbara Duke, project manager.


At stake is how to make the best use of the existing land. “To provide sufficient space for the recreation center, park playground area, and golf facilities, we plan to build up,” Ms. Duke explained. “This will maximize both the building’s capacity in terms of the number of residents we can accommodate and the types of services we can offer.”


Why modernize?
The majority of Bow Creek Recreation Center is more than 50 years old. Originally constructed in the 1960s as a club house for a private country club and golf course, the city acquired the property in 1975. At that time, the golf course was opened to the public, and the club house was converted into a recreation center. In 1991, the outdoor pool was enclosed for year-round use, and the facility was expanded to 36,782 square feet to incorporate an indoor gymnasium and locker rooms. The decision to modernize was based on increased recreation center utilization and a 2009 condition assessment study that rated the overall condition as “poor.”


What will change?
The new recreation center will be approximately 66,000 square feet. Like all Virginia Beach recreation centers, it will house a pool, gymnasium and weight room. New childcare classrooms will be added as well as new youth and senior spaces.


The golf pro shop and cart storage will no longer share building space within the recreation center. The golf course will remain open for play while the new golf course pro shop and cart storage are being constructed.


How will these changes impact citizens?
In September 2012, after the new Williams Farm Recreation Center opens, Bow Creek Recreation Center will be closed. Staff will relocate to other Virginia Beach Recreation Centers. Demolition and construction of the new center will begin soon after and will continue over a period of two years. The golf course will remain open during this time, and the new Bow Creek Recreation Center is scheduled to open to the public in the fall of 2014.


“Our parks and recreation system is one of the best on the East Coast,” says Deputy City Manager Cindy Curtis. “It significantly contributes to our residents’ quality of life and helps build strong communities. That’s why we are deeply committed to not only maintaining our facilities, but to replacing them once they have exceeded useful life expectancy.”


For more information about the new Bow Creek Recreation Center, contact Barbara Duke at (757) 385-4310 or email Those unable to attend are encouraged to email their comments to Ms. Duke. Status updates and more detailed plans will be posted to as they become available.


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