Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Announces Reopenings, Expanded Services and Event Cancellations

Friday, July 10, 2020

​As coronavirus restrictions are eased, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation continues to slowly phase in and reintroduce use of its facilities and programs.

The following activities at City recreation centers are scheduled to begin as early as July 20:

  • Increased reservations for lap swim
  • Aquatracks, family swim, water exercise classes and diving boards
  • Some senior-focused fitness programs
  • Personal training
  • Walking tracks at Kempsville and Williams Farm

Reservations for most of these activities will begin on Friday, July 17, to start the following week.

The following park facilities are now open for public use:

  • Basketball and volleyball courts at City parks
  • All playgrounds including those large destination sites at Mount Trashmore Kid's Cove, Bayville Farms Park, and Grommet Island
  • The Fishing Pier at Little Island Park has been open for use, but resumed collecting fees as of July 9.

The Sports Management Unit has the following updates on athletic play and field use:

  • Athletic fields at Red Mill Farms, Lynnhaven Park, Bayville Farms Park and Oceana Park have been approved to increase from 50% capacity to full capacity for local practices and play starting July 22.
  • The department has been approved to offer youth flag football, youth fast pitch softball and adult slow pitch softball for the fall and is awaiting approval to offer adult coed sand football at the oceanfront.
  • Youth volleyball and youth tackle football will not be offered this fall.

Lastly, the following upcoming special events have been cancelled due to the pandemic:

  • The Party at the Pier event originally scheduled for Aug. 28 at Little Island Park
  • The Water Lantern Festival originally scheduled for Oct. 10 at Mount Trashmore Park

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