Starting on April 1, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation will be officially doing away with fees for use of its three dog parks and three skate park facilities.
This comes from a new budget proposal going before City Council in May and parks and recreation got special permission from the city manager to begin the change on April 1, according to a news release from the city.
Between Feb. 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, according to the city.
“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.
Details about the fee elimination process and FAQs can be found on the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation website.
Dog park information: VBgov.com/dogparks