Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation promotes 60th birthday with $60 rec center passes

VIRGINIA BEACH – The Parks & Recreation department is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a one-day discount on rec center passes.

Adults and seniors who are not members of the city’s recreation centers or whose membership has expired can get an annual pass for $60 at an open house on Jan. 10. A normal membership usually costs $12 a month, or $86 for an annual pass for an adult resident. Applicants must be a resident of the city to get the discount.

The Parks & Rec Department has never done a promotion like this before, according to Julie Braley, a spokeswoman.

Membership to Virginia Beach Rec centers will cost $60 for the year on January 11, 2016. (Courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department)
An annual membership to Virginia Beach’s rec centers will be sold for $60 on Jan. 10 to celebrate the Parks & Rec Department’s 60th anniversary. (Courtesy of the Parks & Rec Dept.)

The discounted passes will be available at open houses that each of the city’s six operating rec centers will host from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 10. Each open house will have tours, food trucks, fitness class demonstrations and children’s activities. A membership is valid at all of the city’s rec centers. A new Kempsville center is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

The original Kempsville Rec Center was the first center in the city when it opened in 1977. It was followed by Seatack in 1988, Great Neck in 1990, Bayside in 1992, Princess Anne in 1994, Williams Farm in 2012 and Bow Creek in 2014.

Here are the food trucks scheduled to be at each open house:

  • The Food Dude – Bayside Recreation Center, 4500 First Court Rd.
  • Twisted Sisters Cupcakes – Bow Creek Recreation Center, 3427 Club House Rd.
  • Sofrito – Great Neck Recreation Center, 2521 Shorehaven Dr.
  • Sofrito – Princess Anne Recreation Center, 1400 Nimmo Parkway.
  • Capt’n Crabby – Seatack Recreation Center, 141 S. Birdneck Rd.
  • Bodacious Pizza – Williams Farm Recreation Center, 5252 Learning Circle

Virginia Beach’s rec centers had 48,277 members as of July 1, 2015.

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