Welcome to Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

Get ready to discover the incredible wonders of Virginia Beach with Parks & Recreation. Get lost in a world of outdoor fun, with swimming, fishing, hiking, and biking surrounded by Virginia's breathtaking natural beauty.

Take your wellness journey to the next level at our seven cutting-edge recreational centers, where you can unleash your inner athlete in state-of-the-art fitness centers or make a splash in our indoor pools and aquatics facilities. With an exciting array of programs and activities for everyone, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation offers unforgettable experiences that will create legendary memories for a lifetime.

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2023 NRPA Gold Medal Winners

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation (VBPR) was named the 2023 National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in Parks and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), at the NRPA Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas. VBPR won Gold in the Class I category, the largest category, for cities with populations over 400,000.

Founded in 1965, the National Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long‐range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into six classes, with five classes based on population and one class for armed forces.

Parks & Recreation News

  • June 28, 2024

    Splash Pads and Dog Park Coming to Level Green Park as Improvement Project Begins

    Level Green Park will be closed through summer 2025, but playground will remain open.

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  • June 3, 2024

    Parks After Dark Program Returns to Virginia Beach This Summer

    Free sports, games, food, movies and music at Williams Farm Park

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  • February 15, 2024

    Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation to Host Job Fair on Feb. 28

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  • February 2, 2024

    Maurice Cullen Selected as Recipient of the 2024 Mary Reid Barrow Wildlife Advocate Award

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Parks & Recreation Blog

  • July 3, 2024

    Ready to Launch: Kayak Kiosks Open at Munden Point Park and Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area

    ADA accessible ramp is available at Lake Lawson/Lake Smith

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  • July 1, 2024

    Celebrate Freedom and Fireworks this Fourth of July in Virginia Beach

    Fireworks displays will be shown at Mount Trashmore Park and the Oceanfront.

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  • June 26, 2024

    Wildlife Wednesdays: Does a Bear Poop in the Woods? Parks & Rec Has the Answer!

    New Wildlife Wednesdays series brought to you by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

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Accredited by CAPRA

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. CAPRA stands for the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies.

But what does that actually mean? It means that our Parks & Recreation Department is meeting, or exceeding, standards maintained by park and recreation leaders and strengthening the value of the programs, facilities, and experiences provided to our community.