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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Learn more about upcoming events and summer programs happening right in your backyard.
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
February 15, 2024
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation to Host Job Fair on Feb. 28
February 2, 2024
Maurice Cullen Selected as Recipient of the 2024 Mary Reid Barrow Wildlife Advocate Award
January 12, 2024
Virginia Beach Summer Youth Employment Program Offers Opportunities for Growth and Experience
Applications for the 2024 eight-week program open Jan. 15
January 2, 2024
City of Virginia Beach Department of Parks & Recreation Awarded $14.9M in Grant Funding for Construction of VB Trail Phase 1
VB Trail shared-use path will connect Virginia Beach to Norfolk
Parks & Recreation Blog
February 7, 2024
How to Celebrate an Unconventional Valentine’s Day in Virginia Beach
Beyond the typical roses, candy and dinner, celebrate in a different way with anti-Valentine’s antics, a love-themed astronomy lesson or a paper luminary craft project.
January 25, 2024
Connect with Nature at the 2024 Winter Wildlife Festival Exhibit Hall
Enjoy owl encounters, educational workshops and family activities.
December 20, 2023
Spreading Holiday Cheer: Wreaths at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center
Parks & Recreation displays 48 wreaths created by volunteers on City buildings.
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.