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Parks and Recreation

March 9, 2015

Bow Creek Rec Center Opening March 20

Bow Creek

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony hosted on March 20;Grand Opening Celebration on March 21st

Thursday, March 05, 2015 · 09:00 am

 Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is announcing the long-awaited grand opening of the new Bow Creek Community Recreation Center, located off Rosemont Road. The ribbon-cutting event will be held on March 20th; speakers will include Virginia Beach Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. and City Councilmember Shannon Kane. Then, on March 21st, the community is invited to splash, bounce, and play during the Grand Opening Celebration where admission is free. In fact, memberships aren’t required through the weekend, giving the perfect opportunity to rediscover the City’s new recreation center. Best of all, membership fees start at just $12 a month – for all Virginia Beach recreation centers. Please visit www.VBgov.com/BowCreek for full details.

Fitness enthusiasts will enjoy Bow Creek Community Recreation Center’s expanded cardio/weight training area and group fitness studio.  Families will adore the indoor swimming pool featuring a diving area, a slide, separate lap lanes, and beautiful views of the golf course. The new design also includes an indoor double gymnasium, a youth game room, classroom space for early childhood programs, and meeting rooms. The recreation center is the first city building to include LED lighting both indoors and outdoors. Located at 3427 Club House Road in Virginia Beach, the new, energy-efficient center will feature over 67,000 square feet of fitness and recreation as well as childcare classrooms.

DATES and TIMES:
Ribbon Cutting:  3 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Bow Creek Community Recreation Center gymnasium; following the ceremony, the recreation center will be open to explore and enjoy. Guided tours also will be available.

Grand Opening: 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015, offering free admission and no cost for the activities which include water exercises in the pool, LES MILLS® Bodypump group fitness class, Taebo, Zumba, and yoga. Open areas will feature arts and crafts for kids, face painting, inflatables; open gym; weight room orientations; and open youth game room.

Free shuttles:  Free shuttles will be available Bow Creek Presbyterian Church (315 S. Rosemont Road) to Bow Creek Community Recreation Center on:

  • Friday, March 20th from 2:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21st from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“This beautiful new recreation center is a gem for Virginia Beach,” said Parks and Recreation Director Michael J. Kalvort. “The Bow Creek Community Recreation Center was designed with the community in mind, and I am looking forward to seeing their joy when they use the facility for the first time.”

A Virginia Beach Recreation Center membership will be required starting Monday, March 23, 2015. For details about memberships and rates, visit www.VBgov.com/recmembership.  Membership is affordable, even for those who live outside of Virginia Beach; reduced rates are available for residents who qualify.

About Bow Creek Community Recreation Center

Originally constructed in the 1960s as a club house for a private country club and golf course, the city acquired what would become Bow Creek Recreation Center in 1975. At that time, the Bow Creek golf course was opened to the public, and the club house was converted into a recreation center. In 1991, the outdoor pool was enclosed for year-round use, and the facility was expanded to 36,782 square feet to incorporate an indoor gymnasium and locker rooms. The decision to modernize was based on increased recreation center utilization and a 2009 condition assessment study that rated the overall condition as “poor.” Bow Creek Community Recreation Center closed August 2013, was demolished December 2013, and has been rebuilt.

The new $28 million Bow Creek Community Recreation Center is a 67,743 square feet state-of-the-art facility. It features a heating and cooling system that utilizes a geothermal well field as a heat source (in heating mode) or a heat sink (in cooling mode). This type of system utilizes the moderate temperatures below ground to boost efficiency and reduce operational costs by using the earth as a heat source in the winter and dissipating heat into the ground in the summer.

As a part of the project, the storm water management system was improved to handle on-site drainage and has the added benefit of improving drainage efficiency in the surrounding neighborhood as well. New storm water ponds on the site were designed to be landscaped water features with meandering walking paths around the perimeter and an outdoor deck overlooking the water and the golf course.

For more information about Bow Creek Community Recreation Center, please visit www.VBgov.com/BowCreek, email fun@VBgov.com, or call (757) 385-1100.

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 711 Virginia Relay), visit VBgov.com/parks or sign up for our email newsletters at VBgov.com/eNews. Find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VBParksRec.

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