Ready to cool down this summer? The long wait is finally over.
Finding ways to beat the heat in Virginia Beach just got a little more exciting for the entire family. On June 29th, the grand opening for the new Kempsville Recreation Center kicked off, following two years of construction. The long-awaited event is being celebrated this Saturday with givaways, food trucks, and an inflatable human foosball game. Until Sunday, local residents are permitted to explore and use the center without paying a membership fee.
Once VA Beach’s oldest recreation center, the former Kempsville facility was demolished in 2015 to make way for the new rec center—an 87,116 square foot facility with early childhood classrooms, an indoor pool with zero-depth entry, and a double gymnasium. The pool area boasts an aquatic track for low impact exercise and a splash features for the kids, with other special highlights of the center including pickleball courts, a teen room with PlayStation gaming systems, and 12 basketball hoops.
Michael J. Kalvort, director of the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department, told WAVY 10 News that the opening is a significant achievement:
“To see families get together, to see a grandma going to the pool with their grandson, to see fathers and sons play together, to see people making fitness goals by losing a certain amount of weight or achieving a personal best…it really gives me a warm heart,” he told WAVY.
If you’re interested in the facility hours for this weekend, you can find more information on the City of Virginia Beach website, here. The city also posted a video to Youtube this week, demonstrating the unique features the new center has to offer. Watch below!