Virginia Beach to reopen parks & recreation amenities on May 22

Posted at 5:23 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 17:23:25-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - On Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that beaches in Virginia Beach will reopen on Friday, May 22, but the beaches aren’t the only city facilities reopening.

The City of Virginia Beach announced Thursday that its dog parks, skate parks and tennis/pickleball courts will also reopen.

“We have been looking forward to this day since the day we had to close these popular facilities and hope it won’t be long before we can bring basketball and volleyball courts back online again, as well,” said Parks & Recreation Director Michael Kirschman.

Dog parks and skate parks will reopen with operating hours between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Facilities will be monitored by Parks & Rec. staff who will be enforcing a limit of 10 people at a time. CDC guidelines for social distancing, handwashing and other protective measures should be followed.

As part of this opening, residents will also have access to the city’s newest dog park at Salem Woods Park, which is located at 1525 Salem Road. The 75,000-sq. ft. dog park is divided into two sections to accommodate large and small dogs.

Tennis/pickleball courts will also reopen on Friday. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is asking that players only play with members of their own household; keep to four people or less per court; and wait outside of the fencing to minimize contact with others. Additionally, players should avoid contact with others’ equipment, including balls. Courts are open for recreational, non-league play only.

The Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility will also be reinstating fees for boat launching and car parking effective Friday. To limit contact between customers and staff, fee transactions will be contactless and payment by credit/debit card is required. Customers and visitors should continue to maintain six-foot social distancing and avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more. Beach users also must comply with posted COVID-19 beach regulations.

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