Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

About Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

P&R is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and protecting our environment. We ensure all residents – regardless of their physical, social, and economic circumstances – can access our programs. As a department, we strive to enhance the quality of life for our community by improving the physical and mental well-being of our residents.
We manage 293 city park sites, more than 7,000 acres of parks and natural areas, seven community recreation centers, a municipal marina and an athletic complex. Offer year-round recreational opportunities, the largest childcare provider in the city, operating Out of school (before/after/summer) programs, early childhood programs and day camps. Provides landscape management and maintenance for municipal buildings, public schools, park sites and designated roadways.
The department has approximately 450 full-time and 850 part-time employees.


Therapeutic Recreation Intern

May 2019 - August 2019 Virginia Beach, VA
“The Therapeutic Recreation department has an amazing internship opportunity. I met so many amazing staff members throughout my time there. Along with amazing staff, I was able to sit in on city meetings. I now have experience working with children with special needs in a community setting. I had the opportunity to work with children in an after school setting and in an instructional summer day camp. The supervisors are approachable and want to see you succeed.”

Activity Center Assistant Leader

May 2019 - August 2019 Virginia Beach, VA
“I worked with children with varying disabilities in a camp setting and it was a great experience for my major. It really helped me gain experience in the field. ”
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