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City of Virginia Beach Department of Parks & Recreation

Kempsville Recreation Center

Project Description

Moody Nolan worked with HBA on the modernization of the existing recreation center which includes the addition of 81,000 sq. ft. and demolition and renovation to portions of the existing facility.

Project Stats


Virginia Beach, VA

Year of Completion


LEED Certification


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Design Features

The former Kempsville facility was Virginia Beach’s oldest recreation center before it was demolished in 2015. Concrete from demolishing the old building helped construct the new parking lot and there’s a history wall with pictures of the old center. The site improvements better serve the public.

The community recreation facility includes a multi court gymnasium, multi-generational aquatics environment (both leisure and lap pools), cardio and free weight fitness spaces, group exercise / multipurpose rooms, jogging track, flexible meeting spaces, childcare and classrooms.

The entire public face of the recreation center is designed in heavy timber construction; an inspiration drawn from the curving sand dune fences found in the local Virginia Beach aesthetic. The multi-colored northern glass panels filter the natural light and are reminiscent of the shade of a tree to reinforce the feel of an open park setting.