Va. Beach opens state-of-the-art Kempsville Rec Center

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A new state-of-the-art recreation center in Virginia Beach has open its doors to the public for the first time.

The grand opening for the Kempsville Recre​ation Center kicked off Thursday.

City officials say the new rec center is a 87,116 square foot facility that has a double gymnasium, an indoor pool with zero-depth entry and early childhood classrooms.

The original Kempsville Recre​ation Center opened in 1977, but closed after 37 years to make way for this new facility.

Michael J. Kalvort, the director of the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department, says the opening is a major accomplishment.

“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,” said Kalvort.

Following Thursday’s grand opening, the rec center will stay open for public tours and use through Sunday, July 2. Hours for this weekend can be found on the City of Virginia Beach website.

The city posted a video to YouTube this week, showcasing what the new facility has to offer.