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Boars Head Inn: A newly constructed 33,000 square foot squash court facility opened April 2013. The facility will serve as the home venue for the University of Virginia men’s and women’s squash programs and will also be open to members of the Boar’s Head Sports Club and resort guests. The new facility includes eight international singles courts, an international show court with seating for about 200, two North American doubles courts, locker rooms, offices and storage. www.boarsheadinn.com
Mary B. Stratton Park is a new sports complex in Chesterfield County. At the parks and recreation owned complex, there are two SPORTSTEX synthetic turf fields with lights and permanent lining for soccer, field hockey and boy’s lacrosse. The property is located adjacent to Ukrop Park with its seven multipurpose fields and the Collegiate School Aquatics Center. Up to four miles of trails for hiking, biking and picnicking will eventually be built on the 178 acres that make up Stratton Park. Learn more at http://www.chesterfield.gov/parks/.
The Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat: This tree top adventure park will challenge you to new heights. Recently added obstacles make the park the largest high ropes course in central Virginia with 52 obstacles with 13 zip lines. Great for team building, tour of gardens and spending time outdoors. www.theoutdooradventurepark.com
The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center: sets a new standard in the NFL for summer training camp facilities. The project provides state-of-the-art facilities and two natural grass football fields designed especially for the Redskins during the three-week training period. Bon Secours Health System operate the building as a full-service sports medicine rehabilitation and men’s health center throughout the year, in addition to offering men’s health, fitness and education programs and healthy kids initiative. The fields are available for youth programming, tournaments and other uses. http://redskinsrva.bonsecours.com/the-center
XL Sports World purchased the Richmond Indoor Sports Experience, better known as RISE, facility. XL will be replacing the existing fields and installing two brand new state-of-the-art indoor fields which can be used for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and other sports. Its business is largely from soccer teams, but the complex also caters to lacrosse and baseball. In addition, they opened up an XL Sports Tours travel office. http://www.xlsportsworld.com/richmond-va.html
Deep Creek Park complex offers four lighted baseball fields – (three bronco and one pony field) – all with grass infields. The park also offers four multi-purpose fields – two lighted; a dog park; an extensive trail system, several picnic areas, permanent concession and restrooms and ample free parking. The park hooks into a trail system that extends along the border of the Historic Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge making for a great biking, running or hiking experience http://www.visitchesapeake.com/listings/index.cfm?action=display&listingID=1082
Go Ape! Freedom Park- Go Ape is a highly interactive 2-3 hour outdoor experience featuring zip lines and awesome obstacles at heights of 40-50 feet in the trees! Student friendly activity and group rates available. www.goape.com
The Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club has a brand new Tennis Center with 90,000 square feet of indoor family tennis, fitness and fun. The facility will include 10 Deco Turf II Indoor Courts, 30 Outdoor Courts (27 Clay, 3 Hard, 6 Quick Start Junior Courts), Health Club & Fitness Center, on-site restaurant and lounge and a JR. Olympic pool. http://www.vbtcc.com/
The new Philpott Marina and Campground is located in Bassett, VA on beautiful Philpott Lake. The marina features 40 boat slips that are available for rental on a yearly basis. Amenities include a fueling station with non-ethanol fuel, a marina store with fishing supplies, food, drinks and snacks, and public restrooms. Philpott Lake hosted the FLW Northwestern Conference College Fishing Championships that was televised internationally on December 16, 2012.
The D.C. area’s first public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, Potomac Shores Golf Course, opened May 2014. The 18-hole, par-72 course along the Potomac River and Powell’s Creek in Prince William County features a 7,500 square foot luxury clubhouse with wrap around porch. http://potomacshores.com/golf
Geocaching at Primland: Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which a GPS receiver is used to hide and seek containers. At Primland, there are 2 courses designed in partnership with Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment. The Pinnacle Loop Trail is ideal for families with young children, and The Buzzards Roost Trail is more challenging with more difficult terrain. Each trail contains caches that provide information on the history of the region and the plants and animals native to this area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition a re-creation of six miles of the Old Appalachian Trail for hikers and mountain bikers has opened. www.primland.com
The Spearhead Trail is expected to be a world-class riding destination with over 500 miles of ATV and Equestrian trails for every skill level by the end of 2016. Southwest Virginia’s first ATV trail system, "Mountain View" is open near the town of St. Paul. This first phase will include approximately 75 miles of trail offering riding experiences for all skill levels from easy green trails to our more challenging black trails. www.spearheadtrails.com
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