Kid's Cove

Okay, we finally did it. We are finally blogging Kid's Cove. Kid's Cove is part of Mount Trashmore. It is a 165 acre park, which has two "manmade" (trash) hills, two lakes, two playgrounds (one for littler kids and one bigger- Kid's Cove is the bigger one!), a skate park, and walking paths. People can be seen exercising both on the hill and all around the lake at all hours of the day. Around the lake there are several exercise stations. The path around is 1.95 miles. Fishing is allowed in the lakes from the land, but not by boat. Kayaks are the only boats allowed. On the property there are also picnic shelters and grills open for rent, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, vending machines, restrooms, and seasonal concessions. What's really cool too is that you can rent all kinds of play equipment for free from the park office. If you visit, bring a kite and head up the hill. It's the perfect place. 
I used to come to Mount Trashmore often with camps as a kid. It was the coolest huge wooden playground and the designers actually used input from kids when they built it. The entire thing was built by volunteers and was coordinated by The Virginia Beach Jr. Women's Club. In 2010 the new 1.4 million dollar playground was put in to replace the one of my childhood memories. Sad, but the new one is awesome. The playground is three different areas, a huge climbing area with lots of slides, an area of different types of swings, and an area with little rock climbing structures and other climbing structures. There are benches and shade. The area has a rubber bottom which is awesome for little ones who are still tripping and falling. 
Mount Trashmore actually opened in 1974 turning an abandoned landfill into a park. People complained of a trash smell on some of the hottest summer days in the first few years. Despite that, it has over a million visitors each year. Tony Hawk has even been known to visit the skate park. 
Upcoming Events: 
Saturday, April 21st- Earth Day celebration 
Friday, June 1st- Tuesday, June 19th: Summer Carnival 
Wednesday, July 4th- Fireworks celebration