$1 million grant will add 82 acres to Virginia Beach’s park and open space system
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, partnering with the City of Virginia Beach and the Trust for Public Land, will use this grant and non-federal match of $540,000 to acquire and preserve one of Hampton Roads’ largest undeveloped waterfront properties.
The 82-acre property overlooks Lynnhaven Bay at Pleasure House Point and consists of estuarine emergent wetlands, tidal mudflats, near shore habitat and maritime forest.
The focus of this site will be preservation of wetlands and maritime forest, passive recreation, nature observation, and non-motorized water access. The grant will not only help wildlife, including finfish, blue crab and shorebirds, but it will link more than 2,900 acres of permanently protected lands along Pleasure House Creek. The Virginia Conservation Lands Needs Assessment Vulnerability Model ranked this site as a hot spot for its ecological significance and threat for conversion to high-density residential development.