Lake Smith and Lake Lawson Natural Area is a network of three wooded waterfront peninsulas of land that will serve as Virginia Beach’s newest designated natural area.
The purpose of the Master Plan
is to provide a framework for planning, recreational programming, development and management of Parks and Recreation properties at Lake Smith and Lake Lawson which have recently been acquired through the City of Virginia Beach Open Space Acquisition Program. The City of Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation requires public involvement in order for the site to be effectively planned in line with the resident’s wishes and vision for the largest freshwater access in the City.
The preferred alternative of the Master Plan
was well received by the public, after analyzing comments and completed survey forms, our design consultants have finalized the plan.
The cul-de-sac option was presented to elicit comments from the public; any further consideration of this option will require additional public input.
It is anticipated that detailed design & construction of the Phase I Improvements (new boat ramp, parking, and trails) will take place in the next 12 months.
Natural Area (NA)
Definition: A municipal preservation area whose primary purpose is to preserve the indigenous vegetation and wildlife in order to serve as green infrastructure and as a scenic environment for Virginia Beach residents to enjoy. Natural areas include areas for protection and management of the natural/cultural environment with recreation use as a secondary objective. Recreational use might include passive recreation activities such as hiking, birding, and environmental education, but may also include public waterway access improvements, public fishing opportunities, and trail connections.