Bow Creek Stormwater Park


Bow Creek SW Park Survey

The City of Virginia Beach departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation offered a survey seeking public input to help transform the Bow Creek Golf Course into a 100 acre, multi-faceted park facility that will provide significant flood mitigation for the area, while providing recreational opportunities for the public. The Bow Creek Recreation Center will remain and be integrated into the future uses of the park. Click here​ to review the survey results. 

Windsor Woods, Princess Anne Plaza, and The Lakes are neighborhoods located in what was once the undeveloped headwaters of the Lynnhaven River. According to aerial photos from 1949, the area was originally forest surrounded by farmland. Much of the area has relatively low elevations. Low elevations, coupled with increasing sea levels (approximately one-foot over the last 50 years) and the increasing frequency of storms with significant tides and rainfall amounts, has resulted in severe flooding of the neighborhood during extreme events. 

Potential solutions include:  

§  Construction of barriers and gates to minimize tidal flooding 

§  Construction of stormwater pump stations 

§  Additional stormwater storage capacity 

§  Increasing the conveyance capacity of the stormwater pipes 

Creating storage to manage rainfall from intense storms is critical to mitigating the flooding of homes and streets within these neighborhoods.   

The City of Virginia Beach has developed a plan that explores using the approximately 121-acre, City-owned Bow Creek Golf Course (BCGC) for flood mitigation. The vision for the project is to convert the land use from a golf course to a multi-faceted facility that will provide significant stormwater storage to mitigate flooding and restore natural systems while still providing active and passive recreational opportunities.  The Bow Creek Recreation  Center will remain.

For further information, contact Esther Dornin with Public Works-Engineering at 385-4131 or papww@ Hearing-impaired call 711.