City Receives $500,000 for Pleasure House Point Land Acquisition

Thursday, September 15, 2011

As part of a large conservation effort to permanently protect the entire Pleasure House Point property located within the Lynnhaven watershed, the City of Virginia Beach has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation.  The grant will help the city acquire 82 acres of coastal wetlands and marine forest.  


The property is identified in the Virginia Conservation Lands Needs Assessment as highly threatened by development. The acquisition of Pleasure House Point has been identified as a top priority in the City of Virginia Beach’s Comprehensive Plan.


Efforts to protect the largest undeveloped parcel of land on the Lynnhaven River (122 acres) began in 2010 through a partnership with Trust for Public Land, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the City of Virginia Beach. The Trust for Public Land initiated a plan to purchase the property and sell parcels to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the City of Virginia Beach.


As noted in the grant application, the project has strong local support from community. Organizations and individuals have rallied to raise funds to ensure the entire property is preserved as natural area, rather than having a portion commercially developed. The Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Foundation is participating as the designated 501(c) (3) organization for fundraising activities.


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