Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park Open to the Public

Former Princess Anne Park site transformation now includes a new trail system, shelters, restrooms, playground, public art sculpture and expanded parking

Friday, July 26, 2013

Construction has been completed at the Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park, which was transformed from the former Princess Anne Park site located at the corner of Princess Anne Road and Dam Neck Road.


The renovated park site now features a new trail system (0.63 mile), picnic shelters (first come, first serve; reservations not currently accepted), restrooms, playground equipment, tree planting and expanded parking, which employs a pervious paving system to reduce environmental runoff and filter stormwater pollutants.


Meadow management practices have also been implemented at this park, which appears as grassy, native vegetation instead of meticulously manicured lawns. By employing these natural buffers in the park setting, the park fosters important environmental and cost-saving benefits including:

  • Filtered sediment, excess nutrients and other pollutants before they enter our ground water system;
  • Protected wildlife habitats and native plant species;
  • Reduced labor & fuel costs; and
  • Reduced potential for injuries or equipment damage.


The entire renovation project further infuses environmentally sustainable principles in its design, including the refurbishment of the Light Garden sculpture by internationally-known artist Dale Eldred, which was originally located at the former Virginia Beach Pavilion. The sculpture consists of sun-refraction glass panels affixed to white poles. These panels are arranged in a clustered fashion to resemble a grove of trees which illustrates the role of light throughout the course of a day, with blue lighting elements that produce a cloud-like feel for night illumination. The work was acquired in 1983 and was one of the first pieces of art funded by the Percent for Art program.


As a planned gateway to the Princess Anne Commons corridor that contains a mix of public and private uses, quality development and exceptional recreation and open spaces, Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park now provides a strong sense of arrival to the area. The project is being coordinated with Princess Anne Road improvements.


For questions about the Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park, please contact Amy Woodson or Rick Rowe in Parks & Natural Areas at 757-385-0400.


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