Attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Grand Opening Celebration of Pleasure House Point Natural Area

Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting at 11am on Friday, October 12, 2012 | Celebratory Grand Opening with Lynnhaven River NOW’s Fall Festival from 11am – 4pm on Saturday, October 13, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Together with key partners The Trust for Public Land and Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the City of Virginia Beach invites the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration to commemorate the historic legacy acquisition of Pleasure House Point, a 118-acre tract of pristine, undeveloped natural open space on the Lynnhaven River.

The official Pleasure House Point Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is at 11am on Friday, October 12, 2012. On Saturday, October 13, community environmental organization Lynnhaven River NOW is hosting the Pleasure House Point Celebratory Grand Opening as part of their 2nd Annual Fall Festival from 11am – 4pm. Family-friendly activities at the Fall Festival include kayak tours of Pleasure House Creek, guided nature walks, eco-friendly craft vendors, educational booths, live music and locally-sourced foods. Enjoy the onsite Farmer’s Market and Seafood Market as well.

The property is located at 3957 Marlin Bay Drive in Virginia Beach; a parking map and detailed directions to the site can be found at

Identified as a top priority for open space acquisition for the past decade, Pleasure House Point has recently been preserved by the City of Virginia Beach with help from The Trust for Public Land and in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This historic legacy achievement was also made possible through the grass roots efforts of citizen advocates and community groups.

Located just west of the Lesner Bridge and south of the Chesapeake Bay, Pleasure House Point Natural Area is 118 acres of water, tidal marsh, sandy shores and maritime forest. The shallow water estuarine environment of the property provides habitat for the iconic Chesapeake Bay blue crab and the Lynnhaven oyster. This high-profile property was once being considered for a large waterfront development, but with the help of The Trust for Public Land, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the surrounding community, the City has preserved one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the Lynnhaven River for generations to come.

For more information about the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Pleasure House Point Natural Area, please contact Rick Rowe, Amy Woodson or Michael Moore in Parks & Natural Areas at 757-385-0400 or For details about the Lynnhaven River NOW Fall Festival at Pleasure House Point, please call 757-962-5398 or email

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