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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | May 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
Marshview Tract to Become City Park
 
MarshviewThe transfer of the 98-acre Marshview property, first discussed between City and Navy officials over 19 years ago, finally became a reality on May 18.
 
The undeveloped, forested property lies between Birdneck Road and the Shadowlawn and Salt Marsh Point neighborhoods, bordering Owls Creek and Lake Rudee. It will become a public park, with most of the tract remaining in its natural state. View a map of the area. 
 
Virginia Beach acquired Marshview through a swap with the Navy. In exchange for Marshview, the city has conveyed a restrictive easement to the Navy on 46.71 acres between Oceana and Fentress. The Navy will still own a restrictive easement over the Marshview property, but the city's park development plans fall within those restrictions.          
 
A 2002 city study recommended that the tract be developed mainly as a passive recreation area, with multi-use trails, community gardens, wooded buffers for surrounding neighborhoods and active recreation areas at the perimeter.
 
Parks and Recreation staff are already working on the first phase of park improvements, a new 10' wide multi-use asphalt trail that will begin at the park entrance on the west side of the park on Marshview Drive and wind through the northern portion of the property, bridging marshland to connect with Virginia Avenue on the east side of the park. Master planning for the site, with community input, will start in the fall.

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Jun 5 | Clean the Bay Day | City-Wide | Free*
 
Jun 5 | Family Fishing Clinic | Munden Point Park | $5*
 
Jun 14 | Kayak Tour | Lynnhaven Boat Ramp | $12*
 
Jun 17 | Kayak Fishing | Carolanne Farms Park | $16*
 
* advance registration required
Get on the Water! Kayak Tours and Fishing

Kayak TourKayaking offers an easy and fun way to get on the water and explore our city. We're making it even easier for you to get started by providing the kayak, the gear and the tour guide. Enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the sun begin to set with an Evening Kayak Tour on Monday, June 14 from 6-8 pm. This tour will meet at the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility located near the Lesner Bridge on Shore Drive. The tour costs just $12 and includes everything you will need for an evening on the water.
 
Want more than just sightseeing on a kayak? Try Kayak Fishing on Thursday, June 17 from 9 am to noon. We'll demonstrate the techniques of casting from a kayak, get you loaded up with gear and bait, and head out to reel in a fish. This program will meet at the kayak launch at Carolanne Farms Park located off of Princess Anne Road near Witchduck. The cost is $16 and all you need to bring is yourself!
Thank You for a Successful Earth Day Celebration
 
Earth DayThanks to the Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission, our event sponsors and exhibitors and all who attended for helping to make the 2010 Earth Day Celebration at Mount Trashmore a huge success! With beautiful weather and an estimated attendance of over 9,000, we were able to continue our 20 year tradition of honoring Mother Earth in South Hampton Roads. This year we had over 50 interactive environmental exhibitors, children's activities by Girl Scouts Colonial Coast Council and a full entertainment schedule which featured local bands, as well as dance and martial arts demonstrations. Our event also included an E-cycling (electronic recycling) drive, a bike valet service and a Mayor's Bike Ride around Lake Trashmore. Event photos are posted to our Flickr page.
 
Our Mother Earth weekend also included the American Indian Pow Wow on May 1. Over 10,000 people celebrated American Indian heritage through dance and music.
 
Want to help your family make every day Earth Day?  Check out the articles and ideas here.
Catch Some Fun at the Family Fishing Clinic
Saturday, June 5 from 8:30 am to 1 pm at Munden Point Park, 2001 Pefley Lane

Family Fishing ClinicTackle the basics of angling Virginia's waters in our Family Fishing Clinic. You and your child will team up with experienced fishermen for guided instruction on beginning fishing skills. Fishing related games and activities will also be held throughout the morning. This event is only $5 per child and includes a hot dog lunch!
 
This event is limited to the first 150 kids ages 5-14, so register soon! A parent or guardian must be present for every four children. Fishing poles, tackle and bait will be provided.
Understanding the Ocean Garbage Patches
 
Garbage PatchHave you ever thought about where that plastic water bottle goes that falls off a boat or gets thrown out a car window? There has been much in the news about the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean and now one has been found in the Atlantic Ocean as well. The newest patch has been spotted between Bermuda and Portugal's mid-Atlantic Azores Islands. Even though the garbage is hard to spot from the surface and has broken into tiny pieces, it is harmful for fish, sea mammals and humans. It has entangled birds and turned up inside fish.
 
There is no realistic way to clean the oceans, so we must do our part to raise awareness of this problem to keep it from getting worse. Learn more...
Help Keep Virginia Beach Beautiful 
 
VolunteerHelp keep Virginia Beach clean and beautiful throughout the year by adopting a needy area in the City. Gather the family or a group of friends and commit to adopting a spot in the City. Areas available for adoption include: beaches, highways, parks, roadways, school grounds, spots, trails, and waterways. This is a two-year adoption with a minimum of six cleanups per year. The City provides all materials and supplies, and posts a sign indicating the name of the adopting person or group at their designated location.

Ready to take part in the Adopt-A-Programs? Contact Anne Marie Studds at amstudds@vbgov.com.
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child requires additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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