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Chesapeake Parks and Recreation acquires land for future parks through purchase, subdivision requirements, and donations. The department's Park Planner, Lennie Luke, works with real estate agents, developers, architectural and engineering firms, citizens, and state and federal officials to acquire, master plan, and develop these properties into future parks. In addition, park planning duties include working on park and environmental issues with various departments such as Planning, Public Works, the Geographic Information System (GIS) committee, and the Chesapeake Historic Preservation Committee.
At present, the Chesapeake park system contains 71 park sites with 2,348 acres of land, excluding athletic fields. These park sites are made up of neighborhood parks (under 20 acres), community parks (20-50 acres), and district park (larger than 50 acres).
Deep Creek Park: Deep Creek's newest park contains a picnic area, dog park, jogging trail, ADA-accessible playground, as well as four (4) baseball fields and soccer fields. The baseball and soccer fields have been closed to the general public to allow the turf to establish itself; they are scheduled to open in spring 2013.
Heritage Park: the 291-acre park site near the water treatment plant on Battlefield Blvd S. is currently undeveloped. Meetings have been held with local equestrian groups to determine a master plan for development. Staff will meet with various other civic organizations to help determine a path to development. Currently, there is no funding available for either design or construction.
Elizabeth River Boat Landing and Park: now that the new South Norfolk Jordan Bridge construction is complete and the bridge is open, Parks and Recreation is planning to spruce up the park with amenities that will both compliment the bridge structure, as well as the existing boat ramp and pier facilities. Design and Phase I of construction are expected to occur throughout 2013 and early 2014.
Centerville Park: two fields are being be reworked in spring 2013. Turf at these fields will be redone and irrigation systems added. This work is currently under contract.
Chesapeake City Park: the Chesapeake City Park renovation is complete except the Dog Park, where some drainage work remains to be done. As part of the renovation, the "NEW" City Park will include a renovated stage, numerous new shelters, and new restroom building, upgraded dog park, paved parking, improved Fun Forest, upgraded Farmer's Market, a new skate park, as well as, new road system for ease of access, for the enjoyment of all of our citizens. The new look of City Park is a shining example of a true multi-purpose park that will features something for everyone, including live entertainment shows.
Consolvo Park: Consolvo practice fields are complete and grass is currently being irrigated daily. Play will be allowed in the near future.
Great Bridge Lock Park: kayak pier/ramp - as a grateful grant recipient, Parks and Recreation staff has been working with the National Park Service to meet the terms of the NPS $66,000 grant that will be used to build the fully ADA-accessible canoe/kayak pier and launch. Construction will begin in late 2013 and end early 2014.
Old Mill Run Park: plans are being prepared to develop this site in the fall of 2013. Staff has been working with the Old Mill Run Civic League to assess the needs of the neighborhood. Based on discussions with the surrounding community, Parks and Recreation will develop a plan that will fit within budget and meet the needs of the neighborhood.
Southwestern Park: Parks and Recreation is planning to enhance the amenities at South Western Park. Plans are being formulated to replace the existing picnic shelter, upgrade the trail system, as well as, enlarge the existing playground and add spring toys.