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Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism 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 77 park sites with 2,453 acres of land, excluding athletic fields.Parks, Recreation and Tourism is always looking for good park properties to better serve the needs of citizens. Mr. Luke coordinates efforts with Parks, Recreation and Tourism staff and other city departments to enhance park amenities at existing sites as well as new ones that may come online.