Last year, environmental organizations and the city of Virginia Beach formed a partnership to raise money to save the land from development. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation agreed to donate one million; the city gave $5 million.
The property at Pleasure House and Crab creeks is the largest undeveloped parcel on the river and includes wetlands, maritime forest and upland that could be reclaimed as wetlands.
Possible uses could be to launch canoes and kayaks. An education and research center. Places for birdwatchers and nature lovers to spy bald eagles, great blue herons and diamondback terrapins, among other species.
Starting this summer, Beach officials will hold forums to hear residents’ ideas about how to use the property.