In partnership with the City of Virginia Beach and Virginia Beach of Parks and Recreation, Clark Nexsen and our fellow team members are reimagining Marshview Park as a welcoming outdoor space for surrounding residential neighborhoods. Once an underutilized area by the Rudee Inlet, the land was acquired by Naval Air Station Oceana in 1983 and in recent years given to the city for use as a public park.

To create a space that meets the needs of local residents, a substantial community involvement effort was undertaken throughout the design process, providing opportunity for initial input and rounds of feedback on the resulting design. It was important to both the city and area residents to keep the park area as natural as possible while creating a usable recreation space. Clark Nexsen’s civil engineering team worked with geotech, environmental, and landscape architecture partners to develop a design that responded to this requirement. The development of Marshview Park is taking place in two phases, with Phase 1 developing nearly 18 acres that will feature four dog parks, an asphalt trail, open space, utilities for a future restroom, shelters, a playground, and associated parking.

The Marshview Park Phase I project recently received an Envision Silver award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and is only the second project in the state of Virginia to earn an Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system award. Envision is a verification that recognizes infrastructure projects for the maintenance of natural areas, sustainable elements, and the use of local resources and materials. Clark Nexsen provided pro-bono service to the City of Virginia Beach in the pursuit of the Envision verification.