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Virginia CZM Program: 2012 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Hampton Roads Planning District Commission 

Project Title:

Nansemond River Water Access at Constant's Wharf Park and Marina 

Project Description as Proposed:

The project involves construction of a fully accessible canoe/kayak launch at Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina.   Improvements will include a six-foot wide access pier, a 15’x15’ fixed platform, a gangway and a 30’x30’ floating dock.  Additional improvement will include designation of small drop-off/ADA parking area using existing driveways and walkways to minimize the impact of the project.

Presently, there are no public facilities for canoe and kayak access to the Nansemond River. (A facility at Bennett’s Creek Park provides indirect public access to the upper portion of the Nansemond River.) This facility would be conveniently located near Downtown Suffolk and provide access to the lower portions of the river.  The City is concurrently in the process of seeking funding to develop a second access at Sleepy Hole Park in Northern Suffolk.

Plans for public access to the Nansemond River are enthusiastically supported by a local non-profit organization called the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance.  An important initiative of the group is to publish a map of the Nansemond River as a part of the Captain John Smith Water Trail.  The map will highlight the river’s importance to the development and ecology of the City of Suffolk.   Public access to the Nansemond River is important to their efforts to educate and raise public awareness of the river. 

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Jimontanae McBride; 757.420.8300; 

Project Status:

3/1/2013 -  12/31/2014; Project Open

Final Product Received:


Project Summary Provided by Grantee:


Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email:

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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