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Virginia CZM Program: 2015 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Carrollton Nike Park Canoe/Kayak Launch

Project Description:

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission proposes a Section 306A project that will restore a pier and landing at the historic Carrollton Nike Park in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The pier and landing, which were utilized for fishing, crabbing, and recreation, were severely damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The pier was partially restored with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and insurance settlement funding. However, due to funding limitations, the County was unable to fully replace the pier and landing as intended resulting in a loss of amenities including the popular canoe and kayak launch.

This project will restore the pier to its original design including an eight foot (8’) wide pier, a twenty foot by thirty foot (20’ x 30’) landing, and a twenty-eight foot by five foot (28’ x 5’) gangway that connects the pier to an ADA-accessible floating dock and metal canoe/kayak launch (see attached conceptual plan). Restoration of the pier and landing to its original design will expand opportunities for recreational enjoyment for the citizens and visitors that visit Nike Park each year.

This project will positively impact the public access priority area of the Virginia Coastal Policy Team. Isle of Wight County has a population of over 35,000 with limited public access to the water. The master planning process recently completed for the Carrollton Nike Park complex identified increasing access to the water as a major component for future development. The current master plan calls for an additional pier to allow, in addition to the proposed canoe/kayak launch, “visitors to access the wetlands and the water for learning purposes.”

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Ben McFarlane; 757.420.8300;

Project Status:

10/1/15 - 9/30/16; Project Completed

Final Product:

Carrollton Nike Park Canoe/Kayak Launch Final Report (PDF) 

Project Summary:

This report documents the planning and construction of a canoe and kayak launch in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The project is located at Carrollton Nike Park (located at 13036 Nike Park Road, Carrollton, Virginia) and is an addition to an existing pier and landing. The HRPDC staff provided guidance and assistance to Isle of Wight county staff from the Parks and Recreation and Utilities Services (Stormwater Division) Departments during the implementation of the project. The launch was installed in June 2017.

The report will be made available online at the HRPDC’s website: 

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

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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