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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:

Lavalette Ave – Canoe/Kayak Launch and Fishing Dock

Project Description:

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission proposes a Section 306A project that will repurpose an abandoned powerboat ramp at the foot of Lavalette Ave. in the City of Norfolk. The site is located on the Lafayette River adjacent to the VA Zoological Park, Lafayette Park, and the Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center. The intent is to construct a pier and floating dock that will provide an ADA accessible fishing pier/canoe/kayak ramp. The only existing use of the facility is shoreline fishing, which results in trampled wetland vegetation. The project will positively impact a number of the priority areas listed by the VA Coastal Policy Team. 

Habitat Restoration: This project will coordinate with the Elizabeth River Project, the Lafayette River Wetlands Partnership, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which are all active civic environmental organizations dedicated to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and the Elizabeth and Lafayette River waterways. The upland shoreline restoration component of the project will be marked with an interpretive placard that can be used by the association in its educational programs. An area (approximately 75’ on each side of the ramp with a varying width of approximately 3’ to 10’) of shoreline currently degraded by citizens fishing and crabbing will be restored with native vegetation. The restored area will be protected by allowing the public access to the new floating dock for fishing and reducing the need to fish from the shoreline.

Public Access: The City of Norfolk has a population of 242,803 and 144 miles of shoreline, with only limited public access to the water. The proposed project will restore a pier and provide an ADA accessible floating dock that is equipped for fishing, crabbing, and canoe/kayak launching.  Access to the water for recreational activities was the 2nd most requested activity during public surveys taken for the recently adopted City of Norfolk Recreational Master Plan.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Ben McFarlane; 757.420.8300;

Project Status:

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

Final Product:

Lavalette Avenue Canoe/Kayak Launch and Fishing Dock Final Report (PDF) 

Project Summary:

This report documents the planning and construction of a canoe and kayak launch, fishing dock, and associated shoreline restoration work in Norfolk, Virginia. The site of the project was near the Virginia Zoo at the end of Lavalette Avenue where it ends at the Lafayette River. The HRPDC staff provided guidance and assistance to Norfolk city staff from the Public Works and Recreation, Parks, and Open Space Departments during the implementation of the project. The VCZMP-funded portion of the project was conducted in concert with complementary efforts by the city, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, and volunteer groups. 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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