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July 30, 2014

City to Discuss Alternative Transportation Solutions to Reach Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The City of Virginia Beach will host a public information meeting on Thursday, August 7, 2014 to discuss ideas for enhancing environmentally-friendly visitor access to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (BBNWR) and False Cape State Park.  All interested citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting to hear a 10-minute presentation about the BBNWR Alternative Transportation Study, review maps of the study area, learn about identified transportation alternatives and share ideas and additional suggestions. Large scale maps will be on display and study team members will be available for informal discussions.

The public meeting will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Red Mill Elementary School (1860 Sandbridge Road). It will be an open house format with brief presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Managed by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, the study is being funded by a $449,000 planning grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to evaluate transportation alternatives for visitors to reach BBNWR without using private motor vehicles. The money is provided by the FTA’s Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program, designed to fund projects that will provide safe, convenient access for visitors to America’s national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, and modernize aging transportation infrastructure. Transportation alternatives for BBNWR include providing trams from populated areas of the City to the Refuge, construction of a shared-use path for biking and walking, and enhancing existing and developing new canoe and kayak facilities.
Citizens who cannot attend the meeting are invited to read more about the study online and send their comments by September 9, 2014.

Comments may be made in one of the following ways:

  • Website: A downloadable comment form and a link to an electronic comment form (on Virtual Town Hall) are available on the study website beginning August 7, 2014.
  • Mail: Return completed comment form to Chris DeWitt, VHB, Two Columbus Center 4500 Main Street, Suite 400. Virginia Beach, VA 23462
  • Email:

The City of Virginia Beach strives to provide reasonable accommodations and services for persons who require assistance to participate. For special assistance, please call 757-385- 0400 or TTY 711 by August 4, 2014.

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 711 Virginia Relay), visit or sign up our email newsletters at Find us on Facebook at


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