Do you support the improvements to Marshview Park as described in the updated design plan?
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Adam Dobbins inside Beach
Jaime Callaghan inside Bayside
I've lived in Virginia Beach for almost ten years and I am always excited when there is a new place I can take my dogs. My first concern is I could not find any specifics as to what the rules will be or if there will be any posted for the dog park. Are there going to be trash cans nearby for waste disposal? How tall are the fences? Will they keep larger dogs in with the capability of jumping out? Will there be a fine for owners that don't keep their dogs on a leash?
I agree with some of the other previous posts. The paved trails should be as wide as possible to allow for strollers and to allow safe traffic flow between them and joggers, etc. I also have the same concern as some of the other posts about the homeless situation. How is this potential issue going to be addressed?
All in all I am very excited about this park. I have a one year old who loves being outside and it seems like an exciting place for that.
Cheryl Walsh inside Beach
I am a big fan of the Marshview Park, however would prefer Concept 1 or 2 that links the Seatack Community Park to the Marshview Park. I spoke with John Uhrin about this matter who stated that the Seatack Civic League opposed it, so it would not be happening. That greatly disappoints me. I am a resident of the Seatack Community, and if fact live adjacent to the Seatack Park, and the Civic League only represents a fraction of us. My neighbors and I wish we had been aware of the meeting so we could have attended to voice our opinion as we were not represented. I also believe that some members of the Civic League that opposed linking the two parks did not fully understand the contribution it would have to our community and propery values. When I spoke individually to certain members and explained this, they were very receptive of the idea. I know that increased parking at the Seatack Community Park has been a concern to them, and Concept 2 would have more than satisfied their desires. I would love for the city to revisit the idea of the linkage, and hold another hearing. I would suggest a mailing or some sort of literature to educate the community about the park, as well as notice to ALL the residents of the Seatack community, not just the Civic League.
Anastasia Beaverhousen inside Beach
In theory the plan is great. There seems to be an extraordinary amount of details in the plans too. Looks like an expensive venture. Can't help but wonder where this money is coming from? It's not like the city of VB has bottomless coffers from which to pull funds. Or do they?
I also worry about vagrants that set up 'camp' around this area. And if you think they won't hang out here and become a nuisance, think again. They already do...you give them restrooms and covered shelters, they'll start getting mail delivered here! There's already an unsavory element up and down the Norfolk Ave bike path and property crimes have skyrocketed....I hate to think what will happen when traffic is increased here throughout the Salt Marsh/Norfolk Ave corridor. And how in the world is Indian Ave going to support an entrance to a parking lot? Have any of you been on Indian Ave?
Christina Worrell inside Beach
I am a mother who uses the path almost daily, and this park is yet another reason to love our neighborhood and our city. I would, however, love to see the restrooms moved to the original location at the Indian Road access near the playground. Small children are always in need of a potty break so having it near the playground would be ideal, and make the most sense.
Dale Williams inside Beach
I have a wife and small child and currently use the path daily to walk dogs and ride bikes. Marshview park is also a big reason why I bought my condo. I would like to see the Restroom and shelters removed from the plan. The city has a big homeless population and they tend to congregate around public bathrooms and shelters without any police intervention. Beach Garden park and the Boardwalk are good examples. If you go into the bathroom at Beach Garden park any time in the winter you will find at least 2 people hanging out and more using the shelters. It's unfortunate but a sad reality.
I would also like to see the Disc Golf course added back to the plan. There was a group at the meeting that said they would Design/Build/Maintain the course WITH NO CITY MONEY. Disc golf is a growing sport that has a low environmental impact and the Marshview property is a perfect location. You could even design the course so it's not visible to any of the surrounding neighborhoods.
gwen carpenter inside Centerville
I went to the park and walked the very short trail which was beautiful. If you extend it further that would be great. I had my grandson in a stroller so I could not go past the paved parts .... Also.... please replace the dead trees.
Genie Glaser inside Beach
I support the Marshview Park as described in the updated design plan.
Chrissy Voigt inside Beach
As a home owner on the 900 block of Virginia, I am very pleased with the progress already made on the park. We use it almost daily to walk our dog or take our kids to salt marsh park. I am really looking forward to the playground at the end of Virginia ave as well as an overlook/ primitive boat launch into
Rudee. The dog park and play modes would be added bonuses.
Well done VB! Thanks for reminding us why we love it here so much!
Linda House inside Princess Anne
I love the park and have been very impressed with the designers, builders and caretakers. I accept the plan. I visited again this morning and spoke to 8 people who also love the park. I encouraged them to read the plan and comment. Parents like the paved and unpaved areas and support all efforts for "child friendly" enhancements. The pet owners like the paved and unpaved areas and the dog park plan. The bikers and joggers like the trails. All feel fortunate to have a beautiful park, feel safe while visiting and look forward to more enhancements. :)
While I support and look forward to the Marshview Park project, I am disappointed that it will not extend to the Seatack Community Park. As a resident of Seatack, I feel that it would be beneficial to our community. It would make perfect sense in light of the parking concerns as well as possibly provide desirable linkage to the Aquarium/Owl's Creek area.
Seatack Community Park is a large, under-utilized park with a lot of open, unused area. I have first hand knowledge of this, as my backyard overlooks this park. Some of its land could easily be converted to additional parking as well as serve as another ingress/egress to the trails, as depicted in Concept Plan 2 of the 2012 Preferred Master Plan.
In fact, 67.37% preferred this plan to the others, but I spoke with John Uhrin and he said that because the Seatack Civic League opposed it, that plan would not move forward. The Seatack Civic League only represents a fraction of the residents of Seatack, and I am disappointed that the rest of our voices were not heard. None of my neighbors were even aware of these meetings or plans, including the most recent ones this past summer, and wish there had been more of an effort to notify us so we could have participated. I have since spoken with some members of the Seatack Civic League, most of whom were not aware of the proposed park changes, and after I explained it to them, were fully supportive of it. One of the civic league's main concerns, documented since 2002, has been additional parking and Concept 2 would have solved that issue.
So you see, the opinions of a very few, have shut down a plan that would benefit and be supported by the majority. I hope that future expansion into Seatack Community Park can be achieved one day, and I hope that ALL the residents of Seatack, not just the Civic League, are given ample awareness and notification in order to participate in the decision making process of our community.