Ocean park

Extra sand is coming to Ocean Park in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach city leaders said they don’t know when the project will begin, but it is expected to begin in early 2022.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A recreation project intended to protect properties and quality of life will soon occur in Virginia Beach.

City leaders said crews plan to add about 400,000 cubic meters of sand to Ocean Park. The project was scheduled to start in 2020 but was delayed as estimated costs were over budget due to industry capacity.

“I think this is probably one of the most important projects that has been put on the back burner,” said community member Doreen Burger.

Now it is expected to start in early 2022.

“Given the number of people who use our beach, I think it’s very important to replenish it,” Burger said.

Public Works executives said they are working alongside the Port of Virginia to receive beach-grade sand.

Locals said shoreline improvement was way overdue. They said the beach was getting smaller and smaller.

Community member Tim Solanic said: “When the King Tide came in, it was bouncing off the wall here at Chesapeake House at 3558 and there was no beach.”

The project includes adding more sand to the dunes and expanding the beach approximately 100 feet from Rookery Way to an area just before the Lesner Bridge.

Ocean Park Civic League President Danny Murphy estimates it will take about six to eight weeks to complete.

“We are very excited about this. We got through this year with our fingers crossed. Obviously, we could have used the expanded beach for COVID and distancing, but we’re excited to see that we’re going to get not just a resupply, but a major sand resupply,” Murphy explained.

Although Ocean Park will soon receive additional sand, so will Ocean View in Norfolk. Virginia Beach city leaders said the Norfolk resupply is part of the Port of Virginia project.