Elizabeth River Trail

Owner:

City of Norfolk & Community Residents

Location:

Norfolk, Virginia

Size:

22.5 miles

Project Description

WPA has made community service a cornerstone of its practice. That is why it is no surprise to see firm members deeply involved in a dynamic urban project: expansion of the ever-popular Elizabeth River Trail. Begun as a shared vision of the West Ghent Neighborhood League, the Norfolk Historical Society, Norfolk Southern Corp., and the City of Norfolk, the original walking route connected the West Ghent neighborhood with historic Fort Norfolk, important for its role in the War of 1812. The trail’s success spurred an expansion to 10.5 miles, north all the way to the Norfolk Naval Station, and south to Norfolk State University, passing by three universities (Old Dominion, Eastern Virginia Medical School, NSU) and a major medical center. Today, an ambitious committee seeks to lengthen the trail to 22.5 miles with 12 trail heads, to connect to 28 neighborhoods. The trail represents $2.3 billion in land value. Proposed amenities include Kayak launches, solar lighting, playgrounds, improved wayfinding, and charging stations, turning the trail into a world-class asset. WPA is assisting with a master plan and fundraising. Read more at www.elizabethrivertrail.com

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