NEWPORT NEWS—There will be a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, September 15 at 10am to celebrate the beginning of James River Strand. The project will connect Victory Landing and Christopher Newport Parks, adding amenities that will offer unique waterfront experiences in Newport News.
The James River Strand project will provide improvements to the existing Christopher Newport Park infrastructure as well as a multi-use connection to Victory Landing Park. As part of the project, the James River viewshed will be expanded with features that will allow the public to better engage with the waterfront through sloped lawn areas, terraced seating, and hardscape areas suitable for small-scale performances and special events.
Removal of existing undergrowth, shrubs, and some trees will be required. Several older-growth trees will remain and be incorporated into the new, cohesive landscaping plan for the park. These improvements are part of the Downtown Reimagined plan.
The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the intersection of 26th Street and West Avenue in The Yard District of Newport News. Parking is available in the Superblock lot located at 2701 Washington Ave. Attendees are asked to enter from 28th Street.
The event will take place on grass and walking is required. Attendees are asked to wear flat shoes if possible. No registration or RSVP is required to attend.