Inspiring Environmental Leadership
As the last large, undeveloped waterfront property on the Lynnhaven River, Pleasure House Point was saved and permanently protected by a community-wide conservation effort led by local residents and conservation groups, the City of Virginia Beach, the Trust for Public Land, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The Brock Environmental Center allows CBF to continue this partnership ethic—providing office space for a local conservation group and offering meeting space for community organizations, while providing environmental education for students and teachers from across the region.
How Pleasure House Point Was Saved
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, City of Virginia Beach, and the Trust for Public Land collectively worked to acquire the 118 acres in July 2012. The Trust for Public Land purchased the property for $13 million. The City of Virginia Beach acquired 108 acres from the Trust for Public Land for $12 million, and CBF purchased 10 acres of the property for $1 million.