Ribbon Cutting Marks Jamestown Beach Reopening
May 26, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pat Menichino, Stormwater Specialist
Alex Holloway, Park Operations Coordinator
Veda McMullen, Communications Coordinator
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on a beautiful beach day marked the reopening of James City County’s Jamestown Beach Park. The park reopened on May 22 following almost two months of extensive shoreline restoration work.
Over the years, this popular shoreline segment has been adversely impacted by waves and major storms. Restoration work included installation of an offshore breakwater and spur and almost one-ton of sand fill was used to extend the shoreline.
“This project will help to protect, preserve and improve one of the few public beaches in James City County,” noted Pat Menichino, the County’s Stormwater Specialist and project manager. “Living shoreline treatments provide an affordable method to reduce bank erosion and loss of property, provide attractive natural beaches, and create recreational opportunities that also improve marine habitat, spawn areas and water quality,” he added.
The 400-foot living shoreline treatment is Phase I of the total 1,200-feet of beach restoration identified for the park in the County’s Shaping Our Shores Master Plan. The $203,500 project was funded in part through a $100,000 Living Shoreline Grant from The Chesapeake Bay Trust in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Restoration Center and the Maryland Department of the Environment. Future phases will begin when funding becomes available.
As part of the restoration work, some 80 volunteers representing a wide variety of groups and organizations assisted onsite in the planting of beach grasses. The grasses will help hold the sand in place as waves try to erode the beach, offer habitat for shoreline animals and provide an attractive, natural appearance to the living shoreline treatment. General contractor Henry S. Branscome and his staff were recognized for their outstanding efforts to bring the project to completion ahead of schedule and within budget.
Jamestown Beach Park is located at 2205 Jamestown Road across from Jamestown Settlement. In addition to the newly restored beach front, the park features a spectacular waterfront view, grilling opportunities and shaded picnic areas. The park is open year round from 8 a.m. to sunset. For more information on County parks, visit www.jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-5360.
Cutting the ribbon, l-r: Mike Hand, Parks & Rec Advisory Commission; Lydell Scott, project volunteer; Craig Metcalfe, Parks & Rec Commission Chairman; Mary Jones, Board of Supervisors Chairman/Berkeley District; Kyrie Jenkins, project volunteer; Robert Middaugh, James City County Administrator; John McGlennon, Board of Supervisors/Jamestown District; Henry Brancome, Henry S. Branscome, LLC; Jim Icenhour, Board of Supervisors/Powhatan District; and John Carnifax, Parks & Recreation Director.