Virginia Beach dedicates new Kempes Landing Park

Posted at 6:36 PM, Nov 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-30 18:36:45-05

Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) - The City of Virginia Beach hosted a special dedication ceremony at the intersection of Princess Anne Road and Kempsville Road Monday morning.

The ceremony focused on three events, including the dedication of Kempes Landing Park, the end of the Princess Anne-Kempsville road project and the commemoration of the Sister City relationship between Virginia Beach and Olongapo, Philippines.

Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino, Philippine Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Senator Frank Wagner, Virginia Beach General Assembly Delegate Ron Villanueva, Elliot Gruber with the Mariners Museum and Kempsville Councilwoman Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond were all in attendance.

The Princess Anne-Kempsville Road project began in 2011 and was completed in June 2015.  The $90 million project widened lanes, added turn lanes and re-designed the intersection.  The intersection is one of the busiest in Virginia Beach, seeing over 62,000 vehicles per day.

Kempes Landing Park is a part of the redevelopment of the Kempsville area and the first phase of the Historic Kempsville Development Plan. The 3-acres of land include walking paths, a pedestrian bridge, a domed pavilion and a "Good Game" statue to commemorate Kempsville Pony Baseball.

The Mariners Museum and Senator Frank Wagner have contributed a "Sister City Anchor of Friendship" to commemorate the Sister City designation between Virginia Beach and Olongapo.

Virginia Beach City Clerk Ruth Fraser led the ceremony and dedications.