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“As we explore the possibilities for Air Power Park, it is critical for us to understand the community commitment and thoughts on such an iconic part of our personal histories” Museum Director Luci Cochran said. “We hope to create a conversation about revitalizing one of Hampton’s underused spaces and also a plan in which the community can be actively involved.”
Air Power Park sits on 15 acres between Mercury Boulevard and Newmarket Creek, near the Hampton Coliseum and Hampton Roads Convention Center. In addition to historic aircraft, it contains a floating dock and will be a part of the Waterwalk at Central Park. Though relatively small, the city landmark with good interstate accessibility creates a unique asset with a wide range of possibilities. Each year the park averages approximately 6,000-7,000 visitors.
In this first phase, the Hampton Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services Department is focusing on some small upgrades for the pocket park, concentrating on protecting the landscape and waterway, while also functioning as an indoor and outdoor classroom and laboratory for school children and others.
Next steps are collecting community input in a public process, as well as an internal evaluation of the site and its inherit opportunities and obstacles. After that, we plan to focus on building partnerships, identifying resources and developing a long-term plan.
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