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Groundbreaking Ceremony Officially Reopens James City County Marina




Cutting the ribbon, lr: Eric Williams, general manager Billsburg Brewery; Alister Perkinson, JCC Parks Administrator; Scott VanVoorhees, JCC Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC); Jay Lipscomb Jr., JCC PRAC; Ruth Larson, JCC Supervisory Board; Scott Stevens, JCC County Administrator; Alex Holloway, park operations manager; and Barry Moses, JCC Capital Project Coordinator. (James City County Parks and Recreation)

WILLIAMSBURG A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the James City County Marina on Wednesday officially marked its reopening after an improvement project aimed atprovide residents with better access to recreation on Powhatan Creek and the James River.

Construction of the Stage 1 upgrades began in November 2020 and the facility reopened in April.

The project included demolition and removal of existing docks and utility infrastructure, dredging of the marina basin and installation of rock revetment for shoreline stabilization, floating dock system and bulkhead, underground utilities, a new creek boat launch, a new sidewalk and paved road and parking lot, according to James City County Parks & Recreation.

Stage 1 is expected to be fully completed in September with the installation of a new marine refueling system, pumping, site lighting, a permanent maintenance jetty and bulkhead caps.

The cost of Stage 1 improvements is $3.7 million.

What is open

New paddling boat launching area
Paddle boat customers (canoe, kayak, SUP) can launch at the marina free of charge provided they depart from the new paddle boat launch area. Launching from the boat ramp requires anominal fee.

Paddle boats are available for rent at the marina store from 8 a.m. to noon daily. Afternoon rentals are available at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. For more information on paddle rentals, call 757-258-5020 or visit the parks website at rental fees.

Launching ramp
The marina boat ramp is open 24 hours a day and guests must use the honor system to pay for use of the boat ramp after noon.

Uncovered slips
The old dock has been replaced with a new ADA accessible floating dock system equipped with electrical and water hookups. Current uncovered slip holders can bring their boats back to the marina.

Other Stage 1 improvements include:

  • Dredging of the basin to improve boat navigation.
  • Installation of riprap to stabilize the shore.
  • Improved pedestrian sidewalks and parking.

And after?

Work continues on the refueling station and drain system. Marine fuel is available atSurry Seafood Company Marina in Suri. For more information on refueling, call 757-294-3700.

Marina customers will experience minor inconvenience until the project is fully completed, and James City County Parks and Recreation thanks them for their continued patience.

For more information about the project, please call 757-565-3699 or email [email protected]




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