A riverfront RV park built in 1971 on Virginia Beach’s southern tip is getting a multi-million dollar makeover that the owner says will launch it into 2016 and attract families from near and far.
Phillip Moreau bought the 96-acre North Landing Beach RV Resort & Cottages earlier this year with plans to add modern RV campsites, a miniature golf course, a hot tub, an arcade, pool tables, pickle ball courts and more. Those plans can now become a reality after the City Council approved them this week.
The park “is going to be quite sexy, if you want to use the right word,” Moreau said.
The Virginia native and California resident said he grew up spending his spring breaks in Virginia Beach. After getting into the business of buying older RV parks and upgrading them to better serve modern recreational vehicles, he said, he knew Hampton Roads would have exactly what he was looking for.
North Landing, which has sandy, beachfront property on the river near the North Carolina border, is his eighth park purchase.
“It’s 30 minutes away from the heart of Virginia Beach but a light-year away from all the noise and hustle,” he said. “One minute you’re in a major metro area, the next vacation land.”
Moreau wouldn’t say how much he had invested in the park but said it was “millions.”
“We’re building seven buildings and hooking up 200 RV sites with utilities,” he said.
He hopes the upgrades will draw visitors from beyond North Carolina and Virginia and said the city hopes the same.
The improvements will be ready by spring, he said. And more could be built after that, including a half soccer field, baseball cages and a private boardwalk.
“We’re really trying to build a family-friendly destination spot,” he said.
While Moreau is building attractions to draw visitors, he said his favorite feature of the park — and its most unique one — is all natural.
It’s the shoreline, which faces west over a wide section of the North Landing River. Moreau said the view at sunset can’t be found for thousands of miles.
He said the experience is enough to make one marvel: “Where am I?”