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Virginia Beach

Mount Trashmore Park

Mount Trashmore Park, also known simply as Mount Trashmore, is a city park located in Virginia Beach, Virginia which opened in 1974, Mount Trashmore is an example of landfill reuse as its creation consisted of the conversion of an abandoned landfill into a park.The park spans 165 acres (0.67 km2) with hills over 60 feet (18 m) high, over 800 feet (240 m) long. Facilities include four large and 11 small picnic shelters, playground areas, a basketball court, four volleyball areas, parking, vending machines and restrooms.

Mount Trashmore Park also has multiple walking trails - a Perimeter Trail that measures 1.95 miles (3.14 km), a Lake Trail that measures 1.45 miles (2.33 km), and a Mountain Trail that measures 1.30 miles (2.09 km). The Lake Trail and the Hill Trail may be combined for a trail measuring 2.75 miles (4.43 km). The park also features two lakes where fishing is permitted. Since its opening in the 1970s, it ranks as the most popular park in Virginia Beach, with attendance of over one million visitors a year.


The park is open 7 days a week from 7:30 a.m. until sunset. It was built in 1978.WNOR's 1992 April 1st report warned that a large build-up of methane gas was about to cause a fiery explosion at Mount Trashmore. Residents were warned to evacuate the area, causing the local 911 to be flooded with calls. The DJs responsible for the prank were suspended without pay for two weeks.

Kids' Cove:
Kids' Cove, an innovative playground designed for children using children's ideas and input, is also located at Mount Trashmore Park, and opened in 1993. The playground is handicapped accessible and was constructed totally by volunteers and coordinated by the Virginia Beach Jr. Woman's Club.A new, $1.4 million Kids' Cove reopened to the public in December 2010. The new playground is nearly twice the size of its predecessor.