May 14, 2024: City Council passed the revised FY24-25 budget, which included $60 million for development of Rudee Loop Park, supported by the Tourism Investment Program (TIP) Fund.

March 19, 2024: The city manager's proposed FY24-25 budget included $60 million in funding for the Rudee Loop Park Development. The proposed budget will not be finalized until May 14. Residents are able to provide input online and in person through various methods. 

March 2024: A Request for Qualifications was released Jan. 4, 2024, and closed Feb. 23, 2024, for solicitation of a consultant team with qualified national or international experience developing iconic park spaces. The selection review committee is currently reviewing, scoring and selecting the top three firms for interviews.

November 2023: At its Nov. 14 meeting, City Council adopted an ordinance establishing Capital Project #100667 and transferred $4 million from the Tourism Investment Program (TIP) Fund as Pay-As-You-Go funding for the procurement of design services. (Watch the Rudee Loop section of the Nov. 14 City Council meeting in the Document Section to the right.)

October 2023: Michael Kirschman, director of the City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, presented a recommendation for a Request for Qualifications, or RFQ, procurement action at the Oct. 17 City Council Briefing. The City Council requested that a resolution be brought forward to advance the RFQ, which would establish a pool of qualified bidders. Once the resolution is written and sent to City Council, it will be open for public comment, then Council will vote on it. (Watch the Rudee Loop section of the Oct. 17 City Council meeting in the Document Section to the right.)

September 2023:  Following the status briefing from Planning Director Kathy Warren in August and discussion at the recent Retreat, City Council directed staff to cancel the Request for Information and Ideas (RFII) and asked the City Manager to develop a recommendation for a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) procurement action.  This would identify and hire an established park design consultant team to assist with moving the project forward.  A timeline for that process is currently being developed.

August 2023:  Planning Director Kathy Warren will provide a status briefing to City Council at 1 p.m. on Aug. 15 during the informal Council session.  The meeting will be live-streamed and can be viewed on the City's main website, or on the City's Facebook page.  (See the presentation in the Document Section to the right.)

March 2023:  The results of the community engagement conducted by the Communications Department and WPA were briefed to City Council on March 28, 2023 (first briefing).  The final report was provided to City Council on April 26. (See the report in the Document Section to the right.)