July 12, 2004

Mount Trashmore Park - Virginia Beach

POST #    1150

While in Virginia over the weekend, I spotted Mount Trashmore Park next to the highway. Intrigued as to what it could be - could it actually be a pile of trash turned into a park? - I naturally had to check it out. Turns out, it was indeed a park, and a surprisingly nice one at that.

Mount Trashmore is 165 acres of parkland that is 60' high and 800' long and was created with compacted layers of solid waste and clean soil (always a good combination). There are also two lakes, Lake Trashmore and Lake Windsor. Lake Trashmore is "fresh water" and Lake Windsor is brackish water. It even seems like Lake Windsor was actually natural. In the park, there are also running paths, playgrounds, and even a skate park.

The Virginia Beach Park's Department says that 1 million people visit the park each year. Strange that a garbage dump could attract so many people. After seeing this, I wondered if they could make Fresh Kill Landfill a park too.

Posted by tien mao in Travel at 9:25 AM



In the eighties, Mount Trashmore was a legend in skateboarding circles, they have (since gone?) a huge skateboard ramp that was always talked about:


Posted by: witz at July 12, 2004 10:14 AM

that's part of the plan for Fresh Kills - its definately possible.

Posted by: dahl at July 12, 2004 10:39 AM

Back in tha day, I used to dream of a huge trash mountain that would be turned into an awesome ski hill. But then I saw a real garbage hill-turned-ski hill and it was very disappointing. Is it too much to have a garbage hill with a 3,000 foot vertical, I ask??

But Mount Trashmore really seems to put a dent in the hippies' argument. It looks like a lovely place to enjoy nature... although I bet it wasn't so lovely in the previous years when they were building up the trash hill!

Posted by: matt at July 12, 2004 11:12 AM

you know, i actually skied on a garbage hill in michgan. it kind of sucked. it was so short. you could go straight down it in like 10 seconds.

the name of the "ski area" escapes me.

Posted by: tien at July 12, 2004 11:17 AM

lol what a name... witty 2nd shot!

Posted by: Chris at July 12, 2004 11:21 AM

Dude, Mt. Trashmore is 10 minutes from where I live.

I usually notice a strange odor in the summer when near the park, but nothing too terribly awful.

Did you go anywhere else fun during the weekend? Was this part of the moving Shannan trip?

Posted by: joe at July 12, 2004 12:58 PM

I talked with Shaman last night and she mentioned your visit to the park. I remembered that I had studied in one of my art history classes about the woman who designed the landscape architecture for Mount Trashmore.

I forgot her name, but if I remember right, she did try to undertake a project for Fresh Kill and it fell through. She is an amazing artist - if anyone can find her name, then let me know.

I like the bumble bee shot - it is awww so cute.

Posted by: christiona at July 12, 2004 12:58 PM

joe, it was part of the shannan trip.

hmm...what else fun...we went to sonic. that was cool. we drove around a lot. went to dinner on va beach. target, walmart. can't think of anything else really. lots of avoiding heat and unpacking shit.

i want to hit up a tides game next time i'm down there.

Posted by: tien at July 12, 2004 1:41 PM

that's pretty cool. and i like the pun.

Posted by: janelle at July 13, 2004 7:49 AM

It does look pretty, but I wonder this: Are there special areas of the park where methane gas can escape?

Posted by: Jen at July 13, 2004 5:04 PM

there are actually two areas that i saw for gas release. one of them is right at the top of those stairs. the other is way on the other side of the mountain.

Posted by: tien at July 13, 2004 5:21 PM

Ha - gas release!

Posted by: Jen at July 14, 2004 5:00 PM

Mt. Trashmore: a very exciting, confusing place. I'm learning to give disappearance an honesty.

Posted by: conspiracy mouse at July 16, 2004 10:38 PM

the park is fun im about 5 mins away. they did alot of landscaping work and still working on it there are places they release 2 big pips and mini air vent things. There is never a odor even from the ones on the ground. Its a nice park. The biking is fun the fishing is fun the new skatepark is great and they ahve a nice playgrounnd for the kids. People picnic and party there all the time. There is nothing bad about the place. And i didnt like the comment about the odor It has never stinked there EVER.

Posted by: chris at July 22, 2004 9:44 PM

hey i love that park i went there even b4 i learned how to walk. now im 17 years old n i miss it so0o much! when are they going to put the virginia symbol back up there?!

Posted by: amber at September 2, 2005 11:17 AM

I have never been there but I drive by it every day and I want to know if it has frizby golf.

Posted by: royce at October 3, 2005 5:22 PM

no i does not have disk golf, but that would be a great addition. is there anywhere in the beach that does?

Posted by: joe at January 17, 2006 11:22 AM

yes there is a place in va beach that has frisbee golf, lol..

it's at bayville park...

Posted by: jonathan at February 4, 2006 1:25 PM

There was a morning radio show a ways back called Tommy and The Bull. The guys would always pull some kind of April Fools Joke every year. One that they pulled was when they broadcasted an evacuation warning that the methane gas inside Mt Trashmore had built up and was ready to blow up. A number of people started flooding the 911 system and showing up at fire depts and evacuation centers. Needless to say, this was a April Fools joke. The boys got into some hot water with the FCC and got suspended and fined. I thought it was funny!

Too bad I heard that the Bull died a couple of years later.

Posted by: David at May 15, 2006 12:11 AM

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