Pleasants Landing Marina
Open Again on Lake Anna
After 13 long years of closure, Pleasants Landing Marina finally opened its doors this past Spring. Pleasants Landing is a breathtaking 12-acre peninsula offering beautiful panoramic views located on the southeast end of Lake Anna. Patrons of the park boast of past quality family time and precious memories. Pleasant Landing is now, after much renovation and restoration, more beautiful than it has ever been.
This marina fell into bankruptcy back in 2007 due to the recession. In 2016, Michael and Joann Vallerie of Williamsburg, Va. visited the area for the first time. The Valleries fell in love with the lake but felt the area needed more amenities. They then stumbled upon this marina and saw it as an opportunity to make good things happen in the Lake Anna community.
Pleasants Landing is one of two public beaches on the entire lake, the other being the state park. Besides the great views, the marina has a 24/7 boat launch system , ethanol-free fuel, boat storage, boat slips, picnic areas with grills, a beach, a volleyball court, and a fishing pier.
After thirteen years of neglect, the property may best be described as a “diamond in the rough.” Since that time, the Vallerie have successfully restored both the park and the marina, and they continue to develop the property.
This summer, Pleasants Landing provided the community with their “Love the Lake” concert series. They held a fundraising benefit for the Bumpass VFD and Lake Anna Rescue. They continue to host the semiannual “Rumpus in Bumpass” triathlon.
“We have already started our planning for 2020,” explained Carol Dezorzi, event planner for Pleasants Landing. “Everything that we accomplished this season will reoccur.”
Also, Pleasants Landing will be hosting the “4th Sunday Art Festival” series from April-November next year. The family-friendly “Lake Anna Olympics” will be an annual event, they are planning two vintage cars show, and they hope to have a Harley Davidson day as well.
Many of the residents are waiting for a restaurant to open at Pleasants Landing. The Valleries have made significant advances toward this goal and are ready to solicit a restaurateur. However Mike Vallerie warns that “until we have increased our people traffic, we are not able to assure a restaurateur of success. We really need to grow our social media presence. One thing I have learned is that we need our Facebook followers to not just like us, but to share us.”
While seeking a restaurateur, they have already started to market Pleasants Landing as a special event venue for weddings, banquets, or other parties. The peninsula offers views perfect for any wedding, and their 3,200 square foot banquet room offers guests a full view of the lake plus an outdoor stone patio.
Supporters can join the “Love the Lake Coalition.” Members of this group receive notification of events held at Pleasants Landing. For more information, visit www.PleasantsLanding.com and their Facebook page.