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Proposed RV Park at NSA Annapolis

  • Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations, the Department of the Navy (DON) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed Recreational Vehicle Facility at NSA Annapolis. 
  • The Navy is hosting a public scoping meeting to solicit public input on the proposed action and alternatives and the resources to be analyzed in the EA. 
  • Public Meeting Information:
    • Date: Wednesday June 12, 2024
    • Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm
    • Location: 38 Kinkaid Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21402
    • Parking is available on site (see map)

Frequently Asked QuestionS

Q. Why is the Navy building a new Recreational Vehicle (RV) park?

A. Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) has identified a need to construct a new RV Park at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Annapolis. The existing RV Park at NSA Annapolis does not meet the requirements of modern RVs, does not meet Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) requirements, is not large enough to meet the demand for RV/camping facilities in the region, and does not have sufficient space to accommodate additional RV pads. The new facility would allow MWR to meet the important mission of serving our military families at NSA Annapolis.

Q. What level of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis is being completed for this Proposed Action?

A. The Navy is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) in accordance with the NEPA, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations and Navy regulations for implementing the NEPA. The EA will analyze the potential environmental impacts of constructing and operating a new RV Park at NSA Annapolis to support the MWR mission.

Q. What is the Proposed Action?

A. The MWR program proposes to construct a new RV Park at NSA Annapolis. The RV Park would include the following:

  • Approximately 35-50 new concrete RV pads that would be approximately 40 feet by 20 feet with an adjacent car pad

  • At least four RV sites would meet the ABA-compliance guidelines

  • Electrical service and freeze-proof hose water and sewer connections

  • An ABA-accessible Comfort Station with a laundry facility and family style unisex cabana-style rooms that each hold a shower, sink, and toilet; vending machines; Wi-Fi; and an enclosed dumpster and recycling pad

  • Water and sewer infrastructure and other utilities would be provided to the site as necessary

  • Natural surroundings, such as trees and shrubs, would be preserved to the maximum extent possible and additional trees would be planted

Q. How large is the RV Park?

A. Approximately 35-50 new concrete RV pads that would be approximately 40 feet by 20 feet with an adjacent car pad. The RV Park would be approximately 3-4.5 acres.

Q. How many alternatives are being analyzed in the Environmental Assessment (EA) and where are they located?

A. Two action alternatives and the No Action Alternative are being analyzed in the EA. The two action alternatives are located at: Alternative 1 - Greenbury Point at Possum Point and Alternative 2 - North Severn Complex at Beach Road. The Proposed Action would not be implemented via the No Action Alternative. The No Action Alternative would not meet the purpose of and need for the Proposed Action; however, the No Action Alternative is carried forward for analysis in the EA to establish a comparative baseline for analysis.

Q. Did the Navy consider any other areas to build?

A. Four other alternatives were considered but will not be carried forward for analysis in the EA. These alternatives are listed below:
1. Expanding the Existing Navy Getaways Campground
2. Construction of a New RV Park at Gage Road
3. Construct New RV Park adjacent to the Nature Center on Greenbury Point
4. Construct New RV Park on the Upper or Lower Yards

Q. What Agency consultation is required for cultural resources?

A. The Navy completes Section 106 consultations with the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations at 36 CFR Part 800. In 2020, the Navy completed Section 106 consultation with the SHPO for the construction of an RV Park at Possum Point. Concurrence from SHPO for no adverse effect to historic properties was received. Continued consultation with the SHPO for the Proposed Action will be completed.

Q. What is the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) The ABA is the first federal law to address access to the built environment.

A. Passed by Congress in 1968, it ensures access to many federally funded facilities to this day. The ABA greatly informed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and its requirements for access to facilities in the private and state and local government sectors.

Q. How long has the Navy been planning the RV Park?

A. The proposed RV Park and associated facilities were outlined in the 2018 NSA Annapolis Installation Development Plan and associated Greenbury Point Area Development Plan. The RV Park assists in the goal of increasing the availability of morale, welfare, and recreational opportunities in the area.

Q. Who can reserve a space at the RV Park?

A. The RV Park serves authorized patrons including active duty service members, DoD civilians, dependents, and retirees.

Q. What would happen to the existing RV park?

A. The existing RV Park would continue to be used for RVs that do not require the larger pads and modernized facility features, and for visitors who do not require ABA accessibility. Q. What are the operating hours of the RV Park? A. RV Parks are utilized 24/7. Normal check-in would be with Recreation Lodging between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Late check-ins are accommodated and coordinated prior to arrival.

Q. Would an RV Park meet the goals identified in the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP)?

A. NSA Annapolis has developed and implemented an INRMP. One of the stated goals of the INRMP is to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for station personnel, their dependents and guests within the constraints of the installation mission and capability of the natural resources. The INRMP further defines recreational opportunities to be consumptive or non-consumptive outdoor recreation. Non-consumptive outdoor recreation includes but is not limited to primitive and RV camping. An example of camping facilities located at NSA Annapolis includes primitive and RV campsites.

Q. When will the RV park construction begin?

A. Project was approved by Congress in December of 2023. Request for Proposals (RFPs) will go out upon the completion of the EA, approximately in January of 2025 with project awarded no later than December of 2025. The project is a Design/Build, so plans are not required prior to the RFP. An actual construction start date is unknown at this time.

Q. Will the construction of an RV Park impact the Greenbury Point trails?

A. No, the RV Park would not impact the existing nature trails or the Tower Access Roads.

Q. Will appropriated funds (taxpayer dollars) be used to construct and operate the RV Park?

A. No

Q. Where will the proceeds go?

A. Profits from the RV Park would remain in the MWR fund to support our sailors locally and contribute to future re-capitalization projects.

Q. Will the EA assess cumulative impacts associated with other future projects (i.e. a golf course) on Greenbury Point?

A. The EA will include an analysis of the cumulative impacts associated with other officially proposed projects. However, a proposal for a new golf course on Greenbury Point is not under consideration by NSA Annapolis. Any proposed future action(s) on Greenbury Point, not included in the analysis for the RV Park EA, will undergo review in compliance with all applicable environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act. 


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