Jennifer Wampler 
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation 


Tuesday September 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT
Wednesday September 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Smithfield Center and Hampton Inn and Suites

Smithfield, VA 23430 


Tuesday evening events will be at the Hampton Inn and Suites at 200 Vincents Crossing.  Wednesday events will be at Smithfield Center, 220 N. Church St.

Hampton Inn

Overnight Accommodations

Hampton Inn and Suites--Smithfield

How to make hotel reservations:

Your group block by the name of WATER TRAILS WORKSHOP is ready to be booked.

Instructions are as follows:
Go to This is the hotel website.
UNDER BOOK A ROOM, enter the dates ranging from September 9-11, 2013.   
Click ADD SPECIAL RATE CODES. Under Group Code, insert WTW. 
Click "Check Availabilty"  ... 
You will see your group block name and all of the rooms types and rates that are available to be booked.
Guests will proceed to make their own reservations using their own credit cards to guarantee their rooms.

The rates are as follows:

Standard Queens ~ Contain (2) Queen Beds = $77.00 plus tax

Standard Kings ~ Contain (1) King Bed = $77.00 plus tax

 Every room contains a microwave and refrigerator. All guests receive a hot breakfast each morning. 

Driving Directions 

The Town of Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, the National Park Service and the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation present 

Universal Design for Water Access

Register Now! Registration closes on August 26.  The registration page only has a "pay by check" option.  You can also phone in your credit card number by dialing 757-357-2291

Universal Design for Water Access, September 10-11, 2013

Smithfield Hampton Inn and Suites and Smithfield Center

Tuesday, Sept. 10

1 - 6 p.m. Stop at Smithfield Hampton Inn and Suites to  pick up your registration packet (200 Vincent's Crossing, Smithfield, VA 23430)

Pre Workshop Field Trips

Option A:  2-5 p.m. Bicycle Tour Fort Monroe, Virginia's newest National Monument-bring your own bike for a tour of Fort Monroe in Newport News (tour is 1.5 hours, then enjoy fort on your own)  Limit 20

Option B: 2-4 p.m.  on the half hour--Tour historic St. Luke’s Church and Museum circa 1632. (Cost $3).

Option C:: Town of Smithfield Historic Walking Tour (self-guided brochure in packet).

Option D: Explore other nearby attractions on your ownIsle of Wight County Museum, Bacon’s Castle, Forts Huger and Boykin, , Boykins Tavern Museum or Chippokes Plantation State Park

 5:30 Supper on your own, Town of Smithfield

Keynote presentation

 7:00 p.m.  Paddling for People with Disabilities -Janet Zeller, author of Canoeing and Kayaking for People with Disabilities --Hampton Inn and Suites, James River Room

 8:00 p.m.—Social hour 

Wednesday, Sept. 11

8:00-8:30 Registration (Smithfield Center-220 N Church St.)

Video: The Living Blackwater and Nottoway River

8:30 Welcome (Isle of Wight County)

8:35  Welcome (Virginia DCR)

 8:45  Moment of silence in remembrance of 9/11 

8:46   National Park Service Chesapeake Bay (Bob Campbell and John Davy)

9:10     Designing Water Access, Examples from Virginia-panel

10:10   Janet Zeller--Universal Design of Launches and Landings for Carry-Down Craft 

10:30 Break

10:45-Bill Botten-2010 ADA Standards for Water Access Facilities

11:45- Sharing Ideas: Water Trail Updates-panel

12:15-Lunch, Q&A and field trip logistics

 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.-Field trips (choose one--first come first serve)

A) Road trip with Bill Botten—Visit Huntington Park, Beach and Marina in Newport News (limit 30)

B) Paddling trip with Janet Zeller—Put in and take out at Windsor Castle (limit 30)

C) THIS OPTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT  (Docent-led tour of museum for one hour, then enjoy the park on your own).  Minimum of 10 for docent tour.


Explore the waters of the Chesapeake Bay with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (Cost $25) (limit 25)





If ADA/ reasonable accommodations are needed, please call (804) 786-9240 or email, at least 10 working days in advance of the registration deadline or event. orientation map2