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Waterfront and Pier Policy

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The lion fountain glowing on ODU campus.

ODU is proudly located along the banks of the historic Elizabeth River, which allows the University to offer its students, faculty and staff access to ODU Waterfront venues which include:

  • Whitehurst Beach
  • Courage Miller Partners Challenge Course
  • Sailing Center Boardwalk and Pier

NOTE: Waterfront areas are open from Sunrise to Sunset unless otherwise authorized by ODU Facilities Management.


Use of the Waterfront venues is limited to ODU students, faculty, staff and their guests. Only these are considered to have permission to use the Waterfront venues. If you bring a guest with you to the Waterfront venues, please understand you are responsible for the actions of your guest. Several notices are posted along the Waterfront for your safety and it is your responsibility to take note of them and act accordingly.


If you are a Non-ODU organization or group that would like to hold an event at the ODU waterfront, the organization or group must request permission to do so. The Director of Facilities Management is the approver of requests from non-University groups or organizations for use of Educational and General (E&G) facilities and grounds. Requests for use of Auxiliary facilities and grounds (e.g., Webb University Center, Athletics, Ted Constant Convocation Center) by non-University organizations or groups are handled by the respective Auxiliary organization.


Please see University Policy 3200 Use of Facilities and Grounds for information about the authorization of ODU facilties and grounds.

Request a reservation for the use of facilities or grounds from Event Management.