History of Buena Vista
Recent Buena Vista History
The City has completed a number of projects in the past two decades that will ensure the vitality of Buena Vista for many years to come. The most substantial of these projects is the construction of the Jim Olin Floodwall. Begun in 1993, this $34 million project was implemented by the Army Corps of Engineers. It is a combination of retaining ponds, canals, and flood gates all designed to prevent such floods as in 1969 and 1985. It is not only used for protection, but also as a beautiful walking trail. The floodwall was dedicated in 1999 and will be the driving force of new industries locating in this area.
Another recent project is the building of the new Parry McCluer High School. This new facility includes all the modern amenities of a much larger public school and is a great source of pride for our Community. The new and improved Parry McCluer High School opened in the fall of 2001 and its new facilities will help to educate our children for many years to come.
In January of 2001, our city was designated as a Virginia Main Street Start Up Community. This process is the first step in revitalizing our historic downtown district. We hope to soon fill all of our buildings with profitable businesses, both new and old.
Lastly, in August 2004, the City completed construction of The Vista Links, our 18-hole premiere golf course. This was an enormous undertaking for the City that required years of thoughts and planning to prepare. The City is very excited to begin the first full-year of providing another great recreational opportunity within our City limits.