About OPCL

Ocean Park Civic League is a neighborhood association founded on November 28, 1944. Then as now, membership was open to all property owners and residents of Ocean Park. With those civic minded pioneers as the foundation, the Ocean Park Civic League continues to be strong and assert its influence for the benefit of the community.  Ocean Park stretches west along Shore Dr. from the Lesner Bridge to Pleasure House Creek (7/11) but no further west of Sunvista Drive (excludes Aeries On the Bay).

OPCL is committed to working toward improvements in Ocean Park. We do our best to work for everyone in Ocean Park and  we’d love your participation whether it’s once, once a month, once a week or everyday. Want to get involved and work with your neighbors to support our community? You can join a committee (see list of the chair folks below to volunteer) or answer a call to serve on the board when the time comes. Contact Danny Murphy at president@opcl.org.

Thanks for getting involved now!

Link to the bylaws:  Final Bylaws adopted February 2021.pdf

Board of Directors:


      • President: Danny Murphy
        “I am a native of Virginia Beach and longtime resident of Shore Drive. I graduated from both Virginia Wesleyan University and Old Dominion University. While I spent 20 years in corporate marketing, I’ve also owned several small businesses in the area including the Gateaux Bakery & Cafe.  My goals for the civic league are to improve safety, quality of life, and reinforce the community spirit which binds our neighborhood.”
      • Vice President: Andrea Lindemann “As a military family, we have moved at least 14 times and lived in many great places around the world. Along the way, I have had various jobs: from a Russian Interpreter to a high school ESOL teacher! After 30 years of nomadic military life, we settled down in Ocean Park because it is everything we hoped to find in a community-friendly, neighborly people and a beautiful beach! We have lived in many places and know that this is a special one. I want to work toward preserving this unique place. Nowadays I keep up the website and have lots of Ocean Park t-shirts for sale in my garage!”

      • Secretary: Betty Dierstein 
         “I have been a resident of Virginia Beach since 1976 and a resident of Ocean Park since 2012. My five sons and their families all live in Virginia Beach, so I am a very lucky grandmother! I am a retired educator, and I enjoy being involved in my community and currently serve as both OPCL Secretary and Chair of the Scholarship Committee.
      • Treasurer: Blake Norris “I’ve been semi-retired since 2017. I’ve lived in Ocean Park for 5 years. I lived in Great Neck for 30 years. I have two grown and married children and we will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in April 2021. I have been OPCL Treasurer for 3+ years.
      • Screen Shot 2022-04-05 at 1.31.05 PM Northside Rep: Paul Schubert.
        Paul considers himself fortunate to have found a home in Ocean Park (Pelican Dunes) in 1999 and a Virginia Beach Resident since1980. He and his wife Cathy cherish their home near the beach, though curse the beach when storms bring it too close to their home! He has seen over time and tide welcome changes to Ocean Park without sacrificing the warmth and charm that we all enjoy here. He is an ardent defender of that neighborhood charm, property rights, and the responsible development of land in Ocean Park.
             Recently he has retired from a long and diverse career that started and ended with the Navy – in and out of uniform. His professional expertise was the technical side of television broadcasting and information technology.He is the current and founding moderator for the Ocean Park Nextdoor social media site where he strives to maintain civility in a keyboard-driven world. As the Government Affairs watchdog for
        Ocean Park, he enjoys keeping tabs on the workings of local politics which is one of his many hobbies; that also includes being the household handyman, Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast, golfer of many lost balls, model shipbuilding, bread making, and guitar strumming to name a few. He hopes to one day see completed sidewalks on Shore drive in Ocean Park!

      • Southside Rep: Brian Snyder: Brian Snyder lives in Ocean Park with his wife Jenny and son Creighton. You’ll see them outside year-round enjoying the beach, Pleasure House Point, and surrounding trails with their dog Kona. Brian is a graduate of Virginia Tech and a partner at Clark Nexsen, working as a structural engineer and project manager.
      • BB1C9CD0-F8DE-4751-A4F7-30B302BE2883At Large Rep: Jill Doczi: Jill Doczi writes and edits in public relations, marketing, and journalism, in addition to organization project management for special events. She has started and run two farmers’ markets to further her mission of supporting local food producers and the availability of fresh food to the community. She also invests heavily in the Ocean Park neighborhood and surrounding area by volunteering as the fireworks chairperson for about a decade, previously writing, designing, and editing the Ocean Park Echo newsletter for a decade, and participating in civic league activities. She truly appreciates the majority of her neighbors and how lucky we are to live in this magical neighborhood by the bay. She has resided in Virginia Beach-her home since the end of high school and has lived in two locations in Ocean Park since moving here just after college. She enjoys overseeing her postage stamp of property by the bay while defending her “urban farmstead” from squirrels.
      • BEA17548-A831-435D-BE7E-46F783B30157At Large Rep Joanne Lappin Parker: Joanne has lived in the same house in Ocean Park (Pelican Dunes) since 1999 and has seen the neighborhood grow through many generations. Through it all, she loves how the charm and character of this little wooded paradise by the Bay has stayed the same. After her own 20+ year career in Public Health and Wellness and as a (now-retired) military spouse, she has enjoyed spending more recent years raising her family and a “farmstead” of animals. She is passionate about co-existing with respect for the unique environment that encompasses Ocean Park, with involvement in efforts to protect Pleasure House Point and surrounding areas and volunteering with the Brock Environmental Center from its earliest days. Joanne served as Co-Chair of the OPCL Social Committee for about 5 years and had so much fun working with her Co-Chair to create the now-annual Spring Fling and Fall Festival. She is the proud owner of one of Ocean Park’s newest small businesses – Pleasure House Point Yoga + Wellness – and enjoys meeting more new neighbors every week.

OPCL Committee Chairs 

Adopt-a-Park: Mary Faust

Echo Newsletter Editor: Jill Doczi

Finance Committee: Blake Norris

Fireworks: Jill Doczi

Government Affairs: Paul Schubert

Membership: Andrea Lindemann

Scholarship: Betty Dierstein

Social Committee: Joanne Lappin Parker, Lynda Martin

Website / Social Media: Andrea Lindemann /  Brian Snyder and Paul Schubert

If you would like to help out on one of the committees:  Contact us at   communication@opcl.org  or  president@opcl.org

Ocean Park Civic League (OPCL) is registered with the IRS as a non-profit 501(c)(4).

Social Welfare Organizations
To be tax-exempt as a social welfare organization described in Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501(c)(4), an organization must not be organized for profit and must be operated exclusively to promote social welfare.

    • Consult with your accountant about tax deduction questions.

Contributions to civic leagues or other section 501(c)(4) organizations generally are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

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Just some photos from Ocean Park.

Photo Credit: Kevin O’Hara
Photo Credit: Chris Giersch

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