The summer season is winding down and it was one of the busiest yet in the James River Park system. According to park manager Ralph White, estimated visitation for the year to the parks is expected to be more than 650,000. When it was last surveyed two years ago it was more than 600,000.
Not everyone was happy with the parking situations. The lots at Belle Isle and Pony Pasture are always packed, but the number and size of the existing parking lots sizes will not increase, White said.
Pony Pasture — probably the busiest parking lot of all — had volunteers and JRPS staffers managing the parking lot on the weekends to keep everyone legal, happy and safe. The lot — which is the largest in the park system – has 80 parking spaces but can be expanded with creative management to 110 spaces, White said. He recently mentioned that the city was looking into the possibility of high-occupancy parking at Pony Pasture on the weekends.
Are you happy with the current set up? Should there be more parking areas? High-occupancy rules on the weekends? More access points to the river? Should shuttle services be brought in to allow for parking at satellite lots? Post your comments here!