The James River Outdoor Coalition completed a few projects at the 14th Street takeout this past Saturday. Four members of the James River Park crew, including trails manager Nathan Burrell, created a wheelchair access concrete walkway to the first landing of the takeout.
Overgrown brush and weeds were cut away to restore the view from the top of the staircase. Volunteers finished constructing a wooden fence to enclose the portajohn. At low tide, and with water levels low in the James, JROC volunteers completed improvements to a new lower step at the stairs at the bottom of the takeout. There had been a steep drop off and sharp rocks exposed at the takeout, according to JROC members.
The 14th Street Takeout has been around for about five years and was created mostly by volunteer work, according to a sign at the park:
These steps to the river provide the first official Parks Department take-out point for boaters who have just run the finest urban white water in the nation. They were built in the Fall of 2005 with major funding and labor from the James River Outdoor Coalition and the Friends of the James River Park System under the expert supervision of James River Park members Peter Bruce and Nathan Burrell. The land was a generous gift from the Department of Public Utilities.
The 14th Street takeout is just inside the floodwall on the north bank of the river east of the 14th Street (Mayo) Bridge.