The James River Park System has 17 properties under its care, but less than half have easy access for paddlers to the river: Huguenot Flatwater, Pony Pasture, Reedy Creek in the Main Area, Tredegar Beach at Brown’s Island, 14th Street Takeout, takeout at the southbank at Mayo Bridge and Ancarrow’s Landing.
There has been discussion among the groups that help plan and maintain the park — namely the Friends of the James River Park and James River Outdoor Coalition — that more access points would be welcomed. Creating more access points could help relieve some of the congestion at the most popular parks, especially Pony Pasture. Current favorites for potential access points could be at the Willey Bridge, Pump House Park or near the Powhite Parkway Bridge.
Do you think the James River needs more access points? What property(s) would you recommend? How big a priority are access points?