A man was transported by MedFlight to VCU Medical Center on February 27 with serious injuries after falling about 25 feet while rock climbing on the south side of Belle Isle.
The rocks on the south side are not bouldered and there is no safety equipment and rope holds in place. That has prompted some people to suggest that the rocks in this area of Belle Isle need to be fenced off and for people to be blocked from access. Park manager Ralph White is not in favor of that suggestion.
“It did not involve recreational climbing,” White said during a James River Outdoor Coalition meeting two days after the man fell. “The rocks are part of the natural environment and the appeal of Belle Isle.” He said he is opposed to any structural changes in that area and the rocky area should remain as it is. Park-goers should be aware of the dangers and proceed with caution.
What do you think? Is fencing off this rock face or any other potentially dangerous places in the James River Park the best practice?