During the recent James River Outdoor Coalition meeting, members discussed improvements and projects for the James River Park. One spot that came up was the granite structure at the 21st Street area off Riverside Drive at the tower to the South Side rocks at Belle Isle. The members want to knock down the wall, at least to a level where the park abusers cannot hide from view from the street or the dwellings across the street.
Currently, the structure only protects the Port-O-John that is tucked inside one wall. The inside of the wall is often covered in graffiti and is “drawing too many unsavory characters” — as one member put it — riff-raff tends to duck around the wall. Eliminating it will make the area safer and will also open up the view from that knoll a little more.
Another problem in that vicinity is the eroded slope down to the access tower. The plan is mulch in the area and halt the erosion. There is a lot of foot and bike traffic through that area and correcting that issue will improve the look and make it more environmentally friendly.