Tag Archives: Access points

Is there no chance for Downtown Master Plan with Flynn gone?

Downtown Master Plan - See (A) for the pedestrian bridgeI have recently been reviewing the Downtown Master Plan, which was published in July 2009. It was created by dozens of elected officials, city employees and “hundreds of Richmond residents,” which is a nod to all of the charrettes held to gain input from the citizens of Richmond. It says “the public planning process began in July 2007. The Plan was adopted by City Council in October 2008. Additional Amendments were adopted in July 2009.” Continue reading

Access points to the James focus of city planners, citizens

NBC12’s Laura Geller reported on a meeting between city planners and residents on access to the James River, something we’ve discussed at length with James River News Hub. From NBC12:   Continue reading

Access Week: Connecting Brown’s Island to Manchester via VEPCO levee

The VEPCO levee could connect Brown's Island to ManchesterPhil Riggan – James River News Hub

Access Week! One of the first complaints most people have when discussing the James River in Richmond is that there aren’t enough access points. This is Day 5 as James River News Hub tackles the topic of access points.

There is a scenic footbridge that runs over the old VEPCO levee between Brown’s Island on the north side and the Manchester climbing wall on the south side of the James River. Chris Hull, president of the James River Outdoor Coalition, has suggested for years that it could be renovated and returned to use. I have spoken with many more people over the years also in favor of this renovation.

VEPCO levee, viewed from the Robert E. Lee BridgeThe first portion of the walkway (maybe 1/10th of the span) has been repaired and is part of the April 3, 1865, Civil War historic display-a great place to see the river and the Richmond skyline and an easy walk from the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center and the American Civil War Center at Tredegar Iron Works.

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Access Week: Open Richmond’s canals to paddlers

Build a dock behind the "Cross" monument and the Haxall Canal is in businessPhil Riggan – James River News Hub

Access Week! One of the first complaints most people have when discussing the James River in Richmond is that there aren’t enough access points. This is Day 4 as James River News Hub tackles the topic of access points.

The canals in Richmond should be opened up for paddlers to connect parks and existing  access points. Paddlers could form circuits where one could park at a given parking lot, either paddle down river or up the canal, make a run and paddle back to their vehicle.

The term “greenway” in urban planning is the concept of connecting the city and its citizens through urban corridors of green. Connecting via waterway is considered a “blueway” and the would be the perfect way to creat two-way traffic.

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Access Week: Area near Pump House needs connection to James

CSX tracks near the entrance to the Lower Arch at the Pump HousePhil Riggan – James River News Hub

Access Week! One of the first complaints most people have when discussing the James River in Richmond is that there aren’t enough access points. This is Day 3 as James River News Hub tackles the topic of access points.

The area between the Powhite Parkway and Boulevard bridges is so natural, wild and remote — yet right in the middle of the city. One can feel so free there among the honking geese and hunting osprey — only to hear an Amtrak train streaking its way across the arched railway bridge or a freight train roaring through the trees on either bank of the river.

The area around Pump House Park is the perfect spot to create a new access to the James at this beautiful and under-utilized section of the river. The north bank needs an access and this is the most central location to the James River Park and the population, as opposed to the Willey Bridge and Bosher’s Dam parcels.

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Access Week: Support for boat landing under Willey Bridge?

Under the Edward E. Willey Bridge on the south bank at Cherokee RoadPhil Riggan – James River News Hub

Access Week! One of the first complaints most people have when discussing the James River in Richmond is that there aren’t enough access points. This is Day 2 as James River News Hub tackles the topic of access points.

Gates to enter the Willey Bridge property off Cherokee RoadThe Edward E. Willey Bridge is just east of Bosher’s Dam (discussed Day 1) and is located in an exclusive neighborhood. The property that could make a good access point for the James is located under the bridge’s two “S” shaped spans on the south bank of the river off Cherokee Road.

There is potential for a boat landing, potentially similar to the one at Huguenot Flatwater. There is very little attractive landscape to this area under the bridge, and it is sandwiched in between some very high-priced homes. Cherokee Road is narrow, hilly and sometimes dangerous in this area.

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Access Week: Should a park be created at Bosher’s Dam?

Willey Bridge in view from the fish ladder at Bosher's DamPhil Riggan – James River News Hub

Access Week! One of the first complaints most people have when discussing the James River in Richmond is that there aren’t enough access points — places to get to the river for paddling, swimming, fishing, sunning, parking, etc.

James River News Hub is going to tackle the topic of access points to the James River in Richmond. Each day this week, we will profile and seek comments about certain properties within the Falls of the James where there is a possibility to create an access point to the river.

Bosher's Dam, viewed from the north bank at the fish ladderThe first stop is located at the beginning of the Falls of the James River: Bosher’s Dam. The dam marks the beginning the nine-mile stretch of the river in which it drops more than 100 feet in altitude as it runs through Richmond.

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