Tag Archives: Greenways

Discovery of salamanders sign that Cannon Creek ravine not wasteland

Some gravel has been put in place at Cannon CreekIt has been two years since I participated in a cleanup at Cannon Creek. The amount of trash was not the issue from what I recall, it was the type of trash. There were hundreds of tires, couches and old deteriorated mattresses that had become buried in the mud. It took truckloads to remove the trash, and I don’t think we moved more than 50 feet  while we were there. Continue reading

Cannon Creek Greenway cleanup on Saturday

Alliance for the Chesapeake BayMayor Dwight Jones’ Pedestrian, Bicycling and Trails Planning Commission promises to implement a “Complete Streets” policy and making room for cars, buses, bikes and pedestrians on city roadways and connecting parks with greenways. Continue reading

Virginia Living getting on board the East Coast Greenway effort

Virginia LivingTricia Pearsall is a writer for Virginia Living and a member of the James River Outdoor Coalition. She wrote an article about the East Coast Greenway, noting that Virginia will spend $150 million on roads this year. Instead, why not spend some of that money on a greenway where it can be used for recreation, and/or alternative transportation?

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Planning Commission approves Cannon Creek Greenway

If you are following the progress of Mayor Dwight Jones’ Pedestrian, Bicycling and Trails Planning Commission — promising to implement a “Complete Streets” policy and making room for cars, buses, bikes and pedestrians on city roadways — today was a big step in the name of progress. See this report from NBC12’s Rachel DePompa:

Plans for a bike and pedestrian trail in north Richmond cleared a major hurdle today. The Richmond Planning Commission green lighted the creation of a new greenway along the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. 

As of now this area of north Richmond is a virtual dumping ground. The residents here want to see this place turned into a scenic greenway.

Greenways depending on rails-to-trails & Crooked connections

The Crooked Branch Ravine is a little-known park tucked away in the Westover Hills neighborhoodThe Crooked Branch Ravine is a little-known park tucked away in the Northrup neighborhood near Woodland Heights. The main entrance to the park is at the dirt and gravel cul-de-sac of Northup Street off West Roanoke Street. There are hiking trails through the heavily wooded and natural park and there are areas of the creek perfect for playing.

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Mayor Jones includes biking, green spaces in State of City

Here are the outdoor-specific details from Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones’ State of the City delivered Thursday night at the Hippodrome in Jackson Ward: Continue reading

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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