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Granite structure at 21st Street expected to be torn down

Granite wall at 21st Street access tower on Riverside DriveDuring 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. Continue reading


FOJRP and JROC have monthly meetings this week

Friends of the James River ParkIt is the first week of the month, and that means time for monthly meetings for two of the James River volunteer groups.

The Friends of the James River Park will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Southampton Recreation Association on Chellowe Road, between Cherokee and Chippenham Parkway.

The James River Outdoor Coalition will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Legend Brewery.  Both meetings are open to the public and the groups are always ready to accept new membership.

Doug Ammons presentation & movie “Wildwater: A Love Story”

From the James River Outdoor Coalition:

World Class Kayaker Doug Ammons, named by Outside Magazine as “one of the top ten ‘game changers’ in adventure since 1900” is coming to Richmond! His solo descent of British Columia’s Grand Canyon of the Stikine River, a rolling 60 mile Class V river, is the pinnacle of expedition kayaking and a feat that has never been repeated.

Doug is also an accomplished writer and will be selling his books in addition to his presentation. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

This event is a fundraiser for the James River Outdoor Coalition (JROC). More info at www.Coastals.org

Where: Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. West Short Pump, Richmond

When: Thursday, March 3, 7:30pm – 10:00pm

$10,000 in repairs to damaged roof of Pump House approved

The damaged roof on the Pump House is the second section from the right Despite all of the recent trouble with the closure of Pump House Road due to a failure of the roadway, progress appears to be on the way to saving the failing roof to the Victorian Gothic treasure, which was designed and constructed in the 1880s under the leadership of the great Richmond city engineer Col. Wilfred Emory Cutshaw. It is located in the Byrd Park District, west of the Boulevard Bridge on the Kanawha Canal. Continue reading

James River ‘probably the defining feature’ for RVA

Members of Capital Region Collaborative make a presentation to JROC at JRPS visitor centerThe James River is one of the top regional priorities and “probably the defining feature for our community” according to a presentation from members of the Capital Region Collaborative, which has been entrusted to encourage an efficiency of efforts for Richmond area localities in regards to development and planning. Continue reading

JROC meeting Wednesday at JRPS visitor center

The monthly James River Outdoor Coalition meeting will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the James River Park System Reedy Creek visitor center. Bob Crum from the Capital Region Collaborative is scheduled to present some of the more significant plans for the James River and Richmond and would like to get input from the river and park community, according to a release from JROC.

The volunteer group is always looking for new members and people to make a difference on the James River. Join JROC for the meeting and bring your dues, which pay a significant portion of the group’s contributions to the James River Park System.

The Capital Region Collaborative is a cooperative effort between the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission and the Greater Richmond Chamber to engage government, business, and community stakeholders in a processes of identifying, prioritizing, and implementing actions that will enhance the quality of life in the Richmond Region.

Byrd Park’s Go Ape! fallout halts Dogwood Dell bike trail project

Richmond MORE plans to begin placing mountain bike and hiking trails in Dogwood DellBy Phil Riggan – James River News Hub

The fallout from the City of Richmond’s floundering Go Ape! ropes course planned for Byrd Park has for now put the plans to build a biking & hiking trail through the park on hold.

Nathan Burrell, trails manager for the City of Richmond, announced the delay Wednesday night during a James River Outdoor Coalition meeting, indicating that city planners wanted to take a closer look at any plans within Byrd Park. The land for the proposed ropes course is not part of the same land that is to be used for the bike trail.

Burrell said that the city’s development of “bike trails has had a positive influence on neighborhoods, like at Forest Hill Park” and that one of the side benefits of trails is that they bring well-intentioned people to areas of the city that have had reputations for neglect or crime.

Richmond-MORE, the volunteer trail building group that has helped build and maintain the city’s highly regarded network of trails, was set to begin the work on 2-3 miles of trails in the wooded area between Pump House Road and the back of The Carillon in Byrd Park later this month.

Burrell said that the plan is to link the trail through Pump House Park to the James River Trail loop and North Trail at the Boulevard Bridge.

“We’re looking to expand our system and grow it at Dogwood Dell,” Burrell said, noting that the next two years will mark an “aggressive approach to trail building” in Richmond.

Greg Rollins, president of RA-MORE, said in September that the land is all city property and that the blessing had been given from the city to install the trails at least a year ago. Work was done by HandsOn Greater Richmond volunteers in October to remove invasive species and cut overgrown weeds and undergrowth in Pump House Park.

“RA-MORE likes to work and get things done,” Rollins said at the Mayor Dwight Jones’s Bike, Pedestrian and Trails Commission, noting that the volunteer trail work comes free to the city and that the trails were part of the mayor’s greenways plan.