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Posted In: Uncategorized What would you add along the James River?

Phil Riggan

November 29, 2011 2:46am


Richmond loves the James River, our own melting pot. It is the most unifying location in our region. It does not care about wealth, ethnicity, social status, education…it accepts everyone.

We swim, bike, run, kayak, canoe, paddleboard, fish, snorkel, tube, raft, rock climb, bathe, dog walk, bird watch, swing on ropes, climb trees, picnic, explore, paint, work, photograph, socialize, learn, volunteer, relax, party, study…probably another 100 to go, but you know what I’m saying.

Volunteer and conservation groups are constantly at work to help the City of Richmond and the parks department to improve and maintain the waterfront, shorelines, parkland and public spaces in Richmond. The James River Park is one of the most celebrated parks in the region and is a beautiful attraction for the city.

Still, people want more. I’ve been in plenty of conversations, meetings and forums during which people complain about wanting some/more of the following: parking, access to the river, water & jet skiing, docks, boat launches, concession stands, camping, bathrooms, trails, restaurants on the waterfront, beaches, etc.

What would you like to see? What are we missing? What water features in other cities can Richmond learn from?

About Phil Riggan

He's been a part of Richmond's outdoors since moving to Richmond in 1988. Earned a master’s degree in Urban Planning at VCU in 2015 with a focus on the environment, parks, transportation and nonprofits — largely due to his dedication to becoming part of the solution to advocate for outdoor initiatives, the James River and Richmond’s great parks and recreational amenities. Now works as a transportation planner with the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization, focusing primarily on bike/ped planning.