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Trail Building 101

Learn the basics of trail building and why things are done how they are in the James River Park System

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If you’ve ever walked, ran, or biked on the trails in the James River Park system you’ve most likely directly benefited by volunteer groups like RVAMore (Richmond chapter of the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts). It is through their blood, sweat, and advocacy that we can boast about all the wonderful outdoor options we have at our footstep.

Building and maintaining those many miles of trails is both a science and an art shouldn’t be attempted by the untrained. On Saturday the 22nd trail users will have an opportunity to become one of the trained.

RVAMore:

rvaMORE will be holding a Trail Building 101 class on Saturday, October 22nd in Forest Hill Park.

Join us to learn the basics of trail building and why we do the things we do in the James River Park System. The morning classroom session includes discussion about terrain, soil, trail design, construction techniques, user groups, and the relationship between rvaMORE and the land manager.  In the afternoon, we’ll get hands-on rerouting a section of trail in Forest Hill Park.

There is no cost for this class and lunch will be provided, but the class size is limited to 24, so please sign-up early to reserve your spot.  Register here.

When: 8:30am – 4:00pm Saturday, October 22th 2016
Where: Stone House in Forest Hill Park (note: please allow extra time for parking due to Forest Hill Farmer’s Market)
Bring: Notebook & Pen for classroom notes. Gloves, study shoes and work clothes for hands-on session.

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Virtual Carter Jones/Fonticello Playground Meeting – Kids Encouraged to Attend

Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.

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Chris Schwartz from the City of Richmond’s Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss and review possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.

The equipment was removed due safety concerns after being vandalized late last year. The replacement equipment once selected and funded will be moved to the New Master plan location to start the Markiya Simone Dickson Imagination Zone. The park master plans will be posted in the comments of the event link.

We are encouraging KIDS ages 5-12 to attend this meeting. Chris says he always gets the best playground feedback from them.

When: Saturday, January 23, 2021 – 10am
Topic: Carter Jones / Fonticello Playground Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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Passcode: 318020

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Councilperson Kristen Larson’s Statement on Full Traffic Signal at Huguenot and Cherokee

Between 2015 and 2018, there were 26 vehicle crashes at the Huguenot and Cherokee intersection.

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Statement from Councilperson Kristen Larson:

Dear 4th District Neighbors:

I am writing to update you on the proposed full traffic signal at the intersection of Huguenot and Cherokee Roads. More than a year ago, on August 19, 2019, I hosted a meeting at the Huguenot Community Center to discuss the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) proposal for the signal. Travis Bridewell, the City’s Traffic Engineering Operations Manager, presented the proposal along with crash data justifying DPW’s support of the project. Between 2015 and 2018, there were 26 vehicle crashes at the Huguenot and Cherokee intersection. Since that meeting, our office has heard from many of you with safety concerns from drivers and bicyclists who pass through this well-trafficked area.

I realize that there are a number of residents who are concerned that the installation of a full traffic signal at this intersection might increase traffic volume and speeds along Cherokee Road. Fortunately, DPW will be installing 2 speed tables on Cherokee Road this spring which will help to slow and deter traffic. This was an option that was discussed at the meeting in 2019.

Based on the traffic crash data and the community feedback I have received over the past year, I am in full support of the Huguenot/Cherokee full traffic signal which will include ADA ramps, pedestrian countdown signals, and ladder crosswalks. The project is not currently funded, but I have expressed my support for it in forthcoming budgets.

Please feel free to email comments or questions to [email protected] or call (804) 646-5646.

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James River Park Hits an Impressive 2 Million Visitors for 2020

If you thought the park felt more crowded this year, you were right.

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What’s your favorite spot? Pony Pasture/Wetlands is high as is Reedy Creek.

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