On February 28, 2019, the Enrichmond Foundation, a local non-profit organization, completed the transfer of ownership of Vauxhall Island in the James River to the City of Richmond.
This 2.82 acre historic and undeveloped island lies upstream of the Mayo Bridge and will become part of the inventory of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF). “PRCF is excited to add Vauxhall Island to our inventory.”
The Enrichmond Foundation previously purchased the island back in 2015.
“A gem of the James River, Vauxhall Island will function in unison with the other islands in the area as a wilderness reserve,” says Chris Frelke, Director of PRCF. “We are fortunate to have great partners like the Enrichmond Foundation, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Capital Regional Land Conservancy (CRLC), and many others that have been instrumental in this land transfer,” Frelke continued.
‘We are honored to be a part of a dedicated group of local foundations who have facilitated the gifting of this valuable asset of the James River. Enrichmond was created 28 years ago to support the PRCF. It is with great appreciation and enthusiasm that we move into our next 28 years with another act of commitment to PRCF and the citizens of Richmond access to open spaces,” says John Sydnor, Executive Director of Enrichmond.
Now that the island is under city control, it will be incorporated into the James River Park System as part of its conservation easement.