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James River Park Master Plan is released into the wild and ready for review

With over 600 acres of land in the middle of the city, the James River Park system needs a path for its future growth. The path is laid out in the James River Parks Master Plan that was released last week.




The James River Park Master Plan is the result of a thorough public comment period with guidance pulled directly from over 2,000 surveys and 10 public meetings held at every voting district in the City of Richmond which began in January.

Last Wednesday the plan was released. The plan is an 80-page document created by land development group VHB and landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Associates through funding from Friends of the James River Park.

James River Park covers over 600 acres and as you’d expect the needs for various areas are quite varied.

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Though the plan has more than 50 recommendations, it will be constrained by budgetary availability. Therefore, the plan recommends six focus areas where funding can be immediately directed and will be asking survey respondents to choose their priorities.

Kirt Rieder of Hargreaves presented those focus areas — expanding transportation access, creating greenways at Pump House and Reedy Creek, creating a Pony Pasture Education Center, refurbishing the Reedy Creek Welcome Center and rehabilitating Pump House Park.

As you’d expect from an 80 page document there is a lot of information to take in. The document is well laid out and you can easily find the parts that most important to you. The Master Plan is not set in stone and changes are expected as projects are implemented. Those changes are dependant on input from the users of the park which is collected from a survey.

Find the Master Plan AND the Survey here:

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.