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Voice Your Opinion on the Future of Brown’s Island

Last year Venture Richmond created the Brown’s Island Improvement Plan and now they’d like to hear from the folks that use Brown’s Island.




Rember concerts and festivals? Yeah, they’re pretty awesome but as the recent crisis has shown us they are only one aspect of our parks. The green spaces around us are used for much, much more than hosting massive parties, Brown’s Island is arguably the most well-used green space.

In 2012, Richmond City Council adopted the Richmond Riverfront Plan, which made recommendations to transform Brown’s Island into a daily destination for recreation, exploration, socializing, and experiencing the beauty of the James River.

Venture Richmond today released a survey to help chart the course for this invaluable local spot.

Venture Richmond is committed to seeing through the recommendations found in the 2012 Riverfront Plan, which include river and canal terraces, play spaces for children, more trees and landscaping, more ADA accessibility and other pedestrian improvements, shade, seating, and running water/permanent restrooms among other amenities. We are also committed to raising private funds for design and construction of these projects.

Last year, we created the Brown’s Island Improvement Plan, a conceptual plan which gets us one step closer to the level of detail needed to get improvements made to Brown’s Island that will help transform it into an even more attractive and accessible public space. The plan received conceptual approval from the City Planning Commission in December of 2019, but we still have work to do. That’s why we want you to take the Brown’s Island Improvement Plan Community Survey; to provide feedback on which projects and design elements are most important to you.

Take the Brown’s Island Improvement Plan Community Survey Now

This survey should take you about 30 minutes and is best taken on a laptop or desktop computer rather than your phone. The questions go in-depth into the various areas of Brown’s Island.

In the survey, you’ll be completing exercises like the one below. For the record, I picked River Creature, Slides, and Splash.

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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.