A rider navigates North Bank Trail past the walkway to Texas Beach: Credit: Visitrichmondva.org
If you heard our recent Views from the Treehouse podcast with city trails manager and interim James River Park Manager Mike Burton, you already know this news, but it’s downright huge so I thought it was worth a separate post (and there’s a chance to get involved).
From rvaMORE: Everyone who’s ridden, run, or hiked the North Bank Trail is familiar with the maybe quarter-mile section of pavement along Kansas Ave. It links two sections of the trail, including the infamous, rocky switchback and ramp climb next to Maymont, affectionately known as “The Stairway to Heaven.” It’s an iconic part of the JRPS system; but what about those times you don’t want to take the road to get back on dirt? Well now is your time to help make that possible!
On Saturday, Nov 17th the James River Park System trail crew and rvaMORE will be hosting the first volunteer work day on a new single track connector that will link the two sections of North Bank trail that are currently separated by Kansas Ave. This trail, which will run just north of the canal, will make it possible to take North Bank from end to end without touching pavement! The approximate location of the trail is indicated by the red dashed line on the map. The ramps and single track of the Stairway to Heaven will remain in place so there will be two options on which route to take.
This is going to be a big project, so they’ll need as many hands as possible. If you’re interested in helping: Meet at the Texas Beach parking lot off of Texas Ave (Map: https://goo.gl/YnCdHX) at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 17th. Bring gloves, sturdy work shoes, and water.