What would you add along the James River?

November 29, 2011 · 1 minute read


Richmond loves the James River, our own melting pot. It is the most unifying location in our region. It does not care about wealth, ethnicity, social status, education…it accepts everyone.

We swim, bike, run, kayak, canoe, paddleboard, fish, snorkel, tube, raft, rock climb, bathe, dog walk, bird watch, swing on ropes, climb trees, picnic, explore, paint, work, photograph, socialize, learn, volunteer, relax, party, study…probably another 100 to go, but you know what I’m saying.

Volunteer and conservation groups are constantly at work to help the City of Richmond and the parks department to improve and maintain the waterfront, shorelines, parkland and public spaces in Richmond. The James River Park is one of the most celebrated parks in the region and is a beautiful attraction for the city.

Still, people want more. I’ve been in plenty of conversations, meetings and forums during which people complain about wanting some/more of the following: parking, access to the river, water & jet skiing, docks, boat launches, concession stands, camping, bathrooms, trails, restaurants on the waterfront, beaches, etc.

What would you like to see? What are we missing? What water features in other cities can Richmond learn from?