BridgePark quietly working towards goal

Greenspace above the James River.

Progress in Richmond at time moves at glacial speed but that doesn’t mean progress isn’t being made. Such is the case of BridgePark which was originally suggested in 2012. It’s still in the planning stages but movement is happening and the vision is adapting.

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The park should be built, they said, using the 12 piers that stand like sentinels paralleling the Manchester Bridge and that once supported a railroad trestle across the river — a span burned during the evacuation of Richmond in the last days of the Civil War.

Kelley and Hughes both died in December, but their grand vision lives on through the BridgePark Foundation, a nonprofit formed before they were gone. Now the concept is gathering momentum, with local businesses involved at every juncture.

BridgePark hired the Timmons Group to conduct an engineering study of the project. Tim Davey, a principal at Timmons, said the James has been the center of Richmond’s excitement “since the city was founded, and BridgePark will allow more of RVA to experience it every day.”

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Richard Hayes

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