Great news, as we are one step closer to getting Chapel Island added to the James River Park System. The key is developments at Great Shiplock Park, which is the current terminus for the Virginia Capital Trail. From the Friends of the James River Park facebook page: FOJRP supported the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission’s […]
Great news, as we are one step closer to getting Chapel Island added to the James River Park System.
FOJRP supported the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission’s grant application to the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program to be used for trails and signage on Chapel Island along the James River, just west of Great Shiplock Park. We voted to help the Chapel Island/James River Public Access Enhancement Project with $5000 from our general fund and 200 hours of volunteer labor from our members. We’ve just gotten word from the RRPDC that the grant has been awarded! Thanks to them for all the heavy-lifting!
This eastern section of the city desperately needs more park and river access and opening Chapel Island, which is city property, and accessible from the Great Shiplock Park section of the James River Park System and adjacent to the Capital to Capital Bicycle Trail, will add so much to Richmond’s robust urban park system. FOJRP is be proud to be part of a project that will open river access of what is now an underused area to underserved communities. River access at Chapel Island will offer health benefits, wildlife viewing opportunities, fishing, walking, paddling, and other environmentally friendly activities to a wider community.