The James River Park System is a 600-acre urban oasis that features rocks, rapids, meadows, forests, and an abundance of plant and animal life. It is a pristine bit of wilderness in the heart of Richmond.
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The James River Park System sees as many as 2 million annual visitors, making it the most visited attraction in Richmond. Maintaining the quality of the Park experience while protecting the health of the natural environment has become a top priority.
Working in partnership with affiliated advocacy groups, we helped to develop a 10-year Master Plan which will guide Park enhancements and growth, protecting the Park for future generations.
Development of the Master Plan began in 2018, and it was adopted by Richmond City Council in 2020 as part of the Richmond 300 Master Plan.
Among the strategic goals addressed in the Park Master Plan are prioritizing the highest and best use of the Park for the City and region, balancing nature and adventure in its use, improvements of Park infrastructure, and enhancements to improve access for users of all abilities.
The 10-year Park Master Plan is not set in stone, and will remain flexible to address future needs and guidelines. The Master Plan is a proposal to preserve the Park for future generations of Park users.