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James River Park System

Reedy Creek James River Park Headquarters
4001 Riverside Drive
Richmond, VA 23225

804-646-8911

Management

Bryce Wilk

Bryce Wilk

Parks and Recreation South Division Maintenance and Operations Manager

Email: [email protected]

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Bryce Wilk was fortunate enough to start with city of Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities starting in 2019. He is currently the Senior Superintendent of the South District of Parks and started as the James River Park System’s third superintendent, following in the footsteps of Nathan Burrell and Ralph White Prior to working for the City of Richmond, Bryce was the Assistant Park Manager at Pocahontas State Park and the Chief Ranger at Lake Anna State Park. Bryce recently completed the Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute (VNRLI) in association with University of Virginia and also graduated from the National Association of State Park Director’s Leadership School. Bryce received his degree from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in History and competed on the nationally ranked Cross Country and Track and Field Teams. He lives in the city of Richmond with his wife, Jessica, their pet, DeVito, and their daughter, Wyndsor Juniper.

Michael Burton

Michael Burton

Trails and Greenway Superintendent

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Michael has worked for the Parks Department since 2009 and has spent most of that time at the James River Park.  Since 2019 he has been the Trails and Greenways Superintendent for the department.  He enjoys cycling and hiking in the JRPS as well as other more far-flung places.  He lives on the south side of Richmond and also enjoys gardening and hanging out with his wife Eden and their many cats.

Operations

James Harlow

James Harlow

Operations Crew Chief

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James started working for James River Park System in October of 2019 as the Operations Crew Chief but before that he worked for Virginia State Parks for 8 years. He graduated from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a degree in Wildlife Science. He is an outdoor enthusiast, who enjoys fly fishing, hunting, metal detecting, hiking, boating and back packing. He lives with his wife Vicki and two pets. They have a dog named Stella and an overweight cat named Toby. He also enjoys several indoor hobbies that include reading, drawing, weight lifting and repairing things around the house.

Ross Newcomb

Ross Newcomb

Senior Maintenance Tech

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Ross Newcomb has worked for James River Park since 2015. He originally started as a seasonal employee and has since become the Senior Maintenance Technician for James River Park. In his role, he serves the city as lead technician in park improvements, project management, equipment operation, Fleet management, and hands-on training. Ross is a graduate from VCU where he earned his BFA in illustration. He often lends his skills as a designer to the park! Ross frequents the park he works for. You can find him mountain biking the trail system in the fall and spring, or find him climbing the Manchester Wall.

Jym Coleman

Jym Coleman

Maintenance Technician

Email: [email protected]

 

Jym was born just outside of Nashville, TN and grew up in Amherst County, Virginia. He is currently certified as VNLA Horticulturist and a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional, Level 1. Jym lives in old Mechanicsville and spends his free time with his partner, Janet, and their two dogs, Paris and Dundee.

Volunteerism

Matthew Mason

Matthew Mason

Volunteer Coordinator

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Matt Mason has been with The James River Park System since 2009. He started as an intern through VCU’s Recreation and Park Management Program. He then became part of the park operations crew and later was brought on as the Volunteer Coordinator for The James River Park and parks south of the James River. He resides in Stratford Hills and enjoys walking with his family and dogs in the Pony Pasture and Wetlands area of the JRPS.

Trails and Greenways

Andrew Alli

Andrew Alli

Trails Manager

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Andrew Alli has been with James River Park since 2014. He began as a park operations maintenance technician and now serves as the city’s Trails Manager. Andrew is a VCU Environmental Studies graduate and Certified ISA Arborist. In his spare time, Andrew tours as a professional blues harmonica musician. He is an avid cyclist, hiker, trail runner who enjoys the many nooks and trails that Richmond has to offer.

Kitt West

Kitt West

Senior Trails Tech

Email: [email protected]com

 

Kitt West found his home on the JRPS Trail Crew in 2018 after several years of conservation work with Americorps, Virginia State Parks and the National Park Service. A lifelong BMX rider, Kitt enjoys building dirt jumps almost as much as he likes riding them. His other hobbies include, mountain biking, camping, sitting in the rapids on a hot day while staying hydrated, and loving his little baby daughter, Ona, with all of his heart.

Joey McKinley

Joey McKinley

Trails Technician

Email: [email protected]

 

Joey was born and raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry, but his ties and connection to Virginia are strong. After many years cooking his way around Charleston and New Orleans, he found himself in Richmond where he instantly fell in love with the city’s park system. When not working on the trails, you can find him at the BMX track or the skatepark, or chasing a good view of a passing train somewhere along the banks of the James.

Programming and Education

Penelope Davenport Gorman

Penelope Davenport Gorman

Program Supervisor

Email: [email protected]richmondgov.com

 

Penelope Davenport began her professional work with James River Park System as an Adventure Educator in 2015, subsequently moving into the role of Outdoor Education Supervisor. Whitewater paddling, mountain biking, and exploring have led Penelope to rivers, creeks, and trails all over the United States and up into Ontario, but she can most often be found pursuing those passions here in her home Park.

Tyler Twyford

Tyler Twyford

Environmental Educator

Email: [email protected]

 

Tyler is an outdoor enthusiast who came to Richmond to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies, fell in love with the river and never looked back.  His position as an Environmental Educator with JRPS since 2015 allows him to share his passion for the outdoors with Richmond’s youth.  He is a Certified Interpretive Guide and works closely with the Virginia Association for Environmental Education to strengthen outdoor education in our state.  If you cannot find him canoeing, biking or watching the sunset in the park, he has probably gone down to the beach to catch some waves!

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Keep the Park Safe

Please call 911 in case of an emergency. To report non-urgent issues, call the RPD Police non-emergency number at (804) 646-5100.

If on a trail, look for closest trail marker and give the dispatcher trail marker information.

We love our Park Staff!

Where would we be without the dedication of the James River Park staff? Certainly up a river without a paddle. If you’d like to say thank you, pick and dispose of any trash you see on your walk, hike, paddle or ride or make a gift to support the Friends who in turn support the Park.

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Looking for Friends contact info?

Looking for the contact information for the Friends of the James River Park? See Contact the Friends.

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Colin Owens

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Ben Taylor

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Shae Jackson

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Ian Donegan

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Ben Krumweide

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