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James River Park System

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

phone: 804-646-8911
web: richmondgov.com/content/Parks/

Management

Bryce Wilk

Bryce Wilk

Park Superintendent

Bryce was fortunate enough to be selected as the James River Park System’s third superintendent in January 2019, following in the footsteps of Nathan Burrell and Ralph White.  Prior to working at James River Park System, Bryce was the Assistant Park Manager at Pocahontas State Park and the Chief Ranger at Lake Anna State Park.  Bryce most 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 graduated from the College of William and Mary with 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 soon a little human being. 

Michael Burton

Michael Burton

Trails and Greenway Superintendent

Email: [email protected]

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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

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.

Ross Newcomb

Ross Newcomb

Senior Maintenance Tech

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.

Volunteerism

Matthew Mason

Matthew Mason

Volunteer Coordinator

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

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 the Richmond has to offer.

Kitt West

Kitt West

Senior Maintenance Tech

Bio coming soon!

Programming and Education

Penelope Davenport Gorman

Penelope Davenport Gorman

Program Supervisor

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

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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