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New Path at Manchester Climbing Wall

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This spring, with a $14,000 grant awarded to Groundwork RVA from the National Park Service, work will begin on a dedicated path connecting the Floodwall to the T. Potterfield Memorial Bridge. This path will divert traffic from the climbing area to provide a safer experience for both climbers and those who are just “passing though.” The work will include removal of invasive species, improvements to the bridge stairs and new signage. This effort supports Groundwork RVA’s mission to provide youth programs that occupy a hands-on role in creating positive changes to enhance green spaces in Richmond communities.

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New Water Fountain at Tredegar Street

Thanks to funding provided by JROC, Venture Richmond and JRPS there is a new year-round two bowl water fountain available to refresh both people and pets. Look for the new installation in the Tredegar Street parking lot.

Goats Mow Down Invasive Species at Manchester Climbing Wall!

The goats employed by Park Staff through support of the Friends have managed to fight back the invasive species overburdening the Manchester Climbing Wall area. Thanks to their endless appetites the area looks great and the first step in the long process of minimizing invasive species in this area is complete. The next step is to cut back many of the vine and root systems to limit the growth followed by a few more visits from the goats next Spring. To learn more about the Invasive Species Task Force.

And work on the invasive species plan receive a financial boost thanks to a $10,000 grant from Universal Leaf Tobacco.

North Bank Trail Bridges Re-Built

New Bridge on North TrailThe North Bank Trail has re-opened after Park Trail Crews completed re-building the first bridge on the trail when heading west from Tredegar. The trail was closed for three days while staff rebuilt the dated bridge.

T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge update

The south entrance to the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge is back open! The ramp was repaved to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The grade of the slope of the prior ramp was too steep for compliance.

New Grant for the Manchester Climbing Wall

The Richmond Chapter of the American Alpine Club recently awarded a $1,500 grant to repair and improve the Manchester Climbing Wall and surroundings. Volunteers from the Club as well as JROC will carry out the improvements, which will include rebolting walls, replacing wooden benches, refurbishing gravel pathways and providing a new information kiosk. The work will be done in February and March.

Trail Repairs

JRPS staff is repairing trails in the Wetlands and Pony Pasture. The improvements include grading, laying stone and gravel, and compacting these materials to create the ideal trail surface. Work should continue through February, weather depending. This effort is estimated to cost $30,000. We appreciate Park staff efforts to continuously improve the park!

T. Tyler Potterfield Pedestrian Bridge Opens

The long-awaited T. Tyler Potterfield Pedestrian Bridge connecting Brown’s Island and Manchester is finally open to the public! The 0.3 mile metal bridge is lighted and will remain open 24 hours a day and is handicapped accessible. This is the first major project to be completed in the City’s Riverfront Plan. Photo by Rich Young (Instagram: @sandys_dad)

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