Improving access to the James River within the James River Park System is a priority of the James River Outdoor Coalition (JROC). The James River Park System’s Huguenot Flatwater area is now one step closer to having a universally accessible access ramp! On Tuesday, May 26, Richmond’s City Council adopted an ordinance that restores critically important funding to the Universal Access at Huguenot Flatwater project. The project is now fully funded and moving toward construction.


JROC has been spearheading this effort over the past few years to replace the existing canoe slide at Huguenot Flatwater with a universally accessible ramp. When complete, the universal access project will allow people of all abilities to easily launch a paddlecraft and enjoy the James River. Funding for the project is coming from the Richmond’s FY 2020 Capital Improvement Plan and a combination of grants and donations secured by JROC.

Friends of the James River Park would like to recognize JROC for building support for the Huguenot Flatwater project and leading the effort to raise funds to make it a reality. We would also like to recognize Mayor Stoney and City Council for supporting this important project that breaks down a barrier to enjoying the James.

All images via Dave Parrish Photography.