The James River Park

A scenic video containing information about the James River Park uploaded by SRD Speaks

As one of the many greenspaces in Richmond, Virginia, James River Park is one of the most popular spots to visit. With over 20+ miles of trails, many people utilize the park for activities such as hiking, swimming, climbing, bike riding, and much more!

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The James River Park located in Richmond, Virginia, is a 600-acre urban green space that features rocks, rapids, meadows, forests, and abundant plant and animal life.

Brown’s Island Dam walk is one of the most popular spots for many tourists as it gives a scenic view over the James River. Brown’s Island Dam was constructed in 1901 by Virginia Electric Power Company to divert water into the Haxall Canal. The canal was then decommissioned in 1968 where the equipment has since been washed away by flooding. The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge is named after a senior planner  who led the dam walk project before his sudden death in late April of 2014. The constructors of the bridge also provided many historical facts and quotes tourists can observe while enjoying the view.

Another bridge directly across from the Potterfield bridge is called the Robert E. Lee Memorial Bridge. However, in light of the George Floyd protests in 2020, the Richmond City Council has began the process of reverting its name to the James River Bridge. As of today, 2 million people visit the park each year.

Acknowledgments

All information contained in this video was provided by the James River Park’s signage and Wikipedia.

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Curtis Memorial Park

A video showcasing the beautiful Curtis Memorial Park uploaded by SRD Speaks

Curtis Memorial Park is a local greenspace located in Virginia’s Fredericksburg/Stafford area. Just North of I-95, this park is a popular spot for many activities, including fishing, golfing, skateboarding, etc. The park has been open since 1975 and remains an active spot for many families to visit and enjoy.

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Curtis Memorial Park is a large greenspace located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The park has two sides. One side, currently open from 8 AM to 5 PM, houses many amenities such as an 18-hole golf course, an 18-hole disc golf course, a 5.5-mile trail,  a small skate park, a pool, and many more. The other entrance is open 24/7 for fishing purposes and has a boating ramp and fishing piers open to everyone. 

A few fun facts about the park include how the Curtis family donated their farmland to the county to be used for recreational purposes. It was then opened to the public in 1975. Some of their family member’s graves still remain on the site to this day.  

Curtis Lake is also one of the many man-made lakes in Virginia, as there are only two natural lakes.

The lake also has large amounts of standing timber, which provides the abundance of largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish populations with “structure” and many hiding spots to continue their reproduction without populations being threatened by anglers.

Acknowedgments

Information included in this video was provided by Curtis Memorial Park’s signage, The Virginia Department of Wildlife, and the Stafford County Parka and Recreation.

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