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.

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

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