Article by Colleen Curran, Richmond Times-Dispatch
“In a pandemic year, the outdoors was booming.
The James River Park System reported last week that in 2020, it reached over 2.1 million visitors. That’s an increase from 1.9 million in 2019 and 1.4 million in 2018.
JRPS had its highest monthly total in July with 244,611 visitors to the park. The most popular entry points were Belle Isle North, T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge North and Pony Pasture. The park system has been tracking visitor counts since 2014.
In the year ahead, as part of the master plan, the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities said it will be working on increasing universal accessibility throughout the park and river, exploring safe and accessible connections between Huguenot Flatwater and Pony Pasture, and collaborating with the Capital Region Land Conservancy to move forward with putting 180 park acres under easement to protect green space in perpetuity.”