We know today’s James River Park as a nature park with some historic relics from the river’s industrial past, but if plans from the late 1960s had come to fruition, we’d be living in a very different city.
In January 1969, while many Richmonders were unaware of newly designated James River Park, the City of Richmond “unveiled a seven-year, $6 million master plan for the recreational development of the James River that combines a bit of convention center, wilderness watersports and a touch of Disneyland,” according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch archives.
Please see this story on Richmond.com
The City of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities posted the job description for the James River Park and the title is listed as “Trades Superintendent (James River Park System Superintendent).” The salary range is $43,771 - $71,898 annually. description
Park manager Ralph White has worked for the James River Park System for 32 years and is retiring at the end of December. He has many stories that fuel his fire to continue to work hard to push for the preservation and protection of the natural park lands and shorelines of the James River Park.
Don’t have permission to publish the cool retro photos on tumblr, you’ll have to check them at Richmond.com
Picture of the Day
I used to party in the house on the right in the way back machine (across from Strawberry Street Cafe).
Piers that remain of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge in the James River, seen from Brown’s Island.