James River Park System under threat

The James River Park system has been called the Central Park of Richmond. Six hundred acres of wilderness in the middle of the city, including hiking and biking trails, wildlife, and white water rapids. But it hasn’t had a master plan since the 1970s.

Visitation to the park has grown exponentially over the years, helping land Richmond on several “best city” lists from Lonely Planet and Outside Magazine.

With that attention and increased use comes a need to preserve and conserve the park, the Friends of James River Park said.

They’re helping raised $250,000 for the first master plan in 50 years.

Find out how Belle Isle could have had a space needle, revolving restaurants and a monorail instead of the wilderness that it is today in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.