State and local government offices are working with non-profits, parks, and civic groups to pursue investments in pedestrian and bike-friendly infrastructure in order to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, increase connectivity between parks and green space, and nurture healthier habits for residents. With the goals of making communities more supportive of healthy lifestyles, Groundwork RVA is pursuing the construction of greenways located in traditionally underserved areas that are a part of the City of Richmond Bicycle Masterplan.

 Reedy Creek Greenway
The Reedy Creek Greenway is a proposed bicycle and pedestrian path connecting the James River Park System to Forest Hill Park, Crooked Branch Park and terminating at George Wythe High School on Crutchfield Road. The greenway is proposed to be constructed on public right-of-way and park space owned by the City of Richmond Department of Public Works and Department of Parks & Recreational Facilities (see map link below for a detailed view of the proposed Reedy Creek Greenway path).

Let us know what you think by taking part in the Reedy Creek Greenway planning survey through Survey Monkey. You can also download and print our community survey. Mail it to us at 409 E Main Street, Ste 200, Richmond, VA 23219, or email it to info@groundworkrva.org. Groundwork RVA is responsible for this survey, which is being distributed to residents of neighborhoods surrounding Reedy Creek and to the general public. Groundwork RVA has received a grant for technical assistance from the National Park Service in creating a conceptual design plan for the creation of the Reedy Creek Greenway in Richmond’s south side. This trail will be a major bicycle and pedestrian connector for Richmond’s south side neighborhoods.

 Cannon Creek Bridge
Groundwork RVA, the Richmond Community High School Green Team, and dedicated volunteers worked with Green Team Leader Summer Schultz and Project Manager Nathan Burrell to build a walking bridge across the dry bed of Cannon Creek, located between Green Park and Brookland Park neighborhoods, to remove tires, debris, and cut brush. Litter removed from the ravine included over twenty rubber tires, aluminum cans, a mattress, plastic containers and other similar items. The amount of the debris filed the City trailer.

The simple walking bridge was installed for the purpose of allowing pedestrians to safely cross the dry creek during periods of standing water. Previously, residents crossed the ravine on a “social path,” not suitable for students or residents who regularly traversed the ravine at that location. The bridge designed by Timmons Group through partnership with Storefront for Community Design. It was paid for by a grant from Dominion Virginia Power.

Belle Isle Geo-Timeline
Groundwork RVA, the Richmond Community High School Green Team, Open High School ecology students, Science in the Parks, and dedicated volunteers worked with Green Team Leader Summer Shultz and Project Manager Nathan Burrell to develop an interactive geological timeline on the Belle Isle Bridge.

The timeline contains images of specific geological moments throughout history and verbal narrative connected to each image. Pedestrians engaged in the geo-timeline will learn about Virginia’s geological history while crossing over the James River and viewing current sites of major geological and historical moments on the way to the park.