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May 7 - 5:30 pm -Downtown RVA Riverfront Walk- VA Cap Trail, Great Shiplock Park

This is the second of what I hope will be a series of Downtown RVa Riverfront Walks which I will lead. Each walk is intended to highlight some our city's great historic past, our beautiful riverfront present and our exciting future in the city riverfront master plan and corresponding private development. On each walk, we'll visit one or more of the gorgeous places along our 3-mile downtown Richmond's riverfront. Each walk will feature a stop at one of our city's fabulous river district or Manchester restaurants for a bite or a drink. None of these walks are expected to take more than an hour or two maximum, leaving time for the restaurant/bar stop for those interested in a drink and dinner.

This time, we will meet at the hidden-behind-the-flood-wall start of the Virginia Capital Trail, and go for a stroll along the Virginia Capital Trail (beneath the CSX 3-mile viaduct) along the Great Shiplock and Tobacco Row to the Great Shiplock Park. See where the Diamond's Indian sculpture (curiously named "Connecticut") ended up. We will walk around historic, lovely Chapel Island and see the trails the James River Hikers, City of Richmond and the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission and other partners helped build, and see the City's new interpretive signs. We will discuss the rich history of Chapel Island and the Great Shiplock (a lovely body of water that marks the end/beginning of the Tidewater Connection between the James River and James River & Kanawha Canal). We will discuss the planned extension of the Virginia Capital Trail and the planned city connector bike ped trail between Chapel Island Park and the 14th Street Canoe Landing.

No long talks, just short stories as we walk. I'll gladly answer questions if you want to know more. The point is to mix in a walk, nature, history, urban planning and redevelopment, and a great restaurant in just the right combination!

Our walk should take no more than an hour or so. Our restaurant stop will be the excellent Bottoms Up Pizza at the Triple Crossing (only place in America where three rail lines cross in the same spot), corner of 17th and Dock. A slice made in heaven. Adrian at Bottoms Up confirmed that we can be at the end of the bar and a couple of adjacent tables. If the weather is nice, we may prefer to sit outside. Adrian made it sound pretty flexible. Happy hour pricing does end at 7!

In leading these walks, I'll be drawing on my background as a William & Mary history major, a former ranger at the Richmond National Battlefield Park, studier of Richmond history and architecture, a local government attorney and would-be planner, a frequenter of Richmond's great restaurants and bars, and lover of downtown RVa.

Preparation. Wear shoes with some traction because our walk will be on some dirt, a steel grid, some sand and gravel, as well as asphalt and aggregate. The adventure is part of the fun.

Parking. Self parking is available on the street (East Cary Street often has spaces behind the restaurant) or in nearby parking lots. There are no parking decks close by. You could park elsewhere and walk to the meeting spot via city streets, the Virginia Capital Trail or the lower Canal Walk.

You are welcome to come for the walk at 5:30 pm, or join us at the restaurant where we will arrive about 60 minutes or so later. My inclement weather policy is to skip the walk and go straight to the restaurant for happy hour.

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  • Regina b.

    It is good to be back, thanks Mary P.

    May 8, 2014

  • Regina b.

    I had a great time!!!! I can't wait for the next hike. Thanks everyone.

    May 7, 2014

    • Andrew

      Thanks!

      May 8, 2014

    • Mary P

      Hi Regina! Glad you're back!

      May 8, 2014

  • Sandra H.

    This was my first hike back with the group in a year and I loved it. I plan to get back into it big time and I like these shorter hikes to get started. Thanks, Andrew!

    May 8, 2014

    • Andrew

      Thanks very much.

      May 8, 2014

  • Marilyn K

    I really enjoyed the hike and all the great historical information. Great organizer!

    May 8, 2014

    • Andrew

      Thanks so much.

      May 8, 2014

  • Deborah

    Andrew, thanks for organizing these hikes. I'm looking forward to the one on Sunday. BTW, you know we're just joshin' you about being a lawyer, right? We always give the "Event Host" a hard time - just ask Dennis. That just means we all like ya and appreciate that you care about the City and its history. :-)

    May 7, 2014

    • Andrew

      Thanks! No worries. We lawyers have pretty thick skin. You're very kind. Thank you.

      May 8, 2014

  • Pamela T.

    I have been on 7 hikes since I joined in April, so far and have not been disappointed. Andrew yours are short but sweet. Thanks for being a fantastic leader. See yall Sunday

    May 8, 2014

  • Michael F.

    Fun!

    May 7, 2014

  • sharon b.

    A nice little walk made better by our tour guide and historian Andrew. Thank you.

    May 7, 2014

  • Ann W

    Thanks, Andrew, for an informative and interesting walk on the Capital Trail.

    May 7, 2014

  • Melissa

    Great leader, interesting history, perfect walk before Bottoms Up!

    May 7, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Great leisurely hike thanks to Andrew. I'll be on another soon!

    May 7, 2014

  • Ginette B.

    very nice

    May 7, 2014

  • Ann W

    I may be delayed, so do not wait for me. I will catch up with you.

    May 7, 2014

  • Pam Kelley B.

    Do we have to walk on any pipes?

    May 6, 2014

    • Andrew

      No pipes. Mostly asphalt and gravel.

      May 6, 2014

  • Yvette

    OOP I thought this was today so I'm back in. So fickle.

    2 · May 6, 2014

  • Yvette

    Sorry Colin pulled me around the park this morning at the dog walk, I think I got enough walking for today.

    1 · May 6, 2014

  • Nancy H.

    sorry, a conflict came up

    May 6, 2014

    • Andrew

      No worries. Another time!

      May 6, 2014

  • Melissa

    Deborah..between 5 5:15 should give us plenty of time...missed you after your mishap )-:

    May 2, 2014

    • Deborah

      OK, that works for me. I'll see you there Melissa!

      May 2, 2014

  • Andrew

    Comment regarding parking. I've found that the blocks on East Cary Street from 15th St (Buffalo Wild Wings) down to 17th St (behind Bottoms Up) has good on-street parking. Melissa's plan to park at the Great Shiplock Park and walk down the Va Capital Trail to meet us at 5:30 works. Also, if you want to park on East Cary Street or a side street between Dock St and East Main St and walk down 21st or 22nd St to the Va Capital Trail, turn RIGHT and walk to meet us, that would work as well. See you Wednesday!

    May 2, 2014

  • Melissa

    I'm gonna park at Great Shiplock Park and walk down to the meetup place if anyone wants to extend the walk a little. Then, we could walk back to our cars together in the dark after dinner. Good parking there.

    May 1, 2014

    • Andrew

      Good idea. Want to name a time?

      May 1, 2014

    • Deborah

      Melissa, I'd like to meet you at Shiplock. Are you saying as early as 5:00 or what might you be thinking? Just need to plan on leaving work a little early.

      May 1, 2014

  • Mary O

    Would it be a good idea to park near Bottoms Up?

    April 25, 2014

    • Andrew

      Yes, it would. Parking is on nearby streets. East Cary often has parking not far from our starting point.

      April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this hike be at least 3 miles long?

    April 25, 2014

    • Andrew

      No. It will be closer to 2 miles. About .8 to Great Shiplock Park, about .4 on trails on island, and .8 back to restaurant.

      April 25, 2014

  • Nancy H.

    Sounds like a great evening, but I'm on-call that date. Hope you plan to repeat this meet-up!

    March 30, 2014

    • Nancy H.

      Thanks, Andrew. I did not see that one, but now I'm signed up! See you then.

      March 30, 2014

    • Andrew

      Excellent. Thanks!

      March 30, 2014

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