20141213_MET_PARK

The 22nd Street entrance to the James River Park System in Richmond VA Fri. Dec. 12, 2014.

The Riverside Drive entrance to Belle Isle and the James River Park System is scheduled to get a $90,000 makeover next year.

Thanks to a grant from Altria tied to the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, the James River Association is seeking Richmond’s permission to beautify the 22nd Street tower entrance at Riverside, where erosion has created a steep approach to the bridge leading to the island.

The outdoor group plans to improve the area by regrading some sections and adding planting beds, granite steps and a wood-chip path. The concept plan also calls for a new sign at the park entrance.

Because the project would cost more than $25,000, the City Council will have to vote next month to accept the work as a gift from the James River Association.

Altria offered to give the James River Association a no-match grant to do a beautification project of its choosing, as long as the improved area was along the route for the bicycle race and also had stormwater management benefits, according to city documents. The route for the time trial circuit comes close to the 22nd Street tower entrance.

“JRA already has these funds in hand and has been given permission from Altria to move forward as necessary to implement the project prior to the 2015 race,” William H. Street, chief executive officer of the James River Association, said in an Oct. 22 letter to the city.

Street said the city is not expected to provide any additional funding for the project.

Load comments

You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article. You must be a digital subscriber to view this article.

Your sports-only digital subscription does not include access to this section.

SALE!
Only $3 for 3 Months
Unlimited Digital Access

  • Unlimited access to every article, video and piece of online content
  • Exclusive, locally-focused reporting
  • News delivered straight to your inbox via e-newsletters
  • Includes digital delivery of daily e-edition via email
SALE!
Only $3 for 3 Months
Unlimited Digital Access

  • Unlimited access to every article, video and piece of online content
  • Exclusive, locally-focused reporting
  • News delivered straight to your inbox via e-newsletters
  • Includes digital delivery of daily e-edition via email