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21st Street Pedestrian Bridge Park

21st Street Pedestrian Bridge Park

This park was an environmentally denuded site adjacent to the only southern access point to Belle Isle – one of the City of Richmond’s most popular and well-frequented parks, boasting an average of 15,000 visitors per month.  HG Design Studio was brought on board to assist with construction administration and stormwater permitting.

The unique challenge of this site was that a steep slope combined with frequent visitors had caused this park entrance to become denuded, eroded, and somewhat treacherous.  We re-graded the site from a 15% slope to an average 4.5% slope, we defined a clear walkway to funnel visitors through the site, we incorporated a rain garden to treat stormwater, and we added topsoil and native plants to improve the health and look of the site.  Since installation, the rain garden and site have functioned beautifully through the summer storms.

LOCATION: Richmond, VA
CLIENT: James River Association
OWNER: City of Richmond
DATES: Start: 2014
Completion: 2015
DISCIPLINES: Civil Engineering: Landscape Architecture
TEAM: Charlene Harper, PE, David Gerstenmaier, PLA


City of Richmond, Civil Engineering, James River Association, Landscape Architecture