Richmond, Va. – April 24, 2012 – Timmons Group, an ENR 500 Design Firm and a leader in civil engineering and landscape architecture services, announced today that the firm has developed and presented a master plan for a new park for the City of Richmond’s James River Park System.
Tentatively referred to as Retention Basin Park based on its function as a basin for large stormwater events, the park will be the first new park added to the James River Park System in several years and is the missing link that connects Belle Isle, Browns Island, and the Slave Trail with the overall parks network. The design team sought to create an urban refuge for Richmond’s park lovers and Manchester’s residents. As a grand vision for the park, the master plan calls for a main loop trail with a bridge over the water that weaves through native wildflower meadows and allows for both passive and active recreation. Park goers can play bocce and croquet in the open lawn areas, sit quietly and read a book on a park bench, learn about the history of the site through interpretive signs, eat a picnic lunch by the water and even go for a run or exercise their dog.
This dynamic parcel of land was offered to the James River Park System by the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities. The property is bordered by the floodwall to the north, interstate 95 to the east, railroads to the south and west, and a major Dominion Power easement through the property. Surprisingly, despite restrictions, the site is an urban oasis—a real treasure nestled below the safety of the flood wall. Formerly part of the Manchester Canal system, the park focuses around a small waterway that is home to osprey, blue herons, wood ducks, fish, frogs and other local wildlife.
The idea for a project was cultivated by Baskervill Architects and Ralph White with the James River Park System. With promises of reaching out to the community at the Earth Day Festival in Richmond’s Manchester district, the focus was to assemble a team and deliver a master plan for a piece of city property located in the heart of Manchester. The team consisted of Timmons Group Landscape Architects and Engineers, Baskervill Architects, DPR Construction, RTB Structural Engineers, and the James River Park System. Each team member, native to the Richmond area, volunteered their professional services to assure that the design was evaluated from every perspective.
On April 21st, in conjunction with the Richmond Earth Day Festival, Mayor Dwight Jones and Ralph White dedicated the park to the City of Richmond. Future phases of the master plan will not be constructed until funding is appropriated and permitting is approved. Two interpretive signs and numerous bird houses were constructed and installed by volunteers from Timmons Group and the James River Park System.
To view the conceptual master plan, click here.
About Timmons Group
Timmons Group is a multi-disciplined engineering and technology firm recognized for nearly twenty years as one of Engineering News Record’s (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms in the country. As a Certified Small Business (SWaM) in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the firm provides civil engineering, environmental, GIS/geospatial technology, landscape architecture and surveying services to a diverse client base. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Timmons Group has regional offices throughout Virginia and North Carolina. For more information, visit www.timmons.com.
Tim Asimos, CPSM
Corporate Marketing Manager