Riverfront Petition kickoff on Wednesday

10/12/2009 9:20 AM by


The will be an event on Wednesday, October 14 from 5-7PM launching The Riverfront Petition. Sponsored by Together We Stand, Partnership for Smarter Growth, Scenic Virginia, and the Alliance to Conserve Old RIchmond Neighborhoods, the petition is intended demonstrate the number of people “who support public ownership of all riverfront land along the north bank of the James RIver in the East End”.

The event will be held on The Sugar Pad (on Water Street at Intermediate Terminal where the Annabelle Lee used to dock). Featured speakers will include Christopher Newport, William Byrd II, Rachel Flynn, and Ralph White.

The Riverfront Petition reads:

We, the undersigned Citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia and other locales, request that our elected officials in the City of Richmond and the Commonwealth of Virginia take the necessary steps to achieve full ownership and control of all riverfront land along the north bank of the James River in the East End of the City of Richmond, from the former Intermediate Terminal site to Mayo Island, in order to:

· Create a riverfront park that will ensure and enhance public access to this historic section of America’s Founding River;

· Preserve the historic panoramic viewshed of the James River from Libby Hill Park that was the inspiration for the City’s name; and

· Provide a natural connection to the numerous and unique historic sites in Shockoe Bottom, particularly those acknowledging the largely-untold African-American experience in Richmond,

for the good of the public and the sustainability of Virginia’s Capital City, in perpetuity.

Contact Rick Tatnall at (804)355-3417 or for more information.

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