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A proposal for the Gillie’s Creek Greenway

Josh Mallow, a graduate student in VCU’s Master of Urban Planning and Regional Planning Program, presented a rough plan for the Gillie’s Creek Greenway at a Greater Fulton Hill Civic Association meeting back in February. The proposal has been polished into a 65 page plan (PDF), and Josh says, “Last I heard, Jake Helmboldt was planning to use it to apply for Transportation Alternative grants.”

The proposal, similar to the East End Greenway idea floating around, would “connect the uphill neigborhoods of Oakwood and Church Hill North” to the James River and Virginia Capital Trail. The trail would be a paved path similar to the Cannon Creek Greenway in Northside.

Total cost for the project is estimated at $5,170,481, with up to $4.3 million in anticipated grant funding available.

The Gillies Creek Greenway Plan was requested by the Pedestrian, Bicycles and Trails Commission Coordinator, Jakob Helmboldt and supported by James River Park System Park Superintendent Nathan Burrell. The plan fulfills the professional plan requirement of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Proposed Gillie's Creek Greenway
Proposed Gillie’s Creek Greenway

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I really like this plan. I 100% support any plan that gets people walking and biking in Richmond. I do think that this area needs to be kept as natural as possible and I’d rather see a crushed stone path instead of paving.

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How about yearly maintenance fees and upkeep? If you forgot we live in Richmond, where spending money only goes for corrupt projects, like a training camp and a baseball stadium. I know this sounds like I am against it. I am not, but we need to see how much it should cost in the long run, so it doesn’t become a mosquito farm in the next 10 years.

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Echo the sentiment that a crushed gravel alternative should be explored. Other than that sounds great.

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I’ve caught a disproportionate number of flats riding trails with the crushed gravel on skinnier tire bikes. As a semi-regular user of the Cannon Creek Greenway & new rider on the Capital Trail, I prefer the pavement.

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Generally favorable.

No mention of the East Coast Greenway (www.greenway.org)?

Also, perhaps I did not see it, but what happens with the actual creek?

Compare- http://www.oregonhill.net/2015/05/07/riggans-canal-blueway-plan/

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I would have connected Chimborazo with Gillies Creek along the path that Fulton Street used to take…

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To me it’s already a greenway, leave it be.