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.