The Gillies Creek Park Foundation is working with the City of Richmond on future plans to develop the park to connect a series of new and existing parks and green spaces in an unprecedented urban greenway that will link Richmond neighborhoods to the nearby riverfront, Tobacco Row, the Capital Trail and the restored canal.
This greenway will be for walkers, joggers and cyclists and extends to the Richmond city limits at Oakwood.
The Foundation has sought to insure that in the plan there is connectivity that could improve the parkway accessibility and usability.
The section between Jennie Scher Road and Williamsburg Road is planned in the 2021 budget.
Other Future Goals
While much has been accomplished, there is still much to be done:
The Chimborazo Park Restoration effort was restarted in 2018 when the idea of re-connecting Chimborazo Park to Gillies Creek Park was under consideration. That effort is ongoing. It has included getting the street lights in the park fixed, getting drainage problems solved with green infrastructure solutions, ect.
Moving the Richmond Mounted Police to new quarters in the west end of the old landfill
Installation of an exercise trail in Gillies Creek Park needs to be funded
Restoring Stony Run Road’s unimproved roadway, which is an ongoing restoration program.
Keeping people from dumping in the area