MOBILE TOURS

Dates & times subject to change.

All tours will meet at, depart from and return to the Richmond Marriott Downtown.

Brown’s Island and the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge

Visiting these two cultural resources is not only a great way to see downtown Richmond and the James River, it’s a rare opportunity to see contemporary planning and implementation in an ever-evolving historic area. Join Mark A. Olinger, the City of Richmond’s Director of Planning and Development Review, and Max Hepp-Buchanan, Venture Richmond’s Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking, for a tour of the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge, a keystone of implementing the 2012 Richmond Riverfront Plan, and Brown’s Island, including a description of Venture Richmond’s ongoing Brown’s Island planning effort. 

 

After the tour, feel free to explore nearby sites: George Washington’s Kanawha Canal, the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar Iron Works, and Belle Isle, a former Civil War POW camp, former site of hydraulic pump houses that powered Richmond’s trolley lines, and current beloved recreational resource. 

Date & Time: Sunday, September 13, 1pm-5pm

Cost: $25

The Presquile National Wildlife Refuge

The Presquile National Wildlife Refuge is a 1,329-acre island located in the James River, approximately 20 miles south of Richmond. Established in 1953, the refuge is comprised of wetlands, forests and grasslands that provide a diverse habitat for migratory birds, monarch butterflies, and white-tailed deer. Trails and boardwalks offer access to excellent wildlife viewing, while the Menenak Discovery Center houses interpretive displays and conservation materials intended to inspire visitors. Journey aboard the James River Association’s Spirit of the James for a trip around the island followed by a guided tour of the refuge and its facilities provided by staff from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Date & Time: Sunday, September 13, 1pm-5pm

Cost: $25

Development along the BRT Pulse Corridor

Richmond City is experiencing a significant development boom, much of which is located in neighborhoods along the newly-installed Pulse Bus Rapid Transit route. The City has adopted and is in the process of implementing an accompanying land use planning document: the Pulse Corridor Plan. Station-area rezonings are underway to support transit-oriented development along the corridor. Please join Mark Olinger, Richmond City’s Director of Planning and Development Review, for a guided tour of development along the route, from Rockett’s Landing, Shockoe Bottom, Monroe Ward, Jackson Ward, Sauer Center and Scott’s Addition, and see this plan in action! Planning professionals will enjoy seeing the implementation of transit-oriented development principles, including a newly-created transit-oriented development zoning district.

 

Date & Time: Sunday, September 13, 1pm-5pm

Cost: $25

Appomattox River Kayak Tour

Join us as we enjoy a kayak tour at the confluence of the Appomattox and James River in the City of Hopewell, just 25 miles east of Richmond.  Launch from the City’s Marina and kayak to historic City Point, enjoying views of the bluffs and wildlife.  Tour guides will discuss the efforts taken to promote environmental stewardship, responsible and accessible waterfront development, and ways to promote public health by providing opportunities to move.  After the kayak tour we will enjoy the new riverwalk, and explore downtown, gathering Hopewell indulgences along the way.

 

Kayak ability: All skill levels welcome

 

Date & Time: Monday, Sept 14, 1-4:45pm

Cost: $25

Virginia Capital Bike Tour with Basket & Bike

The tour will begin at Upper Shirley Vineyards and will focus on the rich history and natural beauty found along this picturesque stretch of the trail that parallels the James River.  You will learn about the colorful and sometimes uncomfortable history of the settling of America.  In addition to stopping near several historic sites, we will also make a stop by VCU’s Rice Rivers Center and learn about their work on water quality and preserving the health of all rivers.  14 miles • moderate fitness ability • Bikes and helmets provided.

Date & Time: Monday, Sept 14, 1-4:45pm

Cost: $55

GRTC Pulse Tour

The tour will explore the Planning, design, and implementation of GRTC’s bus rapid transit Pulse line.  Representatives will lead a tour of the Pulse facilities, and you will experience riding the Pulse on a real-time route.  The discussion will focus on the factors that lead to the Planning of the Pulse, and its ultimate design and construction.  

 

Date & Time: Monday, Sept 14, 1-4:45pm

Cost: $25

Downtown Bike

Join Josh Son, bike enthusiast and Senior Planner for Richmond's Dept. of Planning and Development Review, on a tour of bike infrastructure and public spaces in Richmond. Participants will tour the city on Richmond's electric-assist bike share bikes and ride on various bike facilities - bike boulevards, greenways, and bike lanes. The tour will feature stops at five public open space projects - Maggie L. Walker Plaza (a new plaza made by closing a road), Monroe Park (recently renovated), Brown's Island (a major regional destination that has a new plan for improving its functionality and river access), the Low Line (a linear park under a rail line), and 17th Street Farmer's Market (a reimagined historic plaza). Come learn how bike infrastructure in Richmond has and continues to create more opportunities for improved public health, climate change mitigation, and recreation.

 

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 15, 8am-11:30am

Cost: $25

Richmond Marine Terminal – Creating a Logistics Hub in the Richmond Region

Participants in this four-part mobile workshop will board a bus at the Marriott and travel to The Port of Virginia’s Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT).On route to the terminal, participants will receive a brief overview of how growth at RMT is transforming development outside the gate and capitalizing on private and public investment to create new employment and expansion of the tax base. Inside the terminal, participants will receive an overview of terminal operations including an understanding of the import and export processes within the gate and the partnerships that have resulted in an increase in port volumes from nearly 3,000 containers in calendar year 2009 to nearly 40,000 containers by the end of 2019. Due to security, all passengers will remain on the bus moving through the site. Following the on-terminal portion of the tour, participants will travel to Riverside Logistics, a regional third-party logistics provider. While at Riverside, participants will hear from a series of presenters on port-related development and proposed transportation investments to create economic opportunity in the corridor.  For the last leg of the tour, the bus tour will take participants to several of the new development sites discussed at Riverside Logistics.

 

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 15, 8am-11:30am

Cost: $25

Sauer Center Tour

Centrally located in Richmond along the Pulse Bus Rapid Transit Corridor, the former Sauer’s spice manufacturing site is now the home of a vibrant, rapidly-growing, transit-oriented, mixed-use development, anchored by the recently-opened Whole Foods grocery.  The City of Richmond recently rezoned this area, as the next phase of implementation of the adopted Pulse Corridor Plan, to high-density, transit-oriented designations, as the Sauer Center vision is consistent with Plan goals.  Join Ashley H. Peace, MURP, President of Sauer Properties, on a tour of the evolving 36 acre site, including Sauer’s own planning processes, and the intersection between private development and public planning goals. 

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 15, 8am-11:30am

Cost: $25

Downtown Ashland

Tour Historic Downtown Ashland, located 15 miles north of Richmond and affectionately referred to as “The Center of the Universe.” The Town is finishing up a new branding initiative that should be rolling out this summer. Town representatives will take you on a walking tour of the downtown, while discussing the innovative approaches to maintaining a vibrant downtown that was built around the two CSX rail lines cutting through the middle of main street and the relocation of Randolph-Macon College. Highlights include an award winning parking lot restoration showcasing innovative stormwater design practices, the new Town Hall (opening this fall), Randolph-Macon College, intersection of two national bike routes, Rt. 1 and 76, a newly renovated historic theatre, and farm-to-table retailers where refreshments will be provided.

 

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 15, 8am-11:30am

Cost: $25

Richmond Slave Trail Experience

Take part in a guided 1.5 mile walking tour of the Richmond Slave Trail also known as the Trail of the Enslaved African. The walk, that will chronicle the slave trade from 1619-1965, will begin at Libby Hill to the Manchester Docks over to Lumpkin’s Jail site and will conclude at the Reconciliation Statue. You will be challenged as you imagine and process the arduous journey of those who lived the story. Consider the powerful affect of trails to move the heart, mind, and soul, and the responsibility of planners in telling a story. 

 

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 15, 8am-11:30am

Cost: $25

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