Thirsty for a Cause

Join Mark Iscool Guzzi, on behalf of all lovers of the James River Trail System, in launching  Thirsty For A Cause

An evening to aid in funding the installation of a human and canine friendly water fountain at the Pump House Drive trailhead!  This initiative is supported by rvaMORE and Kelleher Corporation!

Droves of hikers, runners, cyclists, dog walkers and nature lovers have come to know the James River Trail System as a refreshing retreat from the world of concrete and asphalt. A great many of them utilize the Pump House Drive trailhead as a start/finish or as a via-way.

Unfortunately, the James River Park System is way underfunded for handling the trail system development needed to support the explosive growth and popularity that the trails have seen in recent years. But that doesn’t mean that we have to go without a reliable source for water at this popular trailhead, particularly in those hot and humid summer months.

We take pride in these trails, and we can make a difference!

Hosted by lululemon athletica, Short Pump

11800 Broad Street, #1128, RVA 23233 (804)360-7923

A percentage of your lululemon in-store purchase on Wednesday, April 8, between 5-9pm will be donated to this grassroots cause.

Giant Demo Day and Raffle

This Saturday, Giant will be parking their demo truck at James River Park and rvaMORE will be there to share in the excitement.  As if loads of incredible bikes wasn’t enough of an incentive, you can enter a raffle for a $5000 Giant Bike & Gear package (drawing takes place at Tour de Fall Line). You could be the lucky winner!

The demo will take place from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, April 4th. You’ll find us and the demo truck at the 22nd street parking lot off Riverside Drive, on the Buttermilk Trail.  We hope to see you there!

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Saturday Trail Work

Saturday (April 4th) at 9am, we’ll be meeting at the Pumphouse Rd. entrance to the Dogwood Dell Trails to work on cleaning out the dip and drains.  Andrew and Chris from the city will be leading the work.

Buttermilk East Trail Work

With your help, we can open Buttermilk East this weekend.  We tackled a deep bench cut last weekend and this weekend the focus is on the final touches to open RVA’s newest trail.  There’s 20 feet on the western end to cut, 50 feet on the eastern end and some light cleanup work in the middle.

We’ll be meeting at 9am (Saturday, March 28th) at 21st and Riverside Drive.  Bring gloves and water, we’ll supply all of the tools.

Belle Isle Bike Repair Stand

We’re over half way to our $1200 fund raising goal to purchase a bike repair stand for the Belle Isle Skills Area.  You may have seen the one on Brown’s Island or at Great Shiplock Park.  rvaMORE is sponsoring one at the Skills Area.  In addition to the pump, it has hex keys and wrenches for making repairs while you’re out on the trails.

1218141050aIf you’d like to help make this happen, head on our to our fundraising site: https://www.ioby.org/project/purchase-and-install-bike-repair-stand-belle-isle-skills-area

On Wednesday, April 1st, Sticky ToGoGo will be helping us in our efforts.  10% of food sales (carry out and delivery) will be donated to the fund.

 

Buttermilk East Trail Work

The snow has melted and it’s stopped raining long enough for things to dry up.  So despite the threat of more rain tomorrow, we’re going to be out working on Buttermilk East this Saturday (March 21st).
We hope to knock out the final two sections and open up the trail from the 21st Street Tower to the Floodwall.
Meet us on Riverside Drive just east of 21st. Street.  We’ll get started at 9am and work until noon or 1.  We have tools, so all you need to bring are gloves and energy.
See you Saturday.

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Thank you!  Nearly 200 people braved the cold wet weather Saturday night to show their love for the local trails.

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Photo courtesy of Jay DeBe. 

We raised close to $3500 that we’ll be putting towards the local trails.  We’d like to thank all of the sponsors that donated raffle prizes, Hardwood Park Craft Brewery for a great venue, Tijo Media, Lucky Stiffs, Andrea Alli and Last Night’s Blues Band, Tijo Media and all of the volunteers that worked at the event and worked ahead of time to create this great event.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

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Buttermilk East Trail Work

This Saturday, February 7th, work will resume on Buttermilk East.  During the last two volunteer days, over 900 feet of trail was bench cut into a steep hillside.  We’ve almost made it from 22nd St. to the Lee Bridge, but we’re not there yet.  We have a couple of connecting sections to cut in, there’s some bench cuts that need a little more work – perhaps a small retaining wall or two and there are a few rocks to rearrange under the bridge.

Please come out and join us from 9am until about 1pm on Saturday the 7th.  We’ll be meeting next to the JRPS truck that will be parked on Riverside a little east of the 22nd St. Tower.  Bring some gloves, study shoes, water and a snack.  The weather is looking great, so come on out and lend a hand.

Buttermilk East Trail Work

Last weekend, with the help of 30 people, we built 300ft. of new trail heading east from the 22nd Street tower.

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This weekend, we’ll be continuing east towards the Lee Bridge.  We’ll break into two crews with one fine-tuning last week’s work and one cutting new trail.  Come on out, lend a hand and help us create some new single track and a more fun way to get from Buttermilk to the Flood Wall.

When: 9am Saturday, January 17th
Where: Riverside & 22nd St.
Bring: Gloves, Sturdy Shoes, Water and a Snack

Trail Work & Flood Wall Update

This Saturday, January 10th, we’re building new trail.  Buttermilk East will run from the 22nd Street tower east under the Lee Bridge making for a safe off-road connection to the flood wall.

Speaking of the flood wall, the work on the Manchester Bridge should be wrapping up in late February.  Work on the Tyler Potterfield Dam Walk, connecting Brown’s Island and the floor wall began in December with an anticipated opening of September 2015.  This will result in closures around the flood wall and Manchester climbing wall during the construction.

We’ll be meeting for trail work at the top of the 22nd tower on Saturday at 9am.  Street parking is available on 20th, 21st and 22nd Streets near Riverside Drive.  The corridor is mostly cleared, so we’ll be able to jump right in and start bench cutting new trail.  Come on out and help, lots of hands will make quick work of it.