Richmond VA Parks and Recreation’s James River Park System (JRPS) Adopts Leave No Trace Principles
Beginning in 2018, the JRPS became a “Leave No Trace Parks and Municipalities Partner.” This initiative marks a big change for the JRPS and goes beyond the “Pack it in, Pack it out” rule many of us are familiar with. Leave No Trace is built on seven core principles that provide comprehensive guidance on how to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way: minimizing human-created impacts.
Most noticeable will be the removal of the many standalone trash huts which will be replaced with centralized dumpsters, requiring Park users to either carry their waste to these dumpsters, or even better, home with them. Current plans include dumpsters to be placed at these locations:
• Pony Pasture Parking Lot
• Huguenot Flatwater Parking Lot
• Belle Isle Pedestrian bridge (north end)
We encourage all visitors to the Park to get involved with this bold initiative! Find out more about the Leave No Trace and Center for Outdoor Ethics at www.lnt.org.