Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Virginia: Property Owners Pay City for Damage to James River Park

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Virginia: Property Owners Pay City for Damage to James River Park

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Richmond's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities has received a check from Mark and Donna Romer for $34,000 to restore a section of the James River Park along Riverside Drive that the couple damaged in March 2003. The Romers were responsible for cutting down more than 64 trees and clearing the undergrowth on .63 acres of woodland property between the James River and Riverside Drive so they could have a better view of the river from their home. The property is part of the city's James River Park system, a series of public parks bordering the river that are owned and managed by the city of Richmond.

"Make no mistake that anyone who damages public park property in this manner will be held accountable," said Dinesh Tiwari, director of the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. "Cutting trees or shrubs on public property without permission is illegal. Furthermore, the James River Park is one of this city's most valuable assets, and as custodians and stewards of the city's parks, we intend to protect and preserve this park, as well as all of our city's parks, for the benefit of our citizens." The money will be used by the parks department to remove the debris from the damaged site and to plant and maintain new trees and shrubs. …

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