In the early 1990’s a friend took me on my first walk through Bryan Park. As I saw glimpses of its historic features I was shocked at how unused and dilapidated the 260+ acre park was. In 1994 FoBP was formed when Richmond City proposed to turn the public parkland into a golf course. All of these years later the park is now populated with disc golfers, soccer players, bird watchers, runners, bike riders, dog walkers and more. Once again Bryan Park has become a star of the City park system.
Working with the Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation and entities such as the CBF, DOF, Riverine Chapter of the Master Naturalists, Sports Backers, and with donors and volunteers, FoBP has had many successes. Among them are the planting of trees to replace the huge specimens which are slowly aging away. A buffer of native moisture loving trees and shrubs has been planted along the upper pond to protect the shoreline from erosion. As a memorial to two members of the Bryan Family we have created a maple grove with a central sitting area. The “Illustrated History of Bryan Park” and a walking tour have been published. Outdoor theater “What Price Freedom,” about the slave Gabriel, has been funded and presented. In 2010 the park’s Centennial was celebrated with a festival during which a time capsule was buried. Recycling containers, a dog waste-bag station, a kiosk and bulletin boards are FoBP funded projects. Information on tree planting, watersheds, invasive alien plants, bird identification and other topics have been shared with the public, as education is a top priority of ours.
These are just a very few of our accomplishments. Our challenges are great. The ponds are silting in while continuous streams of trash arrive via the waterways, much from Henrico County’s Upham Brook. FoBP has initiated talks with Henrico County officials to find solutions. Work parties of volunteers, often guided by FoBP members, collect the trash. The once majestic and nationally recognized Azalea Garden’s 17 acres are in great need of restoration. An attempt, on a small scale to start with, is in the works. Noise from I-95 will be buffered by FoBP planted trees. Some of our challenges have meant starting over—Hurricane Gaston wiped out a pond buffer and destroyed trees. Drought killed many newly planted azaleas. Despite these and other challenges FoBP perseveres. We are dedicated to our mission.
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