Low Line park request was for $125,000

2/14/2020, 6 a.m.
Re “Mayor withdraws proposal to name city park plaza for Dominion Energy,” Free Press Feb. 6-8 edition: Thank you for ...

Re “Mayor withdraws proposal to name city park plaza for Dominion Energy,” Free Press Feb. 6-8 edition:

Thank you for the informative piece about Capital Trees and our work in the community. We are proud of our work to create public landscapes in the city that enrich and build community.

The Low Line is about to be completed as we work on finishing the Low Line Green. By the time all is said and done, we will have invested almost $2 million in the project, which includes the restoration of Great Shiplock Park and the Low Line, including the Green. These projects are public green spaces that benefit, improve and connect the community in many, many ways while also serving as a habitat for wildlife and remediating stormwater run off.

We gift these improved assets to the City of Richmond. We maintain our work through volunteers and a contract with landscaping company BWS.

Our work and mission are supported by the private and public sectors. In fact, our model of public-private funding is an example of community investment that leverages additional investment and spurs vital, dynamic growth.

Funders for our past and recent projects include, among others, the City of Richmond, Capital One, WestRock, the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Community Foundation, RVAH2O, the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, the Cabell Foundation, the Robins Foundation, The Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Altria and many, many, many individuals.

One key point: Our request to Dominion was for $125,000, not near the $740,000 you mentioned in the article. And, we had, as you mentioned, agreed to withdraw the request for naming a small area around the plaza— not the plaza itself. These are important key facts.

The Low Line is an impressive project and beloved asset. We have enhanced the experience for bikers on the Virginia Capital Trail and residents who live, play and work in the area.

Our work on transformative projects like this is important in RVA and we are recognized as leaders in making things like these projects happen.



The writer is executive director of Capital Trees.