Landscape Architecture Bureau

Landscape Architecture Bureau

Washington, DC


Brown's Island Park

Brown’s Island Park is on an island in the James River, adjacent to downtown Richmond.  Originally formed by the building of the Haxall Canal, a water-power channel dating to the early 19th century, the island had for decades been a dumping ground for industrial detritus.  The decision by a local public/private partnership to spur revitalization of the riverfront prompted a redesign of the island, linking it to the rest of the historic waterfront by means of a new pedestrian bridge to the north and the Haxall Canal Walk to the east.  The park accommodates many uses in addition to its linking function: picnics and lunches for downtown workers, performance venue, festival grounds and river viewing/fishing. The platform where the bridge meets the island serves as seating for festivals and performances. A grove of Sycamores provides a shady picnic area while the rest of the island is open for play and summer festivals. In addition, the framework of a disused lock was rehabbed and extended into the river a a fishing pier and viewing platform.

Designed by Jonathan Fitch with HOH Associates.

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Status: Built
Location: Richmond, VA, US