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Months after closing to allow crews to construct several upgrades, James City County’s park near Jamestown is back in action with a new name.
The park closed its gate in February so work could start on a second entrance, a launch area for paddle craft, additional parking, a building with restrooms and a sales counter for concessions, an observation pier and a trail compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
That work is complete, prompting the county’s Parks and Recreation staff to reopen the park, changing its name from Jamestown Beach Park to Jamestown Beach Event Park. The county spent $690,632 on the project, using a combination of money for infrastructure and grant funding from land and water conservation grants.
Guests to the park will first notice its new entrance, located off Jamestown Road across the street from Jamestown Settlement’s main parking lot. The previous entrance is located near the bridge to the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry, which sometimes made it difficult to access when vehicles waiting for the ferry were queued.
Once inside, guests can park in the old spots or in one of 35 new designated spaces. They are located in the western edge of the park and provide immediate access to the approximately quarter-mile long, ADA-compliant trail.
The new amenities are scattered along the James River waterfront. The paddle craft launch area is closest to the new parking area and ADA-compliant trail and is large enough for several vehicles to offload the boats at the same time.
The observation pier is near Jamestown Road, extending 100 feet into the river. It provides guests a better view of the river while covering a pipe that jettisons runoff from precipitation.
Next to the pier is the new building with restrooms and occasional concession sales. Both amenities are located close to the old entrance to the park, which remains open.
A map detailing all of the changes will be issued to park-goers. The park is located at 2205 Jamestown Road and is open from 8 a.m. to sunset.