Parks should connect people. As head of the BridgePark project, Ted Elmore, explores his novel idea of turning a downtown bridge, designed for automobiles, into a park. He outlines how designing with the community is bringing neighbors closer and making a, “bold idea even bolder.”
After 15 years of practicing corporate finance law, Ted Elmore now leads a community effort to bring a unique public gathering space to the James River in downtown RVA. Ted graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law before joining the international law firm Hunton & Williams. He serves on the Board of Directors of Current Art Fair, The Gray Haven Project, GroundworkRVA, and Studio 23, and was a founding director of Fall Line Fest.
His love of creativity, design, nature, and community combine to drive the ambitious BridgePark project, an innovative public park plan that would create a dramatic new green space with breathtaking views of the James River and downtown Richmond.
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