March 2018 – Views from the Treehouse

BikeWalkRVA Director Max Hepp-Buchanan moved here 5-years ago from Seattle to make sure the answer isn’t: “Meh.” See how he thinks we’re doing; how far we have to go; and what it will take to create a paradigm shift in our approach to transportation in the River City.

Ted Elmore gave up partnership in a downtown law practice to champion Richmond’s moonshot — imagining, envisioning, planning, fundraising and (one day, hopefully) building BridgePark, a monumental green space over the James.

It’s been five years since Nathan Burrell took over for Ralph White at the helm of the James Park. Burrell talks about the future of the park, as well as the constant challenges of managing an attraction that drew nearly 2 million visitors last year.

Kitt West does things on a BMX bike that would make mere mortals wet their pants. He’s also one of RVA’s most dedicated trail builders and is out to make sure the resources are there to groom the next generation of gnar shredders. In this week’s podcast, we go inside Richmond’s burgeoning BMX riding and racing scene with one of its leading lights.

In this week’s Views from the Treehouse podcast, we talk to David Kunnen, Executive Director of the Blue Sky Fund, a local non-profit whose mission is “to provide transformational experiences for urban youth through outdoor education.” We ask Kunnen what his group does to reach kids, what works, what doesn’t, and how doing his job well means going out of business.