Eco Discovery Park is Williamsburg’s first Eco-tourism destination. Their mission is to inspire people, organizations, businesses, and government to make the health of our environment a priority in our actions. Opening this weekend, April 21, the Eco-Discovery Park is hosting the first James Riverfest, honoring Earth Day. This all-day fest is sponsored by the James River Association.
“More than 50 river-related arts & craft, food, kids’ activities and environmental vendors and organizations will be there. The stage will feature live music all day.” says the Virginia Gazette.
Activities start at 9am beginning with The James River Paddle Challenge for kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards. Earth Day tree planting will be held in the afternoon. The band, English Channel, will be playing at 7pm, covering British 60’s and 70’s hits. Free for kids 16 and under, anyone older than 16 will pay $5 for the concert.
The land of the Jamestown Yacht basin was taken over by Steve Rose and his non-profit organization in early January of this year. Upon completion of this project, the park will feature exhibits promoting adventure and recreation, and an environmental learning center. The Eco-Discovery has 24 bicycles, 18 kayaks, 2 canoes, two stand-up paddle boards and a fishing kayak for rent. A store will be stocked with refreshments, bait and tackle, and other boating and outdoor needs. Slips in the marina are also available for rent through Hampton Marine Services.
James Riverfest runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Eco-Discovery Park, 2054 Jamestown Rd., near the Jamestown Yacht Basin. For more information and concert tickets, visit www.jrava.org/james-riverfest.
For more about the Eco-Discovery Park, visit: ecodiscoverypark.org.