Founded in 2013, Groundwork RVA was formed by a broad group of inspired community visionaries with inspiration provided by the City of Richmond, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Groundwork USA, Inc.


Our Mission

Groundwork RVA works with Richmond youth to facilitate environmental, economic, and social well-being in neighborhoods through the transformation of blighted and neglected open spaces into public assets.

Guiding principles

Greening Richmond: To collaborate with other stakeholders in maintaining and expanding Richmond's network of green spaces and sustainable infrastructure by converting brownfields to active use; enhancing the health of the James River and urban tributaries; and maintaining Richmond's parks and schools in cooperation with the City of Richmond.

Preparing Youth for Success: To prepare youth for career success by designing interpreting, building, and maintaining Richmond's green network through enduring participation in green workforce.

Improving Health and Quality of Life of all Residents: To improve quality of life and enhance the health of Richmond residents by improving pedestrian connectivity in Richmond neighborhoods to parks and recreational spaces; to jobs and service centers; and to places of cultural importance.

Realizing Racial Equity: To realize racial equity and promote social justice by cultivating youth leadership in conservation, recreation, and civic participation related to the development of public assets. 


Green Team
Green Workforce
Urban Archeology Corps

Everything we do, we do with excellence.
— Harris Wheeler, Groundwork RVA Landscape Instructor


  • 6 Points Innovation Center

  • James River Park System

  • Bellemeade Park

  • George Wythe High School

  • Armstrong High School

  • John Marshall High School

  • Oak Grove Bellemeade

  • Summer Hill Elementary

  • Ruffin Road Elementary

  • Maymont Elementary

  • Mary Scott Elementary

  • Stone Brewing RVA