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James Richardson, center foreground, misses his tube as he and his friends, all of Yorktown,from left, Raychel Blanchette, Bryce Burgner, and Devin Lapp visit Pony Pasture Rapids, part of The James River Park System, for tubing in Richmond on Monday, June 16, 2014.

If you've been wanting to float down the James River, Memorial Day weekend is the time to start making your plans.

Riverside Outfitters will be offering a tubing shuttle service starting this weekend.

It's the first time the outdoor adventure rafting company has offered a tube shuttle service since 2014.

"We want to alleviate some of the parking issues at Reedy Creek and Pony Pasture," Andy Thompson said.

He recently bought a third stake in Riverside Outfitters with his business partner Ryan Abrahamsen. He runs the website RichmondOutside.com and the RVA Osprey camera, among other outdoor-related ventures.

Tube purchase and a ride service are offered for $29-$39, depending on the trip to Pony Pasture, Reedy Creek or Huguenot Flatwater. Riverside Outfitters can also buy back the tube for $10.

Or you can purchase a shuttle service from Reedy Creek to Pony Pasture or Pony Pasture to the Huguenot Flatwater for $9.

Memorial Day weekend marks the kick-off to summer for the outdoor adventure company which also offers rafting, kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding tours and trips.

Starting Saturday, May 25, Riverside Outfitters at 6836 Old Westham Road will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information at (804) 560-0068 or www.riversideoutfitters.com.

ccurran@timesdispatch.com

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Twitter: @collcurran

Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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