Amazing RaiseThanks for the Amazing Raise

Thanks for your support during the 2014 Amazing Raise. It was our first year participating and we raised $2,275 -- with 39 donors contributing during the 36-hour campaign. Your generous donations will go a long way in supporting the James River Park.

James River week is Sept 13-20, 2014

James River WeekJoin the James River Adivsory Council for a weeklong celebration of the James. Events include:

  • James River Regional Cleanup (see more below)
  • Dining on the James
  • James River Storytelling
  • James River Guided Paddle
  • JRAC Social
  • Discover the James -- Sturgeon Cruise
  • Maymont's Family Campout: Creatures of the James
  • Henricus Publick Day

Download the flyer or go to for more information.

Tour de Fall Line

Sept. 27, 2014, 8am to 6pm

Bike or paddle the length of the James River's fall line. Hosted by RVA MORE and JROC, this event will raise money to build more trails.

Choose between 14, 28 or 50 mile mountain bike rides or paddle the upper and lower James. There will be a post ride party with live music, food and beverages. The tour starts and finished on Mayo Island. Click the logo to see the full poster.

To register visit

Other events in and around and for the Park

Friday, Sept 19, 6 pm - Saturday, Sept 20, 9 am | Family Camp-Out: Creatures of the James

Take an evening hike through Maymont in search of native nocturnal creatures, make s'mores and enjoy stories around the campfire. Following a night in your tent on grounds, enjoy a continental breakfast and take a morning hike. Ages 4 and older; one adult must register for every four children.Fees apply. For more information, visit the Maymont Calendar or call 804-358-7166, ext. 324. Register online by September 17.

Saturday, September 27 | James River Loop 8-Miler

This classic trail run starts and finishes on the grounds of Maymont and ventures onto the Buttermilk and North Bank trails as they loop through the James River Park System. Be prepared to run on rocks and roots, through mud and sand, and over the natural obstacles on these single-track trails. Please note: This is not an event for walkers. Maymont, 1700 Hampton St.. 6 - 9 am Must be at least 9 years old to participate in the 8-mile trail run. Fee for event participants is required. See Maymont X-Country Festival.

Do you know what's in your runoff?

RunoffRunoff is any water that flows across the surface of the land. The main source of runoff is precipitation. However, any time you wash your car or water your lawn you are creating runoff.

Pollution from runoff is the #1 health threat to our waterways. Every time it rains, pollution washes off your property and starts its journey through the watershed to the James River.

The James River Association has developed a runoff calculator that enables you to measure how runoff from your home contributes to pollution in the James. To find out your impact, go to, enter a few simple facts, then receive your personalized runoff pollution report. You'll also find suggestions for reducing your pollution impact on local waterways.

JRPS license plates, matching gifts and AmazonSmile -- money for the park

James River Park license plates have now generated over $7,000 for the park! To order yours, check out the DMV Specialty License Plate section!

$ x 2Matching gifts

If you're making a donation to the FOJRP, consider asking your employer to match your gift. Many local businesses are happy to support Richmond's wonderful park system. All gifts and bequests are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law, and donors will receive a letter acknowledging their contributions; contributors to the Protection and Preservation Fund are also acknowledged on the FOJRP website.

amazonsmileFOJRP registered with AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support FOJRP. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same shopping experience you get on, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to an organization you select.

Simply go to, and on your first visit you will be prompted to select a charity. Select Friends of the James River Park, then shop!

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Today in the Park

Current weather, water conditions, trails info, activities ...

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Watch it! Check out these Science in the Park videos.

Odonates from Friends of the James River Park on Vimeo.

T-shirts and pamphlets for sale!

shopping cartOur snazzy t-shirts and FOJRP interpretive pamphlets are available to purchase online. Order yours today!

Keep the park safe

If you see something out of the ordinary in the James River Park, please report it using the non-emergency police number:


Reportable things include problems in the park system (of natural or human origin) -- graffiti, large amounts of trash, trees down across main trails, fires of any sort, unruly behavior, etc.

If it is an emergency situation, please dial 911.

Do you Bicycle in the Park?

Did you know that pedestrians have the right of way on ALL trails in the Park, except those marked Bicycles Only? Please be courteous when passing walkers; if you have a bell, use it or call out, "on your left" or "on your right". It's common courtesy and will prevent those enjoying the Park from being forced off the trails. This is also critical behavior for Park Visitors tending their kids or their dogs.

Protection and Preservation Fund

A special thank you to all who donate to our long-term fund. See our growing list.

James River Park Protection and Preservation Fund

Canine Friends of the Park

Probably some of the biggest fans of the park system are the dogs that walk the trails -- and they would want to keep the park clean too!

Please Pick Up After Your Pet

Read why it's important to pick up the poop and don't pollute! Catch up on other Canine news as well.


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