With the help of True Timber, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Officer James Patrillo and concerned citizens, an osprey caught in fishing line was rescued out of a birch tree near Pony Pasture this past weekend. Thanks to all who helped!
Richmond Tree Stewards now accepting applications for the 2015 class
Richmond Tree Stewards touched (pruned, watered, mulched, or in some way cared for) more than 3,800 trees in the last year and talked to more than 1,500 citizens about trees. There is much more to do and we are looking for 30 interested, energetic and committed people to join us.
- Those who join us will never look at trees the same way again! Application deadline is Nov 25, 2014 Learn more
Thanks 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.
Choose Your Adventure: Manchester Climbing Wall
One of the more unique aspects of the JRPS is the Manchester Climbing Wall. Although most climbers would not consider it a destination, for many it is the nearest outdoor climbing venue and an invaluable training tool. This climbing area, under the Manchester Bridge in downtown Richmond, is a series of abandoned train trestles that have been equipped with bolts and shutts. Here climbers can hone their skills of leading, both trad and sport, rappelling, and self-rescue. Climbers and non-climbers alike will enjoy a visit to this uncommon section of the JRPS.
Local climber Michael Greeby has produced a guide to climbing the Manchester Wall and pillars. Download the guide. (pdf)
NOTE: there is currently construction work being done under the Manchester Bridge which might create parking issues.
Events in and around and for the Park
Full Moon Series | November 6
The November Full Moon Series at the Sugar Pad includes discussion on the impact of the recently announced Stone Brewing location, the Va. Capital Trail and general riverfront news; a drum circle; and a variety show. Moonrise is at 5:12 pm, the event runs from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. 3101 Wharf St. Parking in the Intermediate Terminal lot. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
James River Short Film Festival | November 7
The James River Short Film juried competition dates to 1994. All submissions-30 minutes or less, experimental, narrative fiction, nonfiction, animation-are pre-screened by local jurors and advanced to the finalists' stage: a screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Join us on November 7 at 6:30 pm for a screening of independent and innovative short films, and cast your ballot for the People's Choice Award! $8 general public, $5 VMFA and JRFS members. To learn more: jamesriverfilm.org
The Great Pumpkin Smash! | November 8
When Halloween is over, what happens to your pumpkin? Join us at the Westover Hills branch of the Richmond Public Library for some "smashing" stories with the Backpack Storyteller, Deborah Alsko. Then have fun SMASHING your pumpkins! We will use the "remains" to feed the animals and the earth. All ages (and pumpkins) welcome! 10:00 am. 1408 Westover Hills Blvd. 804-646-8833
Bald Eagle Photography Tours | November 8 & 9
Experience the untamed beauty and majesty of bald eagles on the James River. Relax and enjoy their conservation success story aboard the Discovery Barge II, a 24 ft. pontoon boat. This two-hour tour departs from Deep Bottom Boat Landing, 9525 Deep Bottom Rd. in Varina. $45 per person. November 8, 9:00 am-noon and 12:30-3:30 pm November 9, 7:00-10:00 am and 10:30 am-1:30 pm Registration required. Contact Capt. Mike with Discover the James at 804-938-2350. Learn more: Discover the James/Eagle Tour
Anthem Richmond Marathon | November 15
Named "America's Friendliest Marathon" (Runner's World), the Anthem Richmond Marathon follows a scenic course that winds through some of the city's most historic and beautiful neighborhoods, over two bridges and along the James River ending with a post-race party on Brown's Island. Course open from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. richmondmarathon.com
2nd Richmond Cider Celebration | November 15
The Richmond celebration of Cider Week Virginia will be held from 11 am - 4 pm at the 17th Street Farmers' Market. This event brings together all eight of Virginia's cideries for tastings, apple- and cider-based dishes, and all around apple-oriented fun. The event also features live music, sampling of different varieties of apples, and hands-on activities for children - such as apple juice tasting and making apple prints. Tickets are just $15 and include: 5 cider tastings, 2 food samples, access to live music and kids' activities. Guests can also purchase full servings of cider, apple juice and food a la carte in addition to ticketed samples. Under 21 may enter at no charge and purchase a la carte food and drinks. More at: Cider Week Virginia
November FOJRP Volunteer Day | November 22
Huguenot Flat Water, 8600 Southampton Rd., Saturday, November 22, 9 am until noon.
You've got a date with the James River Park and the Friends to wrangle some invasive species this fall. Please join us at the Huguenot Flat Water section of JRPS on November 22. Registration is required through HandsOn Richmond. This fall we have initiated a new sign-up procedure -- partnering with HandsOn Richmond to reach a larger audience. Sign up and join us for this event »
Bicycle Maintenance Clinic | November 24
Join us for this free bicycle maintenance clinic presented by the mechanics at Endorphin Fitness. Learn the basics of bicycle maintenance, including how to clean and maintain your bicycle as well as prevent and change a flat tire. Free & open to all, but you must register. 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Space limited. Register at EndorphinFitness.
22nd Annual James River Parade of Lights | December 13
Each year, boaters decorate their vessels and take to the river at dusk with a dazzling display of lights. Sponsored by the James River Advisory Council, this event is enjoyed by boaters and spectators alike. The parade runs from 6:00 - 9:00 pm, and begins just below the fall line in Richmond.The boats cruise to the Varina-Enon Bridge with several official viewing sites along the shoreline. An after-parade awards celebration is held for all participating boaters with prizes awarded in several categories. Free. More information 804-717-6688. Learn more: jrac-va.org.
Do you know what's in your runoff?
Runoff 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 www.whatsinyourrunoff.com, 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!
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.
FOJRP registered with AmazonSmile
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support FOJRP. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same shopping experience you get on Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to an organization you select.
Simply go to smile.amazon.com, and on your first visit you will be prompted to select a charity. Select Friends of the James River Park, then shop!
Watch it! Check out these Science in the Park videos.
T-shirts and pamphlets for sale!
Our 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.
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!
Read why it's important to pick up the poop and don't pollute! Catch up on other Canine news as well.