15th Annual James River Regional Cleanup

Sat., Sept. 13, 2014, 9 am to 1 pm, sign-in, 8:30 am; refreshments, noon to 1 pm
Register now!

CleanupEach year, we join the James River Advisory Council to clean up the James River watershed. Volunteers collect hundreds of bags of trash and recyclable materials. Be a part of this tremendous regional effort!

Richmond locations:
Reedy Creek serves as the hub for all cleanup activities in the James River Park System. From Reedy Creek, volunteers can travel on foot along the trails or be sent to other locations, including Brown's Island, the Pipeline, Great Shiplock and Gillies Creek Parks.

Pony Pasture Rapids opportunities include cleaning up along the shoreline and on the many trails. It's an excellent place for paddlers to float the river and spruce up the small islands between Huguenot Flatwater and Pony Pasture. Extra projects at Pony Pasture include mowing, mulching, painting, and clipping along trails and roadways.

This event is open to individuals, families, groups, boaters and paddlers. Bring water and gloves and wear closed-toe shoes. Photo provided by the James River Advisory Council.


It's Happy Hour @ Crossroads!

Celebrate the Amazing Raise with the Friends on Wed, Sept 17, 5-8 pm at Crossroads (3600 Forest Hill Ave.) All funds raised will benefit the James River Park System. There will be door prizes, movies and drink specials.

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 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.

Call for Artists - Riverfront Public Art Project #1

The City of Richmond Public Art Commission seeks to commission an artist to create outdoor public art along the James River adjacent to or within the project site for the Brown's Island Dam Walk and Southbank Pathways. Submission deadline: Sept. 5, 2014, 5 pmEstimated Budget: $200,000. Read the RFQ document (PDF)

2014 River Heroes Announced!

The Friends of the James River Park and our co-sponsors are pleased and proud to announce that Ralph White and Rich Young are our 2014 River Heroes!

picnic and award ceremony

The awards were presented at our Annual picnic in June. Read more about Ralph and Rich.

Upcoming Events

Black Light Night, Wed, Aug 27

Explore insects at night! Meet near the Meadow Walk, west of the James River Park, Reedy Creek headquarters building at 7:30 pm; goes until 10pm. Bring flashlights and magnifiers and wear long sleeves and pants -- please NO insect repellents! For more information, contact Dr. Karen Kester, VCU Dept of Biology, kmkester@vcu.edu

15th Annual James River Cleanup, Sat, Sept 13

See article above for all of the details.

Tubes and Taps, Sat, Sept 13 and Sun, Sept 14

Tubes and Taps is back from its launch in 2013, and here are the details:

  • A pre-registration party/T-shirt pick-up, starting at 6 pm on Sat, Sept. 13 at Crossroads on Forest Hill Ave, will showcase some of the beers from New Belgium, Foothills, and Legend breweries. Music too!
  • Participants arrive at Crossroads at 11:30 am on Sunday, the 14th. The tube ride lasts 2-1/2 to 4 hours, depending on river conditions. $40 tickets include the tube, transportation between Crossroads and the river, and food.
  • Back at Crossroads for food, music, and the 3 breweries' tap takeover. (Note that beer isn't included in the ticket price.)

Event profits will fund a project in the James River Park System.

Amazing RaiseThe Amazing Raise, Sept 17 and 18

FoJRP is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the 2014 Amazing Raise this year! Check out the Give Richmond website. Please note that $50 contributions ($25 is the minimum) can make FOJRP eligible for various cash prizes.

And join us for our kick-off party at Crossroads on Sept 17. Information above!

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 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!

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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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