Join us if you can: Board Retreat Sunday, Sept. 11
The best way to find out what is going on in the JRPS and to see how you can get your hands dirty and help the park is to attend our meetings. We are involved with a possible Bike Skills Park on Belle Isle, a possible expansion of the JRPS onto Chapel Island (just west of Great Shiplock Park), and oh so many other issues of interest.
We'd love for more of our members to get involved with some of our FOJRP activities. With the expansion of our website and the increased use of Facebook, we have more people asking us questions, proposing projects, and looking for information. Our all-volunteer board needs help from FOJRP members--even if you don't want to serve on the board. Please consider dropping by our monthly meetings (except for September, the first Tuesday of the month 6-7:15 p.m. at Reedy Creek Park Headquarters). This month we hold our annual board retreat this Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at a board member's home. Members are always welcomed to attend meetings and the retreat.
Please email Molly Dellinger-Wray if you're interested in attending the retreat--even for just an hour or so: firstname.lastname@example.org Don't just be an acquaintance of the James River Park--be a friend who pitches in!
Sept. 11th Day of Service
From the Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities:
In conjunction with the City of Richmond's Neighbor-To-Neighbor Initiative and HandsOn Greater Richmond, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will hold a Day of Service and Remembrance on Sunday, September 11, 2011 in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In addition, residents are asked to give back to the community by volunteering for various projects throughout the City.
Volunteers can sign up in advance to help with a project at http://www.richmondgov.com/NeighbortoNeighbor/VolunteerLocally, as well as at the remembrance ceremony, which will be held at the Carillon at 9 a.m. All volunteers will receive a free commemorative t-shirt and are invited to attend the ceremony prior to assisting with their chosen volunteer projects. The projects will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The general public is invited to attend the ceremony.
"I encourage City residents to come together and serve their community through volunteerism in honor of the brave men and women who lost their lives on 9/11," said Mayor Dwight C. Jones.
Volunteer projects include: a cleanup at Cannon Creek that will help with the development of a new greenway and bicycle and walking trail, a cleanup of graffiti on Belle Isle, and a cleanup of the Dogwood Dell theater at the Carillon. Sturdy shoes and long sleeve shirts and pants are required for the cleanup of Cannon Creek and Belle Isle. All volunteers should bring work gloves and be able to work in a rugged environment. The cleanup of the theatre would be an excellent project for anyone who enjoys theater and the Dogwood Dell.
There are a wide variety of other 9/11 volunteer projects from which to choose. For the entire list of volunteer opportunities, please visit http://www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor/911ServiceWeek.aspx. All volunteers should bring their own water and snacks. For more information, please call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities at 646-5733.
August Park Events Went Well
Thanks to Lorne Field, Environmental Outreach Coordinator with Chesterfield County, for leading the always popular Summer Sizzler Hike on August 13th. 20 people came out to walk the 9-mile loop with Lorne.
Thanks also to everyone who came out August 20th to clean up Pony Pasture, Riverside Drive and Huguenot Flatwater. We clean this area up once a quarter, so check out our website calendar for the November date.