After much deliberation, the James River Park Master Plan has been drafted and ready for your comments and concerns. The ten year Master Plan provides milestones and specific goals and costs associated with Richmond's most prized natural possession: The James River...read more
On July 12, the Governor announced the James River Buffer Program. It’s part of a $15 million initiative to improve the water quality in and around the James River.read more
On the evening of Wednesday, July 17th, those behind the Master Plan will join with VHB and Hargreaves Associates to provide us with an overview of the Draft, and you’re invited.read more
Early Summer has been a busy time across the James River Park System for staff, volunteers, visitors, and even filmmakers!read more
The James River Park System
Owned by the City of Richmond, the JRPS is a public park in Richmond Virginia. The Friends are citizen stewards of the James River Park. We provide ongoing support for conservation, enhancement, and recreational enjoyment of the park, while protecting its natural and historic environments, in partnership with the City of Richmond Department of Parks & Recreation.
Volunteer & Give
Watch & Listen
Discover & Play
Take a class with JRPS Education Staff. All of our programs seek to improve the quality of access to the Park’s unique ecology and recreational opportunities, and we offer programs throughout the year.
Learn to identify flora and fauna, fish for the Big One, listen to bird calls, and explore the geologic history of the Fall Line. JRPS environmental education programs help students of all ages experience the Park’s wild places while getting to know the Park more deeply. Explore today! »
Want to learn to navigate the Lower James by kayak? Climb to the top of Manchester Wall? Explore the Park’s trail systems by foot or by bike? JRPS educators emphasize front-country Leave No Trace ethics while seeking to give you an experience that will stoke your sense of adventure. Let’s play! »