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What is the James River Park Master Plan and how can I help?

The Friends of the James River Park is coordinating the effort to develop and implement a Park Master Plan. With 1.7 million visitors in 2017, and more than 2 million visitors in 2018, the James River Park accommodates more than any other park in the region. With continued increases in visitation and extremely limited options for development due to Park easements, FOJRP established the development of a Master Plan as their most important priority for 2018, committing $50,000 of membership funding to the project. Find out more…

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Using the James River Park to Help Kids

Using the James River Park to Help Kids

This podcast is great. The conversation with Andy Slabaugh focuses on how one man uses the James River Park to help kids heal. As a therapist, Slabaugh takes kids into the woods and along the water to get them to open up about what's going on in their lives.

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Welcome from the New Park Superintendent

Welcome from the New Park Superintendent

Hello there! My name is Bryce Wilk and I hail from the state of New York, but have since fallen in love with Virginia and the RVA.  I first acquainted myself with Virginia when I enrolled into the College of William and Mary where I received my Bachelors of Science in...

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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.

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Support the Park Master Plan

The FOJRP Board is underwriting the development of a 10-year Park Master Plan to protect the Park for future generations and to create a long-range unified vision moving forward. Read on »

Monthly Volunteer Opportunities

Each month (except in summer), the Friends meet at a park location to tackle a JRPS-directed project. And the Invasive Species Removal Task Force always needs an extra set of hands. Help out! »

Become a member

We are Park Strong! Join the Friends and we will work together with park staff and other park supporter organizations to promote, conserve and support the park.  Join today! »

Watch & Listen

Audio Tours of the Park

Explore the secrets of the James River Parks’ unique geology – one exciting part of our Science in the Park section. The guided mobile audio tours are narrated by former James River Park Manager Emeritus Ralph White. Hit the trails! »

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.

Environmental Science

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! »

Adventure Recreation

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! »

Park Locations

Explore the park — each location has its own unique personality.