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About the Friends of the James River Park

Our mission

We are citizen stewards of the James River Park. We do this by providing ongoing support for conservation, enhancement, and recreational enjoyment of the James River Park, while protecting its natural and historic environments.

What We Do

Advocate

We are the voice of the Park. We provide a presence at Richmond City Council to support park staff by articulating the need to increase financial support. We write letters in support of, or in opposition to, proposed legislation. We protect the James River Park Conservation Easement by conducting annual inspections to assure that there are no encroachments. We also attend the Riverfront project meetings to ensure the City respects the boundaries of the Easement.

Celebrate

We take time to enjoy the the fruits of our labor to sponsor: The annual members’ Picnic at the Pumphouse; The Ralph White River Heroes Award ceremony to acknowledge and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Park; The annual Winter Solstice Celebration on Belle Isle where we we commemorate the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.

Educate

We enrich the Park experience for visitors through educational and self-directed explorations. Science in the Park provides easy ways for you to become a citizen scientist with science-focused educational materials about the geology, habitats, and flora and fauna of the Park. Audio Tours help you explore the secrets of the Park's unique geology. We help sponsor the RVAOspreycam, a project by Richmond Outside. Park staff provides on-going outdoor adventure and environmental education programs which we support through development and sponsorship of the Park’s global calendar of events.

Give

Consistently underfunded and understaffed, the Park relies on groups such as us to help keep it operating. In turn, FOJRP relies on multiple avenues to raise funds in support of the Park. Membership dues, donations through this website and more are used to: supplement park budgets; make capital purchases; publish promotional materials; fund park improvements and special projects; protect the JRPS for future generations.

Promote

To support positive interaction within the Park, we provide visitors information about Richmond’s most popular park through delivery of a monthly e-newsletter, maintenance of the Park’s Facebook page and direction and funding of this website. We co-sponsored the development of the Park’s global calendar to provide visitors a schedule of multiple organizations’ volunteer opportunities and the slate of programs developed and run by Park staff. We represent the park with a booth at special events throughout the Richmond region.

Volunteer

We are an all-volunteer organization with a long and varied to-do list. Our volunteers come in many shapes and sizes, with a variety of skills. They are individuals, couples, civic groups, retirees and college students. You can help by: registering at Handsonrva.org and sign up for one of our monthly volunteer events; attending a Board meeting; supporting one of our committees. However you choose to participate we hope you’ll become the newest member of our volunteer team.

Advocate

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Celebrate

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Educate

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Give

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Promote

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Volunteer

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Report an Issue Form

To report an emergency please call 911 immediately. Please use this form to report an issue in the Park such as maintenance or trail issues. Thank you.

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