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Our History

The Friends of the James River Park was established by a dedicated group of citizens in 1999 as an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that works in partnership with the Park staff to promote, conserve and support the Park.

The Friends encourages public participation in supporting this regional treasure by raising funds for programs, maintenance, and restoration projects. We also advocate to raise awareness and support.

In the words of former Park Manager Ralph White, “The Friends of the James River Park is the brain trust for the future of Richmond’s urban wilderness.” That’s quite a compliment, but we also like to get our hands dirty and feet wet to help wherever needed.

We love the Park and believe in our mission. We hope you do too!

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.

Did You Know?

The James River Park is the most heavily visited park in Richmond, receiving nearly two million visitors a year – most of whom are not city residents. Yet, this public park is funded solely by the City of Richmond.

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