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Friends of the
James River Park
APRIL 2018      
A Conversation with Nathan Burrell

Held 20 feet up, Views from the Treehouse is Richmond Outside's latest creation. The multi-episode video series features conversations with RVA's outdoor leaders and most recently featured an hour-long conversation with Park superintendent Nathan Burrell. Some topics covered include the Park's history, conservation easement and its impact, relationship to the community at large, extensive community support, drive to fund a Park master plan, and future. Put in your earbuds and listen to this informative interview.
Save the Date
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Mark your calendar now to save the date for the FOJRP picnic. This "members only" event is held annually at the Pump House and features food, music and, of course, friends. If you're not a member join now so you can attend this annual event.
The Spring Time is Budget Time and the James River Park Could Use Your Help

In 2017, the James River Park System had over 1.7 million visitors. This is greater number of visitors than any other park in Richmond. It is estimated that about 40% of our visitors are Richmond residents and 60% come from the surrounding counties and beyond; each visitor spends an average of $23.90 with Richmond businesses during each visit. (Economic Impact of the James River Park System, April 2017). The James River and the JRPS figure prominently in any national article or list describing how great our city is. We know we have a treasure - "a little bit of wilderness in the heart of the city" -- and we know it deserves nurturing and protecting.

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Richmond Osprey Cam
Osprey News!
Maggie and Walker have been busy! In the last month they have rebuilt their winter-ravaged 2017 nest and now the proud parents have two eggs. Maggie laid the second egg on March 19. Last year we had three, so we'll see if there's a repeat performance. This year the nest is equipped with audio and night vision so don't miss any of the 24/7 action at the RVAOspreyCam and this year you can adopt an osprey at  
Volunteer Event 
Pony Pasture Invasive Species Removal | April 14, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
We are back in Pony Pasture to continue removing invasive species before the dreaded poison ivy sprouts. We will be focus on the area along Pleasant Creek. We will supply loppers, hand saws, and gloves. If you have a favorite tool of your own please feel free to bring it. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress comfortably for the weather, we will be outside for the entirety of the project. Volunteers will meet in the Pony Pasture parking lot at 10 AM for further instructions. You must register at HandsonRVA to participate at this event.
Invasive Species Awareness Week Improves Park Experience

Members of the JRPS Invasive Plant Task Force, along with local business and volunteer groups, worked throughout the Park to mitigate the impact of invasive species. Activities included species identification instruction, watching goats munch, botanist-guided nature walks and hands-on plant removal.

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New Group Tackles Pump House Restoration

Have you thought about how cool it would be to have regular access to the Pump House? The stately old structure has seen better days, and will again thanks to a new group dedicated exclusively to the revitalization of the Pump House.

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Support the Park!

Your green keeps us green! Show your support at and choose how:
  • Become a member
  • Make a donation
  • Get a park license plate
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund
Twilight Tours of the Pump House | April 14, Noon to 4 pm
Plan to attend the celebration of George Washington's visit to his namesake arch. Hosted by Dr. Bill Trout, the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society and Friends of Pump House there will be tours of the building and canals and a temporary art installation by Sound Arts Richmond Project. See more details here: Contact [email protected] for more information.

Earth Day Events | Saturday, April 21
Pony Pasture Clean up | 9:00 am - Noon
Join 4th District Council Member Kristen N. Larson, The Enrichmond Foundation and The James River Park System celebrate Earth Day with a clean-up of Pony Pasture. Volunteers will work along the riverbank and in surrounding areas of the park. Trash grabbers, bags and gloves will be provided, so all you need to do is show up! We will also be providing water, snacks and t-shirts to participating volunteers. Register at

RVA Earth Day Festival | noon - 7 pm
RVA Earth Day Festival in Manchester is now bigger and better with new activities, longer hours and a new area on Mayo Island. Learn about locally available sustainable products and services in a family friendly atmosphere with arts and crafts, kid's activities, artisan craftsmen, an outdoor gear swap and the best local music and craft beers in the city.

Annual JROC Gear Swap | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Come to The Commons at Plant Zero Lofts, 500 Stockton St., to get great deals on used paddling, hiking, camping, and biking gear, plus clothing and loads of other outdoor stuff. Buy or sell outdoor gear with 20% of all sales going to JROC to help us improve YOUR James River Park System. Registration form and details at

Leave No Trace Trainer Course | April 29, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Leave No Trace Ethics are a great way to educate the public on ways to keep parks healthy. Become a LNT Trainer so you can better educate others on the best environmental practices while navigating the great outdoors. Participates will be eligible to receive Leave No Trace Trainer Certification upon course completion. Reedy Creek Visitors Center, inquires to: [email protected].

Friday Cheers at Brown's Island | May 4, 2018, 6 - 9:30 pm 
2018 is the 34th year for Friday Cheers, the longest-running and largest event of its kind in RVA. This summer concert series showcases some of the nation's hottest bands and regional favorites. Cost: $10, Info: 

Looking for more events and activities?
There are more and more things happening in the park! The JRPS global calendar is your go-to source to find where and when the events and activities you enjoy are happening. Check the schedule at:
Become a member today 
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 System, while protecting its natural and historic environments.
Friends of James River Park, PO 4453, Richmond, VA 23220
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