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Friends of the
James River Park
April 2016 - In This Issue:
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You have until midnight on Saturday, April 9, to nominate an individual or organization for a Ralph White River Hero Award. The nominee can be any person or organization that has made a significant contribution to the James River Park. Past recipients' wide-ranging efforts have included volunteer work, education, preservation, and promotional activities that encourage responsible use of the park. Please go to the following website for a nomination form and note that a recommendation letter supporting the candidate is also required:

A ticketed event, the award ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, on the 15th floor of the Troutman Sanders Building, overlooking the James River (1001 Haxall Point, Richmond 23219). Heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. If you wish to attend, please send your check for $35 per ticket by April 30 to Friends of the James River Park, P.O. Box 4453, 23220. (Please note we'll keep a list rather than sending out paper tickets.)

Spring has sprung with an embarrassment of riches on Earth Day.

Enrichmond sponsors the "Earth Day Richmond Festival" at Great Shiplock Park from 11 to 5, with shuttle service between the park and the 17th Street Farmer's Market. In addition to local food and beverages, highlights include the following: JROC's annual outdoor gear swap, a craft market, exhibits, art, a juggler (noon, 1:00, 2:00), guided mountain bike rides on the Capital Trail (noon and 3:00), family fun, and kayak rides. In addition. a $30 registration fee gets you into a 5K race, 10:30-noon, benefiting Vridiant. Check out the details at

In conjunction with the RVA Street Art Festival, Style Weekly's "RVA Earth Day" takes place from 12 to 7 in Manchester, just across the 14th Street Bridge, and benefits FeedRVA. Local food, craft beers and wines on tap, local art and music, a farmer's market, yoga demonstrations, a petting farm, and kids' activities are some of the attractions. To read more, go to

We keep writing about the invasive species removal project; now you can learn much more by going to the new website "James River Park System Invasive Plant Task Force": Here you can read a description of the project, keep up to date on accomplishments, learn why this project matters, and find out what you can do to help-including volunteering.

In addition, the Science in the Park folks have added a new Facebook page "Urban Wildlife_JRPS": Recent posts there include a video of a button buck (young deer) and a coyote in the snow. Like the page if you want to see local wildlife videos in your FB feed!

A number of organizations have signed off on a letter to the city of Richmond to urge that additional funds be included in the next budget to implement parts of the riverfront plan, including the completion of the southern end access to the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, as well as components of the plan around the Intermediate Terminal. Read Andy Thompson's great article about this: (And if you haven't subscribed to Andy's newsletter, we highly recommend it.)
After a huge coal ash spill into the Dan River--a consequence of Duke Energy's illegal pollution--the Environmental Protection Agency issued new regulations about coal ash disposal. When Dominion Virginia Power obtained permits from Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality to discharge treated coal ash water into the James River from its Bremo Power Station's coal ash ponds, there was quite a public outcry. Community pressure and a legal challenge by the James River Association have resulted in Dominion's additional safeguards for this proposed discharge. Read more here:
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FoJRP Volunteer Event | Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m.-noon
Volunteers will be doing a cleanup on the 22nd St. dry rocks as well as painting over graffiti. Please park along the street on either 21st or 22nd and meet at the 21st St. entrance across from 2000 Riverside Drive. Closed-toe shoes are a must! Bring gloves if you have them. Register in advance at
JROC Volunteer Event | Saturday, April 16,  9 a.m. until
Participants will meet at the Reedy Creek parking lot to work on re-graveling the trail to the river access and fixing the fence to allow for rafts and similarly sized boats to make it through the fence during hours when the gate is closed.


Your green keeps us green!


Summer is coming and with it T-shirt weather! Step out in style while you show your support of the JRPS! T-shirts, along with other items that support the park, can be found at


JROC Gear Swap during Earth Day | Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
JROC will sell your new or used outdoor gear if you drop it off at the parking lot at Pear and Dock starting at 10 a.m. Items include bicycles, kayaks, canoes, rafts, SUPs, paddles, hiking packs, sleeping bags, tents, base layers, down jackets, and dog leashes. 20% of the sale price will go towards improvements in the James River Park implemented by JROC. Any unsold gear must be picked up by 3:30 p.m.
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:
Our Mission
The Friends of James River Park is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization created by a dedicated group of citizens in 1999. Our mission is to provide an ongoing source of citizen support for the conservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of the 550-acre James River Park System and its natural and historic environments.
Friends of James River Park, PO 4453, Richmond, VA 23220
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