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Friends of
the James River Park
August - In This Issue:
clean up buddies
Photo provided by the James River Advisory Council.
Saturday, September 13 | 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
begins at 8:30 a.m.
Refreshments will be provided between noon & 1 p.m.


Each year, we join the James River Advisory Council to clean up the James River watershed. Volunteers collect hundreds of bags of trash and recyclable materials. We invite you to be a part of this tremendous regional effort! Registration is easy: select from a list of official James River Regional Cleanup sites and register for the location of your choice.


Richmond locations include:

Reedy Creek serves as the hub for all cleanup activities in the James River Park System. From Reedy Creek, volunteers can travel on foot along the trails or be sent to other locations, including Brown's Island, the Pipeline, Great Shiplock and Gillies Creek Parks.


Pony Pasture Rapids Opportunities include cleaning up along the shoreline and on the many trails. It's an excellent place for paddlers to float the river and spruce up the small islands between Huguenot Flatwater and Pony Pasture. Extra projects at Pony Pasture include mowing, mulching, painting, and clipping along trails and roadways.


This event is open to individuals, families, groups, boaters and paddlers. Bring water and gloves and wear closed-toe shoes. 

Memorial marker honors the work of Joe Schaefer and Jack Keith.


With a heavy heart the FoJRP reports the death of Charles J. Schaefer (Joe) whose work, foresight, and generosity led to the creation of what we now know as the James River Park System.


In the 1960s, Joe, along with John "Jack" Keith, noticed that there was no public access to the river and decided to do something about it. They researched the  ownership of parcels along the river in Forest Hill and Westover Hills and quietly purchased both islands and shoreline. They then turned around and gave the land to the city for use as a park. In 1972 this became the first piece of the James River Park System.


In 2009, the Friends dedicated a granite and bronze marker to honor Jack and Joe. It stands along the river's edge below the 42nd Street tower. Next time you're in the area, stop and remember these two amazing men and their legacy -- which has brought joy to millions of people. 

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Are you ready to find out what's in your runoff?


Runoff is any water that flows across the surface of the land. The main source of runoff is precipitation. However, any time you wash your car or water your lawn you are creating runoff.


Pollution from runoff is the #1 health threat to our waterways. Every time it rains, pollution washes off your property and starts its journey through the watershed to the James River.


The James River Association has developed a runoff calculator that enables you to measure how runoff from your home contributes to pollution in the James. To find out your impact, go to, enter a few simple facts, then receive your personalized runoff pollution report. You'll also find suggestions for reducing your pollution impact on local waterways.

Public Art Commission City of Richmond - Riverfront Public Art Project #1


The City of Richmond Public Art Commission seeks to commission an artist to create outdoor public art along the James River adjacent to or within the project site for the Brown's Island Dam Walk and Southbank Pathways. Submission Deadline: September 5, 2014, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Estimated Budget: $200,000. For more information go to:
Saturday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 14, 11:30 a.m. 


Tubes and Taps is back from its launch in 2013, and here are the details:
  1. A pre-registration party/T-shirt pick-up, starting at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Crossroads on Forest Hill Ave, will showcase some of the beers from New Belgium, Foothills, and Legend breweries. Music too!
  2. $40 tickets include the tube, transportation between Crossroads and the river, and food.
  3. Participants arrive at Crossroads at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, the 14th.
  4. The tube ride lasts 2-1/2 to 4 hours, depending on river conditions.
  5. Back at Crossroads for food, music, and the 3 breweries' tap takeover. (Note that beer isn't included in the ticket price.)
Event profits will fund a project in the James River Park System.

FoJRP is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the 2014 Amazing Raise, which will take place September 17 to 18. We are brainstorming ways to make this annual fundraising event more exciting for our members and Facebook friends, but in the meantime, please mark your calendars and check out the website: Please note that $50 contributions ($25 is the minimum) can make FoJRP eligible for various cash prizes.  


Sunday, August 10 | Full Moon Series at the Sugar Pad

This will be the first in a series of monthly events focused on transforming the Sugar Pad into a public asset. Set to celebrate the full moon and timed to coincide with the sunset and moon-rise, the series will provide a monthly entertainment venue. Intermediate Terminal, 3101 Wharf St. 7 to 10 p.m. Contact Rick Tatnall at Replenish Richmond at [email protected] or

Monday, August 11 | James River Storytelling

See a live alligator and turtles at the Midlothian Library on Monday at 10:30 a.m. Storytelling will feature Wayne Dementi, co-author of "The ABC's from the James, With Love," and other readings from books about the river. Come visit with the live animals and hear great stories. Children also will have the opportunity to create a special craft based on the James River. Ages 7 and younger. FREE. Sponsors: James River Advisory Council, in cooperation with Chesterfield County Public Library and Maymont, www.jrac-va.orgor Midlothian Library is located at 521 Coalfield Rd. For more information, call 804-768-7907. 

 paddlers by Rich Young

Wednesday, Aug. 13 | Whitewater Kayak Play Days

This informal, after-work instructional time is for newer whitewater kayakers. Previous two-day beginner whitewater kayak class is required. Pony Pasture Rapids, James River Park System, 7310 Riverside Dr., 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Ages 13 and older. $24 (equipment provided). Chesterfield Parks and Recreation, 804-748-1124,


Friday, August 22 | Dog Days of Summer Art Show

The annual all-media, juried art show spotlights dogs and cats portrayed in paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and photography. FURS (Friends United with the Richmond Shelter) is the benefactor of this exhibit. This event, 7-10 p.m., is free and open to the public. Art Works, 320 Hull St. 804-291-1400,  


Saturday, August 23 | The Richmond Challenge Urban Adventure Race

The Challenge 5K is an innovative foot race that combines running, strategy, smarts, and more all packed into one day! It's a 5K that tests your brains as much as your legs, with big prizes and a whole lot of fun! Capital Ale House, 623 E. Main St., 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 

What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile ( is a simple and automatic way for you to support FoJRP. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same shopping experience you get on, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to an organization you select.


How do you shop at AmazonSmile? Simply go to, and on your first visit you will be prompted to select a charity. Select Friends of the James River Park, then shop!


Complete info can be found at 

Monthly Volunteer Days

Our monthly volunteer day will return soon from summer vacation. In September we will join with JRAC for the 15th Annual James River Regional Cleanup on Saturday, the 13th, from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. We invite you to be a part of this tremendous regional effort!


Registration is easy: select one of the JRPS locations (Pony Pasture or Reedy Creek) and register. Please join us as we work to make the park a better experience for all.


For a list of official James River Regional Cleanup sites and to register go to:  


Did you know that pedestrians have the right of way on ALL trails in the park, except those marked Bicycles Only? Please be courteous when passing walkers; if you have a bell, use it or call out, "On your left" or "On your right." It's common courtesy and will prevent those enjoying the park from being forced off the trails. This is also critical behavior for park visitors tending their kids or their dogs (on leash, woof)! 

Our Mission
The Friends of the 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.