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Friends of the
James River Park
  AUGUST 2017
FOJRP Resume Monthly Volunteer Cleanup Events by Lending Support to the James River Regional Clean up

As summer winds downs, the Friends are excited to once again don their gardening gloves and raise their ivy clippers to cleanup the Park! Our monthly volunteer cleanups are back!

The next event will be held in conjunction the James River Advisory Council Annual Regional Cleanup on September 9 at 9:00 a.m. The cleanup includes various sites around the region.
Last year more than 730 volunteers collected 530 garbage bags full of trash and 296 bags full of recyclable materials. In the Park, there are openings at Ancarrow's Landing and Reedy Creek. We also need folks to help serve lunch at Pony Pasture.

Registration and cleanup site details are available here.
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Save the Date! 
The Friends are excited to announce the date for our annual Ralph White River Hero Award Ceremony! In 2011, The Friends launched the River Heroes Award to acknowledge and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to James River Park. The award is now called the Ralph White River Hero Award in honor of former Park Manager Ralph White -- one of the 2014 River Hero Award recipients.
Please save the date for October 5!
To nominate that deserving someone
download our nomination form and return it to the Friends by September 15. Details about eligibility are found here. For tickets, download and return the ticket form to Friends before October 1. Learn more information about the award and its previous recipients here.
Warren Foster
The Loss of a Friend 

The Friends were saddened to learn of the death of one of its previous Board Members, Warren Foster. Warren was a longtime steward of Williams Island and its portage trail and was the brain trust behind the James River Park license plates you see all around town (
available here). We will remember him for his enthusiastic presentations for new park ideas, including voluminous 'glossy' powerpoint print outs, and his steadfast commitment to advocating for the Park, which even entailed taking a former Richmond Parks Director out in his canoe!

Warren will be greatly missed. His obituary can be read at
Teaching Children About Fish and Wildlife Conservation
It's never to early to impart on the next generation the importance of conserving our natural environment. Here is a great resource we spotted for just such a purpose. We hope this guide will help you foster the next great stewards of the James River Park system -- and beyond!

August Brings Two River Deaths

We were saddened to learn of two recent deaths in the James River. Even though river levels are low, this is a reminder of the importance of ensuring appropriate protective devices are utilized. More information on these incidents is available here.
Support the Park!

Your green keeps us green! Want to show your support? Visit and choose how:
  • Become a member
  • Make a donation
  • Get a park license plate
  • Buy a T-shirt
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund

Nathan Burrell to Give Keynote Address | September 7, 7:15 a.m. 
Join the Rotary Club of Innsbrook to hear a "State of the James River Park" address by Park Superintendent Nathan Burrell. The event is free and open to the public. The event will be held at "The Place" at Innsbrook Shoppes, 4036 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060, and includes breakfast.  

The James River 'Trails and Ales' Run/Brew Fest | September 16, 4:30 p.m.
A celebration of Richmond's urban trail system and popular craft brewery culture, Trails and Ales presented by Capital Ale House is set for Saturday, September 16th and will take place in Manchester (W. 10th Street and Semmes Avenue) adjacent to the SunTrust Mortgage offices, at 4:30 p.m. Registration available here.
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:
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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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