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Friends of the
James River Park
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AUGUST 2018      
Celebrating a Milestone

If you follow the work of the Friends, and of course we hope you do, you already know that our 2017-18 funding initiative is to raise capital required for the development of the JRPS master plan.

This plan will establish a work plan for sustaining the legacy of conservation and recreation provided by our award-winning park by clearly identifying tangible goals and ways to facilitate their implementation. We are pleased to announce that we have received commitments for the initial $250,000 required to support this effort. We want to thank these organizations for their contributions:
 
Beirne Carter Foundation
Friends of the James River Park
Dominion Foundation
New Market Corp
CoStar
Richmond City Health District
Community Foundation
Venture Richmond
Mary Ann and Lou Wilson
4th District Council Member Kristen Larson
 
A special thanks to the Beirne Carter Foundation for their generous matching grant of $75,000, helping us raise the final $150,000 for the master plan.
 
The park is a great investment and it plays a vital role in making Richmond the best place to live, work and play.
August Creative Workshop 
Wednesday, August 29 from 6-7 pm
 
Come explore your creativity, enjoy the park, and get inspired in an on-site Creative Workshop, facilitated by the park's Artist-in-Residence. Wednesday, August, 29th from 6-7 pm join in on an all levels fun workshop. Meet at 6pm at the Pony Pasture parking lot. You will be lead through a series of creative exercises as you sit in nature along the river and engage with the James River Park in a creative, intentional way. Can't make it? These workshops will be held monthly, stay tuned for the next workshop. If you have questions, you can contact Shay at [email protected]
GRTC adds four NEW bus stops on riverfront 
Riverfront Access  
 
Finally, there is bus service to the river!  
 
Try out a new way to get to downtown Richmond's riverfront. GRTC has added 4 new bus stops to allow for better riverfront access for all Richmonders.

To learn more, watch the video powered by downtown riverfront partners of the National Park Service.


Show Your Talent at Art Works' River Renderings Exhibits  
August 24 thru September 22 

Can you paint, draw or sculpt? Do you love the James? Artworks Gallery, in conjunction with JRAC, is looking for artists to participate in their juried River Renderings show this August. Images must be of our beautiful James River, from locations in and around Richmond.

Want to participate? Download and complete the Call for Submissions form and submit one with each entry (required) along with digital images of your artwork. You may submit up to three entries. There is no fee to enter and there will be a cash prize for Best-in-Show. Deadline to submit your entry is July 31.

Don't do art? Plan to attend the exhibit in the Skylight Gallery at Artworks, 320 Hull Street this August and September. 
 
More information: [email protected]
Support the park!

Your green keeps us green! Want to show your support? Visit jamesriverpark.org/support-the-park/ and choose how:
  • Become a Friend
  • Make a donation
  • Get a park license plate
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund
  • Give a gift through our Living Memorial Giving Fund
AROUND THE PARK

Perseid Meteor Shower Bike Tour| Aug 10 and 11 
Sign up for a scenic and challenging ride along the Virginia Capital Trail then camp under the stars to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower! JRPS Adventure Staff departs from Reedy Creek Visitors Center on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm and travels to Chickahominy Riverfront Campground, where the sky is dark and conditions are best to experience this annual sky show. jamesriverpark.org/perseid-meteor-shower-bike-tour/

Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival | Aug 11, 7:30 am-4:00 pm 
Join in the fun for Richmond's biggest spectacle on water -- dragon boating! Led by the rhythmic beat of a drum, teams of synchronized paddlers, one drummer and one coxswain (steersperson) race 500 meters up the river in canoes rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails. sportsbackers.org/events/richmond-international-dragon-boat-festival 
  
Fall Line - An Intersection of Place | Aug 14, 3:00 - 4:00 pm   
"Fall Line," a wood sculpture and functional bench designed to evoke the James River, was installed in the lobby of James Branch Cabell Library in the spring of 2018. Join artist Heath Matysek-Snyder, assistant professor and wood area head in VCUarts' Department of Craft/Material Studies, for celebratory remarks and a Q&A with the audience. This is your chance to meet the artist, to learn about his inspirations and discuss the complex process of building a functional public sculpture. library.vcu.edu/about/events/2018-19/fall-line.html
 
James River Regional Cleanup | Sept 8, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Join the James River Advisory Council in its 19th year of cleaning up the James River and its shorelines! The cleanup is a cooperative, regional event spanning more than 75 miles of the James River at 17 sites. Last year 764 volunteers collected 508 bags of trash plus 452 bags of recycled items and 24 tires from 16 sites across the watershed! jrac-va.org/james-river-regional-cleanup-sites/

Trails & Ales registration open | October 6
Calling all beer drinkers with a trail running problem! The third annual Trails & Ales Trail Run and Beer Festival on October 6, offers 8 mile and 5k courses and ends at the craft brew festival in Manchester at 10th and Semmes, where local craft brews, music, and good friends await! sportsbackers.org/events/trails-and-ales/

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: www.jamesriverpark.org/calendar.
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.
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