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Friends of the
James River Park
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DECEMBER 2016
join us for the winter solstice celebration
Join us for our Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
Wednesday, December 21 | Belle Isle

Please join Friends of the James River Park and park staff in a convivial observation of the time when the days once again start to grow longer. Cookies, hot beverages, a bonfire. Bring a poem to recite, a song to sing, a musical instrument and your holiday spirit. Festivities commence at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m. Belle Isle, 300 Tredegar St., Richmond 23219. Free. Flashlights recommended.
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T. Tyler Potterfield Pedestrian Bridge Opens

The long-awaited T. Tyler Potterfield Pedestrian Bridge connecting Brown's Island and Manchester is finally open to the public! The 0.3 mile metal bridge is lighted and will remain open 24 hours a day and is handicapped accessible. This is the first major project to be completed in the City's Riverfront Plan. Read more about the project here: www.richmond.com/news/article_b451bc73-b2e6-595e-8c51-3722511a730a.html.
Friends Undertaking Economic Impact Study for James River Park System Interpretive Sign Installed

In order to better understand the impact the Park System has on our local economy, the Friends is coordinating with VCU Professors Vicky Shivy and Ivan Suen to conduct an Economic Impact Study. The study will include assessment of property value impacts related to proximity to Park entrances; a review of a 2012 Visitors Study conducted by Professor Shivy; and a survey of local businesses around the Park system. The Friends will be assisting with this survey process and would appreciate the help of any of our Members who would be willing to help us administer the survey by meeting with local business owners. If you are interested in assisting with this effort, please email [email protected].
Monthly Creative Writing Workshop to return after Christmas

If the winter blues have you down, consider joining the park's Artist-in-Residence, Lauren Miner, to indulge your creativity, explore the park, and get inspired in an on-site Creative Writing Workshop. Watch for the park's global calendar for times and locations (www.jamesriverpark.org/calendar) All skill levels are welcome, and there is no cost to attend.
We Need You!

Much of the work of the FOJRP, including, for instance, this newsletter, occurs behind the scenes in our committees. Our current committees include: Finance, Communications, Events, Membership, Advocacy, Fundraising, and a new ad hoc committee to assist with creating a master plan for the park. Our committees are staffed by Board Members, but are open to all FOJRP members and we encourage anyone with interest and/or expertise to reach out to [email protected] if you'd like to assist a committee.

We are also looking for someone to write this newsletter. If you re interested in volunteering to provide the copy for this monthly e-news please contact: [email protected].
FOJRP Volunteer Event
Saturday, January 14, 9 a.m.-noon

Join the Friends of the James River Park at the site of the new T. Potterfield pedestrian bridge. We will be working on removing invasive trees and brush, removing graffiti and will also be doing a river cleanup. Please be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves if you have them. It will be COLD so please dress accordingly. All supplies and materials will be provided. Please bring water and a snack. Please register ahead of time here: www.handsonrva.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?Id=a0CA000000nFuaw.
Support the Park!

Your green keeps us green! Want to show your support? Visit www.jamesriverpark.org/be-a-friend/support-the-park.php and choose how:
  • Become a member
  • Make a donation
  • Get a park license plate
  • Buy a T-shirt
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund
AROUND THE PARK
 
Planting natives at Pony Pasture | Wednesday, December 14, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p. m. 
This is a project of the JRPS Invasive Task Force led by partners Riverine chapter of Va. Master Naturalists, James River Association, and JRPS. We will be planting regionally native shrubs and grasses as well as some understory trees all suited to this riparian area. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots and comfortable layered clothing and bring work gloves and water. JRPS will provide all tools. Planting instruction and guidance will be provided. Please RSVP to [email protected].

Winter Solstice Celebration | December 21, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Belle Island
Please join Friends of the James River Park and park staff in a convivial observation of the time when the days once again start to grow longer. Cookies, hot beverages, a bonfire. Bring a poem to recite, a song to sing, a musical instrument and your holiday spirit. Belle Isle, 300 Tredegar St., Richmond 23219. Free. Flashlights recommended.

Night and Day the River Flows: Waterscapes from the Harnett Print Study Center Collection | until July 2, 2017, Modlin Center, University of Richmond.
The exhibition presents a selection of artworks that offer a variety of interpretations and depictions of waterways, from abstract to realistic and from topographic to contemplative. The exhibition is on view in the Modlin Center Atrium and the Booker Hall Lobby in the Modlin Center for the Arts, open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and during events. Find additional information at: www.museums.richmond.edu/exhibitions/page.html?eventid=10504&informationid=casDataMuseumExhibition,startdate:2016-11-07,enddate:2017-07-02.

Virginia State Parks First Day Hikes | Pocahontas State Park, January 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Make a resolution to participate in the Virginia State Parks Annual First Day Hike on the first day of 2017. Locally Pocahontas State Park is offering ranger lead hikes geared towards the whole family, friendly dogs included. Or if you'd rather explore the park on your own, there will be self-guided opportunities, such as geocaching and a tree I.D. trail. Light refreshments, information about the park, volunteer opportunities, and other area interests available at the Heritage Center from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring water and dress for the weather. All ages welcome. Jan. 1 is a free park entrance day. For more information go to: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info?id=PO170005-00.

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.

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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.
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