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Friends of the
James River Park
FEBRUARY 2018      
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New Website Strives to Improve User Experience

For most of the last year Friends, along with Webbones LLC, has been hard at work evaluating, revising and recreating the website. Over the last few weeks we rolled out "phase one" of this project. When you visit the site some of the changes you will find on the revised site are:
  • individual location data, including disability access information
  • rundown on activities offered by JRPS Education Staff
  • a dedicated Trails Overview page
  • new ways to support the park
  • impact of Leave No Trace Partnership adoption
This effort should provide a more complete online experience for new and frequent visitors to the site. Technology moves forward, even as we strive to keep the Park wild. 
Friends Announces Lead Gift for Park Master Plan

The Board of Directors of the FOJRP is pleased to announce it has made a $50,000 lead gift in support of the development of a long-range James River Park Master Plan. The total cost of the plan will be $250,000 and it will be developed in partnership with the consulting firms of VHB and Hargreaves once funding has been secured. The group is seeking gifts averaging $25,000-$50,000 to support this effort.

The master planning process will be an inclusive one with many public and neighborhood meetings over 9-12 months, resulting in a shared vision of what we want our Park to be. This plan will also incorporate the work of other planning documents, building on successes and resulting in efficiencies and cost savings. The FOJRP and the City Of Richmond's Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department will use this document as a road map to work with all vested individuals, public and private organizations to implement this long-term community vision. The development of a park master plan is supported by many river organizations.

You can support the Park plan by becoming a member of the FOJRP. Members will enjoy special updates on the plan, the river, and an invitation to the FOJRP picnic held every June -- the only party held at the Pumphouse. Any questions can be directed to Katherine Mitchell at [email protected] or 804-920-5912.

Read detailed information about the James River Park Master Plan Initiative > 
JRPS Celebrates National Invasive Species Awareness Week 
Sunday, February 25 thru Friday, March 2

Join members of the JRPS Invasive Plant Task Force
for a week full of events designed to raise awareness, highlight solutions and provide hands-on opportunities for you to join the campaign to remove invasive species from the Park. Activities will be held in multiple locations throughout the park system and include botanist-guided walks, observing goats as they munch offending plants or getting in on that action by helping free-a-tree. Please check the Park's Global Calendar for times and locations or download the attached flyer for more information.
Volunteer Event 
Pony Pasture Invasive Species Removal | February 17, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join the Friends as we work to remove invasive species. We will be focusing on removing invasive bush honeysuckle, privet and English Ivy along Pleasants Creek. We will supply loppers, hand saws, weed wrenches and gloves. If you have a favorite tool of your own please feel free to bring it. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress comfortably for the weather, we will be outside the entirety of the project. Volunteers will be meeting in the Pony Pasture parking lot at 10 AM for further instructions. You must register at HandsonRVA to participate at this event.
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Get Healthy in the Outdoors

The number one benefit of outdoor activity is stress reduction with walking topping out as the number one activity. JRPS encompasses over 600 acres of parkland, with boating, biking, running, fishing, walking and volunteering just a few of the outdoor opportunities available to park users.

Published information on the effects of regular outdoor activity can:
  • Improve memory and creativity
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem
  • Relax and calm the mind
  • Promote weight loss
  • Lower blood pressure
The JRPS Education Staff provides Adventures & Skills Instruction Classes and Environmental Science & History Tours to the public. Programs are held year-round and registration is required for most events. Program fees or donations help support programs for under-served youth and elementary school students in Richmond. Why not make 2018 the year you get outdoors?
Support the Park!

Your green keeps us green! Show your support at and choose how:
  • Become a member
  • Make a donation
  • Get a park license plate
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund
RVA Environmental Film Festival | February 5-18, various times & locations
The RVA Environmental Film Festival with returns for the eighth year with 11 days of free movies. Open to the public this event showcases films covering topics that raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet. For a list of titles, times and locations go to

Shiver in the River | February 24
This is the fourth year for Keep Virginia Beautiful's fundraising event where you can clean up, walk/run, or jump in the James River -- or do all three! To find out more go to:

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour | March 8-10, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate and inspire as you journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Different films are shown each night at James River High School, 3700 James River Rd. Food trucks on site from 4:30-7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights. For more information contact: [email protected]. For tickets call 804-748-1623 or online at:

Run for the Hills! 5K | March 18, 2018, 9:00am - 11:00am
This family friendly neighborhood 5K showcases what is best about the Forest Hill Park neighborhood -- outdoor opportunities! Our course follows the rolling hills and side streets of the neighborhood and park. There will be prizes for fastest man, woman, kiddos and doggy. Strollers and walkers are welcome. Prizes awarded to first male and female adult, male and female youngster, and canine to cross the finish line. Meet at the Stone House in Forest Hill Park. For more information contact: [email protected] or check

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:
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.
Friends of James River Park, PO 4453, Richmond, VA 23220
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