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Friends of the
James River Park

Easement Location 
Board Member 
Reedy Creek/
Buttermilk East 
Greg Velzy Thursday 2/16
3:00 p.m. 
Monday 2/20
3:00 p.m. 
Manchester Climbing Wall Greg Velzy Thursday 2/16
3:00 p.m.
Monday 2/20
3:00 p.m.
Pumphouse Park Shawna Shade Saturday 2/18
9:00 a.m. 
Sunday 2/19
9:00 a.m. 
Northbank Park Shawna Shade Saturday 2/18
9:00 a.m.
Sunday 2/19
9:00 a.m.
Belle Isle Larry Socha Saturday 2/18
11:00 a.m.
Sunday 2/26
11:00 a.m.
Pony Pasture
Karen Thomas Monday 2/20
10:00 a.m. 
Tuesday 3/7
Wetlands Karen Thomas Monday 2/20
10:00 a.m.
Tuesday 3/7
Huguenot Flatwater Katherine Mitchell Saturday 3/4
10:00 a.m. 
Saturday 3/11
10:00 a.m.
Reedy Creek/
Buttermilk West
Shawna Shade Friday 2/17
3:00 p.m. 
Great Shiplock Park Justin Doyle Tuesday 2/28
9:00 a.m. 
Wednesday 3/1
9:00 a.m. 
Annual Conservation Easement Inspections are here

In conjunction with the Capital Region Land Conservancy, the Friends are undertaking their annual duty to inspect each parcel of the James River Park System subject to a conservation easement.

We have divided the duty up by parcel and are inviting volunteers to assist to ensure no new pervious service or illegal structures have been implemented in the Park that would violate the conservation easement.

The Enrichmond Foundation has partnered with Friends to assist in the management of volunteers this year. If you have any questions about the inspections please contact Erin at [email protected].

To participate take a look at the inspection schedule (chart on right), mark your calendar, then please register at: 
Invasive Species Awareness Week

The James River Park System will be celebrating Invasive Species Awareness Week from Feb. 27-March 3. The week will start with a kickoff event on Saturday Feb. 25 from 1-5 at Pony Pasture. The Kickoff will include multiple interpretive hikes as well as an invasive species removal. There will be additional events throughout the week including "Free a Tree" and events hosted by the Richmond Tree Stewards. Check the Park Global Calendar later in the month for a list of events/details.
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FrogWatch looking for citizen scientists 

FrogWatch USA is a nationwide program which relies on volunteers to monitor frog activity, then provide data about the health of our amphibian population.
JRPS is currently looking for volunteers to provide this data for the Wetlands Park. The four hours of training includes information on the FrogWatch Program, an introduction to the site and information on how to monitor and identify the calls of our local frogs.
Training sessions are:
  • Evenings: February 22 and March 1 from 6:00--8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: March 4, 10:00 a.m.--2:30 p.m.
For more information or to register, please e-mail [email protected] or call 804-921-8166.
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I Am RVA Donates $1,100 to the Friends

Thank you to I Am RVA for your support of the Friends of the James River Park! On January 27, I Am RVA awarded multiple organizations the proceeds from the 2016 sale of their iconic I Am RVA silver bicycle helmets. In addition to the Friends, awards were made to Greater Richmond SCAN, Sportable, and the Brain Institute of Virginia, in accordance with the group's mission "to foster enthusiasm for bicycling in Richmond by encouraging a sense of community, promoting safety among riders and drivers, and creating pride in the city."
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Friends Conducts First Cleanup at T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge

A big thank you to the 32 volunteers who came out to the South side of the new T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge to remove invasive Trees of Heaven and trash from this newly refurbished area of the Park.
FOJRP Volunteer Event
Saturday, February 18, 9 a.m.-noon | Ancarrow's Landing & Slave Trail Cleanup

Join the Friends of the James River park as we lead a river cleanup along the Historic Slave Trail and Manchester Docks in observance of Black History Month. We will be providing all trash bags, grabbers and gloves for the event. Please wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty and dress according to the weather, we will be outside the whole time. Please bring water and a snack. We look forward to working with you. Please register ahead of time 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
Stewards of the River Awards | now through March 3
The James River Advisory Council is accepting nominations for its annual Stewards of the River Awards. Nominations will be accepted through March 3 for several different categories including Leadership, Community Partnership, Guardian, Communication, Historical Values, and Education. More information is available at .

RVA international Film Festival | February 27- March 5
Mark your calendars for the RVA International Film Festival, to be held February 27- March 3. Details here:

The Banff Film Festival | March 9, 10 & 11
Be sure to drop by the Friends' table at the Banff Film Festival coming up on March 9-11 at James River High School. More information regarding the Festival is available here.

James River Association accepting applications for floating classroom | deadline March 10
The James River Association is accepting applications for the 7th annual James River Expedition, "a floating classroom." Selected students who apply will go on one of three week-long trips that collectively travel the length of the 340-mile James River over the summer.
During the expedition, which begins June 25th, participants will learn about conservation, responsible stewardship and the river's history while camping and traveling aboard canoes, kayaks and bateaux rafts. High school students within the James River watershed are encouraged to apply before the deadline, Friday, March 10th. No previous paddling or camping experience is required. Educational staff will provide instruction on paddling, camping and team-building. More details 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:
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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