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Friends of the
James River Park
February 2016 - In This Issue:
The RVA Environmental Film Festival Feb. 1-7

The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival will be held from February 1st through 7th at various venues throughout Richmond. The event is presented by the Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC), the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, EarthCraft Virginia, the Enrichmond Foundation, and the Sierra Club -- Falls of the James Group.

The Festival will take place at several locations including the Henrico Public Library, Richmond Public Library, University of Richmond, VCU, Visual Arts Center and the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. The multiple-day event will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet. A complete schedule is available at

The CRLC, one of the holders of the conservation easements in the James River Park System, is premiering a new 4.5 minute short promotional film at the festival. This film features testimony from several landowners who have worked with CRLC to protect their property under a conservation easement. The film will be shown between 7:00 and 7:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Visual Arts Center (1812 W. Main Street) and again between 2:00 and 2:30 pm on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Byrd Theatre (2909 W. Cary Street).
Public Meeting on City Stream Restoration Initiative  

Richmond city will host a public information meeting on February 9, from 5-7:30 pm at the Science Museum of Virginia to provide an opportunity for "community leaders and residents who share a concern and passion for Richmond waterways" to weigh in on the early stages of the city's Integrated Planning efforts to achieve water quality improvements more rapidly. Neighborhood associations, non-profits, recreation and environmental enthusiasts, and business and political influencers are encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity to meet many of the behind-the-scenes hard workers from the city's Department of Public Utilities who help our day-to-day lives in the city go smoothly. More information on the initiative and the meeting is available at  
The Community Foundation ends The Amazing Raise

We are sad to report that the Community Foundation has discontinued its popular Amazing Raise event. The 36-hour fundraising event began in 2011 and provided a convenient platform for donating to local charities (as well as unique contests and prizes for those competitive-minded philanthropists). The Community Foundation cited easier access to online giving for many smaller non-profits as one justification for ending the event, which raised over $7 million during its five-year run. The Friends were late to the game, first participating in 2014. In 2015 we raised over $4,500 through the Amazing Raise, an admirable increase over our inaugural 2014 results of $2,275. More info in a recent RTD article:

And in a nod to the mentioned improved access to online donations for small non-profits like the Friends, you can donate to the Friends online via a link on our web site:
Dam Cold

Workers on the future Tyler Potterfield Dam Walk are having their own shiver in the river as they make cosmetic repairs to the sturdy concrete piers upon which the dam walk will rest. To learn more about this dangerous but necessary, and much appreciated, work, see the recent RTD article:

FOJRP Volunteer Event | Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m.-noon
The Friends' next volunteer opportunity takes place on Saturday, February 13, 9 to noon. Please meet in front of the Reedy Creek headquarters and bring work gloves if you have them. The focus is still removal of invasive species in an area the goats previously cleared. Please register ahead of time at

JROC Volunteer Event | Saturday, February 6, 9 a.m. until ?
Participants will be working at Pony Pasture on the bridge to the bathroom and Charlie's bridge. Meet at Pony Pasture, 7310 Riverside Dr., 23225. Please bring gloves.

Easement Inspections | March and April
Plan to join Friends volunteers for the annual easement inspection. We will be walking the park sections included within the Conservation Easement to ensure there are no violations.
Check the Park's global calendar ( for times and locations then e-mail Friends ([email protected]) for meet-up information. Information will be posted on the calendar by late February. 


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
Earth Day and Gear Swap
Earth Day is April 22nd, but celebrations will be occurring on April 23rd, including the James River Outdoor Coalition's Gear Swap. Drop off for the event will begin at 10:30 a.m., and sales beginning at 11 a.m. at Great Shiplock Park, the site of Enrichmond's Earth Day celebrations. More information forthcoming.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour | March 3-5, 7:00 p.m.-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 each night. This year the organizers have added not only a third night but also at least two food trucks on site from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Tickets for individual nights are $6, all 3 nights $15, ages 4 and under free. James River High School, 3700 James River Rd, Midlothian. For more information go or email: [email protected]. 

Closed for maintenance
Belle Isle: The bridge on the southside of the island will be closed for repairs/replacement Monday through Friday from February 15 until April 1. The bridge will be open on weekends during this period from 6:00 p.m. Fridays until 7:00 a.m. Mondays. Belle Isle can be accessed via the north side
suspension bridge at Tredegar St
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:
Our Mission
The Friends of James River Park is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization created by a dedicated group of citizens in 1999. Our mission is to provide an ongoing source of citizen support for the conservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of the 550-acre James River Park System and its natural and historic environments.
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