James River Park License Plate at the General Assembly Feb. 1st!!!

You did it, folks! We exceeded our 350 license plate application benchmark for the General Assembly earlier this month, so at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1st the House Transporatation sub-committee #3 takes up HB 2414 in the 7th West Conference Room. That's our baby! And several of us will be there to cheer on our license plate. We are so grateful to everyone who has pitched in to get us where we need to be exactly when we need to be there. Del. McQuinn and Del. Carr are nudging the bill through the General Assembly this session, and once approved, DMV will make them, and we will wear them with pride. 


Park-lovers love living on the edge. The 350 and 351st actual paper license plate apps arrived by fax just in the nick of time. We have since comfortably exceeded that number. If you haven't sent in your form yet, we are still greedy for more completed applications. (Remember, we need to hit 1001 on the road before it becomes a revenue stream for FOJRP.) Just $25 to show your pride in one of the best places in Richmond. Please send in your application now and help spread the word to park-lovers around town. 



You can get all the information and the application and pay by check or with PayPal at www.jamesriverpark.org. We really appreciate your help (and patience) in making this plate a reality. 


River-lovers at The Boathouse at Rockett's Landing
There was a great turn-out Thursday, Jan. 20th at a reception hosted by Rocketts Landing at The Boathouse at Rockett's Landing to welcome The Deepwater Sponger, a massive 2000 lb. cast iron sculpture by Richmonder Charles Ponticello, to the riverfront.

He's a hunk.
Our very own Anne Wright, FOJRP board member, Asst. Professor of Biology at VCU, and self-described "insect geek" shared some fascinating findings from grad student research going on right here in the James in Richmond that points to a healthy ecosystem. To sum up in laymen's terms: 1) when stoneflies decide the middle of Richmond is more fun to live in than the mountains that's proof of a healthy river here and 2) seeing sturgeon sperm on a screen doesn't make one pine for caviar.

We are brewing ideas for a series of river talks by local experts. If you're interested in helping organize this, contact us at  [email protected].

River Heroes Contest
The Friends are partnering with our friends at The Boathouse at Rockett's Landing to promote a new contest aimed at celebrating individuals, organizations, and community groups that make the James in Richmond a better place for us all. Nominations will be accepted during the month of February. A simple nomination form will be available on our web site and The Boathouse's site starting Feb. 1st. Winners will be announced on Earth Day. They will receive gift certificates to The Boathouse, a raft trip for two from Riverside Outfitters, and free membership to FOJRP. No employees of The Boathouse or FOJRP board members are eligible and Friends board members will be the judges. So start thinking about whom you'd like to nominate. Here's a great opportunity for river-lovers to show some love to those who've made the James River such a wonderful treasure for our region.
Friends of James River Park
PO 4453
Richmond, Virginia 23220