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Friends of the
James River Park
JULY 2018      
2018 rafting trip with Mayor Stoney
Mayor Stoney experiences the power of the James first hand. Other city officials on the trip were Lincoln Saunders, Dr. Risha Berry, and Chris Frelke.
Mayor Stoney All Smiles on His First Rafting Trip Down the James

Mayor Levar Stoney took some time from his busy schedule to go rafting on June 16 with representatives from FOJRP, JRA, James River Park staff, Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Committee, rvaMORE and JROC. It was the Mayor's first time whitewater rafting and he had a blast. The trip began at Pony Pasture and concluded at the 14th Street Takeout, with a stop for a snack of ham biscuits, deviled eggs, fruit, trail mix, brownies and cookies on Belle Isle. Just as important, Mayor Stoney got to experience first hand the best the James River has to offer and gained a better understanding of the importance the river and the James River Park System play in the lives of area residents. Thanks to all who made this happen and special thanks to Riverside Outfitters for donating the trip. 
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Perseid Meteor Shower Bike Tour
Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11

Sign up for a scenic and challenging ride along the Virginia Capital Trail then camp under the stars to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower! JRPS Adventure Staff departs from Reedy Creek Visitors Center on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm and travels to Chickahominy Riverfront Campground, where the sky is dark, and conditions are best to experience this annual sky show.

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July Creative Workshop 
Saturday, July 14 from 12-1:30 pm

Explore your creativity, enjoy the park, and get inspired in an on-site Workshop facilitated by the park's Artist-in-Residence. Participants of all skill levels will delight in this fun workshop. We meet at noon at the Pony Pasture parking lot. Bring your sketchbook, pencils, paints, and any other tools you choose to be creative with. You may also want to bring a camp chair or blanket and water bottle. You will be lead through a series of creative exercises as you sit in nature along the river and engage with the James River Park in a creative, intentional way. Can't make it? These workshops will be held monthly, stay tuned for the next workshop. If you have questions you can contact Shay at
[email protected].
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Be Safe on the James 
The James River provides RVA residents unique recreational opportunities. Rafting, kayaking, tubing, and swimming are just some of the fun summer activities you can enjoy. This year's many storms have resulted in high water levels, which translate to faster, stronger currents and contribute to pollution runoff that effects water quality. With the frequent changes in water levels, temperature, sediment, and bacteria levels, is it safe to go in the James?

The best way to have a safe, fun time on the water is to be in the know before you go. The home page of our shows current river levels and whether a lifejacket is required. Another valuable online resource for checking river conditions is JRA's, which provides information on bacteria levels and turbidity as well the river levels at various locations along the James. It is strongly advised to avoid swimming or boating when the water level is high. And remember to wear a protective life vest and footwear while in the river! Most of all, be sure to make safe and informed decisions before enjoying the river.
Show Your Talent at Art Works' River Renderings Exhibits  
August 24 thru September 22 

Can you paint, draw or sculpt? Do you love the James? Artworks Gallery, in conjunction with JRAC, is looking for artists to participate in their juried River Renderings show this August. Images must be of our beautiful James River, from locations in and around Richmond.

Want to participate? Download and complete the Call for Submissions form and submit one with each entry (required) along with digital images of your artwork. You may submit up to three entries. There is no fee to enter and there will be a cash prize for Best-in-Show. Deadline to submit your entry is July 31.

Don't do art? Plan to attend the exhibit in the Skylight Gallery at Artworks, 320 Hull Street this August and September.
More information: [email protected]
Ospreys Fledge 
Maggie and Walker's return this spring brought a flurry of activity as they repaired their damaged nest, laid eggs and introduced a new pair of chicks to the osprey nest audience. The family has left the nest until, we hope, they return next season. Thanks to RichmondOutside for their innovative coverage of this springtime wonder.
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Makayla, one of the 2017 photo contest winners. Photo courtesy of DGIF. 
Picture This! 

Smiles, laughs, looks of anticipation and fun are all part of kids learning how to fish. Capture this excitement in a photo and you could win fishing tackle as a winner in the Va. Dept. of Games and Inland Fisheries Kids 'n Fishing Photo Contest!

The winning pictures are those that best capture the theme "kids enjoying fishing." Children in the first through third place photographs of each category will receive a variety of fishing-related prizes. Contest entry information and rules are posted on the DGIF website. For information on how to join in the fun visit:

Volunteer Opportunities on Summer Vacation  
Due to the demands on Park staff time during the summer months the Friends Volunteer Opportunity is on summer vacation. Watch this e-news space for the return of our opportunities in September.

If you have time to spare this summer and are looking for ways to pitch in, check the Park Calendar for opportunities.
Support the park!

Your green keeps us green! Want to show your support? Visit and choose how:
  • Become a Friend
  • Make a donation
  • Get a park license plate
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund
  • give a gift through our Living Memorial Giving Fund

Pump House Clean Ups | Saturday, July 7 & July 21, 9:00 am-Noon
Support Friends of Pumphouse in their efforts to restore this historic structure. Plan to pitch in and help out at one or both of these July cleanups. Please RSVP to [email protected] so there will enough tools, gloves and water to go around!

Friends of Larus Park Organizational Meeting | July 9, 6:30-8:00 pm 
Join this new group and help support and preserve Larus Park! Meeting will be held at The Bluffs at Stony Point community room on Stony Point Rd. Interested, contact: Janet Woody, Kitty Hardt or Kathy Brooks. 

James River Story Time | July 10, 10:30-11:15 am 
This early literacy story time focuses on rivers, lakes and other bodies of water. Hear stories, sing songs and do arts and crafts. This free activity is sponsored by JRAC and Chesterfield County Public Library. Find location and contact information at

Parade of Lights brings Christmas to July | July 21, 6:00 pm
Severe winter weather brought the cancellation of the James River Advisory Council's 25th Parade of Lights celebration in December 2017. Happily, JRAC has rescheduled this event to this July 21. Boats will be decorated in their Christmas finery as they cruise the 14 mile parade route down the James.
JRAC is looking for boaters to participate and spectators to enjoy the viewing from the many sites along the route. While this event is free, boaters must register. Prizes will be awarded in several categories at an awards celebration to be held on July 22. For more information visit

Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival | August 11, 7:30 am-4:00 pm  
Join in the fun for Richmond's biggest spectacle on water -- dragon boating! Led by the rhythmic beat of a drum, teams of synchronized paddlers, one drummer and one coxswain (steersperson) race 500 meters up the river in canoes rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails.   
Trails & Ales registration opens
Calling all beer drinkers with a trail running problem! The third annual Trails & Ales Trail Run and Beer Festival on October 6, offers 8 mile and 5k courses and ends at the craft brew festival in Manchester at 10th and Semmes, where local craft brews, music, and good friends await!

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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