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Friends of the
James River Park
  JULY 2017
FOJRP Picnic Brings Members Together

Thanks for all the Members who were able to attend our annual Picnic at the Pumphouse! Delicious food was shared by all and the James River Park System's own Andrew Alli and the Mainline serenaded the crowd with tunes. Also at our Picnic, we heard from Park Superintendent Nathan Burrell in his State of the Park address. Nathan shared the current status of initiatives for the Park and his plans for the future!

Our Members help keep the Friends alive and provide valuable support through our volunteer opportunities. We appreciate your continued membership and are thankful for the opportunity to come together annually at our Picnic to celebrate!
Save the Date: Creative Writing Workshop in August and Writer in Residence
Creative Writing Workshops return to the James River Park System this summer, with workshops on Sunday, August 13 (from 2 to 4 PM). Stay tuned for further details and location information! 
Our writer in residence, Lauren Miner has also had a piece of her work featured in the [work] exhibition, at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, opening on Friday, July 7. The piece is a small handmade book, printed on a single sheet of cotton paper, featuring three erasure poems about the river. More information on exhibition is available here:
Volunteer Opportunity on Summer Break 

Our monthly volunteer event is on hiatus for the summer. Opportunities for you to volunteer in the park are listed on the park global calendar at
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

Rain Garden Cost Share Program
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is offering an 80% cost-share for homeowners to install a rain garden or conservation landscaping. The only requirement is that the homeowner must live in the Middle James River Watershed (which includes Richmond and its surrounds). To learn more, check out the Alliance's website:

Check River Conditions with James River Watch
The James River Association's James River Watch is a valuable tool for checking river conditions in the James before your visit. Each week, trained volunteers take water samples and record them on the James River Watch website. This lets the public know whether or not it is safe to boat, fish or swim in the James and its tributaries. If you are planning a river trip, visit every Friday until Labor Day, to see river conditions in your area.
Know Your Watershed
As part of the City of Richmond's RVAH2O program, the City has created an interactive watershed map that allows residents to learn which watershed they are in and how their activities can reduce water pollution in their watershed. The map is available 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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