July & August Park Events

Saturday, July 23, August 6 - Inner Tube Float: Z Dam to Wetlands

Slow, mostly flat, float alongside Williams Island. Frequent views of ospreys, geese and occasional eagles. Steep slope to access river. Tubes, lifejackets and guides provided. Must be able to swim, be above age 12, and wear sneakers. Reservations required. Park at Entrance to The Wetlands on Landria Rd. Van takes participants to the put-in. 646-8911 $5

Saturday, July 30th - Inner Tube Float: Cooper's Island to Reedy Creek

Bob through riffles, pools and small rapids among waterfowl and interesting water plants in a remote-seeming part of the river.Some walking to the put-in.Tubes, lifejackets and guides provided.Must be able to swim, be above age 12, and wear sneakers. Reservations required.Park at HQ office (Reedy Creek Entrance) 4001 Riverside Dr. 646-8911 $5

Saturday, August 13 Summer Sizzler Hike 10AM - 2PM

This is a very popular long-distance excursion on the award-winning trails of James River Park. Be prepared for a moderate to strenuous hike on nine miles with beautiful scenery, wildlife and engaging history. Meet at Belle Isle Parking Lot, Tredegar Street
Sponsors: Friends of James River Park, Chesterfield County Environmental Engineering
Registration: 748-1920 $8.00

Thanks to Lorne Field, Environmental Outreach Coordinator with Chesterfield County, for his efforts with Dive and Draw and the Summer Sizzler Hike. See what the RTD had to say about his July 16th tour: Dive and Draw in the RTD


Fun Times at the DMV

FOJRP board members were the happiest people at DMV last week when we turned over our stack of 379 James River Park System license plate applications, the artwork for the plate provided by Martin Agency employees, and a check for $10, 260 for the application fees. Ms. Carolyn Easley counted our loot and told us the next step in this long process is the artwork going to 3M for processing. It will be a few months until these plates make it onto our vehicles, so thank you for your support and patience.

FOJRP cannot accept new applications now. DMV is running the show now. Once DMV makes the plates available to the plate-buying public on their website (late 2011 or early 2012), we will let you know, you can be sure! To make this a revenue-generating effort for FOJRP, we will need more than 1000 JRPS plates on the road! We will keep you updated as this process moves along. We are in this for the long haul and know you are, too!

Several people paid for plate applications on PayPal, but never turned in the actual application. We contacted people anyway we could, but in several cases never got a response. We are happy to refund plate fees in this case. Thanks, too to several people who donated their fees to FOJRP when they had overpaid or had to withdraw the application for various reasons. If you or someone you know has a question about the status of their license plate application, anyone can contact us at [email protected]

New T-shirts for Sale!

Get your awesome, Bob Scott-designed (www.bobscottart.com) FOJRP t-shirt today! Riverside Outfitters on Old Westham Rd. near Pony Pasture has them for sale. $15 is all it takes for you to be Easy to Spot!


You'll love the back, too!

Friends of James River Park
PO 4453
Richmond, Virginia 23220