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Friends of the
James River Park
JUNE 2018      
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New Murals Beautify North Bank Park (Texas Beach) Stair Tower

In a project jointly sponsored by City of Richmond Parks and Recreation, VCU Painting and Printmaking Department, Friends of the James River Park, and James River Hikers, students from the VCU Painting and Printmaking Department painted the walls of the North Bank Park stair tower. The 30 colorful murals depict turtles, herons, raccoons, bats, owls and ladybugs, as well as other creatures that dwell in and around the James River.
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New Park Video, New YouTube Channel
For those moments when you can't get to the Park our new video highlights the Park's beauty and introduces a variety of activities available to visitors. Learn how, as the Park continues to attract fans, Richmond realizes considerable economic benefits from this urban gem. Watch the video and share it with your friends!

Watch more videos on the FOJRP YouTube Channel » 
Artist in Residence June Workshop
Come explore your creativity, enjoy the park, and get inspired in an on-site Creative Workshop facilitated by the park's Artist-in-Residence, Shay Wilson, on Sunday, June 23 from 2:00-3:30 pm. This fun workshop is appropriate for all skill levels. We will meet at 2 pm at the 42nd street entrance off of Riverside Drive in Forest Hill. Bring your sketch book, pencils, paints, and any other tools you choose to be creative with. You will be led 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 so stay tuned for the next workshop. If you have questions you can contact Shay at [email protected].
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Pat Garrigan with Sugarfoot and her colt Duke. photo: Michele Garrigan
Pony Pasture's History is in its Name

Prior to the City's 1970 annexation, Pony Pasture was part of Chesterfield County and it was also a pony pasture. According to Michele Garrigan, who housed her ponies there in the mid 1960s, the pasture was home to a number of horses and ponies owned by families living in the houses nearby.

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This Summer Make a Plan to Become River Friendly  
The James River provides more than a beautiful backdrop for our beloved James River Park. Beyond the numerous recreational activities, it supplies drinking water for our communities, employment for commercial fisherpersons and revenue from tourist visitation. 
Richmond Osprey Cam 
It's a Good Day for Ospreys Watching!
Both chicks have hatched and one of the parents can be seen flying in to bring food while the other stays in the nest with the hungry babies. This year you can see and hear the family 24/7 since the nest is equipped with a night vision camera and sound. The chicks should be in the nest until sometime in July so take the opportunity to watch them grow until they leave the nest. Check out the family at RVAOspreyCam. And while your there click the link to Adopt an Osprey!
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Book Helps Children Understand Nature

Make bubbles that bounce! Stir up a tornado in a jar! Make elastic from a dandelion! Predict weather from cloud formations! Nature in a Nutshell for Kids: Over 100 Activities You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less offers parents simple experiments and activities to help their children discover the beauty and wonder of nature. The projects are organized by season and teach every aspect of the natural world, including plant and animal life, weather, ecology, rocks and minerals, the senses, the stars and more. Added benefit: you will find most of the materials already in your home, backyard, or neighborhood. Children ages 8-12.
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Volunteer Jack Godin and Va. First Lady Pam Northam show off their Salamander tattoos.
Volunteer News   
Special Thanks to Volunteers
We always appreciate the folks who sign up to work at our monthly volunteer opportunities. Maybe we don't say thanks often enough but your efforts help improve the Park for all users, so thank you!
In our May e-news, we made a special request for volunteers to help board members man our booths at Dominion Riverrock and Explore the Outdoors. We are pleased and thankful at the response! After a wet Friday and Saturday, Sunday's beautiful weather was appreciated, as was the assistance provided by the folks that sign on to help staff our booths!

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.
Looking for the Perfect Father's Day Gift?

Honor your father with a gift of native plants -- a living gift that will flourish for generations -- by making a donation to the James River Park Living Memorial Giving Fund!

Your dad will receive a card and confirmation that he "raised you right." You'll get a tax deduction and the Park will get help restoring native habitat.

Learn more about our Living Memorial Giving Fund at:
Festival of the River | June 8 - June 10, times vary
A special three-day event, The Festival of the River will take place on Brown's Island. This one-time festival will showcase the very best of the James River, Chesapeake Bay and the Richmond Region. Festival highlights will include contemporary art installations, performances under the Richmond Symphony's "Big Tent," cleanups along and around the River and family-friendly environmental education activities.  
Back to the Bay Day | June 9, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Join Alliance for the Bay for a day of FREE family fun, games, educational activities, environmental booths, and much more! Located on Brown's Island, this free family-fun day includes a fun mixture of games, oyster shucking lessons, wildlife education, historic boats, and other environmental education exhibits. For more information check

Parade of Lights brings Christmas to July | Saturday, 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

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:
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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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