June and July Park Events

Thanks to everyone who helped clean up the JRPS and the James River on June 11th as part of JRAC's regional cleanup. Crowds of people gathered at Reedy Creek and Pony Pasture to do the dirty work all over the city. Thanks to our friends at the James River Association and Mike Ostrander, Linda Richardson, Stephanie Saccone and family and Susan Martin for leading the way!

Tuesday, June 21st 9 p.m. Candles on the Canal 14th St. Turning Basin

Join Ralph White and FOJRP for a first-ever celebration of the summer solstice. Float a wish and a candle on the canal and see an unusual combo of fire and water. 646--8911

Saturday, June 25th 10 a.m. Frog's Eye Tour of the River

See what the frogs see on James River Day. Perfect for young children, check out what's going on in small pools near the river. Main Area $5 646-8911

Saturday, June 25th JRPS torchlit Richmond Slave Trail Walk Manchester Docks/Ancarrow's Landing end of Brander St. Gather at 8:30. Walk starts at 9 p.m

This nighttime walk, led by JRPS manager Ralph White, packs quite a punch and offers opportunity for quiet contemplation and questions and answers as you walk the Richmond Slave Trail. 646-8911 $5

Saturday, July 2 8:45-10:15 p.m. Wetlands Entrance: Landria Drive

Explore trails at night looking for at least 5 different species of fireflies. Bring a small flashlight with a red lens cover and wear insect repellant $5

Saturday, July 2 - 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 $ fee

Saturday, July 9 - 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 $ fee



Bike & Ped Meeting Tuesday, June 21st

Tuesday, June 21st 7-9 PM Science Museum of Virginia

How To Make Communities Bike-able and Walkable
Portland, Oregon is one of the most bike friendly cities is the United States. Learn how Portland became a bicycling mecca and what you can do to make these changes in your community.

The presentation will feature Portland's former Bicycling and Pedestrian Program Manager, Mia Birk. Mia was the driving force behind Portland's transformation and is now a principal with Alta Planning and the author of "Joyride: Pedaling toward a Healthier Planet
which tells the story of how she got Porlanders out of their cars and on their bikes. Our second presenter is Eric Weis, Trail Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway . Mr. Weis will share his vision of developing the 3000-mile bike and pedestrian route from Maine to Florida. Now over 25% complete, this off-road facility - which will pass through the heart of Central Virginia - will connect 25 major cities along the East Coast.

If you want to see these types of changes here in Richmond or across Virginia, you want to miss this event. Whether an active commuter, road cyclist or a fan of trails and greenways this should be an inspiring evening for everyone. June 21, 7-9 PM at the Science Museum of Virginia. Admission is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP at http://vbf.eventbrite.com

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!

Are the License Plates there yet?
Almost. In early July, as soon as the effective date of our hard-fought and successful JRPS license plate bill allows, FOJRP will hand off the almost 400 applications, the beautiful design for the plate, and one large check with all of those $25 and $35 fees so many of you sent in to us, to the DMV. That is DMV procedure, and you know there's no getting around that. What a long haul it has been!

We've called many of you to make sure the info on your applications is right. We want this to go as smoothly as possible so DMV can make these plates and put them in the mail to us park-lovers. We still have a few months more to wait until it's time to break out our screwdrivers. We'll update you once we know more. Thanks so much for your continued support and patience and impatience!

Friends of James River Park
PO 4453
Richmond, Virginia 23220