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Friends of the
James River Park
May 2016 - In This Issue:
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Join us for the May 10 award celebration

On Tuesday, May 10, celebrate with us as we recognize the following individuals who have made significant contributions to the James River Park System: Molly Dellinger-Wray, Tricia Pearsall, and Sally Wetzler.

We will be honoring this year's River Heroes with an evening of fellowship, heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages, all with a beautiful view of the James River.

This event takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the 15th floor of the Troutman Sanders Building, 1001 Haxall Point, 23219. To reserve before May 6 go to: If you run out of time, bring a check or cash to the event but please RSVP to [email protected]
to ensure we have space

You have no doubt been following all the controversy about Dominion Virginia Power's plan to discharge treated coal ash water into the James River from its Bremo Power Station ponds. That discharge process began on April 27, and a monitoring system is in place, although many people continue to be concerned about the consequences. Here's a link to the RTD article of that date:

In other news, a Barcelona-based company has filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a permit to start the process of building a hydroelectric dam at the site of Bosher's Dam, right here in River City. The city is opposing this permit. Read more here:

Stone Brewing, Monroe Park, Bryan Park, Armstrong High School, the VMFA, Lumpkin's Jail: these are some of the locations from which to start a biking adventure every day in May, thanks to Sports Backers, the organization devoted to keeping us Richmonders fit. For a complete list of the options, go to rva/rva-bike-month-2016/.

And if you hadn't heard, the Valentine now offers "Along the James Bicycle Tours" which impart historical lessons about Richmond as you ride along the Canal Walk and Capital Trail. The $40 fee includes the tour, water, bike rental and helmet. For dates, check their calendar:

Supported by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other groups, Second Baptist Church on the Southside has completed a remarkable project: a community garden to grow fresh food in a food desert and a rain garden to reduce storm water runoff into several creeks that feed into the James. Further, the project includes a trench to irrigate the community garden. Read details here:

If you are an artist 18 or older, you have until May 30 to submit your design to paint one of the five storm drains in downtown Richmond that drains directly into the James River. This Storm Drain Art Project will increase our awareness of how important it is to keep the river clean. For an online entry form and more details, go here:

Since 2008, several parcels of the James River Park System have been covered by conservation easements, legal agreements that permanently limit any development on those parcels. Recently, signs have been installed in those areas to alert visitors that they are entering protected places. To read more about what easements are, go to

Whether you are an athlete or a spectator, you won't want to miss this annual three-day riverside festival. Competitive events include paddleboarding, biking, climbing, kayaking, slacklining, and every kind of
trail run and foot race imaginable. A perennial crowd favorite is the dog jumps. In addition to vendors of food, beverages, and products, this free and family-friendly festival includes live music and an "interactive village."
Brown's Island and Historic Tredegar. Read more here:

Park manager Burrell was among the four individuals and one non-profit organization recognized, each with a separately titled award, on April 29 for "measurable, positive impacts on the James River and surrounding communities." The description of why Nathan merits this Guardian Award notes that he "commits his professional and personal time to enhancing Richmond's crown jewel, James River Park. He knows a healthy river is essential to providing outdoor recreation opportunities for all." JRAC, the James River Advisory Council, sponsors both the annual all-river clean-up in September and the Parade of Lights in December.

Friends Volunteer Event | Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m.-noon
Participants will clean up at Ancarrows Landing, 2000 Branders, Richmond 23224. Please bring gloves if you have them. Register beforehand at This will be the last Friends-sponsored volunteer event until the autumn, due to the staff's very busy summertime.

JROC Work Project | Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m.-noon
At the 14th Street whitewater take out, participants will be re-graveling the parking lot and adding some enhancements to the stairs to aid with getting in and out of boats. Please bring gloves if you have them. To get there: put 37.53203, -77.43297 in the google maps search bar.

RVA Clean Sweep | Multiple days and times
This meet-up group is devoted to cleaning throughout the city in an effort to improve the quality of the James River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Please go to for an opportunity that suits you.

Keep Virginia Cozy, a relative newcomer to the volunteer groups, "is focused on providing quality volunteer service for the beautification of our lovely state." For opportunities that take you to different parks in the state, go to


Your green keeps us green!


Summer is coming and with it T-shirt weather! Step out in style while you show your support of the JRPS! T-shirts, along with other items that support the park, can be found at

Molluscs: Their role in Art, Economics, Fashion, History, Literature, Music, Pop Culture, and More | Thursday, May 5, 7-9 p.m.
Dr. Art Seidenberg will address this topic at the Reedy Creek Nature Center, 4001 Riverside Dr., 23225. Please register with [email protected], as space is limited for this free lecture.

Friday Cheers | Opening May 6
Although Brown's Island isn't part of the JRPS, it does overlook the James downtown and it's a great place to hear live music, hang with your friends and children, and sample a variety of foods. For a complete schedule of this series and information on prices, go to

Que Pasa Festival | Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Richmond Canal Walk will resemble the famous Floating Gardens of Xochimilco in Mexico for this annual celebration of Latino culture. This family-friendly event features food, music, arts and crafts, canal boat rides, etc. Free. For more information, including where to park, go to

Dominion Riverrock | Friday-Sunday, May 20-22
See the story above for details. If you want to help staff the Friends booth for one shift over the 3 days, please email Kelly Gotschalk at [email protected].

James River Run | Saturday, June 4, starting at 10:30 a.m.
JROC and Legend Brewery are partnering again for the Celebrate the River Festival, kicked off by both a 4-miler and a 10K. Following the races, the festival will continue at Legend with music, family-friendly activities, and more. Event information and registration here:

James River Rundown | Saturday, June 11
The James River Association is hosting a 140-mile endurance race which begins the morning of June 11 at Riverside Park in Lynchburg and ends the next day at American Legion Post 354 in Chesterfield. There are also two additional--and shorter--races. Paddlers come from both here and beyond for this event, and proceeds benefit the JRA. Read more about it at and register at

Friends Annual Picnic | Saturday, June 11, 6-8 p.m.
Bring a dish to share and a chair to sit in and enjoy live music, fried chicken and beverages, and convivial company on the upper story of the iconic Pump House. 1627 Pumphouse Drive, 23221. If you are not yet a member or your membership has expired, you can join at the picnic with a check or cash -- or join online ahead of time at

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:
Our Mission
The Friends of James River Park is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization created by a dedicated group of citizens in 1999. Our mission is to provide an ongoing source of citizen support for the conservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of the 550-acre James River Park System and its natural and historic environments.
Friends of James River Park, PO 4453, Richmond, VA 23220
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