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Friends of the
James River Park
Artist-in-Residence Lauren Miner featured in Style Weekly

For those of you who have not had the pleasure of attending a creative writing workshop with the park's first Artist-in-Residence Lauren Miner, Style Weekly attended one of her workshops and did an excellent write up on the experience. Check it out here:
ring sculpture
The Rings Have Arrived

New public art in the form of a series of 17 foot tall rings has been installed on the south side of River near the terminus of the soon-to-be-complete Potterfield bridge. More details from the RTD:
Creative Writing Workshop
Sunday, November 20, 2-4 PM, Pumphouse Park (James River Park System)

If the Style Weekly article stirred your inner writer, then come indulge your creativity, explore the park, and get inspired in an on-site Creative Writing Workshop, facilitated by the park's Artist-in-Residence. This month, we'll be gathering at Pumphouse Park. We'll meet near the bridge (look for the "Writing Workshop" sign) and together we'll explore the space in and around the historic pump house. Writing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring a favorite notebook and pen. (You may also wish to bring water and a blanket, towel, or cushion to sit on. There's no heat inside the pump house, so dress accordingly.) All skill levels are welcome, and there is no cost to attend.
signage at pump house
New Interpretive Sign Installed

A new interpretive sign providing details about an historic pumphouse facility from the City's 1832 waterworks system. The sign is on the North Bank trail behind Dominion Virginia Power's riverside offices.

James River Park Education Program Could Use a Hand

The James River Park Education programs have reached around 2,000 people this year! However, in spite of our successes, we have had difficulty filling our schedule with field trips from Richmond Public Schools. If you know of any RPS teachers (preferably grades 3-8) that would like to bring their students out for a field trip, please have them email [email protected] so we can set something up! All of our field trips are SOL oriented and focus on place-based education here on the James. Field trips are free of charge for Title 1 Schools.
We Need You!

Much of the work of the FOJRP, including, for instance, this newsletter, occurs behind the scenes in our committees. Our current committees include: Finance, Communications, Events, Membership, Advocacy, Fundraising, and a new ad hoc committee to assist with creating a master plan for the park. Our committees are staffed by Board Members, but are open to all FOJRP members and we encourage anyone with interest and/or expertise to reach out to [email protected] if you'd like to assist a committee.

We are also looking for someone to write this newsletter. If you re interested in volunteering to provide the copy for this monthly e-news please contact: [email protected].
FOJRP Volunteer Event
Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m.-noon

Due to the Richmond Marathon we will move this month's clean up from the second Saturday of the month to the third Saturday. We will resume our second Saturday schedule with our December Volunteer Event on December 10. Please meet in the Pony Pasture parking lot and bring work gloves if you have them. The focus will be on planting native species as well as a cleanup of Riverside Drive. Please register ahead of time here:
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
JRAC Meeting Rescheduled | November 29, 8:30 a.m.
JRAC's Fall Quarterly meeting has been rescheduled from October 27 to Tuesday, November 29, 8:30AM at Maymont Nature Center, 2201 Shields Lake Drive, Richmond, VA 23220. Mr. Tim Davey, PE, Principal, Timmons Group Engineering will be providing an update on the Waterfront projects to include Intermediate Terminal, Lehigh Park and Dock Street development. Hope will attend to hear this important information! Please RSVP to Kim Conley at [email protected] before November 18.

Pumphouse Potluck | November 19, noon - 3:00 p.m.
Come to historic Pumphouse Park to learn about the amazing history and lore surrounding Richmond's first water treatment plant and delivery system. The Pumphouse sits at the confluence of the Kanawha and James River Canals and is home to a section of the historic 3-Mile Locks. Enjoy lunch in the classic upstairs ballroom. Please bring a lunch item to share. A suggested donation of $5 supports our programs for under served youth and elementary school students in Richmond. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Winter Solstice Celebration |December 21, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Belle Island
Please join Friends of the James River Park and park staff in a convivial observation of the time when the days once again start to grow longer. Cookies, hot beverages, a bonfire. Bring a poem to recite, a song to sing, a musical instrument and your holiday spirit. Belle Isle, 300 Tredegar St., Richmond 23219. Free. Flashlights recommended.

Night and Day the River Flows: Waterscapes from the Harnett Print Study Center Collection | until July 2, 2017, Modlin Center, University of Richmond.
The exhibition presents a selection of artworks that offer a variety of interpretations and depictions of waterways, from abstract to realistic and from topographic to contemplative. The exhibition is on view in the Modlin Center Atrium and the Booker Hall Lobby in the Modlin Center for the Arts, open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and during events. Find additional information at:,startdate:2016-11-07,enddate:2017-07-02.

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.
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