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Friends of the
James River Park
North Bank Trail Bridges Re-Built

The North Bank Trail has re-opened after Park Trail Crews completed re-building the first bridge on the trail when heading west from Tredegar. The trail was closed for three days while staff rebuilt the dated bridge.  
November Volunteer Event 
November 18 from 9-12 at Pony Pasture
Join the Friends for its next volunteer event to help the Friends with its stewardship obligations by cleaning up Riverside Drive and by cleaning up Pony Pasture.
Bring water, wear close toed shoes, and clothes you do not mind getting dirty (long pants recommended). There is a water fountain and bathroom on-site. All materials for the project will be provided. Our usual Hands On sign up mechanism is down at the moment, so please register by emailing your intention to participate to Matt Mason, Volunteer Coordination for the James River Park System at: [email protected].
New T. Potterfield Bridge Posters Available has published its latest poster in its series of vintage-style posters, this one celebrating the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. Proceeds from the sale of the new poster will benefit the Friends! The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge posters, fine art prints and notecards are printed locally at Heritage Printing in Manchester and are now available to order at Richmond Outside's sister site
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Goats Mow Down Invasive Species at Manchester Climbing Wall!
The goats employed by Park Staff through support of the Friends have managed to fight back the invasive species overburdening the Manchester Climbing Wall area. Thanks to their endless appetites the area looks great and the first step in the long process of minimizing invasive species in this area is complete. The next step is to cut back many of the vine and root systems to limit the growth followed by a few more visits from the goats next Spring. To learn more about the Invasive Species Task Force.

And work on the invasive species plan receive a financial boost thanks to a $10,000 grant from Universal Leaf Tobacco. 
New Water Fountain at Tredegar Street

Thanks to funding provided by JROC, Venture Richmond and JRPS there is a new year-round two bowl water fountain available to refresh both people and pets. Look for the new installation in the Tredegar Street parking lot.
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
25th Annual Parade of Lights | December 9, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Each year, boaters decorate their boats and converge on the James River for a parade that marks the beginning of the holiday season. Presented by the James River Advisory Council, this free event with viewing sites include Libby Hill Park, Osborne Park and Boat Landing, Dutch Gap Boat Landing and Henricus Historical Park. Friends and Park staff will be at Libby Hill park providing free hot chocolate to help keep viewers warm. 

Winter Solstice Celebration | December 21, 5:00 - 7:00p.m.
Save the Date and plan to join the Friends and Park Staff for our annual Winter Solstice celebration on Belle Island for 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. Festivities commence at 5 PM and continue until 7 PM. Belle Isle, 300 Tredegar St., Richmond 23219. Free. Flashlights recommended.
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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