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Friends of the
James River Park
October 2018      
Master Plan Process Begins 
Representatives from Friends of the James River Park, Friends of Pump House, the Falls of the James, James River Association, James River Hikers, James River Outdoor Coalition, rvaMORE, Sports Backers, Venture Richmond, and the Virginia Department of Health came together this month for the first planning meeting of the Master Plan Advisory Group.  
The master plan will be developed by Hargreaves Associates, the group that created the downtown riverfront plan, and local firm VHB, a land development group that helped work on the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. Hargreaves Associates and VHB will work closely with the advisory team and a technical team representing the City of Richmond and the Capital Region Land Conservancy.  
Opportunities for public input and a detailed timeline will be shared in the coming weeks. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Congratulations are in order! 
James River Park System Superintendent Nathan Burrell has recently taken on a new position within the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities and will now serve as the Facility Maintenance Manager. Additionally, Nathan is being recognized as an RTD's Person of the Year. A search is currently underway for the new JRPS Superintendent, with the application closing on Sunday. Mike Burton, JRPS Trails Manager, is currently serving as interim Superintendent.
October Creative Workshop 
Saturday, November 10, 3-4:30 pm
Come explore your creativity, enjoy the park, and get inspired in an on-site Creative Workshop, facilitated by the park's Artist-in-Residence. Saturday, November 10th from 3-4:30 pm join in on an all levels fun event. Meet at 3pm at the Pony Pasture parking lot.

Leave your art supplies at home, we're using natural found materials! You will be lead through creative exercises as you sit in nature along the river and engage with the James River Park in a creative, intentional way.

If you have questions you can contact Shay at [email protected]. Please reserve your free ticket at this link:
Hike for Kids  
Join Blue Sky Fund for the 7th Annual Hike for Kids on Saturday, October 27th. Hikers can choose a 3 mile, 8 mile, or 14 mile loop. All participants and donations directly impact the number of Richmond Public Schools Students that Blue Sky Fund can connect with nature during the 2018-2019 school year. Learn more and sign up
Poop Loop 4ish Miler 
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Join Richmond Road Runners Club for the first running of Richmond Road Runners Club's Poop Loop 4ish Miler. RRRC is partnering with the James River Park System to offer this Sunday evening trail run on October 28th at 6 pm. These trails are beginner-friendly. Children age 6 and older and youth are welcome to run this event.  Don't delay -- there are only 200 spots available for this trail race.
King of the James   
The James River Outdoor Coalition is hosting the 4th annual King of the James Adventure Triathlon on Sunday, Nov. 11th. This event will traverse the James River's mountain-esque terrain through the city of Richmond. 
Individuals and teams will battle it out as they run the Forest Hill Trail loop, mountain bike Buttermilk and North Bank Trails, and paddle the urban whitewater found deep in the heart of the city's fall line.  
This race isn't for the faint of heart, and there can only be one king of the James. A solo participant must be able to complete the course by possessing the skills of an EXPERIENCED trail runner, EXPERIENCED mountain biker, and EXPERIENCED whitewater kayaker and possess all of the necessary equipment and safety gear. 
All proceeds go directly to the James River Outdoor Coalition (JROC). The volunteer members of JROC work closely with the park staff to improve and increase river accessibility, including raising awareness and funds for the completion of the very exciting universal access ramp at Huguenot Flatwater.  
If this isn't the race for you to compete in please join us at Forest Hill Park to volunteer and enjoy the events of the day. Your efforts will not go unappreciated. You can register at  Have questions? Email the king at [email protected]

Looking for more events and activities?
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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