Another Fabulous Dominion Riverrock Has Past

Friends of James River Park once again had a booth at Dominion Riverrock, which this year lasted for 3 days and offered participants and spectators a variety of athletic events. Many thanks to the board members and volunteers who talked up the park system, sold pamphlets and tee-shirts, and sent children out into the world with temporary salamander and lizard tattoos! Despite Saturday's deluge, booth visitors were plentiful.


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation Clean-up

Thanks to the 70 plus volunteers between Belle Isle on Saturday and Pony Pasture on Sunday. They rounded up 420 pounds of trash and 800 pounds of recycling, proof of how much our Park is used and abused. We look forward to partnering with CBF in the future.


Sports Backers and the city are in partnership to install pop-up trail signs. The
Friends have funded a kiosk similar to the one at Belle Isle Bike Park on Tredegar Street.

Pick Up The Poop/Don't Pollute

For the busy summer season, FoJRP has funded a port-a-potty near Half Moon Beach at the Pony Pasture.

Bridge & Steps at Texas Beach

A boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout badge will be building a bridge and steps at Texas Beach. Both the Park staff and the Friends support this effort.

Coming up next ...

June 15
FoJRP Annual Picnic

A beautiful night to meet and greet Richmond's River Lovers is planned at one of the city's premiere historic sites. The Friends annual picnic will be held at the Pump House on Saturday, June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. Please bring a side dish and a portable chair; the Friends will provide beverages and chicken. Join us at this beautiful location but be aware there is quite a stairway to negotiate to enter the ballroom. Oh and remember, no alcoholic beverages are allowed in the Park.

June 21
Summer Solstice Celebration

Directed by our river guru, Ralph White, the Friends will continue a summer solstice tradition and light candles on the canal at the Turning Basin, starting at 8:30 p.m. As is the custom, lighting a candle and setting it afloat on Summer Solstice will set your concerns free as they float away in flickering candlelight. You won't want to miss this Romantic RVA evening!

June 30
Sunday in the Park-Forest Hill Park

The Friends will staff a table at the Forest Hill Park festival from noon to 5 p.m. Summer is outdoor time: we'll make the most of it! To join a board member and hang out with us at our table, email [email protected]

Father's Day Gifts
T-shirts and James River Park System License Plates

Still making the Park money. Still available on the web site: jamesriverpark.org

Your purchase or renewal of JRPS license plates now generates money for the Park. DMV Specialty License Plate section!

Butterfly Garden at the Visitors' Center Reedy Creek

Transforming a neglected butterfly garden at James River Park (Reedy Creek) into an interactive educational "Bug Garden" is a personal long-term commitment initiated 2 ½ years ago. The vision is to create a sort of "living zoo" to educate the public about how insects and plants interact. Last summer, my Insects & Plants Service-Learning students, in cooperation with a few prior students and Master Naturalists, and of course Mr. Peter Bruce at JRP, removed (almost all of) the wire grass from the beds and paths and did some hardscaping. Last fall, we planted lots of perennial seeds but alas, none germinated, so we are now looking for "divides" from local gardeners. Almost any perennial or small shrub that blooms (esp. beyond May/ early June) and/ or serves as a host plant for insects would be appreciated.

In addition to plant donations, I hope to attract the interest of Master Gardeners who want to work with us on this long-term project to design and maintain the plantings. We will defer to your great gardening knowledge! We can do a lot with 2-3 major workdays every spring and fall, but as any gardener knows, it takes more than a few days a year to maintain a garden. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please ask them to contact me directly.

Karen Kester, Associate Professor of Biology, VCU

Email: [email protected]

Links to check out


Pups in the Park

Pick up the poop~Don't pollute and Keep in mind the Park leash law for your K9 companion!

If you see something out of the ordinary in the Park,
you can report it at this non-emergency police number 804-646-5100.

Volunteer in the Park, email [email protected]

See you in the Park!

Friends of James River Park
PO 4453
Richmond, Virginia 23220