Early Summer has been a busy time across the James River Park System for staff, volunteers, visitors, and even filmmakers!
(Cover photo by Dave Parrish Photography https://www.daveparrishphoto.com/)
Superintendent Bryce Wilk held a Red Cross First Aid/CPR course for JRPS staff and interns.
Wilk is a Search & Rescue Team Member and certified Lifeguard, so emergencies are something he’s well-trained for.
Filming in RVA for “Washington’s Armor”
A new project being shot in Richmond – Washington’s Armor – spent some time filming on Belle Isle.
We’re not certain of the plot or cast, but we do know that George Washington spent a good bit of time in Richmond surveying what became our series of canals along the river.
Volunteers Build a Dumpster Blind
The JROC gathered a team of volunteers to build a dumpster blind at Pony Pasture.
This will help to keep litter out of sight, but hopefully not out of mind!
While they were hard at work, another team got busy around the bathhouse and around Pony Pasture.
The Invasive Species Task Force hosted a volunteer day for the Nature Conservancy and cleared a large amount of plants like Bush Honeysuckle and Winter Creeper.
The Juneteenth Celebration
Many Richmonders took advantage of the views and weather to enjoy an evening of music, dance, and more at Ancarrow’s Landing for a Juneteenth celebration. They capped the day with a night hike along the Slave Trail.
The Friends of the Pumphouse spent a day cleaning the historic structure and stabilizing the walkway to the boiler room. They also hosted a hardhat tour for John Pashal, a photographer who explores interesting historical structures throughout the Commonwealth. His work can be seen in his book “A Beautifully Broken Virginia.”