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James River Park Master Plan

The Friends of the James River Park is coordinating the effort to develop and implement a Park Master Plan in partnership with Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Committee, James River Association (JRA), RVAMORE, James River Outdoor Coalition (JROC), James River Advisory Council (JRAC), the James River Work Group of the Capital Region Collaborative, and the City of Richmond.

Friends raise $250,000 for Park Master Plan!

With 1.7 million visitors in 2017, and more than 2 million visitors projected in 2018, the James River Park accommodates more than any other park in the region. With continued increases in visitation and extremely limited options for development due to Park easements, FOJRP established the development of a Master Plan as their most important priority for 2018, committing $50,000 of membership funding to the project. Generous support for the Park Master Plan was also provided by:

  • Beirne Carter Foundation, who donated a generous matching grant of $75,000
  • Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
  • NewMarket Corporation
  • CoStar
  • Richmond City Health District
  • Community Foundation
  • Venture Richmond
  • Mary Ann and Lou Wilson
  • 4th District Council Member Kristen Larson

The Master Plan will help maintain the quality of the experience for Park users, protect the health of the river and wildlife, and preserve its natural beauty for generations to come. It will prioritize Park improvements for highest and best use for the City and region, focusing on neighborhood and community connections to JRPS. The Friends of James River Park and the City Of Richmond’s Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department will use this document as a road map to work with all vested individuals, public and private organizations to implement this long-term community vision. The master planning process will be an inclusive one, resulting in a shared vision of what we all want our park to be. It will also incorporate existing plans. Local firm VHB will work in partnership with Hargreaves, the firm that created the Riverfront Master plan, to hold facilitated public and neighborhood meetings beginning this Fall. Stay tuned for communications from Park staff and the Friends for the meeting schedule. For more information

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The Nonprofit Friends

The Friends of the James River Park was established by a dedicated group of citizens in 1999 as an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that works in partnership with the Park staff to promote, conserve and support the Park.

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