2014 River Heroes Announced!

The Friends of the James River Park and our co-sponsors are pleased and proud to announce that Ralph White and Rich Young are our 2014 River Heroes!

picnic and award ceremony

The awards were presented at our Annual picnic in June. Read more about Ralph and Rich.

Tiger swallowtailHelp needed on July 12, 2014 for the Richmond Area North American Butterfly Association Annual Butterfly Count

Volunteers will be paired with more experienced Butterfly Spotters as available. Photographers are welcome to assist with capturing images for later identification. Count circle includes: James River Park, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Maymont Park, Powhite Park, Rockwood Park, Pump House Park.

The information gathered during these counts is used in multiple ways. Bopies of the Count will be provided to both the James River Park and to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

If you can count butterflies on Saturday, July 12, contact James Shelton, compiler, at James_Shelton32@yahoo.com or by phone: 804-301-4102.

Plan to meet at the James River Park Reedy Creek entrance at 10 a.m. or make arrangements in advance.

Richmond Regional Ride Center wins Bell Grant!

The RVA project were the East Coast winners, with 13,896 votes!

The Richmond Regional Ride Center is sponsored by the Virginia Area Trail Association, and will rehabilitate 15 miles of existing mountain bike trails and construct an additional 20 miles of trail. Learn more about the project. And read the richmond.com article, Richmond Wins Huge Grant to Build Trails Network

Riverfront Plan Funding Shortfall

The City's FY15 budget currently lacks funding for projects recommended in the Riverfront plan, including the Brown's Island Dam Walk. The Dam Walk will be a unique feature of Richmond's riverfront, connecting Downtown to Manchester and allowing more people to enjoy the James River. Please contact your council person if you wish to show your support of this worthwhile project.

Upcoming Events

Tubing Trips Saturdays in July
Matthew Mason, Volunteer Coordinator for the James River Park System, will be leading tubing trips on Saturdays in July. Walk from the Reedy Creek entrance to the Boulevard Bridge and then float back to Reedy Creek, a little over a mile. Cost is $5 per person which covers vest and tube. Meet at 2 pm at Reedy Creek Park Headquarters, 4001 Riverside Drive but you must register in advance. Email Matt at matthew.mason@richmondgov.com

Butterfly Count, July 12
If you can count butterflies on Saturday, July 12, contact James Shelton, compiler, at James_Shelton32@yahoo.com or by phone: 804-301-4102. See more information above.

Full Moon Poetry, July 12, 8:30 pm

Bring a picnic and your beverage of choice (perhaps a chair) to hear some of Richmond's poets read as the sun sets and the full moon rises over the James. On this night these celestial events will happen within moments of each other. Location is the Sugar Pad/Intermediate Terminal at 3101 Wharf Street just west of Rockett's Landing. Share your ideas about how this site might be developed as and event space in the future.

Catfish Workshops at Pony Pasture, July 22 & 31
Join DGIF Angling Education and Captain Mike Ostrander for a day of instruction and fishing on the James River at Pony Pasture in Richmond. Learn more: Worshop Schedule

JRPS license plates are available at DMV and making money for the park

James River Park license plates have now generated over $7,000 for the park! To order yours, check out the DMV Specialty License Plate section!

And remember ...

$ x 2If you're making a donation to the FOJRP, consider asking your employer to match your gift. Many local businesses are happy to support Richmond's wonderful park system. All gifts and bequests are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law, and donors will receive a letter acknowledging their contributions; contributors to the Protection and Preservation Fund are also acknowledged on the FOJRP website.

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Today in the Park

Current weather, water conditions, trails info, activities ...

Map it! Plan your park visit.

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Watch it! Check out these Science in the Park videos.

Odonates from Friends of the James River Park on Vimeo.

T-shirts and pamphlets for sale!

shopping cartOur snazzy t-shirts and FOJRP interpretive pamphlets are available to purchase online. Order yours today!

Keep the park safe

If you see something out of the ordinary in the James River Park, please report it using the non-emergency police number:


Reportable things include problems in the park system (of natural or human origin) -- graffiti, large amounts of trash, trees down across main trails, fires of any sort, unruly behavior, etc.

If it is an emergency situation, please dial 911.

Do you Bicycle in the Park?

Did you know that pedestrians have the right of way on ALL trails in the Park, except those marked Bicycles Only? Please be courteous when passing walkers; if you have a bell, use it or call out, "on your left" or "on your right". It's common courtesy and will prevent those enjoying the Park from being forced off the trails. This is also critical behavior for Park Visitors tending their kids or their dogs.

Protection and Preservation Fund

A special thank you to all who donate to our long-term fund. See our growing list.

James River Park Protection and Preservation Fund

Canine Friends of the Park

Probably some of the biggest fans of the park system are the dogs that walk the trails -- and they would want to keep the park clean too!

Please Pick Up After Your Pet

Read why it's important to pick up the poop and don't pollute! Catch up on other Canine news as well.


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