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Thanks SO MUCH to those who helped with the graffiti removal at the Manchester Bridge piers and the mulch-spreading on the Richmond Slave Trail last month. The JRPS is the better for your work! Lots of opportunities to enjoy the park and make it more enjoyable for others this spring:
 


Bald Eagles of the James River 
Photography Exhibit Opening,  
Friday, April 6th 5-8 p.m.
213 W. Broad St.
Perhaps you've been captivated by the RTD's Eagle Cam. Here's another chance to see proof of how the James River is a healthy home to more bald eagles. This exhibit, with photos offered for sale by 15 photographers, is sponsored by Mike Ostrander of Discover the James. It opens during First Fridays Artwalk. Here's more info about Eagles of the James
   

 
James River Association Clean up of Belle Isle
Friday, April 20th, 1-3 p.m.
JRA hosts this pre-Earth Day event. Meet at Tredegar St. under the train trusses for the walk across to Belle Isle. Wear sturdy shoes or boots that can handle dirt. Gloves, trash bags and grabbers will be provided.

 

EARTH DAY

Saturday, April 21st, noon-7 p.m. 
220 Hull St. 

A 5k, bike rides, music, food, art, nature, Fish Festival, JROC's Gear Swap, a ceremony celebrating two new sections of the JRPS, RIver Heroes announcement,  Friends of James River Park info and more along Hull Street near the Floodwall. Get Earth Day info here.

 

 

 

LOUISE BURKE MEMORIAL SERVICE 
Saturday, April 28th, 2 p.m.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
6000 Grove Avenue
Richmond
Louise Burke, conservationist and "conscience of the river," died in March at the age of 91. She was a founding and long-serving member of the Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Committee and worked tirelessly for decades to protect the James River and help nurture and protect the JRPS from its infancy. Read more about her in the RTD.

DOMINION RIVERROCK 
Friday-Sunday, May 18th-20th
Brown's Island
Adventure in the big city. See how much fun can be had along the James River in Richmond during this 3 day extravaganza that has bouldering, slacklining, mountain biking, kayaking, trailrunning, stand up paddleboarding, flying dogs, music, food and so much more. This year the James River Park System Trailmarking Project is the official charity of the event, so more park improvements will be coming our way! Check out the busy and bustling schedule. FOJRP will be in the Green Zone. Come and see us to get park info, learn about volunteering with us and get your FOJRP t-shirt for $15!

  

License Plate Latest--and we mean LATE-est!

We've received some disappointing license plate news from our contact at DMV. Their vendor under-ordered the metal sheeting, thereby holding up production of the James River Park System plate and another plate. DMV does not know when it will receive the sheet metal. When it does, plates take two weeks to make and send out. Friends of James River Park turned the 378 applications and money for the plates into DMV on July 15th, 2011. DMV's guidelines say new specialty plates can take up to 9 months to appear once they receive the applications, so we're still within that timeframe. We know that doesn't really help. When we get any more news, we'll keep you posted. Thank you for your patience! 
 
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If you submitted and paid for your JRPS license plate in 2010 or 2011 and have replaced the vehicle that was on that application or moved, please submit a new license plate form to DMV--to Ms. Carolyn Easley--with the word REPLACEMENT at the top of the form. Be sure to write JAMES RIVER PARK SYSTEM on your replacement application as well.

 

Forms for Mrs. Easley can be emailed to carolyn.easley@dmv.virginia.gov or faxed to (804) 367-1096. You've already paid for this and DMV has your money, so we want to make sure you get the plate you deserve as soon as possible. 

Picnic Change and River Clean Up
FYI, our annual Friends picnic, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 19th, has been moved to Saturday, June 2nd, 6 p.m. so it doesn't conflict with Dominion RiverRock. We'll be back at the Pumphouse this year. More info later. 

And it's that time of year to sign up to help with JRAC's annual James River Clean Up, Saturday, June 9th at points all along the James. Reedy Creek and Pony Pasture are the meeting places in the JRPS, but volunteers will spread out all over the park to scour the riverbanks. Please register in advance. Details here.

 

Friends of James River Park
PO 4453
Richmond, Virginia 23220