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Friends of the
James River Park
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APRIL 2017
The osprey cam is a live action feed so be sure to check daily to see the eggs hatch!
Friends Sponsor RVA Osprey Cam
 
The Friends of the James River Park recently signed on as the partnership sponsor for Richmond's new Osprey Cam -- the RVA Osprey Cam. The RVA Osprey Cam is the brain child of Richmondoutside.com who, after years of planning, harrowingly scaled a 40-foot granite bridge piling from the Richmond-Petersburg Railroad bridge just downstream of the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge to install an osprey cam, solar panels, batteries and supporting structures. Now the public has a one-of-a-kind window into the home of our very own urban osprey.

Ospreys are diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. They can reach more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. It is brown on the upper parts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts. The osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply.
 
We hope you will spend some time peering into the lives of our Richmond osprey by visiting:  www.richmondospreycamera.com. Stay tuned for an upcoming naming competition for our osprey pair!
Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry at Pony Pasture
Join us for an Early Spring Workshop at Pony Pasture
Sunday, April 23, 2-4 PM, Pony Pasture


Come indulge your creativity, explore the park, and get inspired in an on-site Creative Writing Workshop, facilitated by the park's Artist-in-Residence. In celebration of National Poetry Month, during this workshop we'll turn our attention to the space around us and use our observations to spark new drafts of poems. We'll meet beside the Pony Pasture parking lot (look for the "Writing Workshop" sign). Writing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring a favorite notebook and pen. (You may also wish to bring water and a blanket, towel, or cushion to sit on.) All skill levels are welcome, and there is no cost to attend. Weather permitting: if it's raining, this event will be cancelled.
VCU Study Reveals the Economic Impact of the JRPS

Two professors from VCU have recently completed an economic impact study of the James River Park System that details its positive impact for the river city and they are many! Funded by the Friends, the study focuses on two factors -- property values and tourism -- and reveals that, among other things, every dollar in the park budget returns over $60 in visitor spending and that the JRPS generates $33.5 Million per year in tourism!
 
The full study is available here.
Save the Date for the Friends of the James River Park Picnic

This year the Friends of the James River Park will host its annual Member Picnic on Saturday June 10 from 6-8 PM at the Pump House (1708 Pump House Drive, RVA 23221)! Members should save the date and plan to attend for an evening of fried chicken, folk music, and fun with the Friends! We'll provide the chicken, beverages, and music; please plan to bring a covered dish and portable chairs.
 
If you're not a member, this is a great time to join! Please consider becoming a member now so you receive your invitation to this Annual event. You can join here: www.jamesriverpark.org/be-a-friend/become-a-member.php.
Friends Expands its Social Media Presence

We may be late to the game, but we're sure the amazing pictures on our new Instagram account will provide a perfect respite for your work day blues. Follow us at @JamesRiverPark.
Under Construction!

The south entrance to the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge is currently closed. The ramp is undergoing repaving to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The grade of the slope of the prior ramp was too steep for compliance. The entrance will reopen soon and be more accessible and inviting to everyone!
Volunteer Opportunity
7th & Semmes Spruce-Up | April 15, 9 till Noon

Join The Friends of the James River Park as we undertake a trash cleanup to the entrance of the Flood Wall Walk and the southern entrance of the new T. Pot pedestrian bridge. With increased foot traffic in the area, trash has become more prevalent. Please wear closed toe shoes and clothes you do not mind getting dirty. Trash grabbers, gloves and bags will be provided. Please bring water and a snack. Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged!

Registration is required at: www.handsonrva.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?Id=a0CA000000nwC4C 
Help the Park System Win a Grant from Vote for the Park!
 
The National Recreation and Park Association is providing grants to 16 communities to improve local parks through projects that connect kids to nature, inspire kids and families to live healthier lifestyles, and increase kids' access to sports through the Meet Me at the Park initiative.
 
Help the City of Richmond win a grant by voting at www.meetmeatthepark.org/.
Support the Park!

Your green keeps us green! Want to show your support? Visit www.jamesriverpark.org/be-a-friend/support-the-park.php and choose how:
  • Become a member
  • Make a donation
  • Get a park license plate
  • Buy a T-shirt
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund
AROUND THE PARK

Come Explore the Outdoor
s | Sunday, April 23, 1 to 5pm
The Friends will be hosting a booth at the upcoming Explore the Outdoors Event hosted annually by the Community Ideas Station. This free event is the perfect opportunity for children to get hands-on and have fun exploring science and nature. The educational programs of the Community Idea Stations, Science Matters and Ready to Learn, and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation are co-hosting a special day in the park to give children and their families plenty of exciting outdoor experiences.

Come join the fun at Huguenot Park and the Community Idea Stations at 10901 Robious Rd, North Chesterfield on April 23, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Follow @ScienceMattersVA on social media and use the hashtag #ExploreTheOutdoorsRVA to share your experience!

View Newton Ancarrow's Historic Wildflower Photography Collection -- Recently Digitized by VCU!
Between 1968 and 1971, Richmond environmentalist and James River advocate Newton Ancarrow snapped thousands of photographs of wildflowers, documenting more than 400 species, as he walked along the banks of the James, searching for evidence of illegal sewage dumping into the river. VCU recently digitized the photos and they are available on VCU's website  https://labs.library.vcu.edu/ancarrow/.

Looking for more events and activities?
There are more and more things happening in the park! The JRPS global calendar is your go-to source to find where and when the events and activities you enjoy are happening. Check the schedule at: www.jamesriverpark.org/calendar.
Become a member today 
Our Mission
We are citizen stewards of the James River Park. 
We do this by providing ongoing support for conservation, enhancement, and recreational enjoyment of the James River Park System, while protecting its natural and historic environments.
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