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Friends of James River Park
April 2014 - In This Issue:
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.
NOMINATE A RIVER HERO

Who is a "River Hero?" A River Hero is a person who has either improved the condition of the James River in the metropolitan Richmond area, enhanced the use of some aspect of the river, or championed the James River in some other compelling way.

The Friends along with cosponsors The Galley Restaurant, Real Richmond Food Tours & More, Once Upon a Vine, Riverside Outfitters, TaZa Coffee 'n Crème, Golden Squeegee Imprinted Sportswear & Embroidery, and Critter Town Bath House join together to honor the James River and the people who care for it.

We need your help to identify these special people! If you know of an individual or organization you feel has contributed to the care of the river, please fill out one of our forms (online or on-paper) to nominate them. Judging will be done by board members of Friends of the James River Park and previous River Heroes. Nominations accepted from March 15 through May 1, 2014. >> Read more information on our web site.
NEW STAIRS AT TEXAS BEACH

Eric Asplund, an Eagle Scout candidate from BSA troop 799, has chosen to build some much-needed stairs on the Texas Beach Trail for his Eagle Scout Service Project. Eric presented his project design 
to the board at its April meeting. The stairs will be similar to other stairs in the area that have been built to control erosion and improve access. He hopes to get the task started in late May and has received funding from FoJRP and JROC. If you are in the area during construction, stop and say hi and thanks to Eric!
RIVERFRONT PUBLIC ART MEETING
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Plant Zero, Zero East 4th Street

The city is hosting a public meeting to gain input from the community on a project to develop public art along the James River in association with Brown's Island Dam Walk and Southbank Pathways project. Plan to attend the meeting to share your valuable perspective. 
"OUT OF THE DEPTHS" ARTICLE CHRONICLES THE HISTORY OF THE ATLANTIC STURGEON IN THE JAMES

In a recent Richmond Magazine article, Hunter Reardon provides an interesting look at the sturgeon's history and the restoration efforts that are bringing this iconic fish back to the James. Read about how conservation and research efforts have combined to increase your chance of seeing a "living dinosaur." >> read the article.


AROUND THE PARK 

JROC Outdoor Gear Swap April 26

Great deals on gently used paddling, hiking, camping, bike gear and loads of other stuff. >> www.facebook.com/jroc.rva 

Sunday in the Park with Friends April 27
On April 27th, from noon to 6 p.m., Forest Hill Park will explode with balloons, bubbles, bands, and so much more! Friends of Forest Hill Park invites you to bring a picnic and enjoy the park during this annual event. Treats and ice-cold bottled water will be provided FREE. Richmond's famous "foodie" trucks will also be on hand for you to purchase other edible goodies. Your canine friends will enjoy their own hospitality tent. (The city requires a leash on dogs at all times in the park.) While you're there stop by the FoJRP table and say hi. All activities are free and under tents so this event is rain or shine.
 
Dominion Riverrock May 16-18

Family-friendly and including booths providing both information and hands-on activities, the East Coast's premier outdoor lifestyle festival brings athletes, spectators, musicians, and even dogs to Brown's Island. >> www.dominionriverrock.com 

 

FoJRP Annual Picnic June 7

Join the Friends as we host our riverfront community at the iconic Pumphouse. Enjoy food, music, the company of fellow river lovers and celebrate the award for the 2014 River Hero(es). 
 
26th Clean the Bay Day June 7
Clean the Bay Day is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's annual stream and shoreline clean-up, during which citizen volunteers remove litter and debris from Virginia's creeks, streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. People from all over the Commonwealth work by land and boat to give the Bay a massive spring cleaning. >> www.cbf.org/clean
   

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. >> Workshop schedules

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Monthly Volunteer Days
 
The March clean-up at Huguenot Flatwater was a success. Beautiful weather cheered volunteers who worked to remove invasive species, such as honeysuckle, and to plant 200 native Virginia Bluebells.

April's clean-up is scheduled for Saturday the 19th from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Wetlands, where we will be removing English ivy and planting natives. Use the Landria entrance (3401 Landria Dr.) and consider walking, carpooling, or biking to this location since this part of the park has limited on-street parking. >> Sign up at www.jamesriverpark.org.

If you can't make it in April, consider joining us on May 10 at Ancarrow's Landing, 2000 Branders St.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! Purchase your very own
JRPS license plate at www.DMVnow.com.
SUPPORT THE PARK!
Your green keeps us green!
  • Become a member 
  • Make a donation 
  • Get a park license plate 
  • Buy a T-shirt
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund

www.jamesriverpark.org/be-a-friend/support-the-park.php 

Our Mission
Friends of The James River Park is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization created by a dedicated group of citizens in 1999. Our mission is to provide an ongoing source of citizen support for the conservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of the James River Park System and its natural and historic environments.
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