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Friends of the
James River Park
December 2015 - In This Issue:
COME AND ENJOY THE WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION ON BELLE ISLE
Tuesday, December 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m.  

Please join Friends of the James River Park and park staff in a convivial observation of the time when the days once again start to grow longer. Cookies, hot beverages, a bonfire. Bring a poem to recite, a song to sing, a musical instrument and your holiday spirit. Belle Isle, 300 Tredegar St., Richmond 23219. Free. Flashlights recommended.
YOUR GIFT PURCHASES CAN SUPPORT THE PARK  

AmazonSmile
is a simple and automatic way for you to support FoJRP. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same shopping experience you get on Amazon.com, but with an added bonus -- Amazon donates .05% of eligible purchases to the organization you select!
 
How do you shop at AmazonSmile? Simply go to smile.amazon.com, and on your first visit you will be prompted to select a charity. Select Friends of the James River Park, then shop! Your purchases can support the work of Friends throughout the year. Thanks and happy holidays! 
NEW BOARDWALK ON BELLE ISLE
 
Volunteers with the James River Outdoor Coalition first dismantled a boardwalk on the western end of Belle Isle and then constructed a new and improved one there. Many thanks to all the hard-working folk who built this sturdy and handsome amenity.
POSSIBLE NEW PARK, POSSIBLE BIKE TRAILS
 
Chesterfield County has approved a 50-year plan to create 360 miles of bike trails and pathways--as both a recreational and transportation option. Richmond Sports Backers, which promotes active lives for everyone, worked with Chesterfield Co. departments to encourage this outcome.www.richmond.com/news/local/chesterfield/article_e57a4222-64e1-5ed7-b63f-a9f5b5ad5f1b.html

In the meantime, Richmond city is considering a new park on the site of the Sugar Pad alongside the river east of downtown. The pad is so-named because shipments of Cuban sugar were unloaded there back in the day. This location would connect with the recently completed Virginia Capital Trail as well as the forthcoming Stone Brewery. We can all give our two-cents at public meetings: www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_f4378c6a-d152-50b1-99af-0a7d1f61a07e.html.
SECOND ANNUAL KING OF THE JAMES TRIATHLON

This adventure triathlon starts with a run on the Forest Hill Trail, segues to a mountain-biking segment on the Buttermilk and North Bank Trails, and ends with kayaking through Class III-IV rapids. This year 200 intrepid souls participated, and the park system's very own Penelope Davenport came in second in the women's division. Read more about this bracing November event here: www.richmondoutside.com/2015/11/there-can-only-be-oneking-of-the-james/.
OH DEER!

Does this 14-point beauty of a stag know that he has been captured by a Science in the Park camera? Certainly the JRPS is a hunter-free place for him to hang out. And with all that media hoopla, you can't have missed that those cameras have finally caught images of the elusive coyote. (Rumor has it that coyotes also live in Bryan Park and have been spotted in Northside neighborhoods, btw.) 
MAPS OF ACREAGE PROTECTED BY CONSERVATION EASEMENTS 

The Capital Region Land Conservancy--one of the three holders of the conservation easement protecting some of the James River Park parcels--has released maps showing protected lands throughout our region. These are primarily private property; the park, as a public entity, is an unusual case. The Friends of the James River Park is responsible for annual inspections of those park parcels to ensure there are no violations of the easement.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

JROC Volunteer Effort | Saturday, December 12, 9 a.m.-noon
Volunteers will be putting up a new changing room at Great Shiplock Park. Please meet in the parking lot; given that there are only 15 parking spaces, consider carpooling or biking. Bring water and gloves. 2701 Dock St., Richmond 23219. 
 
FoJRP Volunteer Effort | Saturday, December 12, 9 a.m.-noon
Participants will continue removing vines off trees in areas goats had cleared; they might be planting natives in those areas, as well. Water and gloves provided. Please meet in front of the park headquarters at Reedy Creek and register at handsonrva.org (link might not yet be active). 4301 Riverside Dr., Richmond 23225.

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 AND RIVER
 
CBF's Lobbying for Water Bootcamp | Saturday, December 5, 10-11:15 a.m.
If you are considering a major volunteer commitment as a Chesapeake Bay Foundation Clean Water Captain, attending to local water quality issues and opportunities, this short program will give you all the information you need, as well as coffee and bagels! VCU Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., Richmond. To register, please contact Lori Kersting at lkersting@cbf.org, or at 804-780-1392.
 
23rd Annual Parade of Lights | Saturday, December 12, 6-8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the James River Advisory Council, this event features an armada of brilliantly lighted boats that starts at 6 p.m. on the river visible from Libby Hill Park and Rocketts Landing and travels 14 miles to end at about 8:30 p.m. at the Varina-Enon Bridge. Other viewing sites are Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Henrico County and Henricus Historical Park and Dutch Gap Boat Landing in Chesterfield County. FoJRP will provide food and non-alcoholic drinks at Libby Hill Park, 2801 E. Franklin St., Richmond, 23223. Free and very family-friendly.

Winter Solstice Event | Tuesday, December 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Please join Friends of the James River Park and park staff in a convivial observation of the time when the days once again start to grow longer. Cookies, hot beverages, a bonfire. Bring a poem to recite, a song to sing, a musical instrument and your holiday spirit. Belle Isle, 300 Tredegar St., Richmond 23219. Free. Flashlights recommended.
 
Shiver in the River | Saturday, January 30, 2016, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
This second annual fundraiser for Keep Virginia Beautiful includes a cleanup, a 5K walk/run, and the culminating jump into the James. Food and music make it all better. 500 Tredegar Street, Richmond 23219.
http://shiverintheriver.com/


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 in the park. Check the schedule at: www.jamesriverpark.org/calendar.
Our Mission
The Friends of 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 550-acre James River Park System and its natural and historic environments.
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