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Dominion RiverRock May 13th and 14th
  
For the third year in a row the Friends will be a part of the Green Zone at Dominion RiverRock on Brown's Island--two days of fun and frivolity showcasing the outdoorsy culture of our town, with the emphasis on running, mountain biking, kayaking, and dogs jumping for joy. It's a big ole, fun party, with music, food, and happy people everywhere. Hope you can join us. 
  
We are one of several grateful recipients of funds from the event's James River Fund, but to be worthy of such generosity, we need to staff our tent and table Friday, May 13th from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, May 14th from 1-9 p.m. A Board member will be there to get you straight, but each shift is really a two-person job. Kids love getting their picture taken with Ralph's tortoise shell on their backs. You don't get many opportunities to turn children into tortoises, so I highly recommend volunteering with us.We'll also sell Ralph's park pamphlets and maps, give out fun (and temporary) tattoos of riverish creatures, and chat people up about the great opportunities to enjoy and help the James River Park System. Please email Volunteer Coordinator, Elaine Marolla at elainemarolla@yahoo.com if you can help for an hour or two. Thanks!!
  
FOJRP Annual Picnic Sunday May 22nd

You are invited to attend our annual potluck picnic (moved from June) Sunday, May 22nd from 4-6 p.m. at Forest Hill Park (shelter #1). We'll have live music from the James River Ramblers, River Heroes recognition, door prizes--including a raft trip for 2 from Riverside Outfitters, license plate applications, games, and a nature talk by our own Anne Wright, Sturgeon Queen.

 

We provide fried chicken and beverages and you bring a side dish or dessert to share. It will be fun! And yes, it's a little embarrassing to have our picnic outside of the JRPS, but Pumphouse Rd. is impassable due to the road washing out, so we'll see you at lovely Forest Hill Park--which does have trails that connect to JRPS. At 6 p.m. Forest Hill Park's music series kicks off with the No B.S. Brass Band performing, so stick around for a great afternoon and evening of outdoor fun. Here is all the picnic info. Hope you can make it!

 

Projects in the Park
Super-involved FOJRP member Phil Riggan, he of the James River News Hub, floated the idea of a To The River and Back bus in the summer, and so now FOJRP is working with the To the Bottom and Back bus people to try out a bus route (similar, yet streamlined version of the To the Museums and Back route that has coincided with VMFA's Picasso exhibit) that might help alleviate summer weekend parking troubles at Tredegar St. due to Belle Isle's popularity. Our plan is to fund two buses one day of Memorial Day Weekend as a trial and see what makes sense from there. FOJRP cannot take on regular funding of this route alone, but if it works, we will knock on doors in the community to try to secure funding for more.   
  
We're also working with Ralph White and Nathan Burrell to get improved kiosks, maps, and signs where they are needed, using some very generous donations we've received from people like you. We'll also be spending money to implement some of the many fantastic ideas our VCU CreateAThon team worked up for us to reach out to Spanish-speaking park users. There's more we want to do, so if you'd like to get involved, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact Elaine Marolla at elainemarolla@yahoo.com.
  
Remember, the big JRAC-sponsored James River clean-up Saturday, June 11th has two JRPS locations, Reedy Creek and Pony Pasture. Sign up here to help from 9-1: James River clean-up  
  
Friends of James River Park
PO 4453
Richmond, Virginia 23220