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Riverfront Grant Approved!

At our August meeting, we heard a presentation from the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission regarding an application for a competitive grant for the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program to be used for trails and signage on Chapel Island along the James River, just west of Great Shiplock Park.

Friends of James River Park supported the RRPDC's grant application and our board voted to support the Chapel Island/James River Public Access Enhancement Project with $5000 from our general fund and 200 hours of volunteer labor from our members. We've just gotten word from the RRPDC that the grant has been awarded! Thanks to them for all the heavy-lifting!

This eastern section of the city desperately needs more park and river access and opening Chapel Island, which is city property, and accessible from the Great Shiplock Park section of the James River Park System and adjacent to the Capital to Capital Bicycle Trail, will add so much to Richmond's robust urban park system. FOJRP is be proud to be part of a project that will open river access of what is now an underused area to underserved communities. River access at Chapel Island will offer health benefits, wildlife viewing opportunities, fishing, walking, paddling, and other environmentally friendly activities to a wider community.

 

More Saturdays in the Park with Friends

We had a great turn-out to pull, dig, and otherwise disrupt invasive vines in Pony Pasture in October, but there are still plenty out there. Consider getting your exercise in the JRPS with Friends to wrangle some invasive species this fall. Please join us at 1pm at Pony Pasture on November 5 & 12. If that's not your thing, we'll also de-litter Riverside Drive on November 19, meeting at Pony Pasture, too.

If interested, please contact ElaineMarolla@yahoo.com to register. You can also check Facebook for updates.

Parks & Rec Director to Attend FOJRP Dec. Meeting
Do you have a question for the City of Richmond's new Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities? We certainly do. In fact, we look forward to welcoming Dr. Norman Merrifield to our December 6th meeting at Reedy Creek Park Headquarters at 6 p.m. If you have a question for him regarding the James River Park System, please email friends@jamesriverpark.org and we'll pass it along. Based on your responses, we'll take the top questions received by Nov. 20th and publish the findings in the e-newsletter that follows the meeting. 
 
Support our Protection & Preservation Fund
Since 2009, it's been the duty, not to mention the honor, of the Friends to ensure that the James River Park System is protected from unsuitable development and preserved for generations to come. Please support these efforts by donating today to this special fund and help us reach our $100,000 goal. More details can be found here. We thank you!

License Plate Languor--or waiting for JRPS plates
We're all suffering from it. It's been such a long wait, but we are at DMV's mercy now. Just be glad we haven't had to wait in line all this time. The DMV and the Friends are waiting for the metal prototype to arrive from the vendor for approval. After that, the DMV will need to order the metal sheeting, make the things, and then mail them out. According to the DMV's time line, we're looking at the end of January to March of 2012 to get these license plates bolted to our cars. Thank you for your patience and support! We'll keep you posted here and on Facebook.
Friends of James River Park
PO 4453
Richmond, Virginia 23220