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Friends of the
James River Park
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OCTOBER 2016
Licensed to Fundraise!

We are very proud to report that due to the overwhelming popularity and support from our members and beyond, the FOJRP raised $28,440 over the past fiscal year from our James River Park System license plates. As the plates continue to increase in popularity, the Friends generate more revenue to put back into the place that we value so much. This has become a critical and sustaining source of funding for our organization. If you haven't gotten your plate yet, or want to share with a friend who has complimented yours (also a great holiday gift idea!), information on purchasing plates is available here: www.jamesriverpark.org/be-a-friend/license-plate.php.
FOJRP Retreat and Strategic Plan Goals

On September 25, the FOJRP Board held its annual retreat to review our successes from the previous fiscal year and set goals for our future. As part of our Strategic Planning process which has been ongoing over the past year, the Board has established four overarching goals that we hope to accomplish. Our goals include:
  • Strengthening the FOJRP (expanding membership and fundraising)
  • Advancing the establishment of a Master Plan for the James River Park System (coordinate, fund, and participate in plan development)
  • Advocate for the James River Park System (increase involvement with local organizations and elected officials to gain more support for the Park)
  • and Expand educational outreach of the FOJRP (develop education messaging and increase support of park staff and education programs).
One area of emphasis is on improving and strengthening the committees of our Board which carry out most of the behind-the-scenes work to make our organization successful. Our committees include: Advocacy, Communications, Events, Finance, Fundraising, Membership, and a new ad hoc James River Park System Master Plan committee. We would love to have more involvement in our committees from our members. If you are interested in joining a committee, please email friends@jamesriverpark.org.
October Volunteer Event

Due to projected bad weather from Hurricane Matthew and the Richmond Folk Festival, the Friends will not be hosting our usual monthly clean up on the second Saturday of the month. We will continue our monthly clean ups next month on Saturday, November 12, 9 to noon. Please meet in front of the Reedy Creek headquarters and bring work gloves if you have them. The focus is still removal of invasive species in an area the goats previously cleared. Please register ahead of time at www.handsonrva.org.
The New York Times is On to Us!

In the recent New York Times article "36 Hours in Richmond" the James River Park System plays a prominent role in the article's suggestions for how visitors should spend their time in the River City. Makes sense to us! Check out number 9: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/09/17/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-richmond-virginia.html?_r=1.
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Creative Writing Workshop:
Ghost Stories on Belle Isle | Sunday, October 30, 2-4 PM

Join us this month for an extra-spooky Creative Writing Workshop with Lauren Minor, the Park's Artist-in-Residence, as we explore historic Belle Isle and write our own ghost stories, inspired by what we find in the park. (Haunted poems are welcome, too.) We'll meet at the bottom of the pedestrian footbridge on Tredegar Street (look for the "Writing Workshop" sign) and cross the bridge over the river together. 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 or towel to sit on.) All skill levels are welcome, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, including updates about this event, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1240632259311529/.

This workshop follows Lauren's successful September Creative Writing Workshop where eight attendees engaged in two hours of exploration and writing on the Dry Rocks at Belle Island. Each participant left the park with at least one new writing project in the works, and each participant had the opportunity to speak, ask questions, and share their work and thoughts with the group. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for Lauren's workshops and we encourage anyone interested to attend the October workshop!
Coyote Forum Rescheduled for October 26, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

As we hope members became aware, the scheduled September 29 Coyote forum had to be rescheduled. We just learned that it will be held on October 26. Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts, 3411 Semmes Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225. We hope you can attend for a lively discussion and Q&A about coyotes in Virginia, ecology, Virginia laws and regulations, and coexisting with wildlife.
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
 
rvaMore Trail building Class | October 22, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
rvaMORE will be holding a Trail Building 101 class on Saturday, October 22nd in Forest Hill Park (meet at the stone house). Please join them to learn the basics of trail building and why trail building is done a particular way in the James River Park. The morning classroom session include discussion about terrain, soil, trail design, construction techniques, user groups, the relationship between rvaMORE and the land manager that we work with and more. Then in the afternoon we'll have a hands on section where we'll be rerouting a section of trail in Forest Hill Park. Plan to bring a notebook & pen for classroom notes. Gloves, sturdy shoes and work clothes for hands-on session. There is no cost for this class and lunch will be provided, but the class size is limited to 24, so please sign-up early to reserve your spot. To sign up visit: http://trailbuilding.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2138881776.

Blue Sky Fund Hike for Kids | October 15, 2016, 7:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m.
Hit the trails! Join the Blue Sky Fund at Hike for Kids on October 15th. Each distance will feature some of the best urban hiking in the country, right here in Richmond, VA. Whether it's your first time, or your hundredth time, the James River Park system offers unforgettable views of the river with a variety of terrain. There is no better way to experience the crisp autumn air and foliage than while hiking. Challenge yourself with our 5, 10, or 18 mile loop that will start and end at Legend Brewing. Your participation will help ensure outdoor enrichment opportunities for urban youth from Richmond! Tickets are only $35 and include a beer, for those over 21, and an event t-shirt. Feeling competitive? Raise additional funds to support Blue Sky to score even more swag and prizes! To sign up visit: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/h4k.

Richmond Folk Festival | October 7-9, all day
While not in the James River Park System, perhaps you'll use the Northbank or Buttermilk trails to commute to one of Richmond's biggest annual events, the Richmond Folk Festival. We hope the weather holds out and you can find the full lineup for the event here: www.richmondfolkfestival.org/docs/event_schedule.html.

CRLC Hosts Fields, Forests and Streams Event | November 6, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC), one of the holders of the conservation easement in the James River Park System is hosting its annual Fields, Forests and Streams Event at Tuckahoe Plantation. Featuring local food and music this family friendly event is an opportunity for fellowship with others and to learn about the significant accomplishments of CRLC over this past year. Come enjoy the sounds of The Company Store, beverages from New Belgium Brewing, and even children activities provided by Maymont. All proceeds benefit CRLC's work to educate landowners on the benefits of land conservation and specifically easements. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. (Early bird pricing of $35 and $65 respectively available until October 1.) All proceeds benefit CRLC's work to educate landowners on the benefits of land conservation and specifically easements. To purchase tickets online, please visit CRLC's website and complete the registration form: www.capitalregionland.org/news-events/.

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.

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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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