With the help of True Timber, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Officer James Patrillo and concerned citizens, an osprey caught in fishing line was rescued out of a birch tree near Pony Pasture this past weekend. Thanks to all who helped!
Thanks for the Amazing Raise
Thanks for your support during the 2014 Amazing Raise. It was our first year participating and we raised $2,275 -- with 39 donors contributing during the 36-hour campaign. Your generous donations will go a long way in supporting the James River Park.
Choose Your Adventure: Manchester Climbing Wall
One of the more unique aspects of the JRPS is the Manchester Climbing Wall. Although most climbers would not consider it a destination, for many it is the nearest outdoor climbing venue and an invaluable training tool. This climbing area, under the Manchester Bridge in downtown Richmond, is a series of abandoned train trestles that have been equipped with bolts and shutts. Here climbers can hone their skills of leading, both trad and sport, rappelling, and self-rescue. Climbers and non-climbers alike will enjoy a visit to this uncommon section of the JRPS.
Local climber Michael Greeby has produced a guide to climbing the Manchester Wall and pillars. Download the guide. (pdf)
NOTE: there is currently construction work being done under the Manchester Bridge which might create parking issues.
Events in and around and for the Park
Recreational Tree Climbing | October 18
If you've ever enjoyed climbing in trees, here's your chance to really go up! Utilizing specialized tree-climbing equipment, the staff of Riverside Outfitters will assist you as you ascend into the canopies. Ages: open to 8 years old and up, 8-13 must be accompanied by an adult. $19, 10 am to noon, JRPS Pony Pasture, 7310 Riverside Dr. Register now »
Mountain Bike Clinic | October 18
Join Endorphin Fitness coaches for a mountain bike clinic to benefit RA-MORE. This clinic will teach basic and advanced mountain bike skills. Since riders will divide into several different ability groups, this is a great opportunity for anyone from a first-time rider to an advanced racer. This clinic will take place in Forest Hill Park from 1 to 3 pm and costs $30. Coaches are volunteering their time to help the community enjoy cycling AND to support non-profit RA-MORE! More information »
October FOJRP Volunteer Day | October 18
Reedy Creek HQ, 2301 Riverside Dr., 9 am to 1 pm. Come and help us maintain the amazing Butterfly-Bug Garden that was planted a few years back at Park HQ. We will be spreading mulch and compost, weeding and planting, and tamping down crush stone on the paths. This fall we have initiated a new sign-up procedure -- partnering with HandsOn Richmond to reach a larger audience. Sign up and join us for this event »
Virginia Boating Safety Education Classroom Course | October 20
All operators of personal watercraft and motorboats with a motor of 10 horsepower or greater in Virginia are required to complete a Boating Safety Education Course and to carry a boating safety education course completion card on board when operating a PWC or motorboat. This course is recommended for motivated students 12 years and older who want to learn more about the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating. Free. Registration required. REI, 2020 Old Brick Rd., Glen Allen. 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Register at REI »
What's Out There Weekend | October 25
Nathan Burrell, James River Park Superintendent, guides a free tour of the post-industrial parkland integrated with the James River to form the Brown's Island section of JRPS. This section bears the remnants of historic heavy industry, which utilized the whitewater rapids at the river's fall line. Meet: Brown's Island Way & Tredegar St. parking lot, 470 Tredegar St., tour from 1 to 2 pm. Space is limited. Registration required »
Arbor Day RVA | October 25
Join Richmond Tree Stewards for classes, tree walks, and fun during RVA Arbor Day. Meet at the Stone House area of Forest Hill Park on Saturday. See details »
3rd Day of the Dead Festival | October 30
Enjoy native Mexican food along with live performances from traditional Aztec musicians and dancers. Learn about time-honored traditions connected with this beloved Mexican holiday, including Ofrendas, beautiful private altars built to honor deceased family and friends. The event is free. Food and beverages are available for purchase. 17th Street Farmers' Market, noon to 5:00 pm. See more information »
Do you know what's in your runoff?
Runoff is any water that flows across the surface of the land. The main source of runoff is precipitation. However, any time you wash your car or water your lawn you are creating runoff.
Pollution from runoff is the #1 health threat to our waterways. Every time it rains, pollution washes off your property and starts its journey through the watershed to the James River.
The James River Association has developed a runoff calculator that enables you to measure how runoff from your home contributes to pollution in the James. To find out your impact, go to www.whatsinyourrunoff.com, enter a few simple facts, then receive your personalized runoff pollution report. You'll also find suggestions for reducing your pollution impact on local waterways.
JRPS license plates, matching gifts and AmazonSmile -- money for the park
James River Park license plates have now generated over $7,000 for the park! To order yours, check out the DMV Specialty License Plate section!
If you're making a donation to the FOJRP, consider asking your employer to match your gift. Many local businesses are happy to support Richmond's wonderful park system. All gifts and bequests are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law, and donors will receive a letter acknowledging their contributions; contributors to the Protection and Preservation Fund are also acknowledged on the FOJRP website.
FOJRP registered with AmazonSmile
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, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to an organization you select.
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!
Watch it! Check out these Science in the Park videos.
T-shirts and pamphlets for sale!
Our snazzy t-shirts and FOJRP interpretive pamphlets are available to purchase online. Order yours today!
Keep the park safe
If you see something out of the ordinary in the James River Park, please report it using the non-emergency police number:
Reportable things include problems in the park system (of natural or human origin) -- graffiti, large amounts of trash, trees down across main trails, fires of any sort, unruly behavior, etc.
If it is an emergency situation, please dial 911.
Do you Bicycle in the Park?
Did you know that pedestrians have the right of way on ALL trails in the Park, except those marked Bicycles Only? Please be courteous when passing walkers; if you have a bell, use it or call out, "on your left" or "on your right". It's common courtesy and will prevent those enjoying the Park from being forced off the trails. This is also critical behavior for Park Visitors tending their kids or their dogs.
Protection and Preservation Fund
A special thank you to all who donate to our long-term fund. See our growing list.
Canine Friends of the Park
Probably some of the biggest fans of the park system are the dogs that walk the trails -- and they would want to keep the park clean too!
Read why it's important to pick up the poop and don't pollute! Catch up on other Canine news as well.