Tag Archives: Friends of James River Park

Richmond Slave Trail Emancipation Celebration Sunday

Richmond Slave Trail: Map for placement of markersThe ceremony to unveil markers along the Richmond Slave Trail was postponed from last weekend to this weekend, due to VCU’s appearance in the NCAA Final Four and that all the city dignitaries were in Houston for the game. Despite the prostests from the activist group Defenders for Freedom Justice & Equality and a bit of complaining from the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Michael Paul Williams, the ceremony will happen Sunday. From the Friends of James River Park: Continue reading
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Last weekend for guided tours of heron rookery, Richmond Slave Trail

James River Park manager Ralph White led a tour of the great blue heron rookery with the Richmond Audubon Society at the Pipeline Rapids walkwayIf you’ve been holding out until warm weather and spring bursting out all over, this is your last chance for the guided tours to the Pipeline Rapids great blue heron rookery and the Richmond Slave Trail. Get out there and enjoy the scenery and the knowledge passed on from James River Park manager and naturalist Ralph White. Continue reading

Pescados China Street donates portion of proceeds to James River Park

Pescados China StreetA big thank you from the Friends of the James River Park to Pescados China Street for their contributions to the non-profit group that provides citizen support for the conservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of the 550-acre James River Park System and its natural and historic environments. Continue reading

Pescados in Oregon Hill hooking up James River March 14

According to the Friends of the James River Park, the non-profit volunteer group  will be the benefactor of Pescados China Street’s fundraising night on Monday, March 14. The Oregon Hill restaurant will donate 15 percent of all that day’s sales including lunch, dinner and bar sales. Continue reading

James River Park lovers checking to make sure parks are still there

A bridge over Pleasants Creek connects Pony Pasture Rapids Park with The WetlandsA Conservation Easement was placed on right parcels of the James River Park System in May of 2009. The Virginia Department of Conservation, the Capitol Region Land Conservancy and the EnRichmond Foundation (formerly the Richmond Recreation and Parks Foundation) are the conservation easement holders.  This open space and conservation easement, in general, restricts all future development in each parcel, although it does allow for regular maintenance and replacement in kind by the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities. Continue reading

FOJRP and JROC have monthly meetings this week

Friends of the James River ParkIt is the first week of the month, and that means time for monthly meetings for two of the James River volunteer groups.

The Friends of the James River Park will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Southampton Recreation Association on Chellowe Road, between Cherokee and Chippenham Parkway.

The James River Outdoor Coalition will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Legend Brewery.  Both meetings are open to the public and the groups are always ready to accept new membership.

James River Park license plate still riding along

Download the application for the James River Park license plateThe Virginia Senate Transportation committee Thursday approved a handful of new specialty license plates, including a Tea Party-themed slogan “DONT TREAD ON ME.”

The Friends of the James River Park license plate bill (incorporated into Tea Party bill) passed the Senate transportation committee yesterday and is heading to the full Senate for the last vote. From the legislature website:

Special license plates. Authorize the issuance of special license plates (i) bearing the legend: “DONT TREAD ON ME,” (ii) bearing the national motto: “In God We Trust,” (iii) for members and supporters of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Inc., and (iv) for supporters of the James River Park System. This bill incorporates HB 1408,HB 1502, and HB 2414. 

Haven’t ordered your plate yet? FOJRP needs more people to sign up — 350 was to get in at the General Assembly, but 1,000 is the key with DMV to get money so order yours today!