Monday, June 22, 2009

James River Park Day

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It is hard to pick just one day to celebrate the JRPS, but Saturday is it. The James River runs with history and JRP Day will celebrate 400 years of Richmond history, the good (the Hollywood Rapids), the bad (hurricane related flooding) and the ugly (Richmond's slave past). It is all part of what makes up Richmond today. So spend a day of the river with your friends, learn about the James River Park System and wrap up the day with a candlelit night walk down the slave trail. Remember, it is your James River.

From Near West End News :

James River Park Day - Saturday June 27th - All Day

Actually, that is sort of a misnomer — because the best activity of all on James River Park Day is actually the one that takes place at night. So many people who live in Richmond don’t know its slave history and have never done the Slave Trail walk. Traditionally it is done each year shortly after the Juneteenth celebration as a very moving torch-lit walk.

Don’t miss these special activities:

  • 9 a.m. – Man & Nature Tour of Belle Isle
    (Meet at Tredegar Parking Lot.)
  • 10 a.m. – River Exploration for Kids
    (Requires advance registration. Call 646-8911.)
  • 2 p.m. – River Exploration for Adults
    (Meet at Reedy Creek entrance.)
  • 8:30 p.m. – Night Walk on the Slave Trail
    (Meet at Ancarrow’s Landing.)

For more information, call 646-8911.

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