Event Archives

Our archive list keeps getting longer.  See what Friends of Bryan Park have been up to with their partners!

  • What: Bryan Park Watershed Cleanup
  • Date: Sunday November 8, 2015 from 9 am till noon.
  • Where: We met at Shelter 1.
  • Details: Volunteers challenged the ever-flowing tide of trash that enters our waterways. We dressed for the weather, prepared to get muddy and wore sturdy shoes. We provided gloves, pick ups and bags.
  • More: This was a wonderful family activity as well as a way to earn volunteer credits for school.
  • The Result: Volunteers removed trash, tires, appliances and other assorted debris from the Parks waterways. It was hard work, but everyone felt that the reward was well worth the effort!
  • What: CBF and FoBP hosted a work party to remove invasive non-native plants from the park.
    Non-native English Ivy and Honeysuckles strangle our native plants and trees.
    Non-native English Ivy and Honeysuckles strangle our native plants and trees.
  • Date:  Saturday, December 8, 2012
  • Where: The future Environmental Education Center (former Shelter 2, a.k.a. “Nature Center”)
  • Why: Non-native invasive plants are smothering much of our native habitat. Our ultimate goal is to return the area to its more natural, native state.
  • The reward? When we were done, volunteers got a better idea of what the woods are really supposed to look like!  They helped to restore habitat that will support our native insects, birds and other wildlife.
  • What: American Family Fitness Half Marathon Water Station
  • Date: November 10, 2012
  • Event Details: FoBP volunteers were on the front lines of this nationally-known sister event to the Anthem Richmond Marathon. We cheered on the runners as we provided the much needed water and Powerade that each racer needed to complete the race. Nearby an FoBP board member captained the Party Zone at Shelter 1, where a band played and supporters gathered to root for the runners.  Over 8,000 people participated in the race!
  • What:Volunteers from Captital One helped restore the Azalea Garden
  • When: The week of October 15, 2012
  • Details: Volunteers cut and vines and removed dead wood  from the garden.  Overall, they provided over 300 hours of work time in the garden!  We cannot thank them enough for the improvements they made in this historic portion of the park.
  • What: It’s in the Bag at Bryan, sponsored by Hands On Richmond
    One of the Capital One teams works in the Azalea Garden
    One of the Capital One teams works in the Azalea Garden
  • When: October 20, 2012
  • Details: Volunteers 1-picked up paper, cigarette butts, bottle caps, and other litter from grounds and around watershed 2-removed overgrowth along wall of creek 3-mulched trees in memorial garden 4-removed leaves along chain link fence
  • What:Bond Fire Bonds’ Team cleaned our waterways as part of the SustainRVA movement
  • When: October 13, 2012
  • Details: The team bushwhacked down Jordan’s Branch through briars and vines to locate and remove mounds of trash caught deep in the park’s waterways!
  • What: James River Association Work Party
  • When: September 22, 2012, 9am-noon
  • Details: This  trash cleanup was part of the International Coastal Cleanup.   Gloves, grabbers, and trash bags were provided. Thanks everyone!
  • What: Anthem Moonlight Ride Water Station FoBP volunteers provided water, snacks and good cheers to those taking part in this yearly family event.
  • When: August 4, 2012
Volunteers receive instructions before tackling the trash in the waterways
Volunteers receive instructions before tackling the trash in the waterways
  • What: 13th Annual James River Cleanup:  Bryan Park  62 volunteers from around the area pitched in to pick up litter from our waterways and to help control invasive vines beginning to cover our trees. The Falls of the James Chapter of the Sierra Club provided a hearty lunch for everyone at the end of the event.
  • When: June 9, 2012
  • Details: Visit www.jrac-va.org to learn more about the James River Advisory Council.
  • Event: Richmond Tree Stewards Tree Walk
  • Date: Saturday, April 21, 10am till noon
  • Where: Bryan Park beginning near Shelter 1  — The Richmond Tree Stewards led tours of FoBP’s new tree tour. Participants learned about different species of trees, one of which was the Live Oak, Quercus virginiana. For more information click here.
  • What: Martin Luther King Service Day:  Trash and Debris Cleanup Work Party
  • Date: January 14, 2012
  • Event Details: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and REI  partnered with FoBP to pick up trash in the park, especially along the waterways. Volunteers also took part via Hands on Richmond and the Riverine Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists.   CBF, FoBP and Richmond City Parks (PRCF) donated bags, gloves and pick-ups.  REI brought water, water bottles and treated eveyone to lunch!  PRCF picked up trash and debris that was collected. FoBP thanks our partners and our volunteers for an extremely successful work party!
  • Results:  155 bags of trash/recylables, 8 tires, 2 bicycle tires, a 20 ft. roll of wire cable, a 18 ft. oil boom , 1 large slab of metal, a dryer door, several sleeping bags  and some other mysterious stuff were picked up along the Bryan Park floodplain.  Approximately 114 people volunteered for 285 hours.
A tree ready for planting near the historic Camp House
A tree ready for planting near the historic Camp House

 

 

  • What: McDonald’s Half Marathon Water Station
  • Date: November 12, 2011
  • Event Details: FoBP Volunteers were on the front lines of this nationally-known sister event to the Suntrust Marathon. We cheered on the runners as we provided the much needed water and PowerAde each racer needed to complete the race.
  • Opportunity:  This was our third year of participating in this event.  Want to get involved?  Join us next year! Info will be posted on our website as the next 1/2 Marathon draws closer.
  • Event Details: Volunteers from Altria with the guidance of the James River Association, donated and planted 35 trees in Bryan Park.  They also cleared parts of the

    VCU Athletes in the Azalea Garden

    VCU Athletes in the Azalea Gardenpark of storm and trash debris.

  • Date: November 8, 2011
  • Result: If you stand by the Camp House and look along the sledding hill, across to the soccer fields and south toward Shelter 3, you’ll see trees that wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Altria’s contribution.  As they grown and mature they will replace the Park’s huge oaks and other trees which are nearing the end of their lifespans.  Altria’s volunteers’ donation of time and trees has ensured that Bryan Park will maintain its well-loved canopy of leaves for future generations.
  • Event: VCU Athletes cared for their adopted azalea bed.  They cleared it of vines, weeds and leftover debris from Hurricane Irene.  Please follow their wonderful example and consider adopting an azalea bed!
  • Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011
  • Project: Watershed Cleanup — VoiCeS (Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards, part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation)  with FoBP and Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ support,  hauled bags and bags of trash from the pond perimeters and Jordan’s Branch, which drains a very large part of our metropolitan area. The trash flowing into the park is an on going problem.  Every tire, plastic container or bag, aluminum can, glass bottle and piece of Styrofoam that was collected will never endanger the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
  • Results: 73 volunteers removed approximately 188 bags trash, a 55 gallon drum, a propane tank, a tent and 17 tires. The drum will be re-used as a rain barrel.
  • Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011
  • Project: Work PartyVCU students made a huge contribution to the park! They re-graveled the Better Together Garden paths on the north side of the ponds.  They also helped to clear open areas and trails of trees which fell during Hurricane Irene.  We cannot thank them enough!
  • Date: September 4, 2011
  • Thanks goes to the Altius Cycling Community who had a cleanup party on September 4.  The group cleared trees felled by Hurricane Irene  from the Azalea Garden Loop using 10 chainsaws and 20 leaf blowers.
  • Date: August 13, 2011
  • Project: Anthem Moonlight Ride Water Station FoBP volunteers provided water, snacks and good cheers to those taking part in this yearly family event.
  • DateSaturday, May 7, 2011
  • Project: For Virginian Master Naturalist Invasive Plant Removal Day, VMNs, FoBP and a Tree Steward worked together to clear a kiosk/picnic area that was overgrown by vines. Sitting along side the soccer field complex this area is now a welcoming place to relax or to read the new displays in the kiosk.  It is proof that just a few hours of hard labor can make a huge difference!
Trash on Jordan's Branch floodplain; by 2012 this is a rare view!

Trash on Jordan’s Branch floodplain; by 2012 this is a rare view!

  • Date: March 26, 2011
  • Project: Azalea Garden Beautification
  • Project Sponsor: Friends of Bryan Park and Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
  • Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Where: The soccer field Azalea Garden entrance gate
  • Project Description: We cleaned and mulched azalea beds on the Azalea Pond end of the garden. Volunteers learned about FoBP’s plan to help restore the garden–a little bit at a time.  (FoBP has not been part of any azalea restoration project for over a decade.  We’re back!)
  • Goal: Prepared the azalea beds for the  April 1 to May 15 Azalea Loop Road opening to vehicles. Spring is azalea bloom season in Bryan Park!
  • Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
  • Project: Jordan’s Run Rundown
  • Project Sponsor: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Friends of Bryan Park and Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
  • Project description: We collected trash brought into Jordan’s Branch, a creek in Bryan Park, by runoff and heavy rains. Cleaning up this floodplain will prevent the debris from clogging storm drains and traveling further downstream into the Chesapeake Bay. During the lunch break there was a session on water quality and urban watersheds.
  • Lunch: Pizza and beverages were supplied by Friends of Bryan Park.
  • Results: 9 bags of trash were collected by VCU and Elk Hill School Students!

Please encourage your friends and family to dispose of  trash appropriately and to recycle where they can.  

Set a good example for those around you by keeping trash out of our and all other watersheds!  Thanks!

 

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