You will be jealous of my James River Park System Virginia license plates next spring. It doesn’t have to be that way, people. I’ve already put in my order for the prettiest plates that aren’t in town quite yet. You can get our own and not have to drive around behind my cruddy RAV4 ogling my license plates. It’s simple. Click here:  JamesRiverPark_LicensePlate_FAQ11  Read the info, print the Virginia license plate info out, fill it out with your VIN number and such and send in a check for $25 (or $35 for a vanity plate) to Friends of James River Park, P.O. Box 4453 Richmond VA 23220.  Please and thank you.

You can also visit the Friends tent at the South of the James Farmers’ Market in Forest Hill Park this Saturday, Oct. 9th and Saturday, Oct. 30th to chat and pick up park pamphlets ($2) and license plate applications.

When we collect 350 completed and paid for applications (we have more than 100 now), we mosey on down to the General Assembly in January and they approve our special and beautiful license plate. (It might be the only thing the General Assembly will do that will make you happy.)  The plate is then made, and delivered to all those with the foresight to order them, in June 2011.

Yes, you must be patient, but the James River Park System rewards patience–more reliably than state government.  Sometimes you have to wait for the pedestrian to get out of your mountain biking way on the Buttermilk Trail. You have to wait for fall for the sun to set the treetops across the river all aglow near Riverside Meadow. And sometimes you have to wait in line at Pony Pasture in the summer for a parking spot. Nothing wrong with waiting for something worth waiting for.

Besides being able to proclaim your love for the James River Park System, 550+ acres of wilderness in the city (I can steal the Friends’ line cause I’m the president of FOJRP), once 1000 cars are sporting these plates, $15 of the James River Park System license plate fee from each order gets sent to Friends of James River Park, providing our all-volunteer group with a steady stream of income with which to help maintain, preserve, and enhance Richmond’s big backyard.  We have big plans for directional signage at trailheads, our gorgeous and helpful new web site is about to launch (more on that later), and you know quite well that the park is chronically underfunded and understaffed, so the Friends can always find good use for the funds. Don’t be caught in your car with some ugly ole license plate. Park your ride, please!