James river enthusiast Warren Foster wants us to support the James River Park System with official DMV issued license plates. Outdoors columnist Andy Thompson of the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote about this effort.
“With all the park enthusiasts around town, I figured, it’s a great way to show off your pride in the park,” [Foster] said. “Then I started doing the math and it started getting real interesting . . . and what’s so cool about this is that it can be a lot of money but also that it’s a sustainable fundraiser.”
A study commissioned in 2006 by the Friends of the James River Park (of which Foster is a board member) estimated that the park system handles about 500,000 visitors a year. That’s half a million. If just one percent of those people signed up for a license plate, that’s 5,000. Take the first 1,000 off the top and you’ve 4,000 people at $10 a plate.
I’ve written about Foster — he’s a friend and he cracks me up with his deep dedication to the river. He added this comment on another posting in my blog:
James River Park System license plate now taking applications! Here’s a chance to show your love of the many facets of the James River Park System and put some $ towards un-funded projects. They’re taking applications for JRPS license plates. Please go to http://www.jamesriverpark.org & click on the picture of the license plate or e-mail Warren Foster on the board at ParkLicensePlate@gmail.com Many thanks.
I’ve already printed the form and I’m sending in my application today. Let’s make this happen!