Tuesday, July 17, 2018

City Expands Operating Hours of Five City Community Centers


     Mayor Levar M. Stoney is pleased to announce that the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) has expanded the operating hours of five city community centers.
     The expanded operating hours for the five community centers are from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. This change in operational hours began on July 14. City community centers had been closed on weekends unless they were being used for special events. The five community centers affected by this change are:

  • Bellemeade Community Center, 1800 Lynhaven Avenue
  • Hotchkiss Community Center, 701 Brookland Park Boulevard
  • Powhatan Community Center, 5051 Northampton Street
  • Randolph Community Center, 1415 Grayland Avenue
  • Southside Community Center, 6255 Old Warwick Road

     As a result of this operational change, the indoor pool at Bellemeade Community Center is open to the public on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“Expanding the operating hours of city community centers will increase recreational and leisure activity within the community and support after school activities for youth,” said Mayor Stoney. “Giving kids and adults more opportunity and access to activities and support services that enrich their minds and improve their bodies is time and money well spent by the City of Richmond.”
     With the weekend openings, the community will have access to a variety of athletic activities, to include basketball, volleyball, pickle ball, and fitness training. Other activities such as cultural arts, STEAM (fashion and design, wood working, digital photography etc.), multi-cultural programming and many other programming opportunities also become available to the community. PRCF will monitor facility usage and resident program request to adjust community center hours and programming as needed.
     The Calhoun Community Center, 436 Calhoun Street, will open on weekends in the next few weeks, to bring the total number of city community centers with expanded hours to six. These six sites serve as a pilot for potentially expanding operational hours at additional city community centers in the future. Funding for this operational change was included in the city’s FY2019 budget, as presented by Mayor Stoney.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

City and Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site to Celebrate 154th Anniversary of Maggie L. Walker's Birthday

     On Saturday, July 14, the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site and the city of Richmond invite the public to celebrate the life and legacy of Maggie L. Walker and the Jackson Ward community in which she lived. In honor of the 154th anniversary of Mrs. Walker’s birthday, public events will be held at the historic site and in the area of the Maggie Walker statue. These events will feature a variety of activities to include a community engagement fair, open-house tours, special program, children’s activities, entertainment and refreshments.
The national historic site will host a special event on July 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the site’s Common Good Fair, which features children’s activities and community engagement groups highlighting ways individuals can take action and make a difference in the community. A recognition ceremony honoring the Maggie L. Walker Summer Youth Leadership Institute Class of 2018 will be held at 11:30 a.m., followed by light refreshments and music. Open-house tours of the Maggie Walker home will be available before and after the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.
     The city of Richmond’s celebration event is from noon to 4 p.m. at the intersection of Broad Street and North Adams Street, site of the Maggie Walker statue. This event features remarks from public officials, Maggie Walker’s family and Maggie Walker school alumni at 1 p.m., entertainment by Glennroy Bailey, youth boxing exhibition, inflatables, refreshments and much more.
     Event speakers include Faith Elizabeth Walker Mickens, Maggie Walker’s great-great granddaughter; Mayor Levar Stoney; David Ruth, superintendent National Park Service Maggie Walker Historic Site; Shirley Gault, president National Maggie L. Walker Alumni Association; and Melvin Jones, Maggie Walker High School alumni and project advocate.
     Event speakers include Faith Elizabeth Walker Mickens, Maggie Walker’s great-great granddaughter; Mayor Levar Stoney; David Ruth, superintendent National Park Service Maggie Walker Historic Site; Shirley Gault, president National Maggie L. Walker Alumni Association; and Melvin Jones, Maggie Walker High School alumni and project advocate.
     Both of the July 14 events are free to the public. A shuttle bus will be available for transportation between each event location.
     The first African American woman to charter a bank and serve as its president, Mrs. Walker dedicated herself to a life of civic engagement, challenging racial discrimination and gender bias. Her story of leadership and self-determination continues to resonate with and inspire people around the world.
     For more information about the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, please call the visitor center at (804) 771-2017 x 0, visit www.nps.gov/mawa or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MaggieL.WalkerNHS.
      For more information on the city of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities call (804) 646-5733 or visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Fourth of July Celebration at Dogwood Dell

Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and bring the entire family to the Fourth of July Celebration at Dogwood Dell in Byrd Park. This annual event is part of the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ 62nd Festival of heARTS, a summer-long series of free outdoor family entertainment. Dogwood Dell, 1301 Blanton Avenue, is located within Byrd Park.

The Fourth of July Celebration begins at 4 p.m. with face painting and balloon art by Uncle Curt, a moon bounce, and games at the entrance to Dogwood Dell. The Byrd Park Fountain Lake paddleboats will be available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 4.

At 5:15 p.m., the Ephesus Drumline will march from Maymont to Dogwood Dell for a brief performance. At 5:45 p.m., the Richmond Concert Band jazz group will play several selections, followed by the reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. The Richmond Concert Band will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. to perform a program of pop, patriotic music, and highlight the evening with the playing of the “1812 Overture,” which concludes with the annual fireworks display.

Guests should arrive early to secure seats in the outdoor amphitheater, Byrd Park and the surrounding area. Event parking will be available at City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Avenue, with free shuttle bus service beginning at 4 p.m. Individuals with valid handicapped parking stickers will be allowed to park in the Dell parking lot to the east of the Carillon. Carillon neighborhood streets will be closed to traffic and parking. The Boulevard Bridge will close at approximately 7 p.m. and remain closed until the fireworks display has concluded.

Vendors will have food and drinks for sell throughout the evening. Guest are encouraged to bring picnics, but no glass containers or alcohol are allowed in the park. Dogs are not allowed in the park, and the adjacent Barker Park Dog Park will be closed July 3, July 4 and July 5 for safety purposes.

The Fourth of July Celebration rain date is July 5. For a complete listing of this year’s Festival of heARTS lineup or for specific event information, follow the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @RVAParksandRec, go to www.RichmondGov.com/parks and click on Cultural Arts, or call the Dell Information Line at (804) 646-1031.

Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 Movies In The Park


The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities proudly presents Movies in the Park. This annual series of free movies will be held every Friday night, from June 22 through August 16, in a different city park.
Activities begin at 8 p.m. and the movies start at 8:30 p.m., or as soon as it is dark. Families are invited to bring blankets or chairs and refreshments. Vendors will also have refreshments for sale.
The following is this summer’s Movies in the Park schedule:


Monday, June 11, 2018

City Summer Meals Program Begins on June 18

The Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will begin serving healthy meals to youth this summer on June 18. The summer food program provides children and teens, through age 18, with nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinners, from June 18 through August 24.

Healthy meals are provided based on USDA nutrition guidelines. No registration is required. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be provided, on a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:


Site Name
Site Address
Dates of Operation
Meal Times
Active Minds Daycare and Learning
2713-2715 Byron St, 23223
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 7:30-8:30a / L 11a-12n      (M-F)
AGAPE Ministries Kingdom Kidz
8001 Staples Mill Rd, 23228
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 8:30-9:30a / L 11:45a-12:45p (M-F)
AGAPE Summer Camp
4700 North Southside Plaza, 23224
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 8:30-9:30a /L 12:30p-1:30p   (M-F)
All Saints Child Care Center
2001 Royall Ave, 23224
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 7:30-8:30a / L 11:30a-12:30p  (M-F)
Ann Hardy Community Center
3300 1st Ave, 23222
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Antioch Learning Center
1384 New Market Rd, 23231
6/18 - 8/22/2018
B 8:15-9:15a / L 12:00-1:00p    (M-F)
Battery Park Community Center
2803 DuPont Circle,  23222
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p   (M-F)
Bellemeade Community Center
1800 Lynhaven Ave, 23224
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Bill Robinson Playground
35th and M Streets, 23223
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Blackwell Recreation Center
300 E. 15th Street, 23224
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Broad Rock Community Center
4615Ferguson Lane, 23224
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Brother’s Keeper’s, Inc.
54 E. Cedar Fork Rd, 23223
6/20 - 8/24/2018
B 9:30-10:30a /L 12:30p-1:30p  (M-F)
Calhoun Community Center
436 Calhoun St, 23220
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Capital Child Care Center
1704 West Laburnum Ave, 23227
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 8:00-8:30a /L 12:00p-12:30p  (M-F)
CAPUP - Asbury UMC
324 N. 29th Street
6/18 - 7/19/2018
B 9:15-9:45a / L 12:45-1:30p  (M-TH)
Christian Tabernacle Watchcare
5100 Salem Street, 23231
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 7:30-8:30a / L 11:30a-12:30p  (M-F)
Creative Learning Center
3202 Chamberlayne Ave, 23227
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 8:00-9:00a / L 12:00-1:00p   (M-F)
Creighton Community Center
2101 Creighton Rd., 23223
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
CrossRoads Christian Academy
1664 Mountain Rd, 23060
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 8:00-9:00a / L 11:00a-12:30p (M-F)
Fonticello Playground
2813 Bainbridge St, 23224
6/25 - 8/24/2018
Lunch only 12:00-1:00p         (M-F)
Four Mile Creek Church
2950 New Market Rd, 23231
6/18 - 7/27/2018
Breakfast only 9:00-9:30a      (M-F)
Generation Z Teen Camp
3021 Maplewood Ave
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Greater Richmond Area ARC
3600 Saunders Ave, 23227
6/18 - 8/24/2018
Lunch only 12:00-1:00p          (M-F)
Hickory Hill Community Center
3000 E. Belt Blvd, 23224
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Hotchkiss Field Recreation Center
701 E. Brookland Park Ave, 23222
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Humphrey Calder Community Center
414 N. Thompson St, 23226
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Innovative Family Services
7193-F Stonewall Parkway, 23111
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 10:00-11:00a / L 1:00-2:00p   (M-F)
Lafayette Gardens
2219-C Ruffin Rd
7/2 – 8/17/2018
B 9:30-10:30a / L 1:00-2:00p   (M-F)
Lakeside Baptist Day Care
7401 Woodman Rd, 23228
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 8:00-8:30a / L 11:00a-12:00p  (M-F)
Laurel Hill Weekday School
1919 New market Rd, 23231
6/18 - 8/22/2018
B 9:00-9:30a / L 12:00-12:30p (M-F)
Laurel Woods Apartments
211 North Cottage Green Dr., 23005
6/19 - 8/23/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p (T-TH)
Lucks Playground
1926 T. St, 23223
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Madison Temple AME Zion Church
2417 Hull St, 23224
6/25 - 8/24/2018
Lunch only 11:00a-12:00p     (M-F)
Mary Munford Recreation
211 Westmoreland Ave, 23226
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Mosby Playground
Mosby and O Streets, 23223
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Mt. Herman Baptist Church
2814 Moss Side Ave, 23222
6/25 – 6/29/2018
Supper Only 7:00-7:30p         (M-F)
MYA Tech Center (ARTS Institute)
2020 Westwood Ave, 23220
7/9 – 8/16/2018
Breakfast only 8:30-9:00a      (M-TH)
New Birth Christian Academy
5745 Orcutt Lane, 23224
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Pine Camp Recreation Center
4901 Old Brook Rd, 23227
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Pine Camp Cultural Arts
4901 Old Brook Rd, 23227
6/25 - 8/17/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Powhatan Community Center
5051 Northampton St, 23231
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Precious Angels CDC
1214 Wilmer Ave, 23227
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 8:15-9:30a /L 11:15a-12:30p  (M-F)
Precious Blessings Academy
4823 Bryce Ln, 23224
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 7:30-8:30a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Randolph Community Center
1415 Grayland Ave, 23220
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Reid Community Center
1301 Whitehead Rd, 23225
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
RBHA
2611 Bells Rd
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 8:00-9:30a / L 12:00-1:30p    (M-F)
RRHA- Hillside Community Center
1500 Harwood St, 23224
6/18 – 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
RVA Eventspace
0 East 4th Street
8/6 - 8/17/2018
B 8:30-9:00a / L 12:00-12:30p  (MWF)
Sixth Baptist Church
400 S. Addison St, 23220
6/18 - 8/17/2018
B 8:00-9:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
South Side Community Center
6255 Old Warwick Rd, 23224
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
St. James Children’s Center
1205 W. Franklin St, 23220
6/18 - 8/16/2018
B 8:15-9:15a / L 12:00p-1:00p  (M-F)
Star Fellowship Baptist Church
2223 Keswick Ave, 23224
6/18 – 6/22/2018
B 9:00-9:30a / L 12:00-12:30p  (M-F)
SUGGOR Behavioral Services
1920 Fairmount Ave, 23223
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 8:30-9:30a /L 12:00p-1:00p    (M-F)
T.B. Smith Recreation Center
2015 Ruffin Rd, 23224
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
The New Y-CAPP
1502 Brook Rd, 23220
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p    (M-F)
The Village Learning Center, Inc
1219 N. Laburnum Ave, 23223
6/19 - 8/24/2018
B 7:30-8:30a / L 11:30a-12:30p  (M-F)
Thompson Recreation
7825 Forest Hill Ave, 23225
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Trinity Village Childcare Center
            3601 Dill Rd, 23222
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 8:00-9:00a / L 12:00-1:00p    (M-F)
We Help Our Adolescents
6010 W. Broad St, 23230
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 10:00-10:30a / L 1:00-1:30p  (M-F)
We Sure Care
1264 Concord Ave, 23228
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 7:30-8:30a / L 11:00a-12:00p  (M-F)
Westover Recreation Center
1301 Jahnke Rd, 23225
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Whitcomb Community Center
2302 Carmine St, 23223
6/25 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
Worship and Praise CDC
3006 E. Laburnum Ave, 23223
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 7:30-9:00a / L 11:00a-12:30p  (M-F)
Y-ME Childcare Center
3200 Dill Rd, 23222
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 8:30-9:30a /L 12:00p-1:00p    (M-F)
YCAPP- Meadowbrook High
4901 Cogbill Rd, 23234
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 9:00-10:00a / L 12:00-1:00p  (M-F)
YMCA – Chickahominy Family
5401 Whiteside Rd, 23150
6/18 - 8/24/2018
B 7:30-8:30a / L 11a-12:30p (M-F)
YMCA- Manchester
7540 Hull Street Rd, 23235
6/18 – 8/24/2018
B 7:30-8:30a / L 11a-12:00n (M-F)
YMCA – Northside
4207 Old Brook Rd, 23227
6/18 – 8/24/2018
B 8:00-9:00a / L 11:30a-1:00p  (M-F)
YMCA- Woodville
2000 N. 28th St, 23223
6/25 - 7/26/2018
B 8:00-9:00a / L 11:30a-12:30p  (M-F)

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Submit your completed letter to the USDA by: 
     (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
                   Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
                   Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
     (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
     (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

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