Friday, August 28, 2015

Swansboro Indoor Swimming Pool Closing for Yearly Maintenance

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will close the Swansboro Indoor Swimming Pool, 3160 Midlothian Turnpike, at normal closing hours on Thursday, September 3, 2015. The maintenance will begin on Friday, September 4, 2015 and the facility is expected to reopen at the end of the month.

Work will include the painting of the building, repairing the pool liner, and general maintenance work.

Swansboro aquatic programs will be transferred to the Bellemeade Indoor Swimming Pool, 1800 Lynhaven Avenue, with the exception of the Richmond Racers Swim Team.

For more information, please call (804) 646-5733.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Kanawha Pedestrian Bridge to be Removed This Weekend

Demolition crews will begin removing the pedestrian bridge connecting Kanawha Plaza to Dominion
Plaza starting at 6 p.m. tonight. That’s when Canal Street will be closed between 7th and 8th Streets, and removal of the bridge will begin between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Drivers on 8th Street will still be able to turn left onto the Manchester Bridge. Removal is expected to be completed by late Sunday.

Prior to removing the bridge, preparatory work will include installing protective measures to prevent pedestrian access during demolition. Once the road is closed, crews will mobilize equipment, install shoring to support the bridge, and place protection on the road and sidewalks beneath it.

The first step is for a crane to break the north end of the bridge free, where the bridge ties into Dominion Plaza. Then the rest of the bridge will be removed using a CAT excavator. All debris will be hauled away and disposed of at the Cox Recycling Center. After the bridge is down, all materials will be removed and the road will be cleaned in time for Monday morning traffic.

The removal comes one week after Mayor Dwight C. Jones kicked off renovation of the 2.8 acre urban park located downtown on two city blocks surrounded by office towers. Over the past week, demolition crews have removed exterior walls that hampered sight lines across the park, have graded the site, and have preserved personalized bricks for reuse in the renovated park.

A public/private partnership allows for the restoration of this under-utilized downtown jewel and equally important to the long-term success of the park is improving access from neighboring streets. The renovation includes the retention and repair of the plaza’s fountain, large green space and landscaping improvements, canopies and a food truck area.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Youth Summer League Basketball Championship Games to be Held at VCU Siegel Center


The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will hold its 9th Annual CarMax Summer Basketball League championship games on Tuesday, July 28, at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 West Broad Street.

The league, funded with a $85,000 grant from the CarMax Foundation this year, gives hundreds of city children from ages 10 to 17 the opportunity to play organized basketball throughout the summer.

The final championship games at the Siegel Center will be free to the public and events will tip off at 6 p.m. with a basketball skills challenge for league players only. U-10, U-12, U-14, U-17 division games will begin shortly thereafter.

A brief ceremony will be held before the start of the games to recognize the CarMax Foundation and media sponsor 106.5 The Beat. Lane Casadonte, sports anchor with WTVR Ch. 6, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the program, and Tom Folliard, President/CEO of CarMax will provide remarks.

Since 2007, the CarMax Foundation has given more than $840,000 to restore and expand the department’s basketball courts at Pine Camp, renovate a building on the site for use as a concession facility, and expand league play to include more youth and a wheelchair league.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Spotlight Gallery to Host Salvador Gonzalez Escalona

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host “Two Seas Merging” featuring the work of world renowned Cuban artist Salvador González Escalona at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The exhibit will open on Thursday, July 2 with a public reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until Friday, July 31, 2015. González Escalona is visiting the Central Virginia region at the invitation of Norfolk State University Office of International Studies.

Mural by Salvador González Escalona on
Callejón de Hamel in Havanna, Cuba
A self taught mixed medium master artist, González Escalona, with the help of campers enrolled in the Great Summer Escape camp at Pine Camp, just completed painting a mural titled “Two Seas Merging”, which symbolizes the cultural diversity of the Afro-Cuban connection. González Escalona will also paint another mural “Together We Stand”, which brings together teen and adult men from the Highland Park and Hotchkiss communities at the Hotchkiss Community Center, 701 East Brookland Park Boulevard, beginning at 5 p.m on Monday, June 29. This project strives to cultivate a stronger community connection between the Ann Hardy and Hotchkiss community centers. Once completed, the final project will be hung at the Ann Hardy Community Center.

Spotlight Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information or to schedule a tour please call Shaunn Casselle at 646-6722. For more information about these projects, please call 646-3677.

Monday, June 8, 2015

USDA Summer Meals Begins June 15!

The USDA Summer Meals for Kids program hosted by the City Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities will begin serving summer meals on Monday, June 15 at more than 100 sites. The Summer Meals for Kids program provides children and teens (through the age of 18) nutritious breakfasts and lunches at selected sites during the summer months. These free meals are available by visiting any participating site at meal time. No registration is required.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe,
and Councilmember Chris Hilbert of the 3rd Voter District.

The Summer Meals for Kids program was established by the United States Department of Agriculture to ensure that children had access to healthy meals during the summer months. In the Richmond metro area, the program operates Monday through Friday, June 15 through August 28. 
“The goal of the USDA Summer Meals for Kids program is to ensure that no young person will be hungry this summer as many children may only obtain healthy meals during the school year,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.
For more information, please call (804) 646-5698. A complete list of participating sites can be found at .





Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Parks and Recreation Starts Summer Off With a Splash!

Looking for something to do this summer? The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities is sure to have an event or program to kick start your summer along with great activities for everyone in your family!

The department will start the 59th Annual Festival Arts on Sunday, June 7 with a Renaissance Fair at 4 p.m. at Dogwood Dell. The party atmosphere includes magicians, stilt walkers, and jugglers, and this is a fair for all ages.  At 8 p.m., the Henley Street Theatre will present “Romeo and Juliet” on the Dogwood Dell stage.

Beginning on Saturday, June 13, all City pools will be open for City residents. Week day hours are 1 to 8 p.m. with free swim available from 1 to 4:30 p.m., family time from 5 to 7 p.m. and adult swim from 7 to 8 p.m. Weekend hours for the outdoor pools are noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

On Monday, June 15, the USDA Summer Meals for Kids begins serving at more than 100 sites across the City of Richmond. The Summer Meals for Kids Program provides children and teens (through the age of 18) nutritious breakfasts and lunches during the summer months.

On Friday, June 19, residents are invited to join the department for the start of the 2015 Movies in the Park Series. The first movie in the series will be shown at Byrd Park at 8 p.m. A full schedule of the movie series is available at

On Sunday, June 21, the Adventure Recreation division will host the “Summer Solstice Float” in starting from the Huguenot Flatwater in James River Park. Participants are encouraged to bring their bathing suits and preferred means of transportation by water such as a canoe, raft, or kayak.

Monday, June 22 marks the beginning of the department’s youth summer camps and the CarMax Summer League. Both the “All Aboard” summer camp, for ages 6 to 12, and “Generation Z” teen camp, for ages 13 to 15, are full day camps that operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also specialty camps such as soccer, tennis, computer coding, and Lego that are available as half day camps. The CarMax Summer Basketball league games will be held at the Pine Camp Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, with games being played Monday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m.

For more information on these events and department sites and programs, please call (804) 646-5733 or visit

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Movies in the Park 2015

Join the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities our 2015 Movies in the Park series!

Our first movie of the year will begin on Friday, June 19 at Byrd Park, 600 S. Boulevard, 23221.

For more information or updates, please visit our Facebook page.