Thursday, November 17, 2016

Youth Tackle Football Championship Set



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host its tackle and flag football championship games on Saturday, November 19 beginning at 9 a.m. at City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Avenue. 

Battery Park vs. Westover Midgets
October 22, 2016
“These players have played a great season and I am looking forward to seeing them play their last game of the season. I hope the entire community comes out to support all of the teams,” said Deborah Morton, interim director of the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.  “Our coaches, both site staff and volunteers, have taken the time all season to ensure that these players understand the basics of the game and how to work together as a team.”

9 a.m.
Battery Park vs. Bellemeade (Flag)
10 a.m.
Creighton/Whitcomb vs. Southside (Junior)
11:30 a.m.
Westover vs. Reid (Midget)
1 p.m.
Battery Park vs. Hotchkiss (Pee Wee)
2:30 p.m.
Southside vs. Reid (JV Pee Wee)

The Southside Ducks will be defending their championship title from 2015 in the Junior division. The Battery Park Vikings are the defending champions from 2015 in the Flag and Pee Wee divisions.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

City to Hold Free Veterans Day Program


The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host a Veterans Day commemoration program featuring local historian Kitty Snow and a performance on the Carillon Bells by carillonneur Lawrence Robinson on Friday, November 11 beginning at 2 p.m. This event will be held at the World War I Memorial Carillon located in Byrd Park 1300 Blanton Avenue.

Ms. Snow will be presenting excerpts from her book “From Richmond to France…Images of Our Soldiers and Our City in World War I.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information regarding the performances, please call (804) 646-1031.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Spotlight Gallery to Host “Arte!” During Hispanic Heritage Month



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host “Arte! in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The exhibit will open on Friday, September 16 with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until Friday, October 21.
Fabian Ramirez installing his new sculpture

Arte!” which means “art”, will include pieces from contemporary artists Josue Fred, Helene Ruiz, and Juan Carlos Suazo. Pieces to be displayed will include abstract paintings, sculptures, masks, mixed media, and more.

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 details on this exhibit or to schedule a tour please call Shaunn Casselle, curator at 646-6722

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Spotlight Gallery to Host “Through the Eyes of a Foster Child”



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities in collaboration with Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC) will host an exhibit at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The Spotlight Gallery exhibit titled “Through the Eyes of a Foster Child” will open on August 26 with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Spotlight Gallery exhibit will be on display until September 9 when it will close with a poetry reading inspired by the exhibit.

The art exhibited will represent works by children who are or have been part of the CCC Foster Care services. “The exhibited works will express the themes of family, love, friends, freedom and hope through a variety of mediums,” says Bebe Tran, coordinator of the project and CCC Foster Parent Specialist. “Our youth budding youth artists were able to choose from creative writing, painting, drawing, sculpture, 3-D art, or photography to produce their works of art.”
"Family" by Muzehe

Spotlight Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Shaunn Casselle at (804) 646-6722.

Friday, July 22, 2016

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



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will hold its 10th Annual CarMax Summer Basketball League championship games on Tuesday, July 26 at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road and Wednesday, July 27, at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 West Broad Street.

The league provides hundred of city children, ages 10 to 17, the opportunity to play organized basketball throughout the summer. The league received a $100,000 grant this year from the CarMax Foundation.

The championship games at Pine Camp and the Siegel Center will be free to the public and events will tip off at 6 p.m. U-14 and U-17 division games will be played on Tuesday at Pine Camp. U-10 and U-12 will be played at the Siegel Center on Wednesday with a special alumni game to be played at 7:45 p.m.

Since 2007, the CarMax Foundation has given nearly one million dollars 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.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Bryan Park to Remain Closed Through July 8



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will continue to keep Bryan Park closed to all visitors through Friday, July 8. Cleanup from the major thunderstorms that hit the Richmond region two weeks ago will continue. Heavy equipment will be used throughout the park, on roads, and the parking lots to continue cleaning up remaining tree debris. “We ask, for everyone’s safety, that you do not visit Bryan Park while cleanup is occurring or remove the signage stating that the park is closed,” said Norman C. Merrifield, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “We invite everyone to visit one of our other many parks during the week,” Merrifield continued.

 For further information, please check the department’s Facebook page at Richmond VA Parks and Recreation.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Annual Commemoration of Memorial Day with Free Music in the Park



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host its annual Memorial Day Concert on Monday, May 30 at Byrd Park. Beginning at 4 p.m. at the World War I Memorial Carillon, the city carillonneur Larry Robinson will pay tribute to our nation’s veterans through the ringing of the Carillon Bells, followed by a concert from The Virginians Barbershop Chorus. Mr. Robinson is a dedicated musician who has made the Carillon bells his vocation for more than 50 years.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (804) 646-1031 or 804-646-3680.