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 http://richmondvirginiaparks.blogspot.com/2015/05/movies-in-park-2015.html.

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 www.richmondgov.com/parks.

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.

Monday, May 18, 2015

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 25 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 contact the Dogwood Dell office at (804) 646-1031.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Help Send Richmond’s Children to Summer Camp!



On Thursday, May 14, residents of Central Virginia can help send a child from the city of Richmond to summer camp, as well as hear some of your favorite music by contributing to the City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities 8th annual Send a Kid to Camp radiothon.

Through the City’s partnership with Enrichmond and Radio One, residents can call (804) 521-8400 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 to donate. For a donation of $25 or more, the caller can have their favorite song played on KISS 99.3/105.7 FM or iPower 92.1 FM. Donations can also be accepted online at www.enrichmond.org/send-a-kid-to-camp.

All donations are tax deductible and will help pay for city children to attend one of the 12 summer camps across the city.

This year’s summer camp theme of “All Aboard” will bring campers an exciting and educational summer experience that will feature activities such as swim lessons, participation in the STEM summer program in partnership with the 4H Virginia Cooperative Extension, and how music has influenced our culture. 

“These funds help us reach children in the city who often have few constructive options for summer activities,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director for Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities. “By making a donation during the Send a Kid to Camp radiothon, you are helping with the city’s efforts to shape the future of our children.”

The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities summer camp programs offers nine weeks of structured activities for children ages 6 to 12, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The summer camp session begins on June 22 and ends on August 21, 2015. For city residents, the cost to send one child to camp is $250; however, the donations from the radiothon are used to provide scholarships for those who need them.

For more information about the Send a Kid to Camp radiothon or summer camp offerings, please call (804) 646-5733 or visit our website at www.richmondgov.com/parks .

Friday, May 1, 2015

Spotlight Gallery to Host Art and Poetry Exhibition



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host “Narratives: Telling Your Story, a community visual and poetic exhibition at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The exhibit will open on Friday, May 15 with a public reception and a sampling of spoken word poets performing in the theater from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until June 19, 2015.

"Celso" by Jackie Carrera
This mixed media show will feature artists from various backgrounds who choose to express their views with visual art or through spoken word. The spoken word component of Narratives: Telling Your Story will continue on Thursday, June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pine Camp. In addition to the exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery, artist Bukuru Nyandwi will have his art featured on the Community Art Wall. 

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 tours please contact Shaunn Casselle at (804) 646-6722.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Before and After School Program Hosts Extravaganza Talent Showcase



The City Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities Before and After School Program will host its annual Extravaganza Talent Showcase program on Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School located at 4100 West Grace Street.

This year’s program theme, Recycle Mania will showcase how we can use recyclable and/or reusable items to create some fun, crazy, and usable things. This activity will hopefully teach students how to preserve and protect our environment, think outside the box, and be creative. The program will give each of the ten participating program sites an opportunity to showcase student talents and skills developed during the school year. Students will exhibit keyboarding, dance, art, theatre, and percussion skills to name a few.

Each site will also design, create, and assemble a table display for public viewing at City Hall. This display will showcase what students enrolled in the Before and After School Program have done during their time in the program. The displays can be viewed from May 4-8, 2015.               

For more information, please contact Deidre Davis at 646-5094.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Summer Positions with PRCF!


The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities is now accepting applications for the following summer positions:

  • Maintenance Work 1 (Cemeteries and Parks)
  • Life Guards (Community Pools)
  • Recreation Instructor 1 (Community Centers)
  • Recreation Aides (Federal Foods Summer Program)
  • Event Production Workers (Dogwood Dell)
Applications can be downloaded and returned to Melody McCormick via email at Melody.McCormick@richmondgov.com or mail to 1209 Admiral Street, Richmond, VA 23220.