Wednesday, April 16, 2014

City Offices Closed for Spring Holiday/Good Friday

City government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Friday, April 18, 2014 for Spring Holiday/Good Friday. City offices will open at normal business hours on Monday, April 21, 2014.

This closure includes all branches of Richmond Public Libraries and all City community centers. All City community centers will be closed on Saturday, April 19 and will reopen at their regular operating hours on April 21. All branches of the Richmond Public Libraries will open at their regular operating hours on April 19.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on April 18. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on April 19.

Residential trash collection will not be impacted by this closure.

 For more information on City services and schedules, please visit


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Celebrate Spring!!!!

The Depatment of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities will celebrate the arrival of spring with community based festivals on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Festivals will include events such as an egg hunt, face painting (at some locations), arts and crafts, and much more!

All festivals are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the individual community center.

Community Center
Contact Phone
Battery Park and Calhoun
2803 Dupont Circle
4:30-7 p.m.
(804) 646-0944
1800 Lynhaven Avenue
4:30-7 p.m.
(804) 646-8235
Blackwell and Broad Rock
300 East 15th Street
4:30-6:30 p.m.
(804) 646-8630
Creighton, Mosby, and Whitcomb at Chimborazo Park
3200 East Broad Street
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
(804) 646-4511
Hickory Hill
3000 East Belt Blvd
5-8 p.m.
(804) 646-7934
701 East Brookland Park Blvd.
4:30-7 p.m.
(804) 646-4466
Humphrey Calder
414 North Thompson Street
4:30-7 p.m.
(804) 646-1780
Powhatan Hill
5051 Northhampton Street
5:30-7:30 p.m.
(804) 646-0973
1415 Grayland Avenue
4:30-7 p.m.
(804) 646-1080
TB Smith
2015 Ruffin Road
4:30-7 p.m.
(804) 646-8490

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Department of Parks and Recreation to Host Skills Clinic and Season Opening Tournament

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will kick off the 2014 youth baseball and softball season with a player’s clinic at Henderson Complex, 500 Forest Lawn Drive, from 10 a.m. to noon.  This event was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 5, but has been changed to Saturday, April 12. Open to all baseball and softball players ages 8 – 15, participants will be taught the basics of catching, hitting, fielding, and base running. Immediately following the players clinic, the Department will host the 1st Annual Kick Off Classic.

“This is a great opportunity for our youth to learn more about the game of baseball and softball.  It will be a day of learning as well as a day of fun,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities. “Hosting a tournament is a great occasion for our youth to showcase the baseball and softball skills that they have been practicing over the last few weeks. The game of baseball and softball are teaching our youth team work and good sportsmanship; as well as teaching them the importance of physical activity.”

The clinic is free and open to all. For more information, please contact Wallace Parham at (804) 646-8235 or Kimberly Morgan at (804) 646-1175.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

City to Feature Two Exhibits for Women’s History Month

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities is hosting two art exhibits in celebration of Women’s History Month. Fired and Inspired: The Art of Ceramics is an exhibit featuring both functional and sculptural pottery. Hand- built and wheel -thrown objects and works with a large variety of clay types, glazes, processes and firing techniques will be on display from artists Carren Clarke-McAdoo, Kathryn Reid, and Leslie Messersmith in the Spotlight Gallery at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center located at 4901 Old Brooks Road.

The second exhibit is Vivid Colors in Acrylics: Paintings by Faithe Norrell. Norrell is a self-taught artist known for her use of vibrant colors. Her most recent works to be featured include cityscapes, floral still lifes and abstracts. These paintings will also be on display at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center on the Community Art Wall.

The exhibits opened on Friday, March 7, 2014 and will run through Friday, April 18, 2014 with hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.  A reception and gallery talk is to be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 6 – 8p.m.  

These exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information on the exhibits or to schedule tours, please contact Art Outreach Coordinator, Shaunn Casselle at (804) 646-6722.

Fired and Inspired: The Art of Ceramics

Vivid Colors in Acrylics

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Great Blue Heron Rookery Walks Begin This Weekend!

The Virginia Audubon Council, Richmond Audubon Society, and the City of Richmond’s James River Park System have partnered for the 2014 Great Blue Heron Rookery walks. The walks have been scheduled for Saturday, March 8, March 22, April 5, and April 12 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and will begin at the James River Park Pipeline Walk located at South 12th Street. There is also an afternoon walk scheduled for Saturday April 26, 2014 from 3 to 5 p.m. in celebration of Earth Day.

The Great Blue Herons will, throughout the spring, be courting, nest-building and breeding in preparation for egg-laying and raising their chicks. Every walk will bring its own set of sights and sounds for the whole family to enjoy! It is suggested to bring binoculars to be able to see the herons up close.

This event has a $5 charge per walk, per person for the benefit of the Virginia Audubon Council and the Richmond Audubon. Participants are being asked to meet in the grassy area west of 14th Street.  Parking is available on a first come, first serve basis in the lot that is closest to the Rookery in Shockhoe Bottom.
Please contact for more information. Those interested can also find out more information at .

Friday, February 21, 2014

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities Announces Urban Agriculture Classes

Join the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Communitiy Facilities for the Urban Agriculture Learning Series.  Classes are scheduled to begin on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. 

The full schedule is listed below.

February 22:  
    Duron Chavis of Happy Natural Day presenting “Economic Impacts of Urban Farming
    Victoria Campbell presenting “Preparing the Urban Land for Crop Production

March 1:
    David Stover presenting “Beekeeping”  
    Jan Thomas of the Richmond Tree Stewards presenting “Caring for Your Fruit Trees

March 8:
    Ellen Shepard of Lynwood Holton Elementary presenting “Developing School Gardens
    Lisa Taranto of Keelona Farm presenting “Organic Insect Control

March 15:
    Kristi Orcutt from Lewis Ginter Botanical GardensHow to Get Your Garden to Grow
    Sean Sheppard of Backyard Farmers presenting “Sustainable Agriculture as an Entrepreneurial Opportunity” 

 March 22:
    Bruno Welsh of CompostRVA with “Composting
    Cheryl Crawford with “Fundamentals of Preserving Your Garden Crops

 March 29:
    John Lewis of Renew Richmond presenting “Vermiculture –Worms
   Ana Edwards presenting “Cooking What You Grow

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

City of Richmond Announces Closures for Inclement Weather

Due to the anticipated inclement weather, City of Richmond Administration has announced the release all non-essential employees at 4 p.m. All Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facility activities scheduled for Wednesday February 12, 2014 are cancelled for this evening.

Please visit or call 3-1-1 for updates on City services and potential closures for Thursday February 13, 2014. 

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