Thursday, January 21, 2016

To Sir...With Love



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host a group art exhibit featuring area African-American artists at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The art exhibit titled “To Sir With Love: African-American Male as Subject” will open on Feb 5, 2016 with a Meet the Artists reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Spotlight Gallery exhibit will be on display until March 4.  

This exhibition will feature images of African-American males in various media including photography, ceramics, paintings, textile art, and more.
"Promise" by David Marion

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, November 30, 2015

Home for the Holidays ~ "The Night Before"



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities is proud to present Home for the Holidays ~ “The Night Before” which is a dance adaptation of the famous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Altria Theater. The show will begin at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so it is suggested to arrive early.

The show will feature participants enrolled in the department’s dance classes, as well as the City Dance Theatre.

“Guaranteed to be a fun filled afternoon, Home for the Holidays ~ “The Night Before” is a great showcase of talent that will appeal to all ages,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, Director of the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.

For more information, please call (804) 646-3677.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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, Nov. 21 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Avenue. 

“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 Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, 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.”


9:30 a.m.
Southside vs. Whitcomb (Junior)
11 a.m.
Battery Park vs. Hillside (Midget)
12:30 p.m.
Battery Park vs. Hotchkiss (Pee Wee)
2 p.m.
Powhatan vs. Hotchkiss (JV Pee Wee)
3:30 p.m.
Southside vs. Battery Park (Flag)

 
The Hotchkiss Eagles will be making their second championship appearance in the JV Pee Wee division. The Eagles won the 2014 championship 6 to 0 against the Battery Park Vikings. This is the first championship appearance for the Southside Ducks and the Hillside Hawks.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

City Youth Tackle Football Playoffs Begin November 7



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’  youth tackle football playoffs will kick off Saturday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m. Games will be hosted at community center sites as well as at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, 2401 West Leigh Street. The department’s cheerleaders, who will be competing in their own championship event on Thursday, November 5 at the Richmond Coliseum at 6 p.m., will also be in attendance to engage the crowd.

TB Smith Seahawks vs. Battery Park Vikings
2014
“These players have played a great season and I am looking forward to seeing them play for the championship in their respective divisions. We should all be proud at this moment,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, 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 understood the basics of the game and how to work together as a team.”

The game schedule can be found on the department’s Facebook page Richmond VA Parks and Recreation as well as the department’s webpage. The public is invited to attend the games at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, but please note that no smoking, personal food, or drinks are allowed at the facility; however vendors will be onsite selling food, sodas and water in the concession area. Parking is available on West Leigh Street, and spectators will need to bring their own seating.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Spotlight Gallery to Host Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host “La Vida” in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The exhibit will open on Friday, October 9 with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until Friday, November 20, 2015.

Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Women in Arts organization, the exhibit will celebrate and feature the talents of several artists of Hispanic descent. “La Vida”, which means “life”, encompasses the artistic expression and showcases the broad contribution of Hispanic culture to North America.

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.

 

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.