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.

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 (PRCF) 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 60th Annual Festival of the Arts on Saturday, June 3 with the Richmond Ballet performing at the Dogwood Dell stage. This free performance will feature exciting performances from the professional company as well as the Minds in Motion outreach program.

On Friday, June 17, residents are invited to join PRCF for the start of the 2016 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

Beginning on Saturday, June 18, 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 20, 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. The CarMax Summer basketball league hosted at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, also begins on June 20. Games are played Monday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m.

Monday, June 27 marks the beginning of PRCF’s youth summer camps. Both the “Up, Up and Away” 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, and Lego that are available as half day camps.

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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

City of Richmond Recognized as 2016 Playful City USA

The City of Richmond received KaBOOM’s designation as a 2016 Playful City USA.  This designation, the first of its kind for the city, is the result of a partnership between the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PCRF), the Capital Region Collaborative, and Active RVA - a program of Sports Backers. KaBOOM’s national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playful.

“This recognition is a great accomplishment as we continue to grow and highlight the abundant recreational opportunities available in Richmond.  Playability adds to the quality of life for all members of our community, and especially families,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Playful City USA is a national recognition program that honors cities and towns across the country for taking bold steps to ensure that children in their communities, particularly kids from low income families, obtain the balanced and active play they need to thrive. Cities and towns, along with leaders from every sector working together, have the power to turn play spaces, and all spaces, into transformative theaters of activity, inspiration, and discovery.

As one of KaBOOM’s corporate partners, this designation brings the award home for Richmond’s CarMax.  "We are proud to partner with KaBOOM! and are excited that our hometown is receiving this designation," said Craig Cronheim, president of The CarMax Foundation.  "We look forward to continuing to work with KaBOOM! to ensure that all kids have a childhood filled with balance and active play, here in Richmond, and across the country. "

The City of Richmond was chosen as a Playful City, USA because of its dedication to a healthier community through its natural resources, partnerships, and innovative programs.  With assets such as the James River Park System, PCRF’s CarMax Summer Basketball League, the ARCPark, the Children’s Museum, and this weekend’s Dominion Riverrock festival, Richmond’s opportunities for activity and play are better than ever.

“Play is far more than just entertainment and leisure. It’s a fundamental component of a thriving community,” said Ashley Hall, Manager of the Capital Region Collaborative. “In a playable environment, children’s creative adventures on the playground create a foundation for classroom learning. For adults and families, play creates connections, expands social networks, and helps to build stronger and safer neighborhoods. We’re proud to join the commitment to playability, which connects across our region’s eight priority areas – from education and quality place, to the James River and healthy communities.”

Active RVA’s Director, Jeff McIntyre, states “Active play is crucial to the well-being of kids, families, and their communities.  By integrating play into cities, play provides a competitive advantage for cities looking to attract and retain residents.  We are proud of Richmond’s designation as a Playful City USA and are committed to providing opportunities for all members of the Richmond community to play and be more active.” 

As a Playful City USA, Richmond will receive gateway road signs, policy tools that leverage up-to-date city data and play space mapping data, and access to grants that support increasing opportunities for play.

To learn more and see the full list of communities named 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit