Friday, July 16, 2010

Free Park Festival July 18

July 16, 2010 What could be better than spending a Sunday afternoon in the park with family and friends? Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City Council President Kathy Graziano, Friends of Forest Hill Park and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities invite you to do just that on Sunday, July 18, from noon until 4 p.m., in Forest Hill Park at the annual Sunday in the Park with Friends.

This free family festival will explode with balloons, bubbles, bounces, bands and bikes, as families are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the park. Dogs are welcome, but they must be leashed at all times.

Free snow cones, ice cream, watermelon and water will be provided, as well as fun, park games and activities for both children and adults, including face painting, clowns, an inflated carousel bounce, sack races, carnival games, and a corn pool.

A new addition to the festival this year is a bike rodeo sponsored by the Richmond Police Department, RA-MORE off-road bike enthusiasts, and several local businesses. The bike rodeo is designed to teach young people and first time bicycle riders safety and riding skills.

The rodeo is for children ages 5 to 12, and written parental permission is required. Participants should bring their own bicycles and register at Shelter #2 by noon Sunday. The park’s bicycle patrol officer Stacy Rogers will donate as many as 200 bike helmets, provide bicycle inspections and safety checks, and will use several bike courses to teach riding and safety skills.

Tours of the historic Stone House and the newly-restored lake are scheduled, and a golf cart shuttle will make the lake accessible to everyone. Visitors will also be able to view displays about the park’s history, the environment, conservation, and the lake renovation project. The Richmond Police Department, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, and the Sheriff’s Departments will all be on hand.

Sponsors for the festival include the city of Richmond, Dominion Virginia Power, Mead Westvaco, Forest Hill and Westover Hills neighborhood associations, WalMart, Sheriff C. T. Woody, Good Shepherd Elementary School, Westover Hills Library Assistance Group, Riverside Outfitters-True Timber, Central Virginia Waste Management Authority, Clown Alley #3, and the South of the James Market.

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Theme Park Tickets Available at Reduced Prices

July 16, 2010 The department is selling discounted tickets to Kings Dominion, Water Country USA and Busch Gardens. Prices range from $28 to $54, depending on the park, the date attending and the age of the user.

Tickets can be purchased Monday through Friday through September 3, from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 308 of the Landmark Theater at 6 N. Laurel St. Ticket purchasers should enter through the glass door in the alley between the Landmark and Grace and Holy Trinity Church next door.

Kings Dominion tickets for visitors age 3 to 61 and valid through August 6 are $31. Thereafter, Kings Dominion tickets for visitors age 3 to 61 are $42.

Water Country tickets are $28 for visitors age 3 to 9 and $35 for visitors age 10 and older and are valid through Sept. 6.

Busch Gardens tickets are $38 for visitors age 3 to 9 and $48 for visitors age 10 and older and are valid through Sept. 6. Thereafter, they are $44 for visitors age 3 to 9 and $54 for visitors age 10 and older.

Tickets must be purchased with a cashier’s check or money order.

For purchases of 25 or more tickets, one day’s notice is required. Payment in full is due when the tickets are picked up. Tickets can be mailed in a self-addressed stamped envelope if requested one week prior to the date they are needed.

For more information, call 646-6934 or 646-6067 or e-mail

The tickets are made available to local park and recreation departments by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. The city of Richmond does not profit from ticket sales. All sales are final.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

‘Star Trek’ to Show Friday in Abner Clay Park

July 7, 2010
The department will show the 2009 movie, “Star Trek,” Friday, July 9, at 8:30 p.m. in Abner Clay Park as part of its summer Friday Pictures in the Park series.
The movies is free to attend, and popcorn, cotton candy and drinks will be given away for as long as they last. Bring a blanket or chair if you plan to attend.

In addition, come early dressed as a character from Star Trek to participate in a costume contest. There will be one contest for youth age 17 and younger at 7:30 p.m. and another contest for adults 18 and older at 8 p.m. Prizes for first, second, and third place will be awarded in each competition.

Abner Clay Park is located downtown between the 200 block of West Leigh and West Clay streets on Brook Road.

Upcoming movies in the series include “Planet 51” July 16 at Mary Mumford Playground, “The Blind Side” July 23 at Blackwell Community Center, “Monsters vs. Aliens” July 30 at Jefferson Hill Park, “This is It” Aug. 6 at Broad Rock Sports Complex, “Fame” Aug. 13 at Chimborazo Park, “G-Force” Aug. 20 at Hotchkiss Community Center, and “The Princess and the Frog” Aug. 27 at Forest Hill Park. Costume contests will also be held in conjunction with “This is It” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

For more information, call (804) 646-5733.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mayor Announces Public Boating on Several City Lakes

July 1, 2010 - Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today an enhancement to several city parks by allowing non-powered watercraft on three city park lakes. Beginning today, visitors will be allowed to boat on Shields Lake and Swan Lake in William Byrd Park and on Forest Hill Lake in Forest Hill Park.

“I believe residents will enjoy boating on these city lakes as it highlights the aesthetic beauty of our city parks as well as aids in promoting fitness in our city,” said Mayor Jones. “A city’s greatness cannot be measured without including its parks and green spaces, and this added activity highlights the numerous amenities of the already great park system we have here in the city of Richmond. I would like to thank the city’s department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities for implementing this initiative which allows residents and visitors to our city, enhanced access to the city’s parks and lakes.”

The use of non-powered watercraft provides park boaters the opportunity to view the beauty of city’s parks from a different perspective. Paddling and rowing are activities that require the engagement of multiple muscle groups and which helps tone muscles and reduce body weight.

Boaters should use caution as they enter their boats into the water and adhere to the following rules when boating in city lakes:

- Non-powered watercraft only (examples include canoes, row boats, sailfish boats, dinghies and kayaks).
- Inflated tubes are not allowed.
- Powered watercraft (jet skis, wave runners, electric motors, outboards, etc) are not allowed.
- No boats over 13 feet in length.
- No glass containers allowed.
- Lakes close at sunset and open at sunrise daily from April 1 to Nov.30. Lakes are closed at all other times.
- Persons under age 13 must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.
- Watercraft must be carried to the shore or may be launched from designated areas. No vehicle trailers allowed.
- No diving or swimming is allowed.
- Boaters and passengers assume all risk.