Friday, August 27, 2010

Outdoor movie, costume contest at Forest Hill Park

The department will show the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog” on Friday, August 27, in Forest Hill Park. Forest Hill Park is located at 4021 Forest Hill Ave. The movie is the final installment of the season in the department’s free outdoor family entertainment series, Friday Pictures in the Park.

The movie will begin at 8:30 p.m., and will be preceded by a prince and princess costume contest for children 12 years old and younger which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners of the contest.

Both the contest and the movie are free, and free popcorn will be provided while supplies last.

Those planning to attend are reminded to bring blankets or chairs to sit on and their own water or soft drinks to go with the free popcorn.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Richmond Children Can Send a Message to the Future

City children are invited to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bryan Park by writing a letter or sending their artwork to the future.

Children who live in the city of Richmond and are in kindergarten through 12th grade can submit a letter or a drawing for possible inclusion in a time capsule that will be buried in Bryan Park on Sept. 25 during the park’s centennial celebration.

In their letters, children should give their age and tell the park’s future visitors about themselves, their family, the neighborhood where they live, what they like to do and where they like to go in Richmond and why. Children can also write about what they think the future will be like in 100 years. All letters should be signed with names and addresses.

Children can also submit drawings of themselves, their family, friends, house, neighborhood, or someplace in or around the city of Richmond, or a drawing of what they think Richmond will look like in 100 years. All drawings must be on 8½ by 11-inch paper and include name, age, and address.

Children can also send suggestions for items to be included in the capsule.

A panel of judges will select the items to be included in the time capsule.

The deadline for entries and suggestions is Sept. 10. All entries should be mailed to: FoBP Time Capsule Contest, P.O. Box 15481, Richmond, VA 23227-5481.

For more information, e-mail

Bryan Park Centennial Celebration Set for Sept. 25

Join the department and the Friends of Bryan Park in the centennial celebration for Joseph Bryan Park on Saturday, Sept. 25, from noon to 6 p.m. in the park.

The celebration will feature food, live music, children’s activities, and a wide variety of vendors and exhibitors, including local artists, non-profit organizations, and environmental groups.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and other dignitaries will provide opening remarks at 12:30 p.m., while Susan Greenbaum, the Chris Adams Band, and the Bopcats will provide the musical entertainment at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. In addition, the Richmond Raiders professional indoor football team will be on hand to meet the public, and the Lady Raiders Dance Team will perform.

Arts and crafts, a tree climb, a moon bounce, a fire truck, Richmond's mounted police, and the SPCA's walk-through Tail Wagon will be available for children to enjoy. The RVA Hoop Lovers will provide hula hoop fun, and the Richmond SEAL physical training team will hold a tug-of-war.

One highlight of the day will be the burial of a time capsule in the park. Richmond children in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit a letter or poster for possible inclusion in the time capsule and to make suggestions for items to be included. For complete information on the time capsule, visit or e-mail

The 262 acres, now known as Bryan Park, were given to the city of Richmond 100 years ago in January 1910 by Isobel “Belle” Lamont Stewart Bryan and her five sons to be used as a public park in memory of her late husband Joseph Bryan. Come help us celebrate the park's 110 years.

Friday, August 6, 2010

City Youth to Attend National "Traditions" Golf Tournament

Seven young Richmond golfers will participate in a national tournament in Bloomington, Indiana Aug.7 - Aug.8. They range between the ages of 13 and 15 and are participants in the Department's Challenge Golf League held at The First Tee of Richmond.

The Enrichmond Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports parks and recreation programs throughout the city, raised the funds to cover the cost of the young golfer's travel and tournament play.

The Traditions of Golf Challenge is an annual event that combines playing scores with the rules and etiquette of the game and knowledge of golf's history. Each team's score from their round of golf is combined with their "Traditions of Golf" score to determine the overall champion of the two-day tournament. Knowing what to do after a ball has splashed into a lateral water hazard and how to properly repair a ball mark are just as important as sinking birdie putts.

This is the 12th year that teams from the United States, Canada and Mexico have come together to test not only their golf skills but their knowledge of the game.

The players representing the City of Richmond include: William Redford, Aaron Green, Geoffrey Gill, Mary Ann Gill, Noah Barboza, Quantae Robinson, and Rodney Green. Their coaches are Donald Coleman and Raiford Beasley. According to Coleman, the seven youth were selected based on their skills, attendance record, attitude on the course, and overall coachability. Half of the team has never traveled on a plane nor competed in a tournament.

For more information about the tournament or the Challenge Golf League please contact Noel McKenzie, Executive Director of the Enrichmond Foundation, at 804-405-3366.

Department to Hold Ed Perry Football Camp for Children

Approximately 200 Richmond children will have the opportunity to learn some football and life fundamentals, next week under the instruction of former National Football League (NFL) player Ed Perry. Perry, who was born in Richmond, also played football at Highland Springs High School and James Madison University before being drafted by the NFL’s Miami Dolphins in 1997.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities and Open Arms Child Development Center have partnered to offer the Ed Perry Football Camp to children, who range in age from 9 years old to 14 years old, for free. The camp will be held at City Stadium Aug. 9 – 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The goal of the camp is to inspire the children to become better athletes as well as to provide them with instruction in life skills. Each day of the camp will include training on basic offensive and defensive football skills, followed by a 30-minute life-skills session covering topics such as nutrition, conditioning and character development.

The Open Arms Child Development Center is a non-profit organization that provides services for at-risk children and families.

Media are invited to visit the camp at any time.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Department to show Michael Jackson movie, hold dance contests

Aug. 5, 2010 - The Department will show Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” Friday, Aug. 6, at its Broad Rock Sports Complex as part of its free Friday Pictures in the Park series of outdoor family entertainment. Broad Rock Sports Complex is located at 4801 Old Warwick Rd.

The movie, which will begin at 8:30 p.m., will be preceded by a Michael Jackson dance contests for children and teens at 7 p.m. and for adults at 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in each contest.

Both the contests and movie are free, and free popcorn will be provided for the movie as well.

The public is encouraged to dress the part and participate in the dance contests, and to bring blankets, chairs and water or soft drinks to enjoy the movie.

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