Thursday, May 26, 2011

Free Family Fishing Fair set for June 4

The department will hold a Family Fishing Fair on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at Shield’s Lake in Byrd Park. The event will be free and open to anyone five years old and older. No fishing license is required because it’s Virginia’s annual Free Fishing Weekend.
Local fishing experts will be on hand to teach basic freshwater catch-and-release fishing.
If you plan to attend, the department recommends that you bring water to drink and a folding chair. Also bring your own fishing poles and tackle if you have them. The department will have some poles and tackle available for use, but these will be limited to two per family.
Co-sponsoring the event with the department are Region 3 Bassmasters, Trout Unlimited, Virginia Fishing Adventures, Green Top Hunting & Fishing, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, and Chesterfield County.

Have Lunch Served on a Frisbee!

The Landing, the concession at Byrd Park, will open for business at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. It's located at Byrd Park’s Fountain Lake and offers pedal boat rides and food service throughout the summer months. It will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until dusk.
Pedal boat rides will cost $12 for 30 minutes, and food service will include hot dogs, hamburgers, barbeque, a wide variety of sandwiches, cold plates, sides, ice cream, and beverages - including Polar Shock Frozen Drinks! In addition, you can have your box lunch served in a box - or on Frisbee at no additional charge!
Visit for the complete menu or to order in advance. Ordering online in advance will have your order ready for pick up and can save time if you are on a limited lunch hour or on your way to a Festival of the Arts performance at Dogwood Dell. You can also contact Pete's for group rates.
The Festival of the Arts kicks off at Dogwood Dell on Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m. with big band and swing music by the Upper East Side Big Band. Watch for a copy of the complete Dogwood Dell schedule to be published on this website or call 804-646-DELL for program updates.

Monday, May 23, 2011

City to Hold Memorial Day Program at Carillon

The City of Richmond will hold its annual Memorial Day Program at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 30, at the Carillon in Byrd Park, 1300 Blanton Avenue.
This event is free to the public and open to all who wish to honor those who have served Virginia and the nation. The program will include a selection of patriotic music, presentation of a memorial wreath, and a concert on the Carillon bells by city Carillonneur Larry Robinson.
Retired veteran Dr. Dean Decker of the Richmond Memorial Rifle Squad will be the featured guest speaker, and he will present a program on the history of Memorial Day.
The 240-foot Carillon was built as a permanent memorial to the heroic efforts of Virginia’s World War I servicemen and servicewomen following the enactment of a World War Memorial Commission by the Virginia General Assembly in 1928.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Children Donate to Help Build Playgrounds

Children in the department's After School Program revealed yesterday that they raised $1,125 to help build playgrounds for children in Haiti and Afghanistan. The children made the announcement after sliding down a sliding board at the George Mason Elementary School Playground.
Each year, children in the program select a charity to support that helps other children and their families somewhere in the world. This year, the children decided to raise funds by selling coupon books for the International Childhood Enrichment Program (ICEP). ICEP notes that while the situations in Haiti and Afghanistan differ vastly, children in both countries have not had the opportunity to experience the spontaneous joy of playing. Building playgrounds gives these young people the opportunity to reclaim their childhood.
Richmond’s Chief Service Officer Paul Manning recognized the children for their donation as well as the After School Program for the values it teaches. “The program not only provides a safe place for children after school; it is grooming future residents and leaders to help Build a Better Richmond and a better world,” he said.
Dr. David B. Jones, a board member of ICEP and a professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Maine, was on hand to also recognize the children and accept the donation.
The department’s licensed After School Program currently serves 500 children at 20 elementary schools. In previous years, children in the program have raised funds to help build a merry-go-round that pumps water in an African village, purchase honey bees and bee hives for needy families to increase their agricultural yields and income, and provide solar cookers for women living in refugee camps in Chad so that they can feed their families and the orphaned children they adopt.
For more information on ICEP or to donate to help build playgrounds, visit

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Children to Reveal Donation to Help Build Playgrounds

WHO: Paul Manning, Chief Service Officer, City of Richmond
David B. Jones, Board Member, International Childhood Enrichment Program, and Associate Professor in Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Southern Maine
Charles Hester, After School Program Coordinator; Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities, City of Richmond
Children in the Richmond Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities’ After School Program

WHAT: A “Reveal” – After sliding down the sliding board on the school’s
playground, children in the Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’
After School Program will reveal the amount of money they have raised to donate to the International Childhood Enrichment Program to help build safe playgrounds for children in Afghanistan and Haiti.The public is invited to attend.

WHEN: 4 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2011

WHERE: George Mason Elementary School Playground
813 North 28th Street
(Rain location will be the school cafeteria)

Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities operates an After School Program at 20 elementary schools and a Before School Program at three elementary schools. Each year, children in these programs raise money to donate to a charity that helps other children around the world.

For more information, contact Christy Everson at 804-646-5944 or Tesha Davis at 804-646-3998.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Help Send Richmond's Children to Summer Camp

On Thursday, May 12, you can help send a Richmond child to summer camp, as well as hear some of your favorite music, by contributing to the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ annual Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Radiothon. Residents are asked to call (804) 521-8400 any time between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on May 12 to make a donation to the Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Campaign, and for any donation of $20 or more, the caller can have their favorite song played on KISS 105.7/ 99.3 FM or 92.1 FM. In addition, anyone who makes a donation for the full summer camp fee of $225 will receive two free tickets to the June 4th Stone Soul Music and Food Festival on Brown's Island.
All donations are tax deductable and will help pay for city children to have an exciting and educational summer camp experience. In return, callers will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have made a difference in the life of a Richmond child.
“These funds help us reach children in the city who often have few options for summer activities and need someone in their lives to steer them in the right direction,” said Dr. Carolyn Graham, deputy chief administrative officer for human services. “By donating to the radiothon, you are joining in the city’s efforts to help shape the future for these children and build a better city for all of us,” she said.
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ summer camp program offers nine weeks of structured activities for children ages 6 – 12 on Monday through Friday beginning June 27 and continuing through Aug. 26. Children enrolled in the camp are immersed in fun activities each day that include art and cultural enrichment, health and physical education, science and environmental education, and personal and social development as well as field trips. The camp is offered at 15 department community centers throughout the city and costs $225 per child for city residents; however, donations from the annual radiothon are used to provide scholarships for those who need them. It is part of the department’s promise to make the camp available to and affordable for all children in the city of Richmond.
Contributions to the Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Campaign also can be made on the Enrichmond website at, and checks made payable to Enrichmond/Send-A-Kid-to-Camp can be mailed to 900 E. Broad St., Suite 407, Richmond, Virginia 23219.
The annual radiothon is co-sponsored by the department, Radio One and Enrichmond, a non-profit foundation that partners with community groups to maintain, restore, preserve and improve Richmond’s public recreational resources.
For more information on the annual radiothon, call (804) 646-5733.