Friday, December 20, 2013

City of Richmond Announces Holiday Schedule

City government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, December 23, Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Thursday, December 26, 2013. This closing includes all branches of the Richmond Public Libraries, which will open on their normal schedule Saturday, December 21, but are closed December 23 – 25.

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will open the following locations from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 26 through Friday, January 3, 2014, with the exception of Sunday, December 29, Wednesday, January 1, and Sunday, January 5.

Battery Park Community Center                           2803 Dupont Circle
Bellemeade Community Center                          1800 Lynnhaven Avenue
Blackwell Community Center                               300 East 15th Street
Hickory Hill Community Center                            3000 East Belt Boulevard
Hotchkiss Community Center                              701 East Brookland Park Boulevard
Humphrey Calder Community Center                 414 North Thompson Street
Powhatan Community Center                              5051 Northampton Street
Randolph Community Center                               1415 Grayland Avenue

All sites will resume normal hours on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Refuse collection will follow its normal schedule for December 23 and December 24; however no collection will occur on December 25. Refuse collection will resume on Thursday, December 26 and continue through Friday, December 27.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed December 23 - 25. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Thursday, December 26.

Richmond Animal Care and Control (RAC&C) is normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and will also be closed on Wednesday, December 25. RAC&C will operate using their regular adoption hours throughout the remainder of the holiday season.

For more information on City services and schedules, please visit

Monday, December 16, 2013

Randolph Community Center Presents: "Bak n da Day" Concert Cafe

Join the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities as we continue celebrating the holiday season with local singing group "Bak n da Day."  

Friday, December 13, 2013

Celebrate the Holiday Season!

Carols at Noon is a free holiday concert series in partnership with Richmond Public Schools.  Featuring school choirs from across the city, each concert is expected to last approximately 20 minutes.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

City to Host Annual Holiday Opera

The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities will host the beloved children’s opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Sunday, December 8 at 4 p.m. at the Landmark Theater located at 6 North Laurel Street.

One of Richmond’s longest running traditions; the Department has offered free performances of this opera since the 1960s.  Pegged as the unofficial kick-off to the holiday festivities in the Richmond area, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” is perhaps the most recognized holiday opera experience for children of all ages. “This outstanding production exposes youngsters and adults to the medium of opera and brings together diverse communities to share in a common holiday tradition,” says Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.

The opera was written in 1951 by Gian-Carlo Menotti and focuses on Amahl, a young peasant shepherd boy with a talent for embellishing fact with a varnish of fantasy.  As the opera opens, Amahl is very excited because he has seen a truly strange and wondrous star outside, one with a long tail the likes of which he has never seen. His Mother dismisses his news, but a knock on their door reveals three kings who are following that very star.  The story unfolds as shepherds come from far and near to observe the visitors, and ultimately leads to the magic of a Christmas miracle.

Staging director George C. Macklin, Jr. will be retiring after a 49-year affiliation with the production, having started as King Balthazar before taking over the director’s chair.  He is joined by assistant director Charmaine McGilvary and music director Diana Covington Greer.  Principal cast members include Matthew Barbieri as Amahl, Bekah Hughes Davis as his Mother, J. David Clatterbuck, Raymond Elmore, and Ben Miller as the Kings Kaspar, Balthazar, and Melchior respectively, and Stanley Fountain as the Page.

This event is free to the public.  Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and no reservations are necessary. For more information, please call (804) 646-1031.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Program to Feature Richmond in the 1900s

The department will give the public the opportunity to meet the great granddaughter of Harris Stilson and see Richmond as never before through the photos he took as a street car driver in the early 1900s.
     This Afternoon of History and Remembrance will take place on Friday, November 15, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the department’s Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, located at 4901 Old Brook Road on Richmond’s Northside. Kitty Snow, Stilson’s great granddaughter and author of the recently published book, “From a Richmond Streetcar: Life through the lens of Harris Stilson,” will tell the story of Mr. Stilson and show a collection of his photos. Following the presentation, Ms. Snow will open the session for questions and answers.  
     If you are interested in seeing Richmond as it was in the early 1900s, this is an event you won’t want to miss. It’s free to attend and no registration is required.
     The department will hold a second event featuring Ms. Snow on February 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pine Camp. While her first program at Pine Camp will have a wide focus on the City of Richmond, during her second presentation, she will focus primarily on Jackson Ward in the early 1900s.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Ceremony to Celebrate Completion of Great Shiplock Park Trailhead

 Virginia Capital Trail Reaches Another Milestone —
Great Shiplock Park Trailhead Completed
Ceremony Also Highlights Revitalization of Chapel Island and Advancement of Riverfront Plan

WHAT:           Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Virginia Capital Trail western trailhead at Great Shiplock Park and revitalization of Chapel Island
WHO:             Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City of Richmond
                        Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council, 7th District
                        Charles Donato, Board of Directors Chairman, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
                        Dr. Norman Merrifield, Director, Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities

WHEN:          Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 2 p.m.
WHERE:        Great Shiplock Park
                        2603 Dock Street
                        Richmond, VA 23223


The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and the City of Richmond jointly announce a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Virginia Capital Trail western trailhead at Great Shiplock Park. The ceremony will also highlight the revitalization of Chapel Island, to include the addition of a non-motorized boat launch, a half-mile trail, and significantly-enhanced access to the 5.6 acres of riverfront parkland. Tours of both Great Shiplock Park and Chapel Island will be available after the ceremony.

Parking will not be available at Great Shiplock Park. Parking is available along both sides of Pear Street, and at the parking lots for the River Lofts at Tobacco Row along Dock Street.


Beth Weisbrod                                              Jay Ell Vaughn
Executive Director                                         Marketing and Public Relations Specialist        
Virginia Capital Trail Foundation                   City of Richmond                
804-788-6455                                                804-646-4642
Barbara Jacocks
Principal Planner
Richmond Regional Planning District Commission



Monday, October 7, 2013

Singers of All Ages Wanted for Holiday Performance

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will hold auditions for its 52nd  production of the holiday operetta “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” The production is scheduled for December 8 at the Landmark Theatre. Director George Macklin Jr. and Musical Director Diana Covington Greer are looking for singers of all vocal ranges for the shepherds’ chorus.
     Auditions will be held on Monday, October 14, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the department’s Pine Camp Arts and Community Center located at 4901 Old Brook Road. To audition, please prepare 12 bars of a song that best showcases your ability. Accompanist will be provided.
     Rehearsals for the holiday performance will begin immediately after casting. No performers will be paid. 
     For more information, call (804) 646-1031.




Thursday, September 26, 2013

One More Movie in the Park

The department will give the public one more chance to enjoy a free movie in the park before fall finally hits. On Friday, Oct. 4, the department will show “Wreck-It Ralph” in Byrd Park.
     The animated Disney movie features the loveable Ralph, a video game villain, who after 30 years is tired of always being the bad guy and longs to be the hero for a change. He sets out to fulfill his dream, but in his quest he brings havoc to the whole arcade in which he lives. This PG-rated film is sure to entertain the entire family.
     The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. beside Fountain Lake in Byrd Park. Free sodas and popcorn will be available to the first 500 people. Refreshments will be on sale also, and movie-goers are encouraged to bring a blanket or their own chairs.
     This program is co-sponsored by Pepsi, 106.5 the Beat, The CW Richmond, Bounce Richmond and the Friends of William Byrd Park. 



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Youth Football Takes Over Redskins Park

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will be the first local agency to benefit from the construction of the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. On Saturday, September 28, about 270 young children will take to the fields to play youth football.
     “Many of these kids will be playing in the footsteps of their heroes, and I’m sure their parents will be just as excited as they are,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “Our young cheerleaders also will be there to cheer them on.”
     The department offers football and cheerleading for youth age 5 to 14. Each team represents one of the department’s community centers throughout the city.
     The games will begin at 10 a.m. and are free for the public to attend. Using two fields, one for flag football and one for tackle, the schedule is as follows:
      Flag Football (for children age 5 through 7)
              10 a.m.            Blackwell vs. Hotchkiss 1
              11:15 a.m.       T.B. Smith vs. Hotchkiss 2
              12:30 p.m.       Bellemeade vs. Battery Park 1
               1:45 p.m.        Reid vs. Westover

      Tackle Football
               10 a.m.            Randolph Juniors vs. Westover Juniors (children age 13 and 14)
               11:45 a.m.       Hickory Hill Midgets vs. Westover Midgets (children age 11 and 12)
                 1:30 p.m.       Randolph PeeWees vs. Westover PeeWees (children age 8 – 10)

     The public is invited to attend, but please note that no smoking, personal food or drinks are allowed at the facility; however vendors will sell 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 23, 2013

Introductory Ballet Classes Offered at Westover Community Center

The department is offering introductory ballet classes for children ages 5 through 12 at its Westover Community Center, located at 1301 Jahnke Road. The introductory classes will be taught by members of the Richmond Ballet and provide a variety of activities that include learning the basics of ballet steps, poses and much more.
     The first class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting September 30 and continuing until November 20. It is for children 8 to 10 years old, and the fee is $60 for city residents and $80 for non-residents.
     The second class will be for children age 5 through 7. It will begin on October 1 and be held on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. through November 11. The cost for this class will be $40 for residents and $60 for non-residents.
     For more information or to register call (804) 646-8995 or e-mail


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Register Your Child for Dance Classes Now

Do you have a child who loves to dance? If so, now is the time to channel that young energy into a professional dance class with City Dance.
     For the past 18 years, the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ City Dance Program has provided complete training for aspiring dancers of all ages. It also trains the City Dance Theatre, a youth dance company that has been nationally recognized by the DanceAmerica organization and won numerous regional and national awards.
      City Dance is now accepting new students through October 12. The program offers highly affordable classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and a variety of other dance styles for children age 3 and older.
     Adult classes are also available in Pilates, Zumba, African Dance and Belly Dancing.
     For more information on classes and registration, call 646-3673, or download the department’s Program Guide from You can also pick up copies of the Program Guide at City Hall, all City libraries and community centers, and at the following Kroger and Martin’s grocery stores:
·         Kroger 3507 West Cary Street, Richmond, 23221
·         Kroger 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, 23230
·         Kroger 901 North Lombardy Street, Richmond, 23219
·         Martin’s 7035 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, 23226
·         Martin’s 3522 West Cary Street, Richmond, 23221


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Department to Open Tennis Complex, Skate Park Sept. 14

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will hold two ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 14. The public is invited to attend both and to enjoy the new facilities that will be opened.
     The first, at 10 a.m., will celebrate the opening of the Westover Hills Tennis Complex, which is located behind Westover Hills Elementary School at 1211 Jahnke Road.
     The department has built four new tennis courts and renovated two others at the complex. The courts are specially designed to provide instruction for children 10 and younger with the new Quick Start tennis program, which uses smaller court areas, larger racquets and other equipment that makes it easy for children to learn and play tennis. The courts are the only public tennis courts in the region designed specifically with children in mind.
     “Our new tennis courts, designed specifically with children in mind, as well as the new skate park, add to our efforts to promote healthy lifestyles in Richmond for all audiences, said Mayor Dwight C. Jones.
     The ribbon-cutting will be followed by tennis games and activities including prizes until 1 p.m. Families and children are encouraged to attend, and free pizza will be available for all who register to attend by September 12 at Children 10 years old and younger will also be able to register at the event for fall tennis.
     “Tennis is a life-long sport that we want to encourage children to play and enjoy because it can lead to a sustained active and healthy lifestyle,” Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, said.
     The event is co-sponsored the United States Tennis Association, Mid-Atlantic Virginia and the Richmond Tennis Association, which will donate a check for $2,000 to the department’s youth tennis programs.
     The department’s second ribbon-cutting of the day will be held at 11 a.m. in Carter Jones Park to celebrate the opening of the City’s first public skateboard facility. Carter Jones Park is located at 2800 Bainbridge Street. The department worked with skateboarders and neighborhood residents to build a facility for all to enjoy. It is the only public skate park in a 16-mile radius.  
     “We are extremely pleased to be opening the city’s first public skateboard facility. This exceptional community facility provides skateboarders in the city with an appropriate public space to enjoy their sport,” said Dr. Merrifield.
     The City has also recently completed the installation of two swimming pool splash pads, built a new indoor swimming pool, and opened two new community facilities – Bellemeade and Broad Rock – in partnership with Richmond Public Schools, which are free for Richmond residents to use.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Join the Exciting World of Club Swimming

The Richmond Racers Swim Team is looking for new team members to join the fun and exciting world of club swimming. The Richmond Racers is the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ winning youth swim team. The team competes in the Virginia Community Swim League, which represents municipal teams, and in USA Swimming, which represents 2,800 swimming clubs across the United States.
      Children ages 5 to 12 who are interested in joining the team must be able to swim at least 25 yards using the freestyle stroke (breathing to the side) and the backstroke, while children 13 and older should be able to swim at least 50 yards using each stroke.
       To get started, an in-water swimmer evaluation is required. These will be held from now until August 15 at the following times and locations:

  • Swansboro Pool (indoor), 3160 Midlothian Turnpike
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Randolph Pool (outdoor), 1401 Grayland Ave.
Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

       Anyone interested in joining the team but unavailable at these times should contact Alethea Tyler by e-mail at If you have additional questions about registration or fees, please call (804) 646-1174.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Youth Basketball Championship Games to be Held at Richmond Coliseum

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will hold its CarMax Summer Basketball League championship games on Wednesday, July 31, at the Richmond Coliseum. This is the first year the championship games will be played in the Richmond Coliseum. In previous years, the games have been held on the courts of the department’s Pine Camp Arts and Community Center on Richmond’s Northside.
      The league, funded with an $85,000 grant from The CarMax Foundation this year, gives hundreds of city children, ages 10 to 17, the opportunity to play organized basketball throughout the summer.
      The final championship games at the Coliseum will be free for the public to attend. Four youth divisions will play as follows:
  • U-17 for boys age 17 and younger at 5:30 p.m.
  • U-15 for girls age 15 and younger at 6:30 p.m.
  • U-12 for boys age 12 and younger at 7:45 p.m.
  • U-14 for boys age 14 and younger at 8:45 p.m.
     A brief ceremony will be held following the U-15 game to recognize The CarMax Foundation, media sponsor 106.5 The Beat, and others involved in the league. Lane Casadonte, WTVR Channel 6 sports anchor, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the program.
      Since 2007, CarMax has given more than $655,000 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.


Registration for Youth Football, Cheerleading, Soccer Begins in August

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will hold registration for youth football, cheerleading and soccer beginning in August. Children ages 14 and younger who want to play football or who want to participate in cheerleading can register beginning Aug. 1 through Aug. 22. Registration for those who want to play soccer will take place from Aug. 12 through Sept. 12.
     All registration will take place at the department’s community centers throughout the city. The registration fee is $25 per child/per activity for children who live within the City of Richmond. Children who do not live in the city can also register for these activities, but will be charged $55 plus a non-residency fee of $20.
     Proof of residency as well as proof of age are required at registration.
     If you have additional questions about registration, please call the community center where you wish to register. To find a list of community centers and their phone numbers, visit the department’s website at or call 646-5733. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities operates 18 community centers throughout the city.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013


First Ladies of Football and Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities team up to give back to Richmond youth
The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and the City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities are teaming up to host a free Redskins Cheerleading Clinic for Richmond youth on Wednesday, July 17 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Richmond Coliseum.
      Approximately 250 Richmond area children who participate in the Richmond recreation department’s cheerleading and other programs will learn dance and cheer routines from the nationally recognized Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. Following the lesson, the children will be able to participate in a Q&A with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders.
     "Opportunities for Richmond area youth is part of what I envisioned when we pursued the partnership with the Redskins organization, said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “Our parks department hosts a robust cheerleading program that will be greatly enhanced by this experience."
     “The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders are thrilled to partner with the City of Richmond to give back to the city’s children – especially at an event that teaches young females sportsmanship and teamwork,” said Washington Redskins Cheerleading Director Stephanie Jojokian. “We are excited to teach area children cheerleading techniques, in addition to providing them with positive new female role models.”
      Attendees will receive a free Redskins Cheerleader Clinic T-shirt and a free lunch provided by the department and the City of Richmond. Awards will also be given to participants for outstanding performances and sportsmanship.
     "This is a wonderful opportunity for our children, many of whom seldom have experiences outside of their neighborhoods, much less the opportunity to experience something as special as this,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “We want to thank the Redskins organization for their willingness to partner with us in our efforts to provide Richmond’s children with a high quality of life.”
     For more information on the First Ladies of Football, visit or follow the WRC on Twitter at @1stLadiesofFB. For more information on City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities programs and initiatives, visit
    Media interested in attending the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities clinic should contact Angela Alfano of Redskins Public Relations at or 703-447-5629.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS CHEERLEADERS: From the Redskinettes to the First Ladies of Football, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders (WRC) are the longest running cheerleading team in the NFL. Founded in 1962, and originally named the Redskinettes, the team has brought worldwide recognition to the Redskins, the Washington, D.C. area and the NFL. Adorned in burgundy and gold, these dynamic women have been featured in national magazines and have performed with Grammy award winning artists. Annually regarded as one of the best professional cheerleading squads, the WRC have executed their routines at Super Bowls and overseas as part of goodwill military tours. Striving to make a difference both on and off the field, these talented women have played an instrumental part in a variety of charity, community and military events since their inception. The WRC also boasts the longest running Junior Cheerleader Program in which they mentor hundreds of young kids.  For more information on the WRC, visit

ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring three Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snyder since 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.

ABOUT RICHMOND PARKS, RECREATION & COMMUNITY FACILITIES: The department oversees more than 60 parks and open spaces, 136 tennis courts, 60 playgrounds, 56 baseball and softball diamonds, 10 swimming pools, and numerous tot lots, picnic areas and exercise trails, as well as cares for more than 22 statues and monuments and 50 plaques and memorials.  In addition, the department operates 20 community center sites that provide a full spectrum of recreational services for youth, adults and the elderly, 19 licensed After School sites that assist students with homework and social development, the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater providing the annual Festival of the Arts, the Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center, a senior center and eight cemeteries. The department also oversees the James River Park, the largest and most visible park in Richmond, which includes more than 500 acres of shoreline and islands in the heart of the city offering opportunities for whitewater and flat-water canoeing and kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, jogging and wildlife exploration. For more information on the department, visit

Tony Wyllie   703-726-7135
Daniel Sampson    703-726-7422
Ross Taylor  703-726-7368
Angela Alfano   703-726-7077


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Learn to Swim for Free This Summer

The department is offering free Learn to Swim classes for adults and children this summer at all nine of the department’s public swimming pools. The classes are sanctioned by the American Red Cross, and all of the department’s instructors are American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructors.
     “In a river city like Richmond, it’s important for every child to learn to swim,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “The river is such an integral part of our city, and it attracts so many people, that we believe knowing how to swim and understanding water safety is critical to the city’s population.
     “At some point, it’s likely that you or your child will be attracted to the river and visit our James River Park. When you do, we want you to be knowledgeable and to know how to swim,” he said.
     The free classes are designed for non-swimmers and will focus on an introduction to water skills, learning the fundamentals, and water safety. Each class will meet four times.
     The next round of classes for youth ages 5 through 12 and will begin on July 22. Morning and evening sessions are available. Another round for kids age 5 through 12 will begin on August 12.
      For non-swimmers 13 and older, classes will begin on August 9 and will be held in the evenings.
      Please register in advance by calling or visiting the pool of your choice. The department’s fun and friendly swim instructors are waiting for you!

Pool Locations & Telephone Numbers:

Battery Park Pool                   2917 Dupont Circle, 23231                           804-646-0127
Bellemeade Pool*                   1800 Lynhaven Ave., 23224                          804- 646-8849
Blackwell Pool                        238 E. 14th St., 23224                                804-646-8718
Fairmount Pool                       2000 U St., 23219                                       804-646-3831 
Hotchkiss Pool                        701 E. Brookland Park Blvd., 23227             804-646-3762
Powhatan Pool                        5051 Northampton St., 23231                      804-646-3595
Randolph Pool                        1401 Grayland Ave., 23220                          804-646-1329
Swansboro Pool*                    3160 Midlothian Trnpk., 23224                      804-646-8088
Woodville Pool                       2305 Fairfield Ave., 23223                             804-646-3834

*Indoor Pools


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dogwood Dell Offers a Family Fourth and Fireworks

Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and bring the entire family to the City’s free annual Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza presented by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities on July 4 at Dogwood Dell in Byrd Park.
     The program will begin with a Children’s Carnival from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. behind the Ha’ Penny Stage on the west side of the Carillon. It will include inflatables, face painting, and games. Vendors will be on hand selling food and drinks in the children’s area as well as in the circle in front of the Dell stage throughout the evening. Of course, the public also can bring their own food and drinks or snacks, but no glass containers or alcohol are allowed in the park.
      At 5:45 p.m., the program will begin on the Dell stage with jazz by Simply Kevin B. Next, Larry Robinson, the City’s carilloneur for more than 50 years, will follow with a performance on the Carillon bells at 7 p.m.
     At 7:30 p.m., the Richmond Concert Band will take the stage to perform a program of pop and patriotic music, including many traditional numbers the audience will recognize and want to sing along with. The highlight of the evening is the annual finale, the “1812 Overture,” played with cannon fire and Carillon bells as it was originally composed to be played. The piece will conclude with the annual fireworks display.
     Event parking will be available at City Stadium, located at 600 McCloy Street, with shuttle bus service to and from the Dell starting at 2 p.m. Individuals with valid handicapped parking stickers will be allowed to park in the Dell parking lot to the east of the Carillon. Carillon neighborhood streets will be closed to traffic and parking, and the Boulevard Bridge will close at approximately 6 p.m. and remained closed until the fireworks are over.
     The public is reminded that no dogs are allowed in the park, and the adjacent Barker Park Dog Park will be closed July 3, July 4 and July 5 for safety purposes.
     The rain date for the event is July 5. For last minute updates, call the Dogwood Dell production office at 646-1031.
     The Fourth of July Celebration is a part of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ Festival of Arts, the summer-long program of free outdoor family entertainment that takes place at Byrd Park’s Dogwood Dell amphitheater. The complete summer schedule is on the department’s website under Cultural Arts.