Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Help Send Richmond’s Children to Summer Camp

On Thursday, May 1, residents of Central Virginia can help send a child from the city of Richmond to summer camp, as well as hear some of your favorite music by contributing to the City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities 7th annual Send a Kid to Camp radiothon.

Through the City’s partnership with EnRichmond, Camp Diva and Radio One, residents can call (804) 521-8400 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday May 1 to donate. For a donation of $25 or more, the caller can have their favorite song played on KISS 99.3/105.7 FM or iPower 92.1 FM. Donations can also be accepted online at or and clicking on the “Send a Kid to Camp” link.

All donations are tax deductible and will help pay for city children to attend one of the 13 summer camps across the city.

This year’s summer camp theme of “Fantasy Island” will bring campers an exciting and educational summer experience that will feature activities such as swim lessons, how to make healthy food choices, history lessons about Greek and Roman Mythology, and the Reading Club.

“These funds help us reach children in the city who often have few constructive options for summer activities,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director for Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities. “By making a donation during the Send a Kid to Camp radiothon, you are helping with the city’s efforts to shape the future of our children.”

The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities summer camp programs offers nine weeks of structured activities for children ages 6 – 11, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The summer camp session begins on June 23 and ends on August 22, 2014. For city residents, the cost to send one child to camp is $250; however, the donations from the radiothon are used to provide scholarships for those who need them.

For more information about the Send a Kid to Camp radiothon or summer camp offerings, please call (804) 646-5733 or visit our website at .

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

City Offices Closed for Spring Holiday/Good Friday

City government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Friday, April 18, 2014 for Spring Holiday/Good Friday. City offices will open at normal business hours on Monday, April 21, 2014.

This closure includes all branches of Richmond Public Libraries and all City community centers. All City community centers will be closed on Saturday, April 19 and will reopen at their regular operating hours on April 21. All branches of the Richmond Public Libraries will open at their regular operating hours on April 19.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on April 18. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on April 19.

Residential trash collection will not be impacted by this closure.

 For more information on City services and schedules, please visit


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Celebrate Spring!!!!

The Depatment of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities will celebrate the arrival of spring with community based festivals on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Festivals will include events such as an egg hunt, face painting (at some locations), arts and crafts, and much more!

All festivals are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the individual community center.

Community Center
Contact Phone
Battery Park and Calhoun
2803 Dupont Circle
4:30-7 p.m.
(804) 646-0944
1800 Lynhaven Avenue
4:30-7 p.m.
(804) 646-8235
Blackwell and Broad Rock
300 East 15th Street
4:30-6:30 p.m.
(804) 646-8630
Creighton, Mosby, and Whitcomb at Chimborazo Park
3200 East Broad Street
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
(804) 646-4511
Hickory Hill
3000 East Belt Blvd
5-8 p.m.
(804) 646-7934
701 East Brookland Park Blvd.
4:30-7 p.m.
(804) 646-4466
Humphrey Calder
414 North Thompson Street
4:30-7 p.m.
(804) 646-1780
Powhatan Hill
5051 Northhampton Street
5:30-7:30 p.m.
(804) 646-0973
1415 Grayland Avenue
4:30-7 p.m.
(804) 646-1080
TB Smith
2015 Ruffin Road
4:30-7 p.m.
(804) 646-8490

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Department of Parks and Recreation to Host Skills Clinic and Season Opening Tournament

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will kick off the 2014 youth baseball and softball season with a player’s clinic at Henderson Complex, 500 Forest Lawn Drive, from 10 a.m. to noon.  This event was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 5, but has been changed to Saturday, April 12. Open to all baseball and softball players ages 8 – 15, participants will be taught the basics of catching, hitting, fielding, and base running. Immediately following the players clinic, the Department will host the 1st Annual Kick Off Classic.

“This is a great opportunity for our youth to learn more about the game of baseball and softball.  It will be a day of learning as well as a day of fun,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities. “Hosting a tournament is a great occasion for our youth to showcase the baseball and softball skills that they have been practicing over the last few weeks. The game of baseball and softball are teaching our youth team work and good sportsmanship; as well as teaching them the importance of physical activity.”

The clinic is free and open to all. For more information, please contact Wallace Parham at (804) 646-8235 or Kimberly Morgan at (804) 646-1175.