Friday, January 18, 2019

State of the City, January 31, 2019

If you have a need for language access accommodations such as Spanish language interpretation, a sign language interpreter, an assisted hearing device or CART services, please contact or by phone at (804) 646-7985 by January 28.

To view this in Spanish, click here.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

2019 Upcoming City Council District Meetings

Councilman Hilbert to hold meeting for the Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District
Thursday, January 24
6 p.m.
Ginter Park Library
1200 Westbrook Ave.

Monday, January 7, 2019

FY19 AHTF and FY20 Federal Funding Guidelines & Applications

Please see the links below to download FY19 AHTF and FY20 Federal Funding Guidelines  Applications.

Click to download - Application
Click to download - Announcements

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

DPRCF Battery Park Vikings to Compete in Snoop Youth Football League Nationals

The City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities (PRCF) is pleased to announce the Battery Park Community Center Vikings are competing in the Snoop Youth Football League Nationals held December 14 through 16 in Los Angeles, California. Mayor Stoney will join the team in support as part of the city’s partnership with the Michael Robinson Excel 2 Excellence (E2E) Program, which was announced in May of this year.

The Vikings won the 14U championship on November 17, defeating the Powhatan Chiefs 26 - 0 and securing their place as the city’s first recreation team to appear in the popular west coast competition. The Randolph Community Center Dragons 14U Cheerleaders who won the inaugural E2E cheerleading competition held in October will also be accompanying the team.

“These young men and women worked extremely hard this season for the opportunity to represent the City of Richmond on a national stage,” said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. “I’m grateful for the partnership with Michael Robinson and E2E, which has allowed the undeniable talent of our kids to shine. I am excited to see them play in Los Angeles this weekend and know they will make our city proud.” 

“This season has surpassed our expectations,” said Chris Frelke, director of the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “And this is just the beginning of the success we will see from these young men and women — on and off the field.”   

“We have to put the city and the East Coast on our backs,” said Vikings captain Nasir Eberhardt. “Losing is not in my vocabulary,” Eberhardt added. “I expect to go out there to California and win.”

Friday, October 26, 2018

City Kicks-off Winter Weather Preparation with Pothole Blitz

Department of Public Works crews will begin a weeklong assault on potholes on Monday, November 5.  

Ten crews will be assigned to scour city streets filling potholes in advance of the freezing and thawing weather that causes roads to expand and contract. The voids created when that happens allow water to enter, which can create potholes. By blitzing existing potholes, the city hopes to avoid an even larger number of them in the spring. 

Residents are encouraged to report potholes through the portal or the RVA311 mobile application (available in the Apple Store and Google Play). Instructions for using the App/Portal are:  

1.    Go to or download the RVA311 app from Google Play or Apple Store
2.    If you do not yet have a profile, click register on the left side of the portal or the icon in the upper right corner of the app and create your profile.
3.    Return to the home screen and select “Request Service”
4.    At the top of the screen, type “pothole” in the search box
5.    Select “Repair Road Feature”
6.    Follow prompts to input location, description, and (optional) attach a photo
7.    When prompted to select Subtype, select “pothole repair”,  to report additional potholes on the same block
8.    In the portal, click “Submit” or in the app click the Checkmark in the upper right corner

Pothole reports also can be called in to 3-1-1. However, due to the expected volume of calls, longer hold times are anticipated.  

Residents who have previously reported a pothole do not need to report it again due to the blitz. 

In 2017 the city filled nearly 25,000 potholes, which was an unprecedented number. So far this year 23,200 potholes have been repaired. 


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

City’s Office of Community Wealth Building Conrad Center Career Station Moving to the East District Initiative

The Conrad Center Career Station for the Office of Community Wealth Building (OCWB) is moving to the East District Initiative (EDI) building at 701 North 25th Street. The move is scheduled for October 15, 2018.

The Conrad Center Career Station assists residents seeking employment by offering classes, career planning, coaching and training for in demand occupations, all at no cost to the individual. 

The Conrad Center (1400 Oliver Hill Way), will serve as the temporary home for the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter from October 1, 2018 through April 15, 2019. The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is a public safety program managed by the City of Richmond Department of Social Services. The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is only open when the overnight temperature is forecasted to drop to 40 degrees or below. 

For more information about Community Wealth Building services, please call (804) 646-6374 or visit the OCWB website. 


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

City to Re-time Nearly 300 Traffic Signals in Downtown Area

Work will begin on October 6 to retime 300 signalized intersections around the city’s downtown area.  The project is a part of an initiative that began in January and included the retiming of 71 intersections in the Southside and 17 in the Northside.  

The city is working on the project in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Richmond Regional Planning Organization (RRTPO) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). 

The retiming initiative began in January and is part of an upcoming comprehensive initiative to deploy low cost, systemic pedestrian safety improvements at signalized intersections through 2020. These improvements include: high visibility crosswalks, accessible ramps, pedestrian countdown signals and improved signal timings. These improvements will increase pedestrian safety on our major arterials citywide at more than 390 signalized intersections. 

The project is in alignment with Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s announcement last October of the city’s participation in the Vision Zero initiative, which aims to reduce crashes causing serious injuries and death for all transportation users through updated traffic signal timings. Additional benefits of new timing plans include improving pedestrian safety and multi-modal mobility, decreased wear on motor vehicles, as well as improved gas mileage by reducing the number of stops and starts. There also will be significant environmental benefits through the reduction of vehicle emissions such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and volatile organic compounds.  

The City is leveraging state and federal funding sources to implement this important timing project as part of an overall $3.5 million initiative to improve pedestrian safety through funding from the FHWA and VDOT's Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), and $800,000 funded throughout the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program from RRTPO.
Due to the changes in some traffic signal operations, all transportation users are encouraged to be alert as they become accustomed to the new traffic patterns.  Each corridor takes several weeks to fine tune before the pattern is finalized. 

More information on Richmond’s Vision Zero Program and the Mayor’s Challenge can be found at:  

If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail to Ask Public Works
(, or call the City’s Customer Care Center 3-1-1.