Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Friendly reminder to Richmond taxpayers regarding tax due dates

The Department of Finance would like to remind Richmond taxpayers of the upcoming due dates

Personal Property Tax – June 5th, 2015 
Real Estate (2nd half) – June 15th, 2015   

Payment can be made in person, via mail, or online at http://www.richmondgov.com/Finance/OnlinePayments.aspx.   

For FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) regarding taxes, including locations and acceptable forms of payment, please visit  http://www.richmondgov.com/Finance/FAQ.aspx#FormOfPayment, or call (804)646-5700.  

Richmond Fire Encourages Everyone to Practice Water Safety This Summer

The City’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services will be operating a two person bike team on Saturdays and Sundays through Monday, September 7, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Belle Isle. These teams have had a direct impact on the safety of visitors and they will serve as water safety ambassadors during peak season. This year alone, the department has responded to 30 emergency calls resulting in 24 people rescued from the James River, two body recoveries, and responding to four good intent calls.  

The James River Park System is Richmond's largest, most unique and best known park and receives well over 500,000 visitors a year. It is actually a system of parks along both sides of the James River as it passes through the city, making Richmond the only urban city in the country with Class IV white water rapids in the middle of downtown. Regardless of its natural beauty, there are many dangers when visiting the James River or any body of water.

For more information on the Park services, visit www.richmondgov.com/Parks/parkJamesRiverSystem.aspx.

Parks and Recreation Starts Summer Off With a Splash!

Looking for something to do this summer? The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities is sure to have an event or program to kick start your summer along with great activities for everyone in your family!

The department will start the 59th Annual Festival of the Arts on Sunday, June 7 with a Renaissance Fair at 4 p.m. at Dogwood Dell. The party atmosphere includes magicians, stilt walkers, and jugglers, and this is a fair for all ages.  At 8 p.m., the Henley Street Theatre will present “Romeo and Juliet” on the Dogwood Dell stage.

Beginning on Saturday, June 13, all City pools will be open for City residents. Week day hours are 1 to 8 p.m. with free swim available from 1 to 4:30 p.m., family time from 5 to 7 p.m. and adult swim from 7 to 8 p.m. Weekend hours for the outdoor pools are noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

On Monday, June 15, the USDA Summer Meals for Kids begins serving at more than 100 sites across the City of Richmond. The Summer Meals for Kids Program provides children and teens (through the age of 18) nutritious breakfasts and lunches during the summer months.

On Friday, June 19, residents are invited to join the department for the start of the 2015 Movies in the Park Series. The first movie in the series will be shown at Byrd Park at 8 p.m. A full schedule of the movie series is available at http://richmondvirginiaparks.blogspot.com/2015/05/movies-in-park-2015.html.

On Sunday, June 21, the Adventure Recreation division will host the “Summer Solstice Float” in starting from the Huguenot Flatwater in James River Park. Participants are encouraged to bring their bathing suits and preferred means of transportation by water such as a canoe, raft, or kayak.

Monday, June 22 marks the beginning of the department’s youth summer camps and the CarMax Summer League. Both the “All Aboard” summer camp, for ages 6 to 12, and “Generation Z” teen camp, for ages 13 to 15, are full day camps that operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also specialty camps such as soccer, tennis, computer coding, and Lego that are available as half day camps. The CarMax Summer Basketball league games will be held at the Pine Camp Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, with games being played Monday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m.

For more information on these events and department sites and programs, please call (804) 646-5733 or visit www.richmondgov.com/parks <http://www.richmondgov.com/parks>


Creighton Court Community Walk

WHAT:           Richmond Police Department Community Walk

WHEN:          6 p.m. today, May 26, 2015

WHERE:       2048 Creighton Road (near North 29th Street)  

Chief Alfred Durham and the Department’s Command Staff will join First Precinct Sector 113 Lt. Mike Alston for a walk through the Creighton Court neighborhood this evening.

Officers will meet at the above location and spread out from there to converse with residents about safety concerns they may have and what they would like to see more of from the Richmond Police Department.

Over the last year, instances of violent crime have not increased, turning the focus toward a rise in property crime in the area of Creighton Court.   

“We have seen an increase in property crime for the area compared to the same period last year,” Lt. Alston said. “We are encouraged that there has been no rise in violent crime. We’d like to maintain the reduction of violent incidents while combating the burglaries and thefts we have seen.” 

This event is the latest in a series of monthly community walks conducted by the Richmond Police Department in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.   

To review the 2014 crime statistics in Sector 113, please read Lt. Alston’s March Newsletter:  


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Street Closure – Jefferson Street

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure  

WHEN:   Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m 

WHERE:  Jefferson Street between West Broad Street and the alley adjacent to the rear of the Jefferson Hotel

BACKGROUND:  The street will be closed while a crane sets steel on the hotel roof.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Richmond Police Department to Provide Homicide Investigations Update

WHAT:              Mayor Jones and Colonel Durham Address Crime in Richmond

WHEN:             2 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WHERE:          1900 block of Redd Street

                           Richmond, VA


Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Colonel Alfred Durham will update city residents on progress being made by RPD detectives investigating eight homicides that have occurred in the City of Richmond in 2015.

They will speak to the shootings that occurred last Thursday in which five persons were injured, two of them fatally. They will also review the most recent statistics for violent crimes and property crimes in the city in 2015, which continue to show a downward trend.

The media and the general public are encouraged to attend.

Friday, May 8, 2015

MPACT Meetings in May

The following are the City of Richmond MPACT meetings taking place in May.

1st. PCT - May 27th
Community Wealth Building with Thad Williamson UCI 2015 with Deputy Police Chief and UCI Community Engagement Director Monica Callahan Public Safety/CAPS  

2nd Precinct - May 4th Meet New Police Chief Parks and Rec on History of Pocosham Park

3rd Precinct - May 14th Meet New Police Chief Stormwater Utility and Green Alley Program

4th Precinct - May 21 Meet New Police Chief Code Enforcement on Blighted Properties

During these meetings, residents are able to discuss concerns they have in their community, hear from City Departments and administration about events that affect their community and the City, as well as become an active member in helping improve the aesthetic qualities of their neighborhood through volunteer opportunities.

For more information, visit http://www.richmondgov.com/MayorsParticipationActionCommunicationTeam/index.aspx