Monday, May 2, 2016

RPD Invites Community to Town Hall Meetings

WHAT:                       Richmond Police Town Hall Meetings

WHEN:                      Wednesday, May 4, 6 - 8 p.m.; Thursday, May 5, 6 - 8 p.m.;
                                   Tuesday, May 10, 6 - 8 p.m.; Thursday, May 12, 6 - 8 p.m.

WHERE:                    1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Precincts

BACKGROUND:     RPD Chief Alfred Durham will hold four Town Hall meetings within the next two weeks as part of his ongoing effort to inform the public about his vision for policing in Richmond.

“These meetings are a continuation of our community policing strategy,” said Chief Durham. “The purpose of these Town Hall meetings is for me and my staff to get input from the general public; what we can do better and how they can help us do better.”

There will be one Town Hall meeting in each of RPD’s four precincts:

·         1st Precinct - Wednesday, May 4, 6 – 8 p.m.    
Cedar Street Baptist Church of God, 2301 Cedar St.

·         2nd Precinct - Thursday, May 5, 6 – 8 p.m.
Southside Plaza Community Center, 4100 Hull Street Rd.

·         3rd Precinct - Thursday, May 12, 6 – 8 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Ave.
·         4th Precinct – Tuesday, May 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Rd.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Enrichmond Announces Award of $20,000 From the Dominion Foundation

Arbor Day: A holiday celebrating the tree. Why is there a special day dedicated to trees?
  • The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
  • One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.
  • For every five percent of tree cover added to a community, stormwater runoff is reduced by approximately two percent.
  • Office workers with a view of trees report significantly less stress and more satisfaction. 
  • Houses with mature trees or located on a tree-lined street have an average wholesale value of 10-15% higher than those that have no trees. 
  • The very existence of hundreds of animals and insects species depend entirely on trees. For example, the common English Oak can support hundreds of different species, including 284 species of insect and 324 taxa of lichens living directly on one tree.

This Arbor Day, Enrichmond is honored to announce the award of $20,000 from the Dominion Foundation for the development of Enrichmond’s Urban Tree Farm. This puts them well on the way to reaching their funding goal of $35,000. These funds will enable them to develop an urban tree farm growing native tree species within our City limits for the benefit of the citizens of Richmond.
The fully funded tree farm effort will deliver locally grown inventory for new and replacement trees in our parks and public spaces, support Richmond’s Adopt-A-Tree efforts, and assist in adding value and energy savings to new homes and existing businesses throughout our City. Be on the look-out for ways to support this important and valuable initiative in the weeks ahead.

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Street Closure – Virginia Street near the intersection of East Byrd Street

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  Monday May 2 and Friday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:   Virginia Street near the intersection of East Byrd Street 

BACKGROUND:  Virginia Street near the intersection of East Byrd Street will be closed to assemble a crane and to install telecommunications equipment onto the roof of the Vistas on the James. The street will be closed again on May 6 to disassemble and remove the crane. Please follow the detour signs.

Street Closure – Bliley Road between Forest Hill Avenue and Blakemore Road

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure 

WHEN:  Starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3 and ending at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5

WHERE:   Bliley Road between Forest Hill Avenue and Blakemore Road

BACKGROUND:  Bliley Road between Forest Hill Avenue and Blakemore Road will be closed to through traffic for paving. The contractor will assist residents with access in and out of Bliley Road. Please follow the detour signs.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

RFD Housing a New Fire Apparatus April 30

On behalf of Fire Chief Robert Creecy and the men and women of the Richmond
Department of Fire and Emergency Services, please attend the time honored tradition of housing a new fire apparatus Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. at Station #1 located at 308 N. 24th Street. This ceremony dates back to the 19th century and serves to embody the value that the men and women of the Fire Department place on those citizens who live and work within the City of Richmond. Traditions such as this one help bring the community together and allows the Department to reiterate the dedication to fire and life safety.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Help Send Richmond’s Children to Summer Camp

On Thursday, May 5, 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 donating to the City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities 9th annual Send a Kid to Camp radiothon.

Through the City’s partnership with the Enrichmond Foundation and Radio One, residents can call (804) 521-8400 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 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 92.1/104.1 FM. Donations can also be accepted anytime online at

All donations are tax deductible and will help pay for city children to attend any of the summer camps hosted by the City department.

This year’s Great Summer Escape camp theme of “Up, Up, and Away” will bring campers an exciting and educational summer experience that will feature activities such as swim lessons, participation in the STEM summer program in partnership with the 4H Virginia Cooperative Extension, and how music has influenced our culture.

“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 offer nine weeks of structured activities for children ages 6 to 12, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The summer camp session begins on June 27 and ends on August 26. For city residents, the cost to send one child to the Great Summer Escape 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 20, 2016

23rd Earth Day Richmond Festival Community Impact Project - GOATS!

Following the successful introduction of goatscaping in 2014 - the ‘kids’ are back, the 23rd Earth Day Richmond Festival in Shiplock Park will host the third installment of the Community Impact Project, Byrd Park Carillon Goatscaping.

Enrichmond has partnered with the City of Richmond Departments of Parks and Recreation,  Carillon Civic Association, and Bright Hope Farm & Apiary to bring about this event.

Staring Thursday, April 21 the Chew Crew and Munch Bunch will head to Byrd Park for one week.  If you have never seen goatscaping, love the idea of supporting Enrichmond’s 23rd Earth Day Festival at Shiplock Park, or just enjoy the thought of evasive kudzu and english ivy being eviscerated, please come out and see the goats in action!

Historic Byrd Park and The Carillon are located adjacent to the beautiful Fan neighborhood of Richmond, VA near Blanton Avenue and Park Drive.

For more information on Earth Day please visit

For more information on Bright Hope Farm & Apiary please go to

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