Friday, July 31, 2015

RPD's National Night Out, August 4



The Richmond Police Department is giving crime a going away party next week, and all city residents are invited to participate in National Night Out. 

The annual party, held Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, brings police and neighbors together in support of crime prevention during an evening full of fun for all ages. A strong partnership between the citizens and law enforcement is a powerful tool in fighting crime, and that begins with building a sense of community.  

Numerous National Night Out events will be hosted throughout the Richmond area. To find an event near your neighborhood, visit tinyurl.com/NNOEvents2015RVA

We hope citizens will also join Richmond Police and Target stores for a National Night Out Kickoff Event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Forest Hill Avenue Target, 7107 Forest Hill Ave. Officers will be on hand with crime prevention materials and children’s fingerprinting ID kits. The kickoff party will also include free food.

National Night Out is a night designed to forge strong relationships between neighborhoods and police. The annual event also helps police officers and citizens work together to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention. For more information about National Night Out, please visit www.natw.org/

Mayor Kicks Off Kanawha Plaza Renovations



WHO:             Dwight C. Jones, Mayor
                        Debra D. Gardner, DCAO for Human Services
                        Norman Merrifield, Director, Department of Parks and Recreation
                        John Snyder, Enrichmond Foundation
                        Dwight Snead, Dwight Snead Construction Company


WHAT:           Press Conference to announce start of Kanawha Plaza renovations

WHEN:          Friday, July 31, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:        8TH & Canal Streets


BACKGROUND:
The City of Richmond is beginning the first phase of an overhaul to Kanawha Plaza.  This project involves the renovation of the 2.8 acre urban park located downtown on two city blocks surrounded by office towers.

The City of Richmond has entered into a public/private partnership allowing for the restoration of this under-utilized downtown jewel. The renovation includes the retention and repair of the plaza’s fountain, large green space and landscaping improvements, canopies and a food truck area. The renovation is also expected to improve access from neighboring streets, which will add to the long-term success of the park.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Street Closure - Franklin Street between 8th and 9th Streets



WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  Saturday, August 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

WHERE:  Franklin Street between 8th and 9th streets 

BACKGROUND:  The street will be closed while a crane places machinery and building materials on the roof of 400 North 8th Street. Motorist are urged to follow the detour signage.

Richmond 2015 Race Information Public Meeting Schedule



Richmond 2015, the organizers of the UCI Road World Championships will host a series of informational meetings to help the community “Get Race Ready”!  The series of meetings will take place daily the first two weeks of August at various times and locations throughout the region. 
During these meetings the community can come learn about the event; the race routes and schedule, the traffic management plan and how they can get engaged with this once-in-a-generation opportunity to see the best cyclists in the World race through their backyards.  
Monday, August 3
7 p.m.
Hanover High School
Auditorium
10307 Chamberlayne Rd
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Tuesday, August 4
1 p.m.
VCU ASPiRE
Room 1004a
835 West Grace Street
Richmond VA 23284
Wednesday, August 5
6:30 p.m.
John Rolfe Middle School
Auditorium
6901 Messer Road
Henrico VA 23231
Thursday, August 6
Noon
Richmond Public Library 
Auditorium 
101 E. Franklin Street
Richmond VA 23219
Saturday, August 8
10 a.m.
Richmond Public Library 
Auditorium 
101 E. Franklin Street
Richmond VA 23219
Monday, August 10
8 a.m. 
St. James’ Episcopal Church
Valentine Hall
1205 W. Franklin Street 
Richmond VA 23220
Monday, August 10
7 p.m.
Atlee High School
Auditorium
9414 Atlee Station Rd.
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Tuesday, August 11
Noon
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Parish Hall
815 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Tuesday, August 11
6:30 p.m.
St. John’s Church, Henrico Parish
Parish House
2319 E. Broad Street
Richmond VA 23223
Wednesday, August 12
9 a.m.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Auditorium
1800 Lakeside Ave.
Richmond VA 23228
Wednesday, August 12  
6:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library 
Auditorium
101 E. Franklin Street
Richmond VA 23219
Thursday, August 13
6:30 p.m.
John Rolfe Middle School
Auditorium
6901 Messer Road
Henrico VA 23231

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

RPD Community Walk Wednesday in South Side Richmond



Chief Alfred Durham will lead his Command Staff and other officers on a walk Wednesday evening, July 29, 2015, through the South Garden neighborhood. During the walk, the officers will speak with residents to discuss crime and any other quality of life issues they need help to resolve.” Working together, we can remove many of the causes that foster crime. Building partnerships today creates positive and sustainable neighborhoods for the future.

According to Sector 212 commander Lt. W. Michael Phibbs, property crimes are the principle drivers of crime in the area. “We have been able to reduce the number of incidents recently by increasing our patrols on the days and times when these crimes occur,” said Lt. Phibbs. “We call it focused policing.”

The officers will be joined by members of the Department’s Faith Leaders group. They will meet at the Southside Baptist Church located at 5515 Bryce Lane. The walk will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.


Movies in the Park, Friday, July 31, 2015



Join Parks and Recreation for free, family-friendly “Movies in the Park” each Friday! Bring your refreshments, blankets and chairs and enjoy the movie! Activities begin at 8 p.m. and movies begin at 8:30 or whenever it gets dark. Refreshments will be available for sale. Call 646-5733 for details.
THE BOXTROLLS
Friday, July 31, 2015
Humphrey Calder
414 North Thompson Street
8:30-10:30 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

City’s Public Works Prepares for Two-Way Conversions in Shockoe Bottom



Several streets in Shockoe Bottom are being converted from one-way to two-way streets. The planned street conversions are part of the City’s Downtown Master Plan, and were also recommended in the Shockoe Bottom Transportation Study. Phased in conversions have been taking place since 2010.

Beginning Saturday, July 25, 18th Street between Grace and Broad will be two-way. Work crews have marked pavement, modified traffic signals and will integrate angled parking within areas of the project limits. Work on 17th Street continues, and conversion to two-way on 17th is expected to follow in the next several weeks.

Converting streets from one-way to two-way has been indicated to help businesses thrive, improve walkability, and balance traffic movements with livability. Studies have shown that two-way streets are healthier for on-street retail businesses and expanding visibility. All of the changes support improved vehicular circulation in Shockoe Bottom.

 These traffic flow improvements include:

·         Converting 17th Street to two-way traffic from Broad Street to Franklin Street
·         Converting 18th Street to two-way traffic from Grace Street to Broad Street
·         Converting Franklin Street to two-way traffic from 17th Street to 19th Street
·         Converting 19th Street to two-way traffic from Grace Street to Main Street

The project also includes the uncovering and restoration of the existing cobblestone surface on Franklin Street from 18th to 19th streets.

This project is funded by the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Improvement Program under the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act.