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Texas Beach skatepark plans before Urban Design Committee

Skaters are just a few more bureaucratic ollies away from a new park

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In an extremely rare Richmond event there is a plan before the Urban Design Committee that has support of the neighbors and those proposing the plans. Skaters in Richmond don’t have many spots to hone their skills. Relying on impromptu parks or skating where they’re technically not allowed.

On the 1800 block of Texas Avenue there is one such impromptu, DIY skatepark but plans have been submitted to upgrade it and create a substantial addition to the neighborhood. The best part, the project has won over the community.

The purpose of this project is to transform a formally abandoned lot into a vibrant, accessible green space for the residents of Richmond. There is no public park playground within walking distance of the many young children living in the Maymont (Riverview) community. In addition, there is no full-scale skate park north of the James River in Richmond, and the closest community garden is over a mile away. This site will meet these strong needs for community space. The older residents in the community have asked for a walking trail around the perimeter of the park site in order to have an off-street location for daily exercise. By incorporating all four elements, this park will have amenities and space for all-ages.

The following civic groups all support the effort: The Friends of Riverview Community Park (FoRCP), Richmond Area Skateboarding Alliance (RASA), Maymont Civic League, and Richmond Young Professionals Kiwanis (RYPKC)

The park goes before the Urban Design Committee this afternoon. You can check out the full proposal here (pdf).

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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‘Tis the Season for Spooky Science!

Science Museum of Virginia features Halloween-Inspired activities on October 28th through the 31st.

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Halloween is on a Saturday. And it’s a full moon. And clocks roll back the next day. The universe is practically begging everyone to celebrate, so the Science Museum of Virginia is doing just that with some spooky science fun!

 

Activities include:

  • Ghostly Galleries
    • Chills, thrills and hopefully no spills as educators perform spine-tingling science experiments in the galleries, including spooky spiders, sickening slime, cool bubbles and even a Frankenstein-inspired organ dissection or two!
  • Frightful Forge
    • Guests can light up their Halloween with holiday-inspired glowing LED jewelry workshops in The Forge. Additionally, on October 31, there will be special workshops to help guests accessorize their disposable masks.
  • “Phantom of the Universe”
    • Space isn’t spooky – or is it?! Guests can learn about unlocking the mysteries of dark matter in a special showing of this planetarium show every day at 2 p.m. on the 76-foot screen in the Dome theater.

 

 

When:
Wednesday, Oct. 28, through Saturday, Oct. 31

In addition to the special activities happening inside the building, the Museum’s next Science on Tap kicks off the Halloween festivities. The adults-only virtual event is Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 8:30 p.m. Whether it’s spiders, zombies, snakes or blood suckers, guests are invited to step into the web of terror and enjoy some strange science stories during Fright Night. This event is free and open to the first 300  adult registrants.

Who:
Curious-minded guests of all ages are invited to enjoy the in-Museum activities. Science lovers who can’t visit in-person but want to join in the Halloween-themed fun can find spider, pumpkin and bat STEM at Home activities posted on the Museum’s website and social media pages.

Science on Tap is for adults (18+).

Why:
The Museum has a long tradition of creating holiday-themed content and activities. It is another way for the Museum to remind Virginians that science is all around them, and highlight ways we’re all connected to STEM. Plus, it’s fun for both staff and guests!

Where:
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

Museum operating hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How:
Gallery and Forge activities are included with Museum admission. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. “Phantom of the Universe” requires an additional Dome ticket. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Call 804.864.1400 for details about reserving tickets with the discount code.

The Museum has adjusted operating procedures, including purchasing tickets online in advance, to help ensure a safe environment for all who enter the building. Guests are encouraged to review the reopening policies on the Museum’s website at www.smv.org/welcome  before their visit.

Science on Tap is presented by WestRock.

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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting Krusty Krab Moving into Metro Grill Spot

Don’t get excited Spongebob fans.

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Richmond BizSense.com has the details on this non-Nickelodeon cartoon-themed restaurant.

The Krusty Krab will be the first for Yenci Lemus and her mother, though the co-owners have prior experience working in the industry.

“My mom always wanted to have a restaurant, and we’re trying to make that dream come true,” Lemus said early this week.

Lemus said her mother picked out the restaurant’s name because she liked the sound of it. Lemus said the name wasn’t a reference to the burger joint by the same name seen in the Nickelodeon cartoon Spongebob SquarePants and therefore wouldn’t be themed as such.

The restaurant will serve a wide variety of food including, seafood, burgers, pizza and more.

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Lee Monument Ranked #1 Most Influential Work of Protest Art by NYT Style Magazine

Three artists, a curator and a writer came together to discuss the pieces that have not only best reflected the era, but have made an impact and chose Lee Monument as it’s most influential.

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It’s impossible to walk up to the Lee Monument and not feel emotions. It is a living, constantly changing community art project that is a reflection of the times we are living in.

NYT Style Magazine has this to say in part:

Over the past several months, activists have transformed the base of the sculpture instead, covering the marble and granite with the names of victims of police violence, protest chants, calls for compassion, revolutionary symbols and anti-police slogans in dozens of colors. New phrases continually appear, adding to the kaleidoscopic display of communal, collective action. People who once avoided the statue now make pilgrimages to see what has become an emblem of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as a newly diverse public gathering space. The statue and its surrounding lawn are now the site of barbecues, music and dance performances, family get-togethers, voter registration tents, photo shoots, board games, basketball hoops and religious services, as well as ongoing demonstrations, encampments and candlelight vigils.

See some of our photos of the Lee Monument here, here, and here. Photos of other confederate monuments coming down Jackson here, Soldiers and Sailors here, Jefferson Davis here, and Stuart here (Skater Protest at Stuart).

 

The fate of the monument is still in the air. There is an excellent thread here that summarizes where we’re at when it comes to Lee’s removal.

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