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Science Museum of Virginia adding a parking deck and green space

The parking deck is cool and all, but what’s really exciting is all the green space that will be added in front of the Children’s Museum of Richmond.

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As you can see from the drawing above the addition of the 400-space parking deck between the Children’s Museum of Virginia and the Science Museum of Virginia frees up the front of the Children’s Museum for an impressive front lawn. At least that’s one plan.

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The plans, which currently are in the concept stage, also call for turning the existing parking lot in front of the two museums into a park-like green space.

“It’s been a delight to watch this resurgence of Scott’s Addition. The best museums kind of reflect back the aspirations of the community that they are in,” Richard Conti, chief wonder officer at the museum, said Wednesday morning at a meeting of the Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association.

“We discovered in order to really use our property and our site to leverage the best of what’s around us, we have to figure out parking, so we have a parking deck under design,” Conti said.

A parking deck would allow the museum to “scrape up all that asphalt along Broad Street and really create a grand civic green space,” Conti said, explaining the nature of the project to the Scott’s Addition business owners and residents meeting at Paisley & Jade, a vintage and specialty rental business on West Moore Street.

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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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Virginia Capital Trail celebrates five years with month-long celebration encouraging everyone to get outside

The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, which celebrated its 5th Birthday on October 2nd, invites walkers, runners, and bikers to complete outdoor activities, exploring sites along the Trail, and earning virtual badges that unlock educational facts about the Virginia Capital Trail.

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The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, which celebrated its 5th Birthday on October 2nd, invites walkers, runners, and bikers to complete outdoor activities, exploring sites along the Trail, and earning virtual badges that unlock educational facts about the Virginia Capital Trail.

In celebration of the Capital Trail’s fifth anniversary, participants will have the opportunity to select five out of eight exciting activities to complete between October 1st and 31st. Each activity will inspire participants to explore and experience the Capital Trail in a new way. Trail users are encouraged to challenge their friends and Trail friends for added fun!

“The Virginia Capital Trail is a wonderful recreational and transportation asset to our local communities and region. We are extremely excited to launch this engaging event in celebration of the Virginia Capital Trail’s 5th Anniversary,” shares Cat Anthony, executive director of the Virginia Capital Trail. “This is a great opportunity to introduce the Capital Trail to new visitors, showcase its impact, encourage outdoor recreation, and celebrate not only the Virginia Capital Trail but our amazing Trail community.”

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James River Park Rules for Memorial Day Weekend

The weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend is a mixed bag but the rules and closures are straight forward.

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Memorial Day weekend is always a busy time in our parks, beaches, and pools. This year with Covid-19 the options are limited and those that are open have new rules in place to try and keep everyone healthy.

The James River Park System will be open this Memorial Day Weekend, but in order to help protect the public, we are taking the precautionary measures listed below:

  • Pony Pasture Parking Lot Closed
  • Texas Beach/North Bank Parking Lot Closed
  • Tredegar Green Parking Lot Closed
  • Ancarrow’s Parking Lot limited to 60 vehicles
  • 21st Tower Closed
  • Pipeline Trail Closed
  • Manchester Climbing Wall Closed
  • No Public Bathrooms
  • River Level will be above 10 feet- No Swimming!

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Great Backyard Bird Count Flies in this Weekend

This post is for the birds, literally.

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We post our fair share of winged friends on this site. I’m mostly entirely to blame for the proliferation of plumed pals. If you share my same fascination with creatures that can defy gravity and come in so many shapes and sizes please consider signing up the Great Backyard Bird Count. If you’re interested in finding out even more about our local birds you can always go hang out with the Richmond Audubon Society.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

The 23rd annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 14, through Monday, February 17, 2020. Please visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information and be sure to check out the latest educational and promotional resources.

It wouldn’t be a post about birds if I didn’t share some new bird photos. This is a Great Blue Heron spotted grabbing dinner at Chez Forest Hill Park Lake.


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