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Young Mountain Bikers Racing in Forest Hill Park today in the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series

It’s another race day in Forest Hill Park.

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Today from around 4 PM to 7 PM (full schedule) the trails in Forest Hill Park will be busy with young riders, ranging from elementary to high school. The Virginia High School race series is having a race in Forest Hill Park. The race is part of 5 races that take place across the state and riders from all over will be taking part. This is the second race in the series.

Don’t be deceived by the name, there will be riders from Elementary, Middle School, and High School.

This is a great opportunity to go out and root for some young riders. The trails will be open but be aware of and get out of the way, when possible, of the racers.

From 2016 races.

About the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series:

VAHS MTB Series is Virginia’s official interscholastic mountain bike race series. Sanctioned by USA Cycling, VAHS MTB offers competitive racing for riders of all ability levels. The series is open to ANY high school, middle school, or elementary school student.

The VAHS MTB Series is held under USA Cycling Permit and is open to any elementary, middle or high school student in the Commonwealth. Each event has separate Elementary School (ages 9 & over), Middle School, JV, and Varsity races for both girls and boys. Most races are on primarily single-track trails and are multiple-lap events to provide a spectator-friendly experience for coaches and parents. Racers do NOT need to be on a school team to participate nor do racers need to have any race experience.VASH MTB Series is open to public school, independent school, and home school students.

The VAHS MTB Series’ mission is provide a professional and enjoyable interscholastic racing experience for competitors and spectators. For those new to racing, it is an ideal introduction to mountain bike racing. If you like to mountain bike and are considering racing, this is your chance.

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Virtual Carter Jones/Fonticello Playground Meeting – Kids Encouraged to Attend

Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.

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Chris Schwartz from the City of Richmond’s Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss and review possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.

The equipment was removed due safety concerns after being vandalized late last year. The replacement equipment once selected and funded will be moved to the New Master plan location to start the Markiya Simone Dickson Imagination Zone. The park master plans will be posted in the comments of the event link.

We are encouraging KIDS ages 5-12 to attend this meeting. Chris says he always gets the best playground feedback from them.

When: Saturday, January 23, 2021 – 10am
Topic: Carter Jones / Fonticello Playground Meeting

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Councilperson Kristen Larson’s Statement on Full Traffic Signal at Huguenot and Cherokee

Between 2015 and 2018, there were 26 vehicle crashes at the Huguenot and Cherokee intersection.

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Statement from Councilperson Kristen Larson:

Dear 4th District Neighbors:

I am writing to update you on the proposed full traffic signal at the intersection of Huguenot and Cherokee Roads. More than a year ago, on August 19, 2019, I hosted a meeting at the Huguenot Community Center to discuss the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) proposal for the signal. Travis Bridewell, the City’s Traffic Engineering Operations Manager, presented the proposal along with crash data justifying DPW’s support of the project. Between 2015 and 2018, there were 26 vehicle crashes at the Huguenot and Cherokee intersection. Since that meeting, our office has heard from many of you with safety concerns from drivers and bicyclists who pass through this well-trafficked area.

I realize that there are a number of residents who are concerned that the installation of a full traffic signal at this intersection might increase traffic volume and speeds along Cherokee Road. Fortunately, DPW will be installing 2 speed tables on Cherokee Road this spring which will help to slow and deter traffic. This was an option that was discussed at the meeting in 2019.

Based on the traffic crash data and the community feedback I have received over the past year, I am in full support of the Huguenot/Cherokee full traffic signal which will include ADA ramps, pedestrian countdown signals, and ladder crosswalks. The project is not currently funded, but I have expressed my support for it in forthcoming budgets.

Please feel free to email comments or questions to [email protected] or call (804) 646-5646.

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James River Park Hits an Impressive 2 Million Visitors for 2020

If you thought the park felt more crowded this year, you were right.

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What’s your favorite spot? Pony Pasture/Wetlands is high as is Reedy Creek.

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