This Saturday the Friends of Pump House are removing the shackles of winter with a party. They’ve partnered with a bunch of their friends and are getting their grooves on. Last year the spring event was on the smaller size but this year they’ve found more folks that are dedicated to helping restore the Pump House.
For over a year a handful of volunteers have been working on maintaining the current structure and moving forward with plans to make it an even more valuable asset to the Richmond community.
It’s been a long, soggy winter. Let’s celebrate the return of sunshine and more daylight.
Join the Friends of Pump House as we welcome spring with a party. Proceeds will benefit ongoing restoration and preservation of the historic Pump House.
* Limited tours of the Pump House will be available. 20 people per half hour with hardhats. $5 donation required.
* Music by Pumphouse Blues whose name was inspired by the Pump House.
* Ajna Tribal performing American Tribal Style Belly Dance
* Learn more about the canals from our friends the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society
* Woodworking and demonstrations by Master chair maker Sean “Purl” Samoheyl
* Laura’s Botanicals
* Twin Oaks Hammocks
* Maymont and their reptile exhibit
* Food by Chatterbox Hotdogs
* Vasen Brewing will have tasty cold brews for sipping for those over 21 (drinking limited to the designated area on the street) No alcohol is allowed in the park.
About Friends of Pump House
Located on the North Bank of the James River, the multi-use Pump House was constructed on the same site as the first canal lock system in the USA. The downstairs was a public-use pumping station and the upstairs was a venue for lavish events and dances until the mid-1920’s.
A revitalized Pump House would be the crown jewel of the City of Richmond’s already stellar park system. However, the building needs water and sewer hookups, roof repairs and an outside elevator constructed to comply with ADA requirements before a certificate of occupancy will be issued for the building. A certificate of occupancy is necessary before public access or any use of the Pump House can be granted.
Through your donations and volunteer efforts, we as a community can revitalize the Pump House and surrounding park to its former glory.
Full disclosure the author (Richard Hayes) is on the board of Friends of Pump House.