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!
Great Backyard Bird Count Flies in this Weekend
This post is for the birds, literally.
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.
Last Call for Storm Drain Art Submissions
Local artists you can make a difference in our watershed but your deadline for entries is February 2nd
The deadline for submissions is fast approaching, and we’d love to see YOUR ideas for Richmond’s fifth annual Storm Drain Art Project. Local artists ages 18 and older are invited to submit storm drain designs between now and Sunday, February 2, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
We’re looking for art that paints a picture of how important it is to keep our river – and our drinking water – clean. All four finalists will receive a $400 stipend and publicity for their artwork on drains in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom.
- Submit your design using the template on the RVAH2O website.
- Help promote the goals of the City of Richmond’s RVA Clean Water Plan – a five-year roadmap for reducing pollutant discharges into the James River, starting with wastewater, stormwater and the combined sewer system.
Locations of over 20 pop-up parklets announced for 2019 celebration of Park(ing) Day
The 20+ pop-up parks in Richmond will be ready for visits by the public by 9:00 a.m. and will remain open until about 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20th.
On Friday, September 20th, over 20 Richmond design, architecture, creative firms, and artists will participate in the global event called Park(ing) Day. Started in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day is an annual celebration of public space in the city in which people independently but simultaneously turn parking spots into temporary public parks, art installations and other creative uses of space for others to enjoy.
Venture Richmond – the downtown leadership organization – is coordinating this year’s Park(ing) Day event, including a design/build competition to be judged by a panel of notable Richmonders. The person, organization, or business associated with the winning pop-up park for Park(ing) Day will have the opportunity to take their urban park to the next level by partnering with Venture Richmond and the City of Richmond on the creation of a more permanent parklet installation in the downtown area for people to use every day of the year.
The 20+ pop-up parks in Richmond will be ready for visits by the public by 9:00 a.m. and will remain open until about 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20. The judging will take place between 10:30 a.m. and noon, and the winners will be announced at a happy hour and awards ceremony starting at 4:30 p.m. at Bar Solita in the downtown Arts District.
“Venture Richmond is really excited to be taking the lead on coordinating Park(ing) Day in RVA this year,” said Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking, Max Hepp-Buchanan. “For us, the opportunity to activate our downtown streets with mini-parks for the day, while simultaneously raising awareness of and promoting the City of Richmond’s parklet program was something we just couldn’t pass up. We look forward to working with the City of Richmond and some of our participants in the near future to install permanent parklets, adding more public space to our increasingly vibrant downtown streets.”
An interactive map showing all Park(ing) Day locations can be found below.