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NBC12 on Pony Pasture Parking Woes

Although the focus of the story is on Pony Pasture other areas are being impacted by heavy park usage.

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NBC 12 has the story on the parking issues in our parks.

”It has been a lot more people this year. I don’t know if it’s because of the coronavirus. I’m sure there’s probably a lot of pools that are not open, or whatnot, and no places for people to go,” said Susan, a Stratford Hills resident who lives close to Pony Pasture.

According to the city’s Office of Parks and Recreation, the number of visitors to Pony Pasture in the month of June 2020 alone was over 44,000. They add that as of June 30, 2020, the James Rivers Park System had seen 1,076,873 visitors whereas on the same date in 2019 – there were 975,433 visitors.

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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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Metro Richmond Flying Squad Looking to Land on Bainbridge Street

The Metro Richmond Flying Squad is a Rehab/Canteen response unit staffed by volunteers who operate at various incidents to offer Rehab/Canteen services to the Metro Richmond emergency responders.

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With a motto of “Everyone Goes Home” The Metro Richmond Flying Squad is a Rehab/Canteen response unit staffed by volunteers who operate at various incidents to offer Rehab/Canteen services to the Metro Richmond emergency responders. The Metro Richmond Flying Squad provides a “safety net” for those emergency workers by providing a safe, clean area to rest, rehydrate, re-nourish and be medically evaluated for a period prior to going back into emergency operation mode.

Last night the Richmond City Council unanimously approved the ordinance that authorizes the sale of 2901 Bainbridge Street (Richmond’s former firehouse 17). This property will become the headquarters for the Flying Squad along with other exciting potential uses that honor the steep firefighting history of the City of Richmond.

Formerly Firehouse 17 at 2901 Bainbridge (Photo from Google Maps)

Learn more about the Squad and their efforts to bring life into a building that needs a good bit of TLC on Facebook. Click through to the photos to get an idea of the quality work they do to support our first responders.

 

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Fall Plant Sale at TreeLab

Go buy yourself a nice Juncus effusus (Soft Rush) or Salix nigra (Black Willow).

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Okay, I didn’t know that we had a TreeLab here in Richmond so it’s great news to hear that they’re having a sale on perennials, shrubs, and trees. See the list and pricing here.

It’s the end of the summer and we need to clear out some inventory!

Join TreeLab at the Amelia Street School greenhouse (behind the school on S Meadow St.) on Saturday, October 3rd from 9am – 2pm for native trees, shrubs, and perennials for your fall landscaping. Support TreeLab’s work greening Richmond with your purchase.

Details:

We will not be accepting pre-orders or holding plants. First come, first serve. NO CASH! We will be accepting payment via credit card or check only.

Please wear a mask and observe social distancing. The plant sale is located outdoors.
Location and parking:

Amelia Street School is in the Maymont neighborhood
1821 Amelia St, Richmond, VA 23220
The greenhouse is located behind the school, along S Meadow St.

Please park on the street!
You will be able to drive up onto the lawn to load plants into your car, but please do not park there.

The official word on Enrichmond’s TreeLab.

TreeLab is here to beautify, improve, and inform the City of Richmond through ornamental plant production, planting, and education, with a focus on native species.

TreeLab produces high-quality beautification plants and connects citizens to the benefits of Richmond’s natural urban environment through information distribution, access to horticultural expertise, collaborative projects, and workforce development opportunities.

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Arrest Made at the Circle on Monument Avenue

At approximately 11:20 p.m., officers were called to the circle on Monument Avenue for the report of an assault.

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From RPD:

An arrest was made last night after an assault at the circle on Monument Avenue.

At approximately 11:20 p.m., officers were called to the circle on Monument Avenue for the report of an assault. Officers arrived and found an adult male who had suffered injuries. He was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.

Officers spoke to several witnesses and located the suspect, Brandon Fountain, at the scene. He was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. His photo is attached.

Anyone with further information about this assault is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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