The tradition is back! Join VCU Alumni 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 in Monroe Park for the Ram Spirit Walk.
The walk starts immediately after New Student Convocation. In the Welcome Week tradition, the Class of 2025, incoming transfer students and The Peppas spirit band will march from Monroe Park to a block party.
Starting in Monroe Park, students will take a right on Franklin Street, a right on Belvidere Street, a right on Main Street and right on Linden Street, ending on Floyd Avenue. Students are encouraged to touch the Ram Horns as they make their way past the University Student Commons.
Alumni, family and friends are welcome to join us in the park or along the route to welcome new students to VCU. You can also join remotely and watch the event online. Convocation will be streamed on Facebook Live, and the Ram Spirit Walk will be streamed on the Students Today Alumni Tomorrow Instagram.
Please note, this event follows VCU and VCU Health guidelines.
VCU has required that all students attending school this year be fully vaccinated and masks are required indoors for all students and staff.
GRTC may implement some route changes.
Possible Detours During Ram Spirit Walk
WHEN: Monday, August 23, 2021, for activities 11:30AM – 9:30PM.
WHAT: The Ram Spirit Walk parade occurs at 4PM around Monroe Park and ends in the middle of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus. Because pedestrians will use the street, it is possible GRTC may implement detours around the special event for everyone’s safety. There are other VCU special events occurring in the vicinity that may require detours.
IMPACT: Routes 5 and 77 may detour if Main St. is blocked during the parade.
Route 77 looping around Monroe Park: Buses making the loop around Monroe Park on Belvidere continue south past Main St. if blocked, turn right on Cumberland St., left on Harrison St., and resume regular routing.
MISSED BUS STOPS: #1635 (Main and Laurel), #1639 (Main and Harrison), #1182 (Harrison and Main), and #1184 (Harrison and Parkwood).
Route 5 Westbound at Monroe Park: If Main St. is blocked, buses turn left on Belvidere, right on Cumberland St., right on Harrison St., left on Main St. and resume regular routing.
MISSED BUS STOPS: #1635 (Main and Laurel) and #1639 (Main and Harrison).
Road Closures Around Capitol on Friday for Protests
Some closures are for a march but other roads will be from 6 AM – 4 PM.
For approximately one hour, 1 – 2 p.m. on Friday, September 17, several roads around Capitol Square will be closed to accommodate the March for Life demonstration march. Three roads will not be available for street parking.
The planned beginning and end location of the march is East Main and 12th streets. The following streets will be closed as needed:
- East Main Street between North 9th and North 14th streets
- North 9th Street between East Main and East Broad streets
- East Broad Street between North 9th and North 14th streets
- North 14th Street between East Broad and East Main streets
The following roads will have no parking zones in effect from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.:
- Southbound lane of North 14th Street between East Broad and Bank streets
- East Main Street between North 8th and North 12th streets
- North 12th Street between Bank Street and East Main Street
Suspect Sought in Westover Hills Boulevard Commercial Robbery/Aggravated Assault
At approximately 10:32 p.m., Friday, September 10, a male suspect wearing a black ski mask entered the business, located in the 1200 block of Westover Hills Boulevard, wielding a large edged weapon and demanding cash from the register.
Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is a suspect in a commercial robbery and aggravated assault at a business on Westover Hills Boulevard last week.
At approximately 10:32 p.m., Friday, September 10, a male suspect wearing a black ski mask entered the business, located in the 1200 block of Westover Hills Boulevard, wielding a large edged weapon and demanding cash from the register. The suspect assaulted and stabbed an employee before stealing cash and fleeing on foot.
The employee was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.
Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is asked to contact Third Precinct Detective R. Bailey at (804) 646-3912 or call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
Pipeline Still Closed but Work has Begun
The guesstimate for the reopening of the trail is two weeks.
Weekly Pipeline Update because our construction work has begun!
First and foremost, a reminder that, as of August 2nd, all sanitary (wastewater) flow has been diverted upstream at Tredegar, so any flow you may see leaking from Pipeline is river water that’s seeping in from Haxall Canal, groundwater, and/or stormwater from Richmond’s summer rain.Now for the good stuff: The scoop on the repair process!All materials and supplies needed for repairs have arrived, and CSX gave us the green-light to start working on the pipe on Monday (09.13.2021), so our crews got to work!This week our team is using a cement substance to fill in those pesky leaking holes along the pipe.Then, next week, our team will layer an epoxy and a mesh on the bottom and surrounding the entire pipe’s external circumference.Following the completion of all this work, our team will once again CCTV (closed-circuit television) the pipe to get an internal look at how we did. Only after we check our work and give it the good ol’ thumbs up will the trail and beaches alongside it be reopened. (We think we’re about two weeks away from that point.)Until then, Pipeline trail and its adjacent beaches are closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James.
More soon, folks—stay tuned!