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Science Museum of Virginia Parking Deck Now Open

Good news for those visiting the Children’s Museum or the Science Museum.

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The Science Museum of Virginia has completed construction on its new parking deck. The four-level structure has 400 spaces, 25 percent more than was previously available in the surface lots adjacent to Broad Street.

The deck has an elevator, high ceilings, wide spaces and parking on level grades. The linear traffic flow (one way in and one way out) and its location on the same side as the Science Museum create a safe experience for both drivers and pedestrians.

The parking deck is made of light-colored concrete, which can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the black asphalt on which vehicles previously parked.

In the coming months, the Science Museum will be adding six electric vehicle charging stations to the deck, expanding the number on campus to eight. The new stations are sponsored by CarMax.

Who:
The parking deck, which took a little more than a year to complete, is open for all Science Museum and Children’s Museum of Richmond guests, staff, event attendees and visitors. All motorists will use the deck as the surface lot will be removed.

When:
Museum goers may use the deck during operating hours and special events. Community members will not be able to enter the deck overnight.

How:
The parking deck is located to the west of the Science Museum on the site of a former surface lot directly beside The Dome planetarium. Motorists may enter the deck two ways: from Broad Street by using the circular driveway that runs in front of the Science Museum and by turning off Terminal Drive and passing in front of the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Cars will exit the parking deck directly behind the Children’s Museum.

There is no charge to park in the deck.

Why:
The parking deck is a means to an exciting end for the Science Museum. Now that the deck is open, the Science Museum will immediately start reclaiming two acres of asphalt surface lot where vehicles previously parked. This is the next step in creating a nearly six-acre public green space called The Green.

The development of The Green aligns with the Richmond 300 development plan, which prioritizes green infrastructure for Scott’s Addition and the adjacent neighborhoods. Scott’s Addition is one of the fastest growing high-density, mixed-use neighborhoods in Richmond, but it has one of the lowest levels of urban tree cover.

The Green will help reduce the urban heat island effect by removing dark, heat-absorbing paved surfaces and increasing vegetation. The Green incorporates 100 percent Virginia native plants and trees. More than 70 percent of the species are listed as native to the Richmond region in the “Native Plants for Virginia’s Capital Region” planting guide. The remaining species were chosen to highlight iconic Virginia plants that may become more common in our region in the future due to our changing climate.

In addition, The Green offers the community a park-like space for recreation such as walking, relaxing and gathering, which promotes the scientifically proven physical and mental health benefits of natural spaces.

Where:
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

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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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Street Closures and No Parking Zones Announced for Saturday’s Armstrong/Walker Classic Parade

Alumnae of Maggie L. Walker and Armstrong High Schools along with residents and businesses will revive a long-standing tradition, the Armstrong/Walker Classic Parade occurring this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 12 noon through the streets of downtown.

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Towing will be enforced starting at 6 a.m. Saturday followed by street closures.

The Richmond Police Department is asking everyone to take safety precautions and drive with caution and care as families congregate for the celebration.

The following streets will be closed to public traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 26:

  • 8th Street @ Leigh Street
  • 4th Street @ Leigh Street (West Bound and East Bound Lanes)
  • 3rd Street @ Clay and 3rd and Jackson Street (No South Bound Traffic)
  • 2nd Street @ Clay Street
  • 1st Street @ Jackson Street
  • Clay Street @ Saint James
  • Adams @ Clay Street
  • Leigh @ Adams (Traffic Control needed to allow traffic flow South Bound and North Bound during Parade-No left or Right Turns onto Leigh Street)
  • Jackson Street @ St. Peters
  • Judah Street @ West Duval
  • West Clay @ Brook Road
  • Belvidere and Leigh Street (Traffic Control needed to allow traffic flow South Bound and North Bound during Parade-No left or Right Turns onto Leigh Street)
  • I-95 Exit Ramp to Leigh Street
  • Goshen Street @ West Clay Street
  • Hancock @ West Catherine
  • Harrison @ West Catherine
  • West Moore @ North Harrison
  • West Catherine @ Norton
  • West Catherine @ Kinney Street
  • West Catherine @ Bowe Street
  • Lombardy @ West Broad Street
  • Lombardy @ Allen Avenue
  • Lombardy @ Brook Road
  • Admiral Street @ Brook Road

Information is subject to change. Please follow RPD on Twitter at @RichmondPolice.

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Thanksgiving Meal for All

Thanksgiving is not easy for everyone.

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Happening tomorrow from 11 am-2 pm! Join The Giving Heart for their annual Community Thanksgiving Feast. This event is free and open to those in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area.

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Mending Walls Artwork Stolen

Stealing this art makes no sense and just seems to be a hurtful act.

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Spotted on the Mending Walls Facebook.

Mending Walls has been about bringing people together through creative means. It is baffling that someone would try to silence this conversation.

Our purpose is to inspire empathy and connection. We were very excited to invite you all to see the final display created by the wonderful local artist who we’ve been highlighting over the last couple of weeks in collaboration with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Richmond, VA)

The art was installed on November 17th and by the morning of the 18th artwork work was missing without a trace.

Events like this assures us that our work and purpose is causing change.

“If your voice had no power, they would not try to silence you.”

Mending Walls is a public art project that brings together public artists from different cultures and backgrounds to create murals that address where we are now in society and how we can move forward through understanding and collaboration. They’re responsible for many of the iconic murals you see in town.

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