Randolph Neighborhood Survey


Randolph Neighborhood Survey

Dear Neighbor:

The Randolph Neighborhood Association is reorganizing our efforts in our
neighborhood. A neighborhood association draws people together and is a
great way to keep our neighborhood safe and neighbors informed about
City processes and programs. Neighborhood participation gives you a
stronger, united voice in civic life and joins us in shared neighborhood

Once our Neighborhood Association becomes organized and recognized
our Neighborhood Association will provide us with a clear, organized way
for our members to speak to City government and improves the two-way
communication between the City and our neighborhood residents.
We need your help in identifying and prioritizing issues in our
neighborhood. The information you provide will help our Neighborhood
Association and the City of Richmond. Please take a few minutes to fill out
this survey. The results of the survey will be shared with our neighbors at
our meetings and on our website.

If you choose to include your contact info in the related survey question, you will be entered into a random drawing to win a $25 Visa gift card.

Follow link for survey: Randolph Neighborhood Survey


Bentlyy Photography has a Randolph Focus

This year at National Night Out, we were lucky to meet Allen Robinson, owner of Bentlyy Photography. According to the bio on his website, Allen has loved taking pictures since his first photography class in elementary school. Allen is a Randolph resident, inspired by his love for Richmond.


You can follow him on instagram @shotsbybentlyy.
To purchase photos or services,
please contact via his site or 804-309-5924.

Thanks to Allen for sharing his photography from Randolph’s 2018 National Night Out, pictured below.IMG_3350_FotorIMG_3347_FotorIMG_3401_FotorIMG_3371_FotorIMG_3337_FotorIMG_3445_FotorIMG_3462_FotorIMG_3447_FotorIMG_3343_Fotor


Hope you enjoyed Randolph’s National Night Out (Aug. 7)


Yvonne and grandson.

Randolph’s National Night Out was a success this year, with thanks to all the attendees who took time to come out and share the evening with their neighbors, law enforcement and community representatives.

Thanks to our planning committee members, especially Yvonne Singleton for heading up the group. Thanks to all volunteers for helping make this event a success!

Yvonne has planned a “Wrap Up” meeting for this Monday, Aug 13, 2018. Please attend if you’d like to share your thoughts on this year’s event, as well as suggestions for next year. The meeting is posted on both Facebook and Nextdoor, where you can RSVP.

Special thanks to:
Lynn Burris
Maurice Johnson
Birdhouse Farmer’s Market
Richmond Redevelopment and Housing
Patty Parks and Richmond Public Library
Richmond Police Department and McGruff
Councilman Parker Agelasto and liaison Amy Robins
Melanie Ramos and Richmond’s Parks and Recreation
Talmadge Richardson and Randolph Community Center
School board representative Patrick Sapini, Flo Sapini and their family
& more!


Our friendly volunteers.

Stay tuned for our next post, where we will show case more NNO photos, taken by local photographer Allen Robinson with Bentlyy Photography.

By the way, please email any Randolph announcements, news, history or photos if you would like them featured on this blog or social media.

Randolph Neighborhood Association’s Quarterly Meeting – July 16, 2018

The Randolph Neighborhood Association is meeting on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Randolph Community Center. Please review the agenda using the link below.

On Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30pm Mayor Stoney will also be holding community hours at the community center. This meeting will be 5th District wide and not neighborhood specific.

RNA meeting agenda:

Restrictive Parking Zones: https://randolphrva.com/2018/06/02/restricted-decal-permit-parking-zone/

National Night Out: https://randolphrva.com/2018/06/13/the-first-planning-meeting-for-national-night-out-is-monday-june-18/

Brief Recap of GRTC meeting – A subcommittee needs to meet outside of this meeting to provide a map of preferred stop throughout the neighborhood. Increased frequency to every 30 minutes and extend the route until 11pm.

5th District Updates
– Grayland Bike Lane Timeline: https://randolphrva.com/tag/contraflow-bike-lane/

– RVA311 Website & App: www.rva311.com

– Traffic Concerns at Harrison/Idlewood and along Idlewood

– VCU RAM CAMP – Neighborhood Volunteers needed to help lead VCU volunteers throughout the neighborhood on Thursday, August 16 from 8:30am-12pm. Contact Amy.Robins@richmondgov.com if you can help or have a suggestion. They will be focused on litter pick up, graffiti removal, and beautification projects.

If you wish to have an items added to the agenda, please email randolphrva@gmail.com.

Community meeting with GRTC to be held

The Randolph Neighborhood Association will be holding a community meeting with GRTC to discuss the bus line running through the neighborhood and residents’ concerns.
The meeting will take place on Monday, July 9, 2018 from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Randolph Community Center (1415 Grayland Ave.). Councilmember Agelasto will be present for the meeting.
You can share event/RSVP if desired on Facebook or Nextdoor.

The first planning meeting for National Night Out is Monday June 18


2018 National Night Out is Tuesday, August 7. Communities throughout the Richmond area will hold neighborhood events. This year is the 35th Anniversary of National Night Out.

Can you help Randolph plan for National Night Out? We need volunteers and people with ideas and energy to contribute to this neighborhood effort.

There is a NNO Planning Committee Meeting on Monday, June 18th at 6 p.m.. at Randolph Community Center, 1415 Grayland Avenue. All are welcome to begin the planning for another great NNO.

WHAT IS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT?  (courtesy of natw.org)
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

Restricted (Decal/Permit) Parking Zone

The Randolph Neighborhood Association met on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 to discuss a Restricted (Decal/Permit) Parking Zone in the north east corner of the neighborhood. The goal of this meeting was to determine the scope of the restricted area, time, hours, number of permits per households, and to determine the timeline.

 The scope:

parking_mapAREA: Please see the map above to view the areas that are most impacted by VCU parking.  The area in blue is the primary focus for collection of signatures. The areas in yellow are secondary and can easily be added to the petition. Please note by creating a restricted (permit) parking zone, students parking in the neighborhood may be pushed further in. So if you live on Lakeview and feel you should be included, please so say. Once the Restricted (Permit) Parking Zone becomes an ordinance it CANNOT be changed for a full calendar year. All restricted (permit) parking areas are for one (1) hour; except:

♦ The Harrison Street bridge and the Northside of Grayland will become three (3) hour parking.

♦   If you have a permit, you do not need to worry about the restrictions.

♦   If you are not in this part of the neighborhood, you do not need to worry about this.

  • TIME: The restriction will be Monday through Friday from 7am to 9pm
  • PERMITS PER HOUSEHOLD: 3; $25/each
  • GUEST PASSES: 1; $35

The timeline for this project:

May/June 2018 – Solicited feedback via social media and website from neighbors to determine if the scope needs to change/added to.

Monday, July 16, 2018 – The Randolph Neighborhood Association meets and will hear final feedback from neighbors in the proposed restricted (Decal/Permit) parking zone.

August 2018 – Collection of signatures will begin.

September 2018– Signatures will be turned into the DPW Parking Division. A parking study will be conducted.

January 2019 – If approved, Decal/Permit parking will begin.

Why is the Randolph Neighborhood Association pushing this now? The Oregon Hill neighborhood is moving forward with their restricted (Decal/Permit) parking in the Fall 2018. This will leave Randolph as the only non-restricted parking surrounding VCU. Currently, neighbors in the area without off street parking are already having a hard time with parking.

You can read through the Fan District and Carver District Restricted Parking Q&A on the city website. It will likely answer any questions you may have.

Fan District: http://www.richmondgov.com/Parking/FanDistrict.aspx

Carver District: http://www.richmondgov.com/Parking/CarverDistrict.aspx

Again, updates will be provided during the regular quarterly meeting on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 6:30pm. If you are interested in helping collect signatures for the parking area or have questions, please email us at randolphrva@gmail.com. The petition cannot change once signatures are collected.

Randolph residents considering restrictive parking permits

What: Randolph restrictive parking permits meeting

When: On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the Randolph Community Center, 1415 Grayland Avenue, Richmond, VA.

Why now? The Oregon Hill neighborhood is moving forward with their restrictive parking in the Fall. This will leave Randolph as the only non-restricted parking surrounding VCU.

This will be the first Restrictive Parking Meeting for the eastern side of Randolph. The goal of this meeting is to determine the scope of the restrictive area, time, hours, number of permits per households, and to start the petition process.

Currently area being considered is Grayland to Claiborne along Harrison THEN west to Randolph Street.

Currently, neighbors in the area without off street parking have a hard time with parking. Again, this is the first a few meetings. Updates will be provided during the regular quarterly meeting too.

If you are interested in helping craft the parking area please get involved early on. The petition cannot change once signatures are collected. If so, the signatures will need to be collected again.

Read more about parking in the City of Richmond, here.

(Image below is example, courtesy of the City of Richmond. Actual parking restriction options and rules will be discussed in meetings).


Activities at Randolph Community Center

Did you know Randolph Community Center (1415 Grayland Ave.) has affordable or free classes as well as activities and events for the community? 

Please call (804) 646-1080 for more details and to confirm scheduling.

Recent offerings at RCC include:

Karaoke Night: Wednesday, April 18 – come out to sing, laugh and enjoy some refreshments.

Paint & Sip Night: Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Jewelry Making: Monday, April 23, 6 pm.

Bible Study: Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

Women’s Self Defense Workshop: Thursday, April 26, 7:30-8:30 pm.

Follow Randolph C. C. Dragons on Facebook for other event announcements.

The proposed cigarette tax and City Hall’s public hearing on April 23rd

Want to know more about the reasons behind the proposed cigarette tax and how it can help fund improvements for Richmond Public Schools? Read Cigarette Tax Explained by Richmond Forward.

You have an opportunity to sign the support statement and attend the public hearing at City Hall on April 23rd at 6 pm.