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Three follow up meetings for Byrd Park survey announced

From Ryan Rinn, director of Storefront for Community Design:

[Meeting 1:] Thursday, September 3rd from 7pm – 9pm at the Round House in Byrd Park (RSVP HERE).  Following the regular business of the Friends of William Byrd Park, [results] from the original survey will be presented, and follow-up discussion will take place regarding priorities for the park.

[Meetings 2 and 3:] On September 10th and 16th from 4pm-9pm open prioritization voting sessions will take place at the Virginia Home, 1101 Hampton Street.  Data from the survey and the discussion on September 3rd will be used to categorize priorities. Anyone who would like to participate is welcome to come by for 10-20 minutes anytime during the open voting hours to participate in a prioritization exercise.  Volunteers from Storefront will be present to assist you.

At the completion of the process a full report, including survey results, will be delivered to the Friends of William Byrd Park, the City of Richmond and posted publicly at storefrontrichmond.org.

If your schedule allows, I hope to see you on Thursday, Sept 3rd from 7-9pm at the Round House in Byrd Park – all are welcome.  If you’re planning to attend you can RSVP HERE.  If you have questions feel free to reply to this email or to give me a call at (804)322-9556.

Have a great weekend,


Ryan C. Rinn

Executive Director
Storefront for Community Design
205 E. Broad St, RVA 23219

Richmond Community Toolbank now accepting applications from nonprofits

The Richmond Community Toolbank will open on March 19 (see the announcement below), but nonprofit organizations (with supporting documents) can now register ahead of time. Learn more at http://www.richmond.toolbank.org


RVA Tree Stewards trim tree canopies at Thomas Square on 10/11

If helping out with the planting of two new trees at Thomas Square on Saturday 10/4 wasn’t enough (in addition to the continual watering of new trees that were planted in Petronius S. Jones this past spring), the Richmond Tree Stewards took on another “small” project and trimmed the tree canopies at the southern half of Thomas Square this past weekend. A couple before and after pictures (although many more were of the maples were pruned) can be found below:





Thomas Square receives a major facelift

Due to the lack of funding for park maintenance in the city’s budget (as recently noted by our friends in Byrd Park), the City of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Rec, and Community Facilities, the Department of Public Works, RVA Clean Sweep, the Randolph Neighborhood Association, and the Richmond Tree Stewards worked to bring about a much needed overhaul at Thomas Square, a public space that anchors the northeastern part of the Randolph neighborhood.

From start to finish, the project took about three weeks and there is still some minor clean up work to be done. On Saturday, October 4, residents from the Randolph community worked with staff members from the City of Richmond, local nonprofits (noted above), and several dozen college volunteers (consisting of UR’s Bonner Scholars ProgramVCU’s RUF campus ministry, and VCU students from the neighborhood) to remove overgrown bushes, plant new trees, and do some light repairs on benches and signs. To close out the day, Dr. Peyton McCoy, Ms. Ethel Johnston and Ms. Lala Williams spoke to the students about the history of the Randolph neighborhood and encouraged them to collaborate with long-time residents to promote positive change in the area. (Before and after photos can be found below.) The weather was beautiful and many residents expressed a tremendous amount of gratitude when the work was finished.


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RNA and RVA Clean Sweep to host neighborhood workday on Saturday, 10/4

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