James River Park Manager Named

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities has named Nathan J. Burrell as manager of its James River Park. Burrell follows in the footsteps of the well-known Ralph White, who worked for the park for more than 30 years until his retirement in December 2012. His appointment comes after a nationwide search and review by a citizen advisory committee.

      “I am confident in Mr.

Department to Host Community Yard Sale

The department will host a community yard sale on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Blackwell Community Center, located at 300 East 15th Street.  The public is invited to participate both as a vendor and as a shopper.

      If you want to get rid of all the items you no longer use that are cluttering up your life, for just $5 you can reserve your space and rent a table or bring

Happy St George's Day!

St George slaying the dragon

To celebrate the day of the
patron saint of England,
here are some suggestions 
of events to take part in, 
around the country.

VisitEngland enews

Here are the headlines this April from VisitEngland:

  • Wallace & Gromit have been recruited as 'Tourism Trailblazers' to inspire Britons to take a holiday at home this year in a nationwide campaign; the first ad is due to be aired on 12th May. More
  • Listen Up! is a guide containing tips and advice to help tourism businesses welcome customers with hearing loss. See this page for a video and pamphlet
  • VisitEngland is working with destinations to develop exciting itineraries for all visitors including those with access needs - find out more here
  • VisitEngland has now published 2012 year end results from the GB Tourism Survey, full report here
  • Awards for Excellence 2012 - the Awards shortlist of finalists is now available
  •  Arts Council England has launched the Creative Employment Programme fund providing young people with an opportunity to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector; employers can receive funding for wage contributions. More information here

Celebrate 2013 Earth Day at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market

The Richmond Earth Day Festival kicks-off on Saturday, April 20, from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market in the city’s historic Shockoe Bottom. Admission to the festival is free.

      The Richmond Earth Day Festival will entertain and educate attendees about local resources that make the world a better place, as well as featuring great live music and local food, beer and wine

City, Comcast Partner to Beautify Byrd Park

Hundreds of Volunteers Expected on Comcast Cares Day, Comcast’s Annual Nationwide Day of Service


WHAT:           Local volunteers, including City of Richmond and Comcast employees and their families and friends; the Mayor’s Participation, Action, and Communication Team (MPACT); Friends of Byrd Park, Clean City Commission, and Sierra Club – Fall of James chapter; and students from

Municipal construction

Given the (relative) popularity of the post about municipal fountains (http://recreationground.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/top-five-municipal-fountains-eastern.html), here's a news story from Macedonia about its current monument-building programme: no mention of fountains per se, but the picture at the bottom apparently shows a partially constructed one: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/new-bach-of-statues-erected-in-skopje

The financial implications of killing children

Quote from today's Guardian (5/4/2013): "David Cameron has strongly endorsed controversial comments by George Osborne in which the chancellor highlighted the killing of six children by Mick Philpott to raise questions about welfare payments." 
Quote from nowhere: 'Tom Phillips strongly invites David Cameron to endorse controversial comments by yours truly in which I would highlight the killing of numerous children (and adults) in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the name of the UK government to raise questions about tax payments to said government.'

Easter in England

In the light of Tory welfare cuts, IDS idiocy, Daily Mail hatespeak and the BBC's inadvertent sparking of class war (amongst the, erm, Facebook classes at least), here's Czech dissident Jan Urban, only months after the Berlin Wall came down: ‘There is much that we want and need from the West but there is one thing which I do not want: carelessness with people.’