Enrichmond Receives Virginia Recreation and Parks Society Honor

Enrichmond is humbled and honored to be awarded the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) “Distinguished Private Sector Service” award during its 2016 conference in Roanoke, VA. This award acknowledges Enrichmond’s 26-year partnership with the City of Richmond’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities in enhancing our Cities parks and public spaces.

We are thrilled to be recognized for our successes in;

  • Park and public space beautification
  • Community Greening Pattern Book
  • TreeLab and horticulture programs
  • Open space conservation
  • Historic cemetery preservation efforts in Evergreen, East End, and Shockoe Hill
  • New park planning, development, and expansion

“We are proud to receive this honor on behalf of our past and present staff and board members who gave so much to deliver our Foundation’s mission,” says John Sydnor, Enrichmond’s Executive Director.  “Together with our Friends and Partner groups, Enrichmond has worked with hundreds of volunteers to deliver thousands of hours improving our City’s parks and public spaces.”

Park Beautification program begins

Last month we announced our new parks and public spaces beautification partnership with Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation.  Enrichmond will assist in preparations for the Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships and several other exciting projects. One key component of this effort will be parks.

Through our Friends groups and partnerships, we will be beautifying key areas of four regional parks: Bryan Park, Byrd Park, Chimborazo Park, and Forest Hill Park.  Focusing on native plant species of ground-cover and grasses including Fall perennials we hope to put our best foot forward come race time.

Our first project was the entrance to Bryan Park. Working with the Reedy Creek Coalition and Friends of Bryan Park, we selected 8 species of natives plants (193 total plants) from Sandy’s Plants to improve the area.  A great group of Master Gardner’s working through our amazing HandsOn volunteer coordinator Sarah Van Dam assisted Enrichmond’s own City Gardner- Vicki Campbell, to install the beautiful new entrance. Great job everyone!

The next park selected by the City for some TLC will be Forest Hill.  See you out in the parks soon.