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Richmond City Council considers park-related measures

Posted at 7:20 AM, Jul 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-27 11:39:15-04

RICHMOND, Va -- Richmond City Council is holding public hearings on two items related to city parks on Monday night.

The first is related to the renovations at Kanawha Plaza in downtown Richmond. The City Countil will consider appointing Enrichmond Foundation, a nonprofit group focusing on supporting the city's parks, as the fiscal agent for the project. That would allow the organization to receive donations toward the renovation project.

The city has set a goal of $6 million for the project. The city is also leading fundraising efforts.

Renovations will include redoing concrete structures on the plaza and doing new landscaping. City leaders are hoping to have them done by the time the UCI Road World Championships arrive in September.

The second is a proposal to create a new park on Richmond's Northside.

Lieutenant Ozell Johnson Memorial Park would be created on a tract of land at 241 East Ladies Mile Road. The park would be named in honor of one of the first African American officers hired by the department. Lieutenant Johnson is also credited with creating neighborhood watch programs throughout the city.

Richmond City Council considers creating new park

Council members are expected to vote on the measure to create the park at Monday night's meeting, which takes place at 6:00 at City Hall.