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City closes Manchester Climbing Wall to encourage social distancing

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Posted at 1:54 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 18:06:44-04

RICHMOND, Va. – The City of Richmond announced Thursday the Manchester Climbing Wall will close temporarily in an effort to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) say the decision was made due to the "high use, high concentration, and high touch area" that does not allow for the public to properly social distance or allow proper sanitation to take place.

Beginning on Monday, April 27, 2020, the department will close off access to the Manchester Climbing Wall.

Additionally, the department is closing Chimborazo Park, 3215 E. Broad Street, to vehicular traffic, effective immediately.

“The city understands the importance of the park system to our residents and will re-evaluate the need for closures and cancellations as this unprecedented situation evolves,” said a PRCF spokesperson.

The department had previously closed all dog parks, athletic fields, picnic shelters, park houses, community centers, administrative offices, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, skate parks, playgrounds, and canceled all department sponsored programming.

Additionally, traffic gates within Byrd Park on Strollers Lane, Westover Road, and Trafford Road will be closed on both Saturday and Sunday until further notice.

Parking will also continue to be limited at Ancarrow’s Landing on the weekends.