Hands On Greater Richmond, which challenges individuals to “Be the Change,” has chosen Chimborazo Park as its signature project for its first Hands On Greater Richmond Day, Oct. 18. The park, which recently became home to the City’s newest dog park, will now benefit from the help of approximately 100 volunteers from Target department stores and the community.
“We are delighted to be one of the beneficiaries of this amazing regional volunteer effort,” said J. R. Pope, director of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “By volunteering a few hours of their time and working together, the Hands On volunteers are helping to change the face of this park, and helping to make Richmond a great place to live.”
The volunteers will be putting in new landscaping on the lower eastern edge of the park where the new dog park is located, uncovering and repairing one of the park’s old cobblestone pathways, and helping to renovate the Chimborazo Park House.
“The City’s parks really represent the best of what is public in shared space, and what better way to gather community together than by helping to repair and build a park so that everybody can enjoy it,” said Vanessa Diamond, director of Hands On Greater Richmond. “The parks department has been a great partner to work with in helping us to develop meaningful projects that have a significant impact on the community.”
This is the first Hands On Greater Richmond Day for the non-profit organization that aims to inform, inspire and engage volunteers in meaningful service and leadership to create positive change in the community. On Oct. 18, about 500 volunteers will be working on approximately 30 projects throughout the City and surrounding counties. They will kick off the day from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with remarks from community leaders during a morning rally at RIR hosted by Julie Bragg and Greg McQuade of WTVR’s “Virginia This Morning.” At 10 a.m. they will disperse to their various projects throughout the area.
Citizens of all ages are encouraged to “Be the Change” and get involved in any one of the Hands On Greater Richmond Day projects. To register or learn more, visit the Hands On Greater Richmond website at www.HandsOnGR.org or call 804-330-7400.