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What is the future of Chimborazo Park?

All interested in learning about the work recently finished eliminating the trees on Chimborazo Hill and the plans for maintenance of the hill and the trails in the park are invited to an informal meeting on Tuesday August 8th at 7:00 PM at Chimborazo Park.

Meet at the Chimborazo Hospital rock near the Statue of Liberty. In the event of rain, meet under the covered pavilion near the rock and the statue.

If you are interested in helping with future work but can’t make the meeting, or for more information contact Rick Tatnall at rick@replenishrichmond.com.

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Kathi Sanders
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Kathi Sanders

I will be there!

Kathleen
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Kathleen

Is anyone from the Parks department attending?

frank pichel
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frank pichel

“work recently finished” ?

crd
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crd

@2 Same question, anyone from Parks dept. coming, AND anyone from any other city gov’t , like Councilwoman Newbille or a representative from her? Or is this just a bunch of neighbors sitting around complaining to each other?

Rick Tatnall
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Rick Tatnall

@ Kathleen and crd – Dr. Newbille and her liaison Sam have been invited to join us, but they have not shown any interest in the park to date. Also invited are folks from Parks & Rec and DPW. Ultimately, DPW has done just about all they plan to do on the hill and there is no plan of ongoing maintenance for the hill. Bottom line, if there is to be maintenance of the hill and the trails, the work will have to be done by the citizens – that is what this meeting is really about. The Friends of… Read more »

Ella Bandy
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How about just leaving the poor park alone? EVERY time someone has come up with a new idea for this park it has ended in DISASTER. The hideous apple orchard in the kudzu field, the $5,000 a pop goats, the hundreds of dead fruit trees and the ridiculous half clearing of the park this year. Let it go.

crd
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crd

@6 oh but Tatnall has an idea to plant a “food forest” there (said sarcastically). I was wondering about that failed orchard, so thanks for bringing it up.

Nathan
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Nathan

Parks & Rec must have some idea of hill maintenance. I love the work done and the open views but not maintaining this work would be bad planning, a wast of funds, pure negligence. I plan on helping where I can but I would like to hear the plan parks&precisely has.

Bill Kinsley
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Bill Kinsley

I will be there.
Why doesn’t the city finish removing the trees? What has been removed this month is a joke.
The park needs a lot more repairs than removing trees. How about the side walks, trimming the trees,edging the grass around the walks and flower beds?
I think signage is needed to let people know about the park and why it s here. Safety is never mentioned but it is waiting to happen.

PFT
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PFT

Hey Crumudgeons,
The city is putting in time and expense to make our park more accessible, enjoyable and beautiful. Good Grief, stop the whining, please.

booster
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booster

I fear for the success of this effort based on the rough way the organizer handles folks.

Animal lover
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Animal lover

Leave the park alone!!!!

Chris Lumpkin
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Chris Lumpkin

For the peanut gallery: I am the one who hatched the food forest idea, with lots of encouragement from Rick and advice from many others. I’m open to any valid constructive criticism of the idea. I hope you will get out of your arm chairs and come to the community meeting to share your experience, your knowledge, and if you don’t have either of those I’m sure you will share your opinions anyway. Bring it on! I have replaced invasive trees like this with fruiting perennials before, though on a smaller scale. I spent many hours over the past few… Read more »

booster
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booster

Calling neighbors the peanut gallery is not a good first step to any community effort. Glad to know in advance that questions will not be welcome. Looks like there is no room for neighbor buy in, here. Good luck with the project.

Rick Tatnall
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Rick Tatnall

While we will miss the insightful input of Mr. Booster, everyone who attends tomorrow’s meeting will be given an opportunity to speak and start participating in what I hope will become a master planning process for Chimborazo Park. As y’all may be aware, the City is in the early stages of developing a new long term Master Plan, so it is a great time to look at the community’s short and long term goals and objectives for Chimborazo Park and all that it connects to. Our meeting tomorrow is intended to start that process, not declare that process.

Rick Tatnall
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Rick Tatnall

The long awaited meeting with the City of Richmond administration leaders happened on October 11th. The meeting involved: > Dr. Cynthia Newbille, 7th District Council Member > Sam Patterson, 7th District Liaison > Deborah Morton, Deputy Director Parks & Rec > Marlie Creasey-Smith, Parks Programming, Park & Rec > Bobby Vincent, Director of Public Works > Carl Otto, Gillies Creek Park Foundation > Rick Tatnall, Replenish Richmond / East End Community Collaboration Takeaways from the meeting include: > The City understands it is very behind in maintenance of Lower Chimborazo and would be willing to consider citizen involvement in Chimbo… Read more »