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Visible Signs of Church Hill’s Lockdown

Howdy neighbors!  We’re excited to share a guest article by Stephen C.!

Here in Church Hill, residents can see firsthand many visible signs of the Coronavirus lock down. The Bark Park (located below Chimborazo Park) shows a locked gate. The Chimborazo Playground (between Libby Hill and Chimbo Park) sits with gates chained and basketball backboards and tennis netting removed. Chimborazo Park is closed to car traffic. Some city trash cans remain unemptied, grass by the water tower has not been mowed in some time. And people wearing masks, as we have all seen, are ubiquitous.

As of May 13, 2020, Mayor Levar Stoney is considering asking the governor for permission to extend Richmond’s lock down. (“Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is expressing reservations about whether Friday is the right time for officials to start easing restrictions in the city.” -Times-Dispatch)

Thank you Stephen for this post. It’s very jarring to see how this pandemic is affecting public spaces our community use. For those interested, here’s an earlier article that showcases a timeline of Richmond’s response to COVID-19. It only documents up to around the end of March, but it’s still a fascinating read! Please stay safe everybody.

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