Community centers add weekend hours
7/23/2018, 11:32 a.m.
Weekend hours have been restored to five Richmond recreation centers, and a sixth center will have weekend hours in a few weeks, City Hall announced Tuesday.
The expanded hours also mean that the indoor pool at Bellemeade Community Center in South Side is now open on weekends. It has been operating only on the weekdays since it opened about five years ago.
Spending cutbacks on recreation led to the elimination of weekend hours years ago.
The extended hours result from additional funding that Mayor Levar M. Stoney and Richmond City Council included in the new city budget that became effective July 1.
The centers that are now open from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays are:
• Bellemeade Community Center, 1800 Lynhaven Ave. The indoor pool is open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
• Hotchkiss Community Center, 701 E. Brookland Park Blvd.
• Powhatan Community Center, 5051 Northampton St.
• Randolph Community Center, 1415 Grayland Ave. and
• Southside Community Center, 6255 Old Warwick Road.
The Calhoun Family Investment Center, 436 Calhoun St. in Gilpin Court, also is to start weekend hours for recreation programs, perhaps beginning next month, although a specific date has not been set. The city has not said anything about reopening the long-closed indoor pool at the Calhoun Center.
“Expanding the operating hours of city community centers increases recreational and leisure activities and this fall will build on the traditional after-school programs the centers offer,” Mayor Stoney said.
With the weekend hours, the centers are expanding their offerings of basketball, volleyball, pickleball and fitness training as well as programs in the cultural arts, fashion, woodworking, digital photography and other subjects, officials said.
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities plans to monitor center use and could make changes in the hours based on usage and resident requests, officials said.