Cityscape-Slices of life and scenes in Richmond
5/13/2021, 6 p.m.
These gates reflect City Hall’s new policy of shutting down traffic entry into Byrd Park on weekends. Adding to previous closures, the city Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities is barring vehicles at this entry from Arthur Ashe Boulevard onto Paddle Boat Lane. Gates also bar traffic at South Robinson Street at Boat Lake Drive and at Lakeview Avenue at South Robinson Street. The weekend gate closings began May 1. The department’s notice states the gates will be closed until further notice, noting that parking is available at Grant and South Sheppard streets. In April 2020 amid the pandemic, the department began limiting weekend traffic into the popular West End park by blocking entry at Strollers Lane, Westover Road and Trafford Road. Those closures remain in effect.