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Hello, Spring!  

The Ginter Park Residents Association Weekly Gazette is our way of  bringing the most timely information to you – neighborhood news, city news, legislative updates, local business news.  Please do send comments and suggestions to communications@ginterpark.org  about the Gazette and our communications. We are here to benefit you.

This edition of the Gazette brings you announcements of spring events, activities, and meetings – update your calendars!  You will find all events, activities and meetings on the Event Calendar on this website with all details. On the Home page, click the Event Calendar button!

Thank You to our Blood Donors, who kept their appointments on March 25 at GPPC!  The Red Cross collected 30 units! Give the gift that means something! 

GPRA Membership Meeting

RESERVE THE DATE! 

Venue Union Presbyterian Seminary, Early Hall
Address 3401 Brook Road, Richmond 23227
Richmond VA 23227, US
Starts Tue Apr 12 2022, 06:30pm EDT
Ends Tue Apr 12 2022, 08:00pm EDT

Focus on General Assembly Legislative Updates and All that You Need to Know to Plan Home Renovations or Building.  

  • Come meet the 2022 GPRA Board and District Reps, and hear reports.
  • Meet and discuss with Delegate Jeffrey Bourne General Assembly Legislative Updates.
  • Hear from City Planning and Zoning staff, all that you need to know to renovate your home, construct an addition, or build a home or accessory dwelling.
  • Hear a brief update from District 3 Councilor Ann-Frnces Lambert

All residents of Ginter Park and Laburnum Park are invited to attend, but only Members are allowed to vote on Association positions on issues.  Light refreshments will be served.  The meeting hall is very spacious, so you may distance for comfort. There is ample parking in the Seminary parking lots, and the venue is fully accessible for all.

We are grateful to UPSem President Blount and his team for graciously allowing us to meet in their space! 

Ginter Park Garden Club Spring Market

We missed this fantastic event for two years due to COVID – don’t miss its return!

Fully accessible venue at rear/courtyard entrance.

CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA!

A perk of Membership – a festive, Members-Only Cinco de Mayo Fiesta! 

Not a Member, but would like to attend to make social connections?  JOIN Now, conveniently on this website at Membership on the Menu, Join GPRA, complete the form and pay the annual dues, $35 per Household.  Expires June 1, 2023.  Or, come to our party and enroll and pay there online. 

  • EVENT:  Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
  • WHEN:  Thursday, May 5, 2022, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • FEATURES:  Taco Bar, and other Tex-Mex foods. Please bring your favorite beverage.

We promise a festive, fun gathering to THANK our Members for joning and for being engaged!  Please RSVP to treasurer@ginterpark.org  so that we can plan for food.  Did not RSVP?  Please attend-we will forgive you! 

Venue Home of Julie O’Kelly
Address 3100 Noble Avenue, Richmond, 23222
Richmond VA 23222, US
Starts Thu May 5 2022, 06:00pm EDT
Ends Thu May 5 2022, 08:00pm EDT

 

Annual Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale! 

Saturday, May 7, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

(We previously published the date as April 23, but, that conflicts with the Ukrop’s  Monument Avenue 10K!)

  • When:  Saturday, May 7, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Where:  Neighborh00d-wide, Laburnum Park and Ginter Park
  • How Do I Participate:  Email your name, address, phone and email to Organizer, Margaret Barre,to register.  mgb.elf@gmail.com
  • Participation is free.
  • GPRA will publish a map of the neighbrhoods with pin-points at participating homes locations, and we will do all the work of promoting the sale.
  • Homeowners are responsible for any signage on your property; for establishing your prices and payment methods.
  • GPRA will provide brightly colored median signs at prominent intersections, and our large sandwich boards on Brook Road.
  • Would you like to participate in a Coffee & Bake Sale, coordinated with this Yard Sale, with proceeds to be earmarked for a charitable organization to be determined?  Contact Susan, communications@ginterpark.org

And, Now for a Few Serious Items…

RVA311 Requests and Followups Process

Neighbors, the Board and our District 3 City Council Councilor, Ann-Frances Lambert hear your frustrations with responses to your requests for services through the RVA311 app.  Here is the process to insure accountability.

  • Do use the RVA311 app to request services.  Thee is an embedded link to the app on this website.
  • Do review which types of issues are reportable via RVA311.
  • Do save your report confirmation number. If the work is not complete within 30 days, send the request # and your contact information to Kiya Stokes, Liaison to Councilor Lambert at, Kiya.Stokes@richmond.com
  • Please copy your email to president@ginterpatk.org
  • The most frequent complaints that the Board is hearing recently are about dead trees, or trees with falling and precarious limbs; alleys in poor condition; sidewalks in poor condition with trip/fall risks.  Please do keep us aware of your concerns, so that we can address trends, president@ginterpark.org

Traffic Concerns

Here’s the process to address your concerns about speeding, non-compliance with stop signs, and pedestrian/bicyclist safety issues.

First, everything you need to know about City Traffic Engineering:

https://www.rva.gov/public-works/transportation-engineering

  • Gather your neighbors. Share concerns. If the safety problems are of sufficient concern that you have consensus among neighbors for a request for a Traffic Engineering assessment for traffic calming measures, then compose a Petition requesting traffic calming measures, and collect the signatures of your neighbors.
  • Provide the Petition to president@ginterpark.org
  • Provide the Petition to Travis Bridewell, City of Richmond, Traffic Engineering, Operations,Address:
    900 E. Broad Street
    Richmond, VA
    23219 USA
    Hours: Mon – Fri (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)Phone No. 804-646-6430
  • Once Traffic Engineering provides their evaluation and recommendations, then the GPRA Board can provide a Letter of Support for traffic calming measures, and can provide the petition and the Letter of Support to both Traffic Engineering and to City Council District 3 Councilor to support approvval.
  • Questions?  Susan, president@ginterpark.org

Next City Council Meeting, Monday, March 28, 6:00 pm

Remember, that there is a link on our Resources/City Representativves page of this website to take you to the City Council and Sub-Committee Meetings, the Agendas, and the instructions to register to speak at the Public Comments section of the meeting. At this link, you will also find the link to access the Meetings.  Here is the link:  https://richmondva.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

Here is the link to watch City Council meetings:  https://www.rva.gov/office-city-clerk/council-meetings

It is our goal to make citizen participation a bit less stressful for you. It is a lengthy and interesting Agenda, so do review it to see whether there are issues that you wish to weigh in on.

Important VDOT News!

https://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/richmond/2022/ramp-from-laburnum-avenue-route-197-to-i-64-west-to-c

Join your neighborhood association today, or renew your annual dues!  Expiration date if you join or renew now is June 1, 2023.  Our goal is 500 Members.  Everyone is welcome.  Here are the reasons to join:

  • Enjoy a festive MEMBERS ONLY Cinco de Mayo Party, hosted by GPRA, with food and beverages provided. Come meet your neighbors. Enjoy their company, conversation, laughter, and celebrate spring. Non-members may attend only by joining at this social event.
  • Enjoy a MEMBERS ONLY Holiday Gala, an elegant evening event hosted by GPRA in December, with beverages, food, and music provided. Non-members may attend this event by purchasing a ticket to this social event or by joining.
  • Adopt a Tree for a median adjacent to your home, and GPRA will assist with your application and will pay 50% of the City fee for the tree.
  • Only members may vote for Board members and on association positions taken in response to City government actions or proposed actions.

Your civic association, known as one of the most active in the city, provides a myriad of services to our neighborhood residents daily, some of which are:

  • Liaison with RPD regarding Public Safety issues of concern to our neighbors
  • Review and response to zoning, Special Use Permit applications, development and redevelopment projects with impacts for our neighborhood
  • Ongoing communication and advocacy with our District City Councilors regarding governance and issues impacting our neighborhood
  • Interface and advocacy with City departments regarding streets, traffic safety, sidewalks, utilities, and city services
  • Maintenance and enhancement of public green spaces through our Beautification Team, which GPRA funds
  • Communication via our website, professional newsletter design and formatting, Zoom account, all have costs that your membership dues help to pay for
  • Meetings and social gatherings, with costs associated with venues and hospitality
  • Charitable donations to local non-profit organizations that do good, compassionate works in our community

We work for you, and Together, We Can Do More! 

On our website, go to membership on the Menu, then Join GPRA.  Complete the form, pay the dues. You will receive an automatic renewal notice prior to your due date.

Was this edition of the Gazette useful?  Let us know.  communications@ginterpark.org