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Art Pop-up Cancelled

Neighborhood Yard Sale Rescheduled to May 21

VDOT Fall Line Trail Proposed-Dealine for Comments May 15! 

Annual Neighborhood Picnic June 5 

Food Pantries Need Our Support

Calendar-Reserve the Dates! 

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Neighborhood Announcements

Third Annual Art Pop-up has been cancelled due to inclement weather on both the original and reschedule dates. Watch for the possibility of a fall Pop-up!  Thank you to organizers, Nancy Falcone and Mark Vasas, for brining this wonderful event ot our neighborhood.

Ginter Park Neighborhood-wide Yard Sale has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 21, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, due to inclement weather. Participating households may still register by emailing Margaret Barre,  Map and participating homes to be publicized to 30 neighborhoods on Nextdoor, on social media,  and via this Gazette next Friday.

Deadline May 15 for Comments to VDOT Proposed Fall Line Trail Northside

In last week’s Gazette, we published a message from GPRA Board Vice Presdient, Randee Humphrey, :

Just to recap, the Fall Line Trail is a proposed 43-mile bike-and-pedestrian friendly pathway that will connect Ashland to Petersburg, connecting existing trails and bicycle paths and park systems.  While a wonderful concept, the City of Richmond portion is largely urban and complex.  Northside neighborhoods, including Sherwood Park. Rosedale, Laburnum Park, Bellevue and Hermitage Road Historic District will be impacted.

Members of the GPRA Board have raised questions regarding the proposed 10 feet wide asphalt, two-way bicycle-pedestrian paths that will require removing curbs, grassy medians, a large number of trees, plus portions of homeowners’ side years along Hermitage Road. While the funding is not yet approved for this Northside portion of the Trail, and there will be further public hearings for input and re-design opportunities, The GPRA Board encourages residents to visit the VDOT link, learn, and submit your comments by May 15. Send comments to:

For information about the proposal, visit:

Friends of the Fall Line:

Sportsbackers/Bike Walk RVA:

GPRA Summer Picnic!

It’s an annual summer tradition!  Come join us under the big oaks at Shaom Farms Northside, within the Yaupon Place Park on Westwood Avenue, Sunday, June 5, 12:30 pm to 4 pm, for neighborly fun and good food. GPRA will provide the entree, iced tea, lemonade, water, and all of the necessary paper products and utensils. You bring a side dish or dessert to share. This is the occasion to show off your favorite picnic dish recipe. Too busy?  Just pick up something easy to share. GPRA will invite special guests. This is a family-friendly event!


Food Pantries Need Support!

As NBC 12 reported this week, donations to food pantries in Richmond are down at a time when the need remains great. Today, this editor spoke to Food Pantry Director, Kristen Cummings.  This food pantry continues to serve 250 to 275 households weekly. Ms. Cummings reports that many of those served are working families with low wages who struggle to support their families without some aid.

Feedmore contiues to provide 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of food weekly to St. Thomas, but this is a reduction in previous years. Shalom Farms directly contributes crates of fresh vegetables. Groceries were distributed to 24, 530 households in 2021. Households are allowed to pick up groceries 52 times each year, but most pick up 12 times or less.

Would you like to help?  Visit the website to learn about the Food Pantry and how to make a charitable donation of money or to donate food. There is a list of recommended foods on the website. Let’s be compassionate neighbors addressing hunger.

Ginter Park United Methodist Church

Northside Food Pantry Partners, in addition to St. Thomas:

St. Paul’s  Catholic Church

909 Rennie Avenue
Richmond, VA  23227
Client Hours:  Tuesdays from 10 am – 12 pm.

Ginter Park United Methodist Church

1010 W. Laburnum Ave.
Richmond, VA  23227
Client Hours:  Wednesdays from 10 am – 12 pm.
Clothing Closet available during Food Pantry times.

June 5, Annual Picnic, open to all

August 2, National Night Out, open to all!

September 15, GPRA-hosted Candidates Forum, open to all!

November 15, GPRA Annual Meeting, Board Election, Chili Cook-off, open to all!

December 10, GPRA Holiday Party! Members Only. 

Do visit the website Event Calendar for all details! 

The GPRA Board and Ginter Park neighbors of East and West Seminary Avenue give a shout-out to 4th Precinct Commander Captain Don Davenport and Lt. Robert Fleming for meeting with members of their community to create a strategic plan to address crime in a neighborhood “hotspot.”  We value your partnership!

The GPRA Board applauds the District Reps, Block Captains and neighbors of East and West Seminary Avenue for their actions to bring neighbors and RPD together to address neighborhood concerns. Well-done-YOU!