Sept. 11, 2017
Demolition of Quioccasin bridge to begin Sept. 12
Update, Sept. 11: Demolition of the Quioccasin Road bridge will begin about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, weather permitting.
Sept. 11, 2017
CONTACT: Ed Olsen, Extension Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources, Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension
PHONE: (804) 501-5160
Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27
The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.
Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. The program costs $135 for materials.
Participants will learn about lawn care, trees and shrubs, vegetable gardens, pest management and other topics. After completing 50 hours of classroom training, participants will serve a 50-hour internship with the Extension Office and will help conduct educational programs for the public.
For an application or other information, call (804) 501-5160 or go to henrico.us/extension.
Sept. 8, 2017
CONTACT: Dawn Miller, Tourism Supervisor, Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks
PHONE: (804) 501-5137
Tourist spending in Henrico rose by 3.2 percent over its total for 2015, tracking with the statewide increase of 3.3 percent. Among Virginia localities, tourism expenditures in Henrico trailed only those for the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the city of Virginia Beach.
The tourism expenditure totals reflect spending on food, lodging, transportation, entertainment, retail and other services by travelers from within the United States who had stayed overnight in paid accommodations or had taken day or overnight trips at least 50 miles from home.
In 2016, tourism in Henrico supported about 8,500 jobs with a combined payroll income of $214.4 million. It also generated tax receipts of $27.6 million for the county and $33.1 million for the state.
Overall, Virginia attracted $23.7 billion in visitor spending, which supported about 229,300 jobs and provided nearly $1.7 billion in state and local taxes. Regionally, Henrico and seven neighboring localities combined to attract $2.4 billion in visitor spending, accounting for nearly 24,000 jobs and a payroll of $544 million.
“Tourism is a major driver of Henrico’s and our region’s economies,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “By staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants and supporting other businesses, visitors contribute directly to our high quality of life. Their spending supports jobs and investment, and it helps to fund a variety of public services, including schools, parks and public safety.”
Henrico launched the Visit Henrico County initiative in 2013 to attract leisure travelers as well as national and regional tournaments to county athletic fields and complexes. The visithenrico.com website and a smartphone app help visitors plan where to stay, shop and eat, and what to do.
In 2016, Henrico’s parks and sports complexes hosted 135 tournaments and other events, which generated an estimated $46.1 million in local spending, according to the Division of Recreation and Parks.
In addition to its many historic sites and sports complexes, the county’s attractions include Richmond Raceway, the site of NASCAR’s Virginia529 College Savings 250 on Friday, Sept. 8 and the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 9. Other visitor-friendly sites include Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Three Lakes Park and Nature Center, and the Dabbs House and Meadow Farm museums.
The U.S. Travel Association compiled the tourism data for the Virginia Tourism Corp. Its report, The Economic Impact of Domestic Travel On Virginia Counties 2016, is available at vatc.org.
Sept. 7, 2017
CONTACT: Sarah Perkins-Smith, Clinician, Henrico County Drug Court
PHONE: (804) 501-7596
Registration opens for Henrico Drug Court Alumni 5k on Sept. 30
The Henrico County Drug Court will sponsor an inaugural 5k run/walk event Saturday, Sept. 30 to support the continued recovery of its participants and graduates.
The Henrico Drug Court Alumni 5k will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway, and will include face painting, music, a bounce house, silent auction and other family fun. The race will start at 9 a.m.
The cost to participate is $25, or $15 using the online promotion code HENRICO, plus processing fees. To register, go to runsignup.com/Race/VA/Henrico/HenricoCountyDrugCourtAlumni5k. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 20.
The event will be part of a national recognition of September as Recovery Month. Proceeds will benefit Henrico Drug Court activities that promote the ongoing recovery of individuals who have graduated from the program. Established in 2003, the Drug Court strives to reduce crime and recidivism through timely intervention and comprehensive treatment of substance abusing offenders.
For information, call (804) 501-7596.
Sept. 5, 2017
CONTACT: Leslie Martin Stephen, Program Manager for Adult Substance Abuse, Outpatient, Court and Jail Services, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services
PHONE: (804) 727-8949
The Henrico County Drug Court and Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services will present a free showing of the film “A New High” on Wednesday, Sept. 13 to promote recovery from addiction.
The documentary will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road. A fair of community service providers will begin at 6 p.m.
Released in 2015, “A New High” follows a group of men and women in Seattle as they use mountain climbing to overcome homelessness and addiction.
Regency redevelopment to impact traffic beginning Sept. 5
Update, Sept. 1: The Quioccasin Road lane closures will take effect beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. A date for the demolition of the Quioccasin bridge will be announced as plans are finalized.
Aug. 16, 2017
CONTACT: Steven J. Yob, Director, Henrico County Department of Public Works
PHONE: (804) 501-4395
Regency redevelopment to impact traffic beginning Aug. 23
A series of road improvements associated with a redevelopment project at the Regency Square shopping mall will impact traffic along Quioccasin and North Parham roads during the next 12 months, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 23.
The first phase of work will include the demolition of the Quioccasin Road bridge, which provides access to the mall property west of Parham.
In anticipation of that work, Quioccasin’s eastbound lanes will be closed between Parham and Starling Drive beginning Aug. 23. Quioccasin’s eastbound traffic will be detoured north onto Starling and east onto Fargo Road to reach Parham. Quioccasin’s westbound traffic will be restricted to one lane between Parham and Starling.
The lane closures are expected to remain in effect for about 45 days, while the work is underway. Crews expect to start the bridge demolition Monday, Aug. 28.
Additional lane closures will be announced in the coming months as work progresses on the Regency property. Once complete, road improvements related to the project will include turning lanes, new traffic signals and sidewalks.
For more information, go to henrico.us/projects/quioccasin-road-parham-road-construction.