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Welcome back to the Richmond Parks & Recreation weekly newsletter! 

This weekly newsletter has and will continue to serve as THE destination for all upcoming Parks & Recreation activities. 

As we look ahead to another changing of seasons, we are excited to announce that this newsletter will also serve as a window into local initiatives that will make our community even more vibrant and the different opportunities for YOU to be a part of the magic.

We sincerely hope you enjoy these brief glimpses into the behind-the-scenes of your favorite parks program.

~ Richmond Parks & Recreation Department


Reimagining the Gennett Records
Walk of Fame

The City of Richmond Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with the Starr-Gennett Foundation, is delighted to announce the support of First Bank Richmond to help restore the Gennett Records Walk of Fame. Thanks to First Bank Richmond’s generous $10,000 donation, Starr-Gennett Foundation will be enabled to make necessary repairs to the public art installation, hopefully inspiring passersby with tales of a remarkable musical legacy.

The impact of First Bank Richmond’s generosity cannot be understated as every donation to the Patronicity crowdfunding campaign will be matched by the Indiana Housing Community Development Authority (IHCDA) through the CreatINg Places grant program - that is, only if Starr-Gennett Foundation meets a fundraising goal of $50,000.

With only 8 days remaining in the campaign, we hope you will join First Bank Richmond in restoring the art installation that keeps the music alive in Richmond's Whitewater Valley Gorge Park.

To learn more about what this campaign will accomplish and to take action, visit:


On your mark, get set, Post!

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the installation of trailhead posts at Springwood Park.

To learn more about the project and how you can lend a helping hand, please contact Brandon Panensky at 


We have an activity for everyone!

This week's activities include Tuesday Twilight Markets, Family Nights at Cordell Municipal Pool, Richmond Walking Club, Get Moving Monday, Summer Movie Series, Richmond Famers Market, Food Truck Wednesday , Gentle Yoga.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Back to the 90's/Back to School Splash Bash, Public Safety Job Fair, Public Safety Job Fair, and the Heat Preparedness Workshop, Movies Series in the Park, Richmond Rose Pedals August Ride, and MORE!

Mark Your Calendars

Back to the 90's/ Back to School Splash Bash

It's that time of year again for the Back to School Splash Bash, happening on August 4th from 7:30 PM-9:30 PM at the Cordell Municipal Pool. This year we are stepping into the DMC DeLorean to travel back to the 90's. We will have games, prizes, treats, and MORE on this totally radical day to send off summer. Our  amazing sponsors G101.3 will be set up playing the throwback 90's tunes, Reid Community Benefit will have tables set up with the latest information on  back to school immunizations and fitness, and First Bank of Richmond has donated goodies. We can't wait for this thrilling throwback event!

Also, bring an unopened/unused school supply for ONE DOLLAR OFF admissions! All donations will be distributed to the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County.
Back to School Splash Bash Facebook Event Page

Back to School Bash with Christ United Church!

A great opportunity for the children in the community to come for the upcoming school year while enjoying a fun event filled with music, food, giveaways, games and MORE! On Saturday, August 6th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Christ United Church is giving FREE school supplies to the first 500 children at their Back 2 School Bash 22 located at 10th Street Park. Partnerships with local churches and agencies who are hoping to create a better impact for children allowed Christ United Church to be able to put on these events each year.

For more information contact 765-962-7738.


Handlebars & Dilly Bars Ride!

Good things come in Threes… Richmond has 3 Dairy Queens and 3 Dilly Bar flavors. This ride travels to each DQ in the city where you can get all three flavors and a free one on the last DQ stop. The Ride is  8 miles and travels mostly city streets including US 40 between SW 17th and SW 10th, 7 blocks. While this ride may be best for seasoned street bicyclists comfortable with car speeds of 40 mph, route does use the entire City Bike Loop as it exists now.

There is also pre-ride social hour at Elstro before the event where the first 12 riders will receive a free goodie bag courtesy of Reid Community Benefit. Their will also be free cookies and coffee for the first 18 riders. Please bring DQ money if wanting more than the free Dilly bar at end, compliments of Lakeview Shade and Screen LLC
Handlebars & Dilly Bars Ride Facebook Event Page

The Outdoor Movie Series is back!

For this event we bring FREE movies to Glen Miller Park starting back August 8th at dusk! Remember to grab a chair or a blanket as you enjoy your time under the stars as you watch!

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in the Park!

After being separated from her twin brother, Sebastian, Viola disguises herself as a man named Cesario and starts working for the total hunk Orsino. Viola’s crushing hard, but Orsino is longing for Olivia, who has her eye on Cesario, who is really Viola. And things get messier when Orsino realizes this “Cesario” is pretty cute, too…

Richmond Shakespeare Festival hosts the touring production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. This FREE event takes place at Elstro Plaza on Thursday, August 18th, 2022 at 7 PM until 9 PM with one 15 minute intermission. Starting at 6 PM food trucks such as the The Cordial Cork, Radford’s Catering, Stacy & Taylor’s Sweet Treats, and What The Truck will be there to provide food and drink. 

Come get your local food fix down at Jack Elstro Plaza every Wednesday between 11AM-2PM!

A variety of food trucks and local restaurants from the Richmond/Wayne County area will set up on Wednesdays this summer, so come on down to grab your lunch, get outside, and support local! We'll play background music all summer, but in June & July we will also have live music to enjoy.
Thank you to G101.3 and First Bank for their support of the Food Truck/Eat Local Wednesday Series. 
Food Truck/Eat Local Wednesday Event Page

Richmond Walk Club Every Thursday!

It will be every Thursday from 7pm-8pm, walking approximately 2-3 miles, at the Glen Miller Golf Course.

There will be monthly drawing thanks to our sponsors Runnels Chiropractic, Reid Health Alliance, and Reid Community Benefit. 
Richmond Walk Club Facebook Event Page

Give Your Body Some Love At Gentle Yoga!

Join the Richmond Senior Community Center every Friday at 9am for Gentle Yoga led by Shari Veach. There is plenty of room for social distancing as the class is held in the gymnasium. Gentle Yoga is free to members, and $5 to the public 18 and up.
For more information, please contact the Senior Community Center at
(765) 983-7300.

Help Support Your Local Farmers, Makers, and Artists at the Summer Farmers Market!

Our vendors sell local produce, meat, eggs, honey, baked goods, handcrafted artisan goods, and much more!

For more information, please visit the Farmer's Market Website or call the parks office at 765-983-PARK. And follow the Farmers Market Facebook Page to stay up to date with announcements, special events and activities. 
Richmond Farmers Market Facebook Page

Get Moving Monday Every Monday!

Get Moving Monday, a series for our movement to get healthy in our parks, starts June 6th from 7pm-8pm at Elstro Plaza. Join us every Monday until the end of August for this FREE event sponsored by Reid Community Benefit. We will hold an array of instructors with varying types of fitness classes that will give you a chance to interact with those in your community.
Get Moving Monday Facebook Event Page
Staying Safe in the Parks
It is important to remember best practices for social distancing when getting outside to visit parks. We've included three important resources below to help you stay informed on the current guidelines.
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