The Washington Redskins will have company or neighbors to be more accurate: there will be a park next to their new Richmond, Virginia training facility and I bet those will be a bunch of excited kids playing there. With the Redskins site to the East of the new proposed 2-acre park there will be a charm that will be new to the city; there was consideration made for fans to see the practices...the paths around part of the site and at the East end of the park will be elevated above the practice fields to enhance sight lines.
The Redskins are Coming: Let's Talk!
At the public meeting this evening at the Thalhimer Theater to discuss the disposition of the park there was a two thirds capacity crowd; the meeting gave locals and concerned folks a chance to say what's on their mind: there were a lot of minds and a lot of stuff.
The meeting was organized with a slideshow to display the layout of the 17-acre plot: it has already been divided into three sectors if you will. The site is 17 acres as I mentioned; on the Eastern end will be a parking lot; in the middle sector of the site will be the 4,500 square foot field house; going West there will be a half-size football field; further West there will be two regulation football fields layed out length-wise East to West with one stacked over the other from North to South; above the half-sized field will be the future site of an indoor practice field. The park will be on a triangle-shaped piece of land at the Western end of the site; there are elevation changes in it.
Trees for Nice Shade and Breezes
Trees were on the minds of people at the meeting: there were tree experts in the room and tree lovers: a few people were exorcised that their beloved walking path was disturbed so rudely by bulldozers...the damage was severe as some Maple trees estimated to be at least three hundred years old were sacrificed in the pursuit of completing the project; the Western 2-acre section has been considered for use as a park and, actually, the site will be multi-purposed as several competing interests want something there.
Dog walkers and just walkers will have a path on the perimeter of the site--four circuits to the mile--composed of crushed gravel; the crushed gravel will be wheel chair accessible; the entry point to the park will also be wheel chair accessible. Permanent seating for more than 500 people was discussed; the seating would be for concerts and other performances.
And, of course, there will be trees: $187,000 dollars has been set aside by the city of Richmond to recapture the feeling of being in nature.
Let's get planting!
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