Author: Dawn Rosenberg

Woodland Heights Makers’ Day makes a difference – helps offset costs of community playground equipment

The second annual Woodland Heights Makers’ Day, an arts and crafts festival showcasing handmade goods from local artists and artisans, took place on Saturday, November 23. More than 500 people attended the event, which raised $2,776 to help offset the cost of new playground equipment at PHSSA used by students and children in our neighborhood.

Nearly 30 vendors set up tables at Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts (PHSSA) showcasing a variety of goods.

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Congratulations to our fall Yards of the Season

We celebrated three neighbors for their conservation efforts at our November 2019 meeting. They were recognized for cultivating best practices that improve their yards and our neighborhood’s ecosystem.

  • Native Species (Flora)  + Invasive Removal: Cezar Carvalhaes
  • Lawn Reductions and/or Green Fertilizers: Carl Joseph
  • Pollinator-Friendly (Fauna): Susan Spain

Congratulations to our community members! Each received a yard sign recognizing their work and a gift card to a local nursery.

Nominate your yard (or a neighbor’s) for our Conservation Yard of the Season program! We’re highlighting those yards, and the individuals and families who tend to them, that support best practices in conservation right here in our neighborhood. It’s similar to a “Yard of the Month” program that highlights the prettiest yards in a neighborhood; only our program highlights the yards that help our environment and the James River ecosystem!

Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Potholes, non-working lights, sidewalk damage, and signage in need of replacement or repair can be reported to RVA 3-1-1. Our volunteer-driven Safety Committee reviews neighborhood infrastructure and reports problems to the City of Richmond, and all neighbors can help by reporting issues as they see them.

Improved pedestrian and bicycle safety is a significant need in our community. Traffic calming measures to improve the safety of our streets and sidewalks are imperative. Our association continues to work with city officials to make our neighborhood safer for our community members.

As of fall 2019, we are waiting for an updated plan from the City to respond to our concerns about safety at and around the intersections of Forest Hill and Semmes Avenues and 34th St. at Patrick Henry School for Science and Arts. Documentation from active transportation grants is below.

Complete our survey on a Woodland Heights Aging Village by October 18.

Woodland Heights neighbors ages 45 and older are encouraged to complete our survey to determine the need and interest for the creation of an Aging Village in our neighborhood to assist seniors with their daily routine needs and possibly provide activities and opportunities for fellowship. After completing the anonymous survey, neighbors can share their contact information for an opportunity to win a $50 gift card from Laura Lee’s or Publix. Read more …