Richmond’s Freeman Town Park begins taking shape

Work has begun in Richmond to create the new Freeman Town Park. (Submitted photos)

The City of Richmond’s Freeman Town Park should soon see heavy construction beginning as the construction contract was awarded to South Pool and Spa at a recent Commission meeting.

This new park, located near Burnet Street and South 7th Street (just east of the T.W. Davis YMCA property) in what is known as Freeman Town, will primarily serve that community.

The City will do the work itself to keep costs down. Richmond staff will work on some of the underground construction, including storm drain improvements, parking subgrade preparation and asphalt.

Some of the larger construction, like site preparation, laying of asphalt basketball court and the creation of a 24-footand Spa.

The Commission approved the recommendation for $174,284. The new park is part of the City’s Park Master Plan which is soon to be completed with help from the Park and Recreation board.

Mayor Evalyn Moore also shared at the meeting that once the park is completed, the City’s Trail Master Plan will guide the next step for implementing trails connecting the park, the Justice Center and T.W. Davis YMCA northward to downtown and Wessendorff Park.

These trail additions will be instrumental for pedestrian and biking options through the Richmond historic district.

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