The Reedy Creek Greenway is a proposed bicycle and pedestrian path connecting the James River Park System to Forest Hill Park and Crooked Branch Park and terminating at George Wythe High School on Crutchfield Road. The greenway is proposed to be constructed on public right-of-way and park space owned by the city’s Department of Public Works and Department of Parks & Recreational Facilities.
Let us know what you think by taking part in the Reedy Creek Greenway planning survey through Survey Monkey. You can also download and print our community survey by clicking this link. Mail it to us at 321 Brook Road, 1st Floor, RVA 23220 or
Groundwork RVA is responsible for this survey, which is being distributed to residents of neighborhoods surrounding Reedy Creek and to the general public. Groundwork RVA has received a grant for technical assistance from the National Park Service in creating a conceptual design plan for the creation of the Reedy Creek Greenway in Richmond’s south side. This trail will be a major bicycle and pedestrian connector for Richmond’s south side neighborhoods.
WHNA’s monthly board meetings are held on the second Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. There will be no meeting in August, but the September meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 11, at Taza on Forest Hill Avenue. All are welcome to come!
1509 Westover Hills Boulevard is an example of just how beautiful simple elegance can be! The grass was thick and green, with not a single weed. The red geraniums in urns and window boxes added the right touch of color, and the topiaries at the entrance lent another touch of elegance. Nice job, owners.
5603 New Kent Road. This yard offered a variety of textures and colors, with pops of lime green as a consistent accent throughout the yard. The well-manicured yard provided a beautiful compliment to this home.
5002 Riverside Drive. Soft flowers of pink, purple, and white created a soothing color palate. This yard's lush shrubs, well-manicured lawn, and potted new guinea impatiens combined to make it a true winner.
The Westover Hills Branch library’s 2014 summer reading program, “Fizz Boom READ,” aims to spark imaginations for kids and teens. You can register for the program and log books online at the library’s website. The program runs through August 2 with a grand finale at the Main Library on August 9. Participants who log the books they read during the summer will win prizes.
5113 Evelyn Byrd. Once again this year, this show-stopping yard stood out with its gorgeous spring tulips. Many homes in Westover Hills had beautiful blooming bulbs in
April and May. It's just a shame these bulbs aren't in bloom longer so all of us in the neighborhood could enjoy their beauty deeper into the spring.
4709 Devonshire was lush and green, due to the four inches of rain that came in late April, and the beauty of the home was set off by lime green plants. Adding to the appeal were astilbe and window boxes with red geraniums. It’s obvious that the owners are garden folks who take a lot of pride in their yard!
5705 Regent Circle. When the blooms of spring finally arrived, this home had no shortage of flowers. Simple placement of a variety of trees and flowering shrubs brought a peaceful beauty to the yard. Closer inspection on a stroll to the front door showed that this yard will continue to beautify the neighborhood in the coming months.
5509 Riverside Drive. This home’s yard was in its prime in May. This standout yard features bountiful window boxes teeming with multicolored calibrachoa, a lush and green lawn, and a wide variety of shrubs and evergreens. Gardenias, azeleas, boxwoods, and nandina all combine to make the yard at 5509 Riverside Drive truly spectacular!
For the next three months, the city will be closing sections of Forest Hill Avenue between Powhite Parkway and Jahnke Road to replace natural gas lines. During construction activities, the inside Westbound lane will be closed between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, sections of the eastbound lane will be closed to traffic 24 hours a day.
The library's summer reading program kicks off June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Westover Hills Branch library with a program called "Spin Pop Boom!" presented by Mad Science. The program features a little bit of magic, a lot of science, and a whole bunch of fun!
And you can sign up right there for "Fizz boom READ," the 2014 summer reading program aimed at sparking imaginations for kids and teens. You can also register for the program and log your books online at the library's website. The program runs from June 14 to August 2 with a grand finale at the Main Library on August 9. Participants who log the books they read during the summer will win prizes.
After a long cold winter, spring is finally here! So WHNA is starting up its annual "Yards of the Month" awards. The committee selects one yard from each of the three geographical areas of Westover Hills (east of the Boulevard, west of the Boulevard, and Westover Hills West). Judges try not to give the award to the same yards time after time, and they like to recognize major improvements.
The first winners of 2014 were selected early in April, when many Westover Hills gardens were still recuperating from the harsh winter:
4620 King William
4620 King William. This home always seems to have that one-in-a-million look. The grass was green and the raised borders with yellow daffodils in bloom just made it stand out. And a coming attraction is going to be the yellow jasmine on the step railings. Congratulations to these folks for their fifth Yards of The Month award since 2002.
5113 Evelyn Byrd. This home’s array of orange and red tulips were just exceptional.
Yards of the Month will recognize the hard work in many beautiful yards this season. Every part of the neighborhood will be canvassed monthly, but if there’s a particular home the judges should consider, please contact one of them. It’s even okay to nominate yourself!
East of the Boulevard: Dick Bragg at 231-3252 or by
. West of the Boulevard: Ned & Carolyn Wheeler at 919-619-4039 or by
. Westover Hills West: Donna Poland at 757- 846-0981 or by
The 43rd annual "Arts in the Park" show and sale will be held this Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Carillon Civic Association.
Arts in the Park takes place on the mall and in the shaded groves of Byrd Park surrounding the Carillon. Whether you are looking for unique paintings or crafts, you will find plenty of variety among the work of more than 450 artists. Free parking is available at the City Stadium with free shuttle service. Handicap parking is available at the park. No pets, please.
Recently copper gutters and downspouts have been stolen from homes in Westover Hills and nearby neighborhoods. At least two Westover Hills homes have been hit, and we have reports of another theft of copper gutters from a Forest Hill home. The thefts have all occurred during the daylight hours. Even though an observant neighbor saw one theft occurring and notified police, the thieves have not yet been caught. Please keep an eye out! If you see someone tampering with gutters or downspouts, try to get a good description (car make and color, license tag, description of the persons involved) and call police right away at 646-5100.
Are you interested in volunteering at Westover Hills Elementary School? There are always volunteer opportunities available. Please contact
to get plugged in. Some current areas of need include:
All three first grade teachers are looking for helpers to man literacy stations each morning (from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.) and math stations each afternoon (from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.), plenty of spots available!
The Kid's Tennis Club is looking for volunteers to help get the WHES tennis team ready for this spring's Young Aces Open. The Tennis Club meets for four weeks on Mondays after school starting November 11.
There are plenty of students who could use a lunch buddy once a week, once a month, or even just once. This is an easy way to make a big difference in a young life.
The first round of the city’s vacuum leaf pickup in Westover Hills is scheduled for the period between December 2 and December 13. Of course, weather conditions can play havoc with the schedule, so we’ll keep you posted if these dates change.
The second round pick-up is now scheduled for between February 17 and February 28.
Thank you to all Westover Hills residents who have already joined WHNA for this fiscal year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014)! We have one of the largest, most active associations in the area. Almost half of the more than 850 homes in the neighborhood support their neighborhood as paid members of WHNA.
If you haven’t already joined for this year, we hope you’ll do so soon. Please consider participating now as a contributor to all the programs and activities that WHNA provides! Dues are just $15 per year per household. A reminder about membership is on its way in the mail.
Association dues support communication such as this newsletter, the monthly blast emails, and the WHNA website, as well as annual events such as the picnic, yard sale, July Fourth children’s parade, holiday decorations contest, and yards of the month. WHNA works with area merchants, other neighborhood associations, and city government on projects to help keep our area a great place to live.
To join, send back the membership notice or just mail a $15 check (made payable to WHNA) to WHNA at P. O. Box 13421, Richmond, Virginia 23225.