Recently, the Monroe Park Advisory Council announced that a $6.5 million renovation project could begin within a year at the downtown park. Supported by City Councilman Charles Samuels, the council plans to build a playground, add an outdoor theater, replace the fountain and hire private security guards for the park. Such extensive work would require the closing of Monroe Park for more than a year, the council says.
Concerned that the long closure of the park will interrupt meal programs and kick out the regular users of the park like local residents, the homeless, and students, people in Richmond are starting to organize to oppose the plans. To sign the petition to keep Monroe Park open to the public visit here uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/keep_monroe_open_public
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