Locals look forward to re-opening of Monroe Park

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond’s oldest park that’s been closed for 21 months will re-open in mid-August. 

The community has been waiting to see the $7 million renovations. 

The City of Richmond is planning to remove the fence around Monroe Park on August 29. 

There’s excitement in the neighborhood but also some concern with some of the changes they’re making.

Daniel Brickhouse, a student at VCU, spoke with 8News about the fence surrounding Monroe Park.

“I’m excited about the parking opening just because while it’s been closed, its made it longer to walk around and go to class,” Brickhouse said. 

Tammy Kelly, a Fan resident, can’t wait to walk through the park again. 

“Just gonna be gorgeous. And we’re so excited. We’re especially excited because they’re kind of bringing it back to its former glory and they’re kind of keeping the footprint of what it was just new and improved,” Kelly told 8News. 

This has been a long-awaited renovation for many but some say they don’t like the electrical utility panel placed behind the World War II memorial. 

“I don’t have a problem with it, but I can see how it can be disrespectful,” said Brickhouse. 

The Urban Design Committee has motioned for the memorial to be shielded with magnolias and other plants to cover the electrical utility panel. The committee has also proposed the addition of a security camera to cover that area. 

“I think with some screening and bushes, it’s going to be fine,” Kelly said. 

The committee is also considering other options for the Dominion Power sign. 

The committee will present its final recommendations at the city planning commission for further review and have a final vote on September 4. 

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the park is scheduled at the end of September. 

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