Richmond offices, facilities to close during holiday week to curb costs

State of the City: Richmond faces difficult financial road

The City of Richmond’s offices, libraries and all recreation facilities except for the Plunge will close during the holiday week from Thursday, Dec. 24, through Jan. 4.

The Police and Fire Departments will remain open, and the R-Transit, Public Works, Recreation, and Housing Authority departments will have partial services.

The closure is part of a cost-saving initiative that has been employed over the last three years in cooperation with the labor unions, City Manager Bill Lindsay’s weekly newsletter said.

A savings estimate from the closure wasn’t immediately available. But in 2010, when the city closed down City Hall and limited non-emergency city services between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the savings was estimated to be $450,000. That sum included “reduced vacation liability, actual salary costs and reduced occupancy costs,” the city said.

As provided by Lindsay’s newsletter:


Regular R-Transit services will be available until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and will resume on Monday, Jan. 4.

Between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1, the Taxi Scrip Program, another transportation service offered through the R-Transit Division, will be available 24 hours per day, as usual. Taxi scrip books must be purchased at the Cashier’s Office in City Hall (450 Civic Center Plaza) on the 2nd Floor no later than Tuesday, Dec. 22 by 3 p.m.

Please call 510-307-8026 to schedule services or if you have any questions.

Recreation Department

The Recreation Department Administrative Offices and all other facilities, except the Plunge, will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1.  The Plunge will be available at the following days and times:

  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. from Saturday, Dec. 26 through Dec. 30.

All Recreation Department facilities will resume normal programming on Jan. 4.