Mary and Deonte have been busy beautifying downtown

Mary and Deonte have been busy beautifying downtown
Richmond Main Street Initiative Neighborhood Ambassadors Mary and Deonte are busy sprucing up downtown ahead of summer. (Photo credit: Richmond Main Street Initiative)

Now that the late rains in May have passed, Richmond residents and longtime Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) neighborhood ambassadors Mary and Deonte have been hard at work on the downtown corridor.

In recent weeks, they’ve been busy eliminating weeds and overgrowth from fence lines, tree wells, and planters along Macdonald Avenue, in the MetroWalk area and on Nevin Avenue, according to RMSI, the community-based nonprofit working to revitalize the downtown corridor.

The Neighborhood Ambassador program is funded by the Downtown Richmond Property and Business Improvement District (DRPBID), which uses annual assessments on commercial and non-profit housing parcels to pay for services and activities aimed at making the downtown safe and economically successful.

Photo credit: Richmond Main Street Initiative

Want to help build upon Mary’s and Deonte’s great work?

Community volunteers are sought to assist this Saturday, June 8, in the annual clean up of the Community Green Space at Harbour Way and Macdonald Avenue in downtown.

In an event hosted by RMSI 9 a.m. till noon, residents of all ages are invited to help spruce up the park in preparation for summer. Lunch will be served.

Community Green Space at Harbour Way and Macdonald Avenue.

The volunteers are then encouraged to stick around the park for games of chess hosted by West Coast Chess Alliance from noon to 1 p.m.

To sign up to volunteer, click here. Walk ins are welcome, and tools will be provided but feel free to bring your own. See the flyer below for more information.

CORRECTION: This original story had an inaccurate time, date, and flyer and has since been corrected.