Richmond Virtual Rec Center a remedy for shelter-at-home doldrums

Richmond Virtual Rec Center helps alleviate shelter-at-home doldrums
The Richmond Recreation Center is located at 3230 Macdonald Ave.

By Kathy Chouteau

The Richmond Public Library and Community Services Department have an antidote for anyone suffering the COVID-19 shelter-at-home doldrums: A Virtual Recreation Center.

The newly launched web page includes information and resources on indoor activities (Laughter Yoga, 101 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy, home scavenger hunt, live video streams for parks and museums etc.) and also outdoor activities (information on open parks and social distancing). A Senior Resources section gives the 411 on paratransit, senior meal programs, senior shopping hours and fitness info that’s so crucial at this time.

“We have lots of ideas and resources for you to do while you’re sheltering-in-place,” the library and Community Services Department said in a joint statement. “Check them out and let us know if you do any activities.”

Starting today through April 7, Target gift cards will be given away to community members using the site.

“…show us what you are doing to flatten the curve—tag us on Facebook @richmondcsd or Instagram @richmondcsd and use #richmondathome,” the library and Community Services Department stated. “The giveaway ends on April 7 at 5 p.m. and randomly selected winners will be announced on April 8 at 10 a.m. on our social media pages and City website for a chance to get a Target gift card!”

Click here to visit the Virtual Recreation Center.