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City of Richmond Prepares to Celebrate 175th Anniversary

(L-R, back row) Members of the The 175th Richmond Birthday Celebration Committee are Lanie Alvarez, Claire Rogers, Jim Stark, Pat Hebert, JoAnn Anderson, Barbara Bleil, Teri Vela, Rebecca Maitland, Laurel Wendt; (front row) Joyce Lolley, Justine Huselton and Peggy Mathis.

Wessendorff Park to open by end of the year

The city of Richmond is moving forward to build a park adjacent to the Richmond Police Department, which will be named Wessendorff Park. The community park will connect Morton Cemetery via bridges and walking paths.

“The park will have a lake we are calling Lake Richmond, walking trails, a gazebo for concerts and gatherings, a path down to the canoe launch, beautiful landscaping such as fruit trees and more,” said Teri Vela, city manager, city of Richmond.

The park should be finished by the end of the year, if not before, possibly as early as October, according to Vela.

“The public will be invited to purchase landscaping and trees in memory of or in honor of a loved one. At the dedication ceremony, those who have purchased items will be asked to attend and stand by the item and say who the item is in honor or in memory,” Vela said.

The city of Richmond and Historic Richmond Association have also partnered to host Richmond’s 175th Birthday Celebration.

“A group of 15 community movers and shakers from different organizations such as the Richmond Garden Club, Museum Docents, Masonic Lodge, and Historic Richmond Association, have assembled to plan the 175th Birthday Celebration, which will be an all day event on Sept. 15,” said Rebecca Maitland, president, Historic Richmond and chair, 175th Birthday Celebration Committee. “The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Even though details are still being confirmed, this will be one event the city will be proud and the community will not want to miss.”

There are other happenings such as the Artisian and Antique Market held on the second Saturday of the month on Third Street at Morton Street. Hours are  8 a.m.-3 p.m. Come on out and plan to shop the vendors booths and visit the shops and restaurants along Morton Street.

Also, the Farmers’ Market kicks off  Friday, May 4, and will be held Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons. Call 281-513-9560 or visit ci.richmond.tx.usmarket.html.

Throughout the spring and summer, Historic Richmond Association will be hosting speakers. The list of speakers and topics will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit the website at historicrichmond.org for updates.

There will also be new additions to Miracle on Morton Street, which is set for Dec. 1 in downtown Historic Richmond. Historic Richmond and the city of Richmond have partnered to host a Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 30. There will be music, hot chocolate and many other happenings.

“Mary Doetterl is the 2012 manager for Miracle on Morton Street, and she is already solidifying plans and entertainment. Mary has been involved with Historic Richmond Association for many years and we are excited about her chairing this event, we know it will be great,” said Maitland.

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