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Athena gets excited as new friends enter the park.

As a part of a monthly financial report to the Richmond Parks and Recreation Board, Erin Moore, director of parks and administration, said that the board had utilized around 16.5% of the approved budget of just over $1 million.

Moore said the percentage was “about normal” at this time, noting the costs for the city’s Fourth of July celebration and expenditures on the Aquatic Center in August and September.

In Tuesday afternoon’s parks board meeting, the group met for a short and sweet update in regards to unfinished business and department reports.

Moore announced to the board during the unfinished business portion of the meeting, that the bid process has begun for the all inclusive playground drawn out in the city’s master plans.

The board began discussions about an inclusive park in March with a non-profit group, Kendyl and Friends, but decided to move forward on the project alone in April.

“We are hoping to have some good submissions so that we have good options to choose from,” Moore said.

According to her, a bid opening will occur on Sept. 20, with hopes to have the plans approved for a first reading in October.

Moore announced the grand opening for the new dog park at E.C. Million Park for Sept. 27 at noon.

The new Richmond Police Department K9 officer, Logan, will be there along with “treats for dogs, and sweets for humans."

Other Business

• The grand opening of Millstone Park will be Oct. 5, 10 p.m., in downtown Richmond at 224 East Main Street. Millstones will start being placed at the green space this week.

• The Richmond Teen Center held their Back-to-School bash last month, giving away 1,000 backpacks to kids. Teen Center director Georgia Parks still has about 200 backpacks to give away. Those interested can contact the Teen Center at 625-0010.

• Mason Chamblee, the Irvinton House museum and recreation coordinator, reported that with the two recent exhibits held in connection with Richmond Tourism, 84 guests have visited the home in the six week period.

• The next parks board meeting will be held Oct. 1, noon, 345 Lancaster Ave., Richmond.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter at @TaylorSixRR.

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