Richmond audit finds not all volunteers get background checks: An extensive audit of Richmond’s recreation programs and management found that city officials did not consistently perform background checks for volunteers working with children and uncovered management lapses that left money sitting in field locations for weeks at a time, among an array of other problems.
At a Friends of Bryan Park board meeting on March 27, Dr. Norman Merrifield, the Richmond Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, stated that under no circumstance would the City allow part of the Park to be used as a construction easement for the proposed Shirley subdivision…. northrichmondnews.com
….Parks & Rec had oscillated between allowing and not allowing the materials and skateboarders to remain over the last several months….[Parks & Rec director Dr. Norman Merrifield] agreed that improved coordination among Fonticello residents and the city would go a long way to improve the situation for both homeowners and skaters…. rvanews.com