Maymont Farm to Re-Open March 26
Fun Family Festivities Planned for Celebration, Presented by Capital One
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Richmond residents and fans of Maymont have been chomping at the bit, getting their feathers ruffled, and having a cow waiting for the much anticipated re-opening of the popular Farm. So everyone is sure to be as happy as a pig in mud to finally celebrate the new and improved Maymont Farm at a grand re-opening on Sunday, March 26 from 12 to 4pm.
The Farm at Maymont will open its barn doors once again after a year-long renovation project, funded through the Spirit of Generosity capital campaign. The farm entrance and barn have been closed since mid-April 2016 for the construction. Improvements and expansion at the site will provide new guest amenities and create new program opportunities. Projects include a complete renovation of the barn interior and additional outside paddocks; a new classroom building with two large rooms for educational programs and birthday parties; a new play area; expansion and structural improvements to restroom facilities; a new welcome area; a new hand-washing station; and an expanded parking lot. In addition, a rain garden and bio-retention area, funded in part by grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Virginia Environmental Endowment, will introduce guests of all ages to beautiful and creative ways to make a positive impact on the environment.
“The farm renovation project is one of the many ways we’re striving to improve the guest experience at Maymont,” said Henry “Buz” Bireline, Maymont Director of Habitats and the Nature Center. “We’re excited to offer closer interactions with the animals in the barn, brand-new rooms for parties and educational programs, readily-available food and beverages, and an eco-friendly rain garden that helps protect the neighboring James River. It’s going to be an even friendlier place for visitors to learn and engage while spending time with family and friends. And I know a few people who are especially excited about those improved restrooms too!”
The Farm Re-Opening Celebration on Sunday, March 26 will be the first opportunity for the public to explore the new and improved facilities, and the event also will include lots of special activities and local food trucks. Guests can feed the farm animals, watch animal training with the goats, greet Percy the donkey, take selfies with the animals and a tractor, meet Richmond mascots including Nutzy the Flying Squirrel and Seymour the Friendly Dinosaur from C-MOR (Children’s Museum of Richmond), watch juggling performances by Jonathan Austin, ride a trackless train, adopt a Maymont animal, support the farm with an engraved paver, and more. The event is presented by Capital One. Details are available at www.maymont.org/farm-opening.
The Spirit of Generosity campaign is a multi-year, multi-project capital campaign designed to preserve, protect and polish Maymont, one of Richmond’s favorite attractions, for today’s guests and future generations. In addition to the Farm renovation, recently completed projects include new interpretive and way-finding signage throughout the estate, new windows at Maymont Mansion, facility upgrades at the Robins Nature & Visitor Center, and an endowment for the historic estate. Future initiatives, currently in the planning stages, are a central administrative office to be located near the Farm, renovated exhibits in the Nature Center, and a new horticulture building.
Since 1975, Maymont has been maintained and operated by the private nonprofit Maymont Foundation. To keep the estate open and free to the public, the Foundation must raise more than $3 million each year – 91% of its operating budget – through private donations. Maymont Foundation administrative offices are located at 1700 Hampton Street in Richmond, Virginia. For more information on the renovated Farm or other Spirit of Generosity projects, visit www.maymont.org or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
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