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Historic Richmond site to be renovated


Date published: 12/28/2012

RICHMOND

--Some major changes are on the way for Maymont in Richmond.

The Maymont Foundation, which maintains and operates the 100-acre park, expects to begin an overhaul as early as next year with about 35 projects it plans to address.

The foundation just completed the first year of a five-year capital campaign. It is looking to raise $25 million for the improvements, but has so far raised $14 million.

Officials also want to raise an additional $10 million for an endowment for additional improvements after the initial work is completed.

Over the next several years the group wants to renovate the park's children's farm, improve the nature center and enhance its landscaping.

"This campaign is going to address a lot of issues, taking the Maymont everyone loves today and improving that, and making it less frustrating for people to use," Norman O. Burns II, the foundation's executive director, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The project's first phase includes the renovation to the Children's Farm and new signage.

"We know that both Richmonders and, especially, out-of-town guests have a hard time sometimes finding their way to the right entrance at Maymont and even once they get in," Burns said.

A timetable for completion has not been set. A walkway repaving project already has been completed by the foundation and the city. The foundation hopes to begin the renovation of the children's farm next year.

The Dooley family donated Maymont to the city in 1925. Burns said the foundation took over operations in 1975. Maymont includes the historic mansion and surrounding buildings as well as the children's farm, nature center, arboretum and gardens.