Kanawha Plaza reopens with brand new design

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It may have been a little damp outside, but that didn’t stop people from lining up to check out the newly redesigned Kanawha Plaza in downtown Richmond Tuesday morning.

Ieisha Nedd works downtown and says, “The first thing we noticed was the pond, which looks really, really good. I’m so happy they preserved it and kept it here in the park, but we’re also looking forward to ‘Fridays at sunset.'”

The $2.9 million project took about eight months to complete, thanks to the efforts of the city and Enrichmond, all to offer visitors a newer and better experience.

Debra Gardner, Deputy Chief Administration Officer for Human Services for the City of Richmond says, “The biggest thing you’ll see is the renovation of the fountain. And, then we will have a new space now dedicated to food trucks so that we can have them in the park year round so people can have lunch.”

John Sydnor, Executive Director of Enrichmond says, “Our goal is to keep it beautiful and to keep people coming to it.”

This is only phase one of the renovations.

The entire project is expected to finish up in 2021.

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