The park was named in honor of the late Walter Gaines, Jr. in appreciation for nearly 60 years of Public and Community Service on behalf of his country, city and neighborhood. Mr. Gaines passed in 2013.
You can read about Walter Gaines’ dedication to the community in this article on the Richmond Free Press.
From city press release:
The Honorable Chris A. Hilbert, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District, in Richmond, Virginia, invites everyone to attend the 2015 Richmond Official Dedication Ceremony of Walter Gaines Memorial Park.
Walter Gaines Memorial Park was established by Richmond City Council on June 22, 2015, per Richmond City Council Ordinance Number 2015-132-142. The park was named in honor of the late Walter Gaines, Jr. in appreciation for nearly 60 years of Public and Community Service on behalf of his country, city and neighborhood. Mr. Gaines passed in 2013.
A 1953 graduate of Richmond Public Schools Armstrong High School, Mr. Gaines lived a life dedicated to others. His distinguished Public Service included serving from 1956 through 1961 as a member of the United States of America Air Force 38th Tactical Missile Unit and, 30 years of dedicated service with the United States of America Postal Service, from 1960-1990.
A 46-year resident of Richmond’s Providence Park Neighborhood, Mr. Gaines served as President of the Providence Park Civic Association from 1964 to 2013 and, under his leadership, assisted with increasing neighborhood beautification and safety; bringing a Boys and Girls Club facility to the neighborhood to provide positive activities for youth; and, the addition of new housing to the area.
As further testament to his active Public and Community Service, Mr. Gaines served as a Member of the Northside Community Improvement Council (in Richmond); President of the Astoria Beneficial Club; Member of the Richmond Public Schools John Marshall High School Parent-Teachers Association, Vice President of the Richmond Public Schools Thomas Henderson Middle School Parent-Teachers Association; Member of the Richmond City Council Personnel Board from 1998 to 2007; member of Habitat for Humanity of Richmond; and member of the Executive Board and Research Committee for the Richmond Crusade for Voters.
Friday, September 11, 2015 6:00-7:00 p.m. – 3244 Woodrow Avenue
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