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The new parking lot at the Science Museum of Virginia is now open; old car park now green space | Entertainment


From staff reports

The new $ 14 million parking lot at the Science Museum of Virginia is now open. The four-level structure has 400 spaces, 25% more than what was previously available in surface lots adjacent to Broad Street.

The bridge took a little over a year to complete. It is open to all guests, staff and visitors to the Richmond Science Museum and Children’s Museum.

There is no charge to park on the bridge.

Visitors to the museum can use the terrace during opening hours and special events. Community members will not be able to enter the bridge at night.

The Science Museum will begin transforming the asphalt terrain where vehicles were previously parked into a nearly six-acre public green space called The Green.

The $ 7.5 million project prioritizes green infrastructure for Scott’s Addition and adjacent neighborhoods. Scott’s Addition is one of Richmond’s fastest growing high density, mixed-use neighborhoods, but it has one of the lowest levels of urban tree cover, according to the museum.

The Green will also provide a park-like space for recreation such as walking, lounging and meeting.

“The last chapter of the parking lot is the first chapter of The Green, and this story has a happy ending in that it ends with a great green space for our community,” said Rich Conti, director of museum wonders, by email. . “From the first general site planning sessions, we realized that we needed a parking solution first. Now that we have fixed this problem with the opening of the terrace, we can do what we wanted to do from the start: expand and improve the green space on our campus. “