What a week it’s been in Lynchburg! The derecho that stormed through Lynchburg and the eastern half of the United States on Friday, June 29 brought winds of 55-80 mph in our area.
Trees were toppled, power and utility lines were downed, light poles were broken, and our beautiful city was left looking like the aftermath of a bomb.
It’s amazing what a difference a few days can make. Although there is still much to do and many remain without power, crews from many states have been hard at work repairing lines and restoring power.
Tree companies have been cutting and collecting brush and Lynchburg residents have been visiting the landfill. The City of Lynchburg announced on Tuesday, July 3 that over 2,000 tons of brush and trash have been brought to the landfill.
In my drives around town today at lunchtime and after work, there were crews hard at work in many locations but many more are still waiting.
Here’s a quick update of what’s open and closed, based on the Lynchburg City update and various companies’ Facebook and website updates. What did we ever do without the internet?
If you know about other places open or closed or businesses offering special deals, please comment at the end of the article to pass along the information.
What’s open in Lynchburg for families
Miller Park pool reopened on Tuesday at noon. From now through Saturday, admission will be only $1 per person. Vista Acres pool on Wade Lane is open to the public for free all week.
Sprayground at Riverside Park has reopened after closing due to power outage. Sprayground is always free from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The Riverfront Park fountain is open following a power outage. Riverfront Festival Park is open dawn to dusk on Jefferson Street downtown.
Amazement Square has power and is open. The special for Tuesday is $1 admission for all. Sorry for the late notice on this one.
FunQuest Skate is open with plenty of summer specials. Thursday nights are Family Fun and Fitness Night with free admission for the entire family from 4-8:30 p.m. Skate rental is just $3. Visit their website for full details about other specials.
Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre will reopen on Thursday after completing repairs from wind damage. As a service to the public, Snowflex will be open for free from Thursday through Sunday. Summer hours are Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m. until midnight, Friday from 2 p.m. until 1 a.m., and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. Stay tuned for details about Community Day at Snowflex on July 14 or visit their Facebook page.
Lynchburg Museum and Point of Honor are open on Wednesday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free at both of the museums.
The Concord July 4 parade will be held as planned on Route 24 in Concord, beginning at 10 a.m. This parade is a great way to celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth of July.
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest has power and will hold their Independence Day Celebration as planned on July 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1:30 p.m. There will be historical entertainment, games and more so bring the family out.
If you’ve been thinking about adding a fur baby to your family, now’s the time. Cats are free at the Lynchburg Humane Society from July 5-8. Dogs and kittens are also available for name your price. The Humane Society will be open Tuesday-Friday from noon-5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 p.m.
The Lynchburg Hillcats will play at home on July 4 at 7:05 p.m. against the Wilmington Blue Rocks with fireworks to follow. City officials caution those watching fireworks from outside the stadium to be cautious because many stoplight are still without power.
Backyard fireworks are okay with the city but please use caution due to dry brush throughout the area.
WSET listing of cooling centers open in our area
There are 24-hour cooling centers at Thomas Road Baptist Church, Sandusky Middle School and other locations throughout the area. Some offer food as well as shelter. TRBC and Areva have both been giving away free ice and water.
Closed and cancelled in Lynchburg
The Lynchburg Public Library remains closed due to power outages. Lynchburg College will remain closed through Friday, July 6 due to power outages and downed trees.
Most of the city’s recreation centers are closed; however, the Yoder, College Hill and Diamond Hill Centers will be open this week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All city summer camps are closed this week.
Nature Zone is closed until power is restored. All Lynchburg Parks and Recreation activities are cancelled this week.
Outdoor lovers will want to take note that the city’s trails are all closed until further notice due to downed trees. The Academy July 4th One-Miler, scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed because of the trail closures.
All Lynchburg City offices will be open on July 4 and crews will continue to work to restore power throughout the area.
Watch for workers and be aware that all intersections where stoplights aren’t functioning should be treated as four-way stops. Use a little extra patience and kindness as we all deal together with the effects of the storm.
There are probably other kid-friendly businesses open this week; however, these updates are noted on Facebook. If you know other places of interest, please add a comment at the end of the article.
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