In 2006, the Earth Day Richmond planning committee was established and the event chose Old Manchester as its home. For the first time, the event was paired with the James River Fish Festival, as well as Arbor Day and a City Bike and Walk event, the Mayor’s Walk and Roll. Food, Music, Art and Environmental Education were key events in the festival. Since then, the Earth Day Richmond event has grown and prospered in the Manchester area and the neighborhood has embraced the festival as its own. In recent years, the Manchester neighborhood has benefitted from an influx of new businesses and a growing residential community slowly replacing what had been a crumbling industrial area. Each year the area gets a little greener and we hope the Earth Day Festival and Enrichmond Foundation has played a role in this evolution.