City of Richmond, Virginia
City of Richmond, Virginia
Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities
900 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 646-5733
Enjoy Richmond City Parks
Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth
of Virginia, in the United States. Like all Virginia
municipalities incorporated as cities, it is an independent city
and not part of any county. Richmond is the center of the Richmond
Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Greater Richmond area.
Surrounded by Henrico and Chesterfield counties, the city is
located at the intersections of Interstate 95 and Interstate 64,
and surrounded by Interstate 295 and Route 288 in central
Virginia. The population was 200,123 in 2007, with an estimated
population of 1,212,977 for the Richmond Metropolitan Area �
making it the third largest in Virginia.
The site of Richmond, at the fall line of
the James River in the Piedmont region of Virginia, was briefly
settled by English settlers from Jamestown in 1609, and in
1610-11, near the site of a significant native settlement.
present city of Richmond was founded in 1737. It became the
capital of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia in 1780. During the
Revolutionary War period, several notable events occurred in the
city, including Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me
death" speech in 1775 at St. John's Church, and the Virginia
Statute for Religious Freedom in 1779--the latter of which was
written by Thomas Jefferson in the city.
During the American Civil
War, Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of
America, and many important American Civil War landmarks remain in
the city today, including the Virginia State Capitol and the White
House of the Confederacy, among others.
Richmond's economy is primarily driven by
law, finance, and government with several notable legal and
banking firms, as well as federal, state, and local governmental
agencies, located in the downtown area.
Richmond is one of twelve
cities in the United States to be home to a Federal Reserve Bank.
There are also nine Fortune 500, and thirteen Fortune 1000
companies in the city. Tourism is also important, as many historic
sights are in or nearby the city.
Find a Place to Picnic
- Located at Hawthorne Avenue and Overbrook Road. Some of the
park features include the following: tennis courts, a
playground, community center, and swimming pool. The park earned
its name because it was the site where gun batteries were
located during the Civil War.
Highland Park Plaza - Also known as Anne
Hardy Plaza - Located at Carolina
Avenue and Pollock Street. This park features a community center,
tennis courts and a tot lot.
Joseph Bryan Park
- The main entrance is located near the I-95 interchange in the
4300 block of Hermitage Rd. Enjoy three picnic shelters, world
famous Azalea Gardens, tennis courts, tot lot, soccer fields,
wooded areas, lake for fishing and open space.
Little John Park
- Located at Little John Street and Chatham Road. This park is
undeveloped open space.
- Located at Chamberlayne Avenue and Brookland Park Blvd. This
park has benches and shrub beds.
Pine Camp Park
- Located at 4901 Old Brook Road.
- Battery Park
- Located at Ash & Pear Streets.
- Located at East Broad Street near 32nd Street. This
park includes a great
view of the Southern part of the City. The
park has a nice parkhouse, which was renovated in 2001. The
parkhouse is available for community use. Chimborazo is
Headquarters of the National Park Services Battlefield Park
System. For more information about Richmond's National
Battlefield Park System, call 804-226-1981.
Ethel Bailey Furman Park
- Located at 29th and "M" Streets
Gillies Creek Park
- Located at Stoney Run Drive and Williamsburg Road. This park
features Disc golf and a BMX course for bikes.
Great Shiplock Park
- Located at Canal and Pear Streets. It is the lowest of historic
Kanawha Canal locks with interpretive display. It also offers
great fishing off Chapel Island.
- Located at 21st and East Marshall Streets. This park
features a bandstand with comfort facility, tot lot and a
beautiful view of the western part of the City. It is also the
site of a buried steam train, which occurrred on October 2, 1925.
A plaque commemorating this tragic accident is located at the
tunnel's sealed entrance off 18th Street.
Libby Hill Park
- Located at 28th and E. Franklin Streets. One of the
three original parks in our urban park system, it was originally
called Marshall Square. The park has a small park house. It also
has a monument erected in 1894 for Confederate soldiers and
sailors. Visit this park for a great view of the southside of the
Patrick Henry Park
- Located at 25th and East Broad Streets. This park has
benches and includes a landscaped area across from historic St.
John's Church, where Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give Me
Liberty, or Give Me Death!" speech. This park includes a
landscaped area with benches.
Powhatan's Hill Park
- Located at Williamsburg Road and Northampton Streets. This park
includes open space with tennis courts, playground, comfort
station and is near the Powhatan Community Center.
Taylor's Hill Park
- Located at 21st & East Franklin Streets
- Cannonball Triangle
Located just south of Boulevard and Idlewood Avenue. This park
features: three lakes, 2 picnic shelters, ballfields, tennis
courts, the Carillon (World War I Memorial, used for art
displays) and Dogwood Dell, where the Department's Festival of
Arts is held during the Summer.
Federal Park (mini park)
- Located at 2100 W. Main Street.
Maymont House & Park
- Located at 1700 Hampton Street. This 100-acre Victorian estate,
once home of Major James H. Dooley, features a children's farm,
nature center and gardens and the restored mansion. Don't miss the
tram and carriage rides.
Monroe Park -
Bounded by Franklin, Main, Laurel and Belvidere Streets. This city
park, established in 1851, has been the site of agricultural
exhibitions and was a major training and camp ground for
Confederate troops during the Civil War. Virginia Military
Institute cadets under "Stonewall" Jackson drilled
recruits in this park early in the war.
Oregon Hill Park
- Located at Belvidere between Idlewood & Holly Streets.
Paradise Park (mini park)
- Located at the 1700 Block of Grove Avenue.
Petronious Jones Park
- Located at the 1400 Block of Idlewood Avenue. This park features
a playground, basketball and tennis courts plus a walking trail.
- Located at Pumphouse Drive. This park is a largely undeveloped
area along Kanawha Canal, however, it is being developed for
historic displays and exhibits.
- Located at 1501 Grayland Avenue
- Located at Pine and Holly Streets. The park has a gazebo and
Scuffletown Park (mini park)
- Located at 2300 Block between Stuart and Park Avenues. This park
is a block-core park with at tot-lot
- Byrd Park
- Located at 22nd and Semmes Avenue. Open space with exercise
Forest Hill Park
- Located at 41st and Forest Hill Avenue. This park is the former
site of the Forest Hill Amusement Park. It features a lake,
walkways, 2 picnic shelters, a tot lot, tennis courts, and a
- Located at 28th and Bainbridge Streets. In addition to providing
spring water, this park includes tennis courts, a playground and a
ballfield. This park is also known as the Carter Jones Park.
Washington Square Park
(mini park) - Located at Hull and 9th Streets.
Wayside Spring Park
- This natural park located at New Kent Road and Prince George
Road provides great spring water for residents.
- Canoe Run Park
- Located at 2401 Broad Rock Blvd. It features ballfields, an
athletic field, tennis and basketball courts and a concession
stand during the summer months.
Lewis G. Larus Park
- Located at Huguenot & Stoney Roads.
- Located at Chippenham Parkway and Hey Road. This park is a
largely undeveloped open space with one area devoted to parking,
tot lot, basketball courts and a nature trail.
- Located at Jahnke Road and Chippenham Parkway. Natural park
- Broad Rock Sports Complex
- Located at Brook Road & West Clay Street. This park is
equipped with a tot lot, tennis courts, basketball court and
also includes an open shelter.
- Located at Leigh Street and Chamberlayne Parkway. This park is
triangular shaped and features a statue of Bill "Bojangles"
Robinson, the famed dancer. It also includes flowerbeds and a
cutstone watering fountain for horses.
Brown's Island Park
Located at the end of South 7th Street. A great place to learn
more about Richmond's history. This landscaped park, along the
river, with benches and interpretive signage is a site of spring
and summer festivals.
Located between the Coliseum and 6th Street Marketplace. It's a
good place to enjoy music performances and other special events
during the summer months.
Located at Cary and Eighth Streets. Midtown open space, highly
landscaped, fountain with pool, excellent downtown lunching spot,
site of evening activities during the warmer months.
Located near the Downtown Expressway at Byrd Street between 9th
and 10th Streets.
- Abner Clay Park
Nature Preserve Parks
Listed below are parcels of undeveloped property recently
added to the inventory for Parks and Recreation. They exhibit the serenity of
all natural, undeveloped greenspaces, wetlands, art forms and color in nature.
open rolling meadows and a small wooded area in the center of the park. It is
on 17.86 acres of land and is located off Hanover Avenue and Three Chopt Road
or one block east of Patterson and Three Chopt Road (main entrance is three
Crooked Branch Ravine Park
- This park features 19.5 acres of natural wooded land. It is located at on the
southside of the city in the 4200 block of Crutchfield Street.
Lewis G. Larus Park - This
park contains foot trails. It is an undeveloped open space/nature preserve with
mature forest and rocky streams located on the southside of the City near the
intersection of Stony Point Road and Huguenot Road.
- Bandy Field Park
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