Public parks offer the perfect opportunity for everyone to spend time outdoors without breaking the bank. Although larger parks like Pocahontas State Park and Deep Run Park in the Richmond Region may get a higher volume of visitors, check out these five great Richmond City parks that provide some green in the hustle and bustle of urban life.
This 287 acre park, right off the Downtown Expressway, is a crown jewel of old Richmond. Stocked with tennis courts, two softball fields, shelters with outdoor grilling, exercise and running trails, three lakes (Fountain Lake, Shields Lake, Swan Lake – complete with pedal boat rides!), and The Carillon, a rare monument and musical instrument that stands guard over a large grassy mall. Also, during the summer months the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater and Ha’Penny Stage host music and entertainment for visitors!
Situated at the top of a hill right off I-95 in the historic Union Hill neighborhood of downtown Richmond, Jefferson Park entices tourists with amazing skyline views of the city, playground equipment, shelters, benches for seating, large open grass areas, and a 360 degree view of old historical homes.
Forest Hill Park
Once a quarry, this vast park located south of the James River is a family favorite. Comprised of rolling hills, jogging and walking paths, a playground, a partial wetland, lake, tennis courts and picnic shelters, this popular park is also home for the Saturday morning South of the James Farmer’s Market!
Libby Hill Park
Small, quiet, and beautiful, this tiny park in Church Hill is one of the three original parks in the Richmond Parks System. A giant Confederate soldier and sailor monument stands guard over the Fountain of Love, a gorgeous tree-covered fountain that overlooks the James River to the east and the red bricks of downtown to the west. You can also take in the celebrated view of the James River that gave Richmond its name.
A true hidden gem deep in the Fan district of downtown Richmond, this small “pocket park” was built in 1974 with the goal of offering a grassy area for the densely populated neighborhood. This volunteer run park offers beautiful tree coverage, foliage, blooming flowers, bench seating, a book share, and green, green grass. Great for picnics!
Michael J. Hippchen is a freelance writer based out of Richmond, VA. Michael has a passion for good bourbon, a firm cigar, live music, and copious amounts of black coffee.