Washington Park

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Booker T. Washington Park (often, and historically, Washington Park) is a heavily used Charlottesville park.


It sits on land deeded to the city in 1926 by Paul Goodloe McIntire to be used as a public park and playground.

During the 2001 African-American Cultural Arts Festival, held annually in the park, the park was renamed and re-dedicated. Originally known as Washington Park, the park was renamed Booker T. Washington Park. Washington was a close friend of Charlottesville educator Benjamin Tonsler, whom he met while in college.


The park contains 9.25 acres, and a lighted outdoor pool with a wading area and bath house, three basketball courts (one lit), a recreation building with restrooms, and a playground area. A hill within the park drops to a level plain with a regulation softball field, basketball courts, a multi-use field, and picnic shelters.

The playground and picnic shelter were given to the city by the Dave Matthews Band. The drainage, seeding and grading for the third phase of the Washington Park renovations were funded by a generous grant by the Perry Foundation.

Bog garden

A wooden boardwalk, including a ramp for handicap access, have been added to make Washington Park's bog garden more accessible. Bog plants have survived remarkably well in spite of this season's drought. New plants have been added including both native and non-native bog plant varieties. Future plans include permanent plant labeling, educational brochure and bog garden walks to educate and involve the public in our unique micro-habitat.


External links

Washington Park on City's website