Byrd Park

Photo Credit: Chris Johnson

Byrd Park, south end of the Boulevard. The 287-acre park features open parkland, shelters, three lakes (Shields, Swan, and Boat lakes), summer pedal-boat rides, tennis courts, baseball fields, and a vita exercise course with walking trails totalling around 1.3 miles. The historic roundhouse and Poplar Vale Cemetery also are located in the park. The park was nominated in 2006 to the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

Dogwood Dell/The Carillon, 1300 Blanton Ave., Byrd Park. Dogwood Dell amphitheater can hold 3,000 people on blankets or lawn chairs on its grass and stone seating and is home to a free summer performing arts festival. No charge for parking. The Carillon, a 240-foot Georgian bell tower built in 1926, pays tribute to Virginians who died in World War I. It contains 56 bells and is open only for special events. In the spring of 2012, a 1-mile mountain-bike optimized loop and a .5-mile hiking trail were built behind the woods behind the Carillon. Trailheads are located on Pump House Road.

Byrd Park was originally known as Reservoir Park (renamed Byrd Park in 1906) and the surrounding area was one of Richmond’s first were streetcar suburbs. In 1881, a gray granite Victorian Gothic Pump House was constructed beside George Washington’s James River and Kanawha Canal. From there, water was mechanically pumped up to the 26-foot-deep reservoir in New Reservoir Park.

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