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Booker T. Washington Park

Features

  1. Baseball / Softball Diamond
  2. Basketball Court
  3. Parking
  4. Picnic Areas
  5. Picnic Shelters
  6. Picnic Tables
  7. Playground
  8. Pollinator Garden Habitat
  9. Public Transportation
  10. Restrooms
  11. Swimming Pool

Washington Park 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, the park originally known as Washington Park was re-dedicated as Booker T. Washington Park.  Booker T. Washington was a close friend of Charlottesville educator Benjamin Tonsler whom he met while in college.  

The park  contains only 9.25 acres but remains one of the most heavily used parks.  The park features a multitude of facilities for individuals of all ages, including a lighted outdoor pool with a wading area and bath house, 3 basketball courts (including a lighted court on the upper level), a recreation building with restrooms and a playground area.  The sloping land drops  spectacularly to a level plain far below where park patrons can enjoy a regulation softball field, basketball courts, multi-use field, picnic shelter and tot play area .