AboutMcIntire Park contains land originally donated by Paul Goodloe McIntire and other lands purchased from multiple property owners, and continues to be one of the most popular parks in the City. Located off of U.S. Route 250 Bypass, it features rolling land with magnificent views of the mountains to the east, a heavily wooded area with steep and varied topography and winding streams. There is a major community focus on the lighted softball fields, baseball field, and the three shelters which are used extensively from spring to fall.
In April every year McIntire Park hosts the carnival for the Annual Dogwood Festival. In the southeastern half of the park, to the east of the railroad tracks, lies a nine-hole sand green golf course. This section of the park has its own parking lot and offers a playground with tot area for children ages 2 to 5 years old and a wading pool. There are nature trails in the west end of the park near picnic shelters and a new bridge to Charlottesville High School.
McIntire park was originally larger than its current size. The construction of the 250 bypass ran through the park, with one section becoming what is now Greenleaf Park. Another section, at the southeast end of McIntire Road is the site of the rescue squad. Of the original 150 acres, approximately 130 lie north of the 250 bypass with 55 acres on the west side of the railroad tracks, and 75 acres on the east side. 49 acres of land north of Melbourne Road have been acquired as new City parkland to replace that used by the John Warner Parkway.
There are separate entrances to the three major parts and parking is available at each. The western side of the park (softball, little league and picnic shelters) is located at number 375 Route 250 Bypass. The eastern side of the park is located at number 425 Route 250 Bypass. CTS services Charlottesville High School with a stop at the MLK PAC on Route 9. You can reach McIntire Park from the bus stop using the footbridge by the Charlottesville High School tennis courts.
McIntire Botanical Garden
Visit the McIntire Botanical Garden website for more information.
Dogs must be on a leash and under control.