Holiday Greens Cheer Downtown Shoppers
The Holiday season has arrived at the
Mall with holly, pine, magnolia and other assorted greens filling the
mall pots. The mall pots traditionally sport colorful pansies
the winter season. The change this year was initiated by the need
to reduce water usage in landscape plantings throughout the city.
Decorative greenery was an appropriate alternative and made use of the
cuttings pruned from shrub beds throughout City parks and
In addition, a large Norway Spruce Holiday tree was erected at City
This tree was donated by a city resident. The spirit of the
is reflected throughout the City of Charlottesville, truly a "World
Fall is the preferred time to plant woody plant materials. With the return of cool moist weather and the relaxing of water restrictions in the City, the Parks and grounds Horticulture team set out to update some key city garden locations. The Lewis and Clark Monument at Main and Ridge Streets has been re-planted with holly and boxwood requiring little or no pruning. Ornamental Kale, pansies and in the spring, daffodils and tulips will add to the festivities of the anniversary celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The "Mounds" at the intersection of
Preston has been re-designed to bring year round seasonal color
Expect in early spring February Gold daffodils to begin the show
by additional daffodil varieties leading to the spectacular tulip
so enjoyed by everyone. Spring blooming shrubs include native
and azaleas. Summer brings us native clethra 'Hummingbird' and
hydrangeas. Fall colors contrast yellow and orange and Foster
steal the winter show. Additional plantings of hosta varieties,
grass, painted fern and annuals will dazzle the area with variegated
A stone path will invite the public to come in for a closer look.
Open your eyes to the beauty all around us, "our city is a garden".
A committee consisting of citizens,
elected official are working with a landscape architect to create a
Plan for the Eastern side of McIntire Park. This area encompasses
the McIntire golf course, and the planning process will address issues
of field use, walking trails and passive recreational opportunities.
more information, call the Parks office at (434) 970-3589.
Playground equipment at Meade Park is scheduled for replacement and additional equipment is scheduled for installation at Belmont Park this Fall.
Downtown Recreation Center
The Downtown Recreation Center
in July and are scheduled for completion by January 2003. These
will upgrade the interior of the building, provide new exterior windows
and doors, provide a new gym floor, add handicapped facilities and air
conditioning to the building.
Parks Division Receives Recognition
The Parks Division web site recently
recognition from the Virginia
Recreation and Parks Society for 2002
for Best Promotional Effort for Electronic Media (population 25001 -
In addition, Parks shared the award for Best New Program with the
& Leisure Services Division. The divisions co-sponsored a
Fair for City youth in June, 2002.
The McIntire Park Steering Committee is working on the future of McIntire Park, including focusing on the eastern section which contains the golf course, the wading pool, and the Dogwood VietNam Memorial. For more information, call the Parks office at (434) 970-3589.
City of Charlottesville Parks and Grounds
Revised 12/18/02 by Stowe
DISCLAIMER - this is an archive of the original design for the City Parks and Grounds Division in 2000 - 2001. It is no longer being updated; for the official, latest "What's New" click here.
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