Booker T. Washington Park
Charlottesville Va Parks and Grounds

Originally known simply as Washington Park, it was re-dedicated during the 2001 African-American Cultural Arts Festival as Booker T. Washington Park (location).  Booker T. Washington was a close friend of Charlottesville educator Benjamin Tonsler whom he met while in college.  (Tonsler Park is named in honor of Mr. Tonsler.)

The park contains only 9.25 acres but remains one of the most heavily used parks with a multitude of facilities for individuals of all ages.  There are 3 lighted basketball courts, a lighted outdoor pool with a wading area and bath house, a recreation building with restrooms and a playground area.  The sloping land drops suddenly and spectacularly to a level plain far below where a regulation softball field, a basketball court and a multi-use field are located.  The land was deeded to the City in 1926 by Paul Goodloe McIntire to be used as a public park and playground.

Washington Park is one of seven case studies in the 1998 publication The City As a Park, A Citizens' Guide to Charlottesville Parks, which is available for purchase from the Parks and Grounds Division.

City Recreation and Leisure Services has contact information on the recreation center here.  Washington Park is the site for the Annual African-American Cultural Arts Festival every summer (2001 photo gallery).

The new 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.

Dogs must be on leash and under control.  City code requires dog owners to clean up feces of dogs in their care; a plastic bag dispenser/waste receptable is provided for cleaning up dog waste.  Failure to abide by the leash law and dog feces cleanup law is a Class 4 misdemeanor.

The park is open 6AM to 9PM.  There are parking lots at both upper and lower levels.

Washington Park: History
Washington Park: 1998 Renovations and Community Involvement

Click for larger image (photo by Stowe Keller)
Leslie Harris-Scott and Mayor Blake Caravati unveil the new sign for Booker T. Washington Park during the 2001 African American Cultural Arts Festival

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2001 Photos of Cultural Arts Festival
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Revised 8/5/02 by Stowe Keller


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