1998 Project Description
|Construction of the new recreation building
In planning and designing a neighborhood
park it is important to focus on the historical connection between the
site and the people it serves. As a neighborhood park, Washington Park
has a unique character that has evolved from its individual landscape and
its extraordinary history. The important task of researching the history
of Washington Park was conducted in part by The
Carter G. Woodson Institute, which was established by the University
of Virginia in 1981. Gina Haney from the Woodson Institute was instrumental
in researching the history of Washington Park through city and personal
records. In addition, Gina conducted oral interviews with city residents
who were interested in sharing their memories and knowledge of the park's
|Aerial drawing from Gregg Bleam
|Plan of upper level
During the budget process city Council allocated $950,000 in Capital Improvement Funds, available July 1, 1997, for pool and park renovations with an additional $350,000 held in contingency with review and approval of plans. In addition, approximately $190,000 remains in unspent capital funds which were allocated the previous year.
The Washington Park renovation project is a unique collaboration between the private, public and state sectors. However, the success of the project is largely dependent upon the interest, support and dedication of the neighborhood citizens which Washington Park serves. Community involvement and decision making are both meaningful and essential. Some of you have been involved in this project for many months, while others are only now learning how to become involved. We hope that all interested Charlottesville citizens will take the opportunity to partipate in the ongoing design and decision making process.
You can be involved in many ways. A working committee, composed of citizens and city staff, advises the design staffs on a variety of issues, including park and pool designs, community networking, and neighborhood and community concerns. This committee will meet once or twice a month from now until the completion of the project. If you would like to join this committee, please call Parks Division at 804-970-3589.
2001 Washington Park Home Page
|original 1998 site design by Kay Frazier, Judy Bias, Rosalind Collins, Stephen Pleasants
|last updated 3/8/01 by Stowe Keller