Little League game at Pen Park
Pen Park, located of East Rio Road on Pen Park Road, is often referred to as the "gem" of the City park system. Pen Park is the largest park in the City and it is from this park that Park Street takes its name. The park offers excellent recreation and leisure facilities. This area of land has kept its name for more than 200 years; by 1979 the city acquired the last of the park's 280 acres.
In addition to sweeping vistas of mountains and open rolling land in all directions, the park offers recreational opportunities for all ages. There are 8 tennis courts, a Little League baseball field with batting cage, volleyball court, 3 outdoor picnic shelters, and a playground with tot area for children ages 2-5 years old. There is the 18-hole Meadowcreek Golf Course with clubhouse and pro shop and an outdoor physical fitness course with 10 exercise stations winding through the natural setting toward the Rivanna River. There is a 1 1/2 mile long trail along the Rivanna river at the end of the nature trail.
Dogs are allowed but only on-leash in the park (and are not allowed on the golf course). City code requires dog owners to clean up after their dogs; a dispenser/receptacle of plastic bags for cleaning up dog waste is available at the start of the Fitness Trail.