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Parks Planning and Improvement

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The Parks Department is working to ensure all City Parks offer safe, pleasant, and worthwhile experiences for our visitors.  As we develop these plans, we meet with neighborhoods, other City departments, including police and utilities, and hold public workshops in order to determine a balanced plan for each park's unique needs. 

For an overview of the Parks Department's master planning process, go HERE.

1998 "City As a Park" study

Azalea Park  Plan document   Plan Map

Forest Hills Park    Plan Map 

McIntire Park East  Plan document   Plan Map

A public process for creating a master plan for the east side of the park is complete.  The next phase is moving the skate park and hiring a design firm to work out the details of the parks layout.  For more information, go to

A paved commuter trail is being built along the north side of the 250 bypass from Hydraulic Road through McIntire Park to the railroad tracks and to the new interchange.

The City has also been awarded a SAFETEA-LU/MAP-21 grant from V.D.O.T. to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the railroad tracks to connect the two sides of McIntire Park. A presentation about the bridge project is available here.  This project will go to bid in February 2017 for construction in summer 2017. A fact sheet with images of the bridge is available here.

McIntire Park West - Plan Map   * This plan was amended to preserve softball fields

Meadow Creek Valley   Plan document   Plan Map

Greenbrier Park and Meadow Creek Gardens -  Park planning is complete.  For information please visit

Ragged Mountain

City Council approved an ordinance allowing bicycles and jogging on certain designated trails at ragged mountain. A final trail plan will be brought to council for approval in spring 2017 followed by completion of trail construction.  For more information about this effort, please visit 

Rives Park   Plan Document   Plan Map    * This plan was amended to change the sand volleyball courts to community gardens.

Starr Hill Park   Plan

Tonsler Park -  Plan Document  Plan Map  -  For more information please visit

For more information on these and other parks improvements, contact the Parks Department at 970-3656.