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If you’ve visited a park, trail, or neighborhood center lately, you may have seen some construction work going on. Parks and Recreation manages over 300 acres of parkland, the Blackwater Creek Trails system, nine recreation centers, the City Stadium Complex, the historic Aviary, Miller Park Pool, and the Nature Zone Environmental Education Center. As you can see, there’s a lot going on!
While most of the work you are likely to see is routine maintenance, Parks and Recreation does have some large projects in the works. To help you stay in the loop, you can read more about some of them here, on Facebook, in our monthly enewsletter, or call our main offices at (434) 455-5858 with questions.
Miller Center Renovation
The Miller Center project is in the beginning stages of an 18-month renovation process. Since 1971, the Miller Center has been the primary home of Parks and Recreation administrative offices as well as a neighborhood center, classrooms, and theater space. The project will renovate the historic 1913 building to provide handicap access, increase the efficiency of the heating and cooling systems, renovate the theater, and provide increased classroom space. Read more…
Former Allen-Morrison Brownfields Site
The former Allen-Morrison property, located in the Fort Hill neighborhood adjacent to Lynchburg Grows and the City Stadium Complex is a bit nearer to the next step in its evolution from factory to park. The former sign-making industrial site was abandoned in 1996, and the City of Lynchburg assumed ownership through eminent domain in April of 2003. Because of its proximity to the City Stadium Complex, the former Allen-Morrison property was identified as the site of a future park in the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Since the City of Lynchburg assumed ownership, the site has been managed primarily by the Parks and Recreation Department. Environmental concerns have been addressed through ongoing agreements with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) the state agency responsible for Brownfields management. Read more…
Riverside Park Improvements
Riverside Park is Lynchburg's second-oldest park. In 2009, the City of Lynchburg created a new Master Plan for the park, which developed conceptual designs for a complete renovation of all the major components of the park, including restoration of the historic outdoor transportation museum components, historic interpretation, renovation of the existing pedestrian pathways, improvements to lighting, signage, and park amenities, development of a new play area, protection and restoration of existing structures and amenities such as the tennis courts, stone overlook, and gazebo, and development of new amenities such as the spray ground area. Read more...