McIntire Park

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McIntire Park is a Charlottesville park named in honor of its benefactor, Paul Goodloe McIntire, who donated the land. McIntire intended for the park to be reserved for white citizens only and donated land for Washington Park to be reserved for African-Americans. [1]

It is home to the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial.

McIntire Park at Sunrise

Amenities

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McIntire park is home to
  • a golf course
  • a children's playground and wading pool,
  • walking trails,
  • softball fields,
  • a baseball field, and
  • picnic shelters.

History

A trial experiment with lighted of tennis courts took place in 1940. The Young Men's Business Club paid for the endeavor. [2]

Events

McIntire Park is traditionally home to the annual Dogwood Festival carnival and the July Fourth fireworks display[citation needed].

21st century evolution

Meadowcreek Parkway impacts

The city's portion of the Meadowcreek Parkway runs along the eastern edge of McIntire Park. The Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park pursued a series of lawsuits to stop construction, including one against the Federal Highway Administration which was heard on April 25, 2012.[3] On May 29, 2012, Judge Norman K. Moon dismissed the case against the FHWA, allowing the project to proceed.[4]

Golf

McIntire Park was home to a nine-hole golf course that would be disrupted or eliminated by Parkway construction. The group Save McIntire Golf advocated for retention of the course in some form because it was home to the First Tee of Charlottesville, a program that sought to educate children about golf and leadership. Golf activities ceased by the end of 2015. [5] That was a year ahead of schedule. [6]

Botanical Gardens

McIntire Botanical Garden, a non-profit group, is creating a botanical garden in the east end of the park in areas that have been home to the municipal golf course.

YMCA

The Piedmont Family YMCA is constructing a fitness and aquatic center in the western half of the Park. A group called the McIntire Park Preservation Committee had formed to try to prevent this construction, or at least to ensure that the construction does not eliminate two softball fields at the park.

The project was on pending resolution of a Virginia Supreme Court case that claimed Charlottesville and Albemarle County broke Virginia's procurement laws by not allowing private companies to submit a request for proposals to operate an aquatic facility on city-owned land. [7] [8] The court heard the case in the spring of 2012 and threw out the case in January 2014. [citation needed]

Financing was secured in late 2015 allowing the project to break ground.

Past development

The construction of the U.S. Route 250 bypass ran through the park, with one section of the old park becoming what is now Greenleaf Park. Another former section, at the southeast end of McIntire Road near the rescue squad, initially became tennis courts and is now the Charlottesville Skateboard Park.

Eastern side master plan

In September 2012, City Council adopted a master plan for eastern side of the park. [9] That process began in the fall of 2011 with three public meetings. More public meetings have been held in 2012[10]. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board held a public hearing in March 2012. [11]

The Final Master Plan Report outlines planned changes to the park to be adopted, including the development of a trail and bike system. In addition, the Charlottesville Skateboard Park will be relocated to the southwest side of the park, where currently there is parking for the golf course. The golf course itself will remain open, but will be reverted to passive use by the end of 2016. Upon its reversion to passive use, portions of the golf course may also be used for the expansion of the botanical gardens.

The wading pool was closed permanently following the conclusion of the 2013 season.[12]

The city hired multinational design corporation Stantec to construct a skate park concept and Baltimore-based Mahan-Rykiel to design the park plan. [6]

External links

McIntire Park on City website

References

  1. Web. HISTORY OF WASHINGTON PARK, City of Charlottesville, retrieved March 23, 2016.
  2. Web. Tennis Courts To Be Lighted at McIntire, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, August 9, 1940, retrieved August 9, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. August 9, 1940 page 8.
  3. Web. Parkway interchange awaits result of federal lawsuit, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 26, 2012, retrieved February 28, 2012.
  4. Web. Judge Moon rules against Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park; Parkway Interchange to proceed, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 29, 2012, retrieved June 25, 2012.
  5. Web. Council briefed on city parks and recreation department plans, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 9, 2016, retrieved December 27, 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Web. Public gives input on new McIntire Park design, Reuben Jones, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 4, 2014, retrieved December 27, 2014.
  7. Web. Fitness group sues Albemarle and Charlottesville over YMCA, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 13, 2010, retrieved January 12, 2011.
  8. Web. VA Supreme Court to hear YMCA case of fitness clubs vs. Albemarle, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesvillee Tomorrow, August 22, 2011, retrieved August 23, 2011.
  9. Web. Golf to leave McIntire sooner; Recreational fields still at issue, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 4, 2012, retrieved May 20, 2013.
  10. Web. McIntire Park Planning, official website, City of Charlottesville, retrieved 8 Dec 2011.
  11. Web. McIntire Park planning process continues, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 29, 2012, retrieved March 9, 2012.
  12. Web. A Community Guided Park Master Plan for McIntire Park East Side, Charlottesville Parks & Recreation, June 20, 2012, retrieved July 16, 2012.