Park Renovation 

From impromptu picnics to live music, birthday parties to workouts, John Howell Park has been an integral part of Virginia-Highland for generations. As we adjust to endemic life, we are reminded of how important these three acres are to the quality of our neighborhood and our lives.

Please join the VHCA in our effort to revitalize our community’s signature park. Currently in conceptual planning stage, we invite you to be a part of the entire process — from conceptual input to financial support.

Your contributions will ensure John Howell Park remains a thriving part of our vibrant neighborhood.

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Park Renovation 

From impromptu picnics to live music, birthday parties to workouts, John Howell Park has been an integral part of Virginia-Highland for generations. As we adjust to endemic life, we are reminded of how important these three acres are to the quality of our neighborhood and our lives.

Please join the VHCA in our effort to revitalize our community’s signature park. Currently in conceptual planning stage, we invite you to be a part of the entire process — from conceptual input to financial support.

Your contributions will ensure John Howell Park remains a thriving part of our vibrant neighborhood.

Identified Areas of Improvement

Guiding principles for the Virginia-Highland Civic Association Parks Committee have required a deliberative and explorative approach to this process. As we have considered a wide range of options within known constraints, there have been some clear areas where feedback and ideas have been consistent. We hope you will agree as well. We remain open to exploring new ideas as we continue to refine these concepts. Below is a list of known requirements and broadly accepted improvements:

- Revitalization of the Great Lawn so that it is a lush and smooth surface

- Maintain the size of the Great Lawn so its many uses may continue, from flying a kite to lounging in front of next year's Summerfest line up

- New playgrounds for 2-5 year olds, 5-12 year olds, and potentially equipment for adults

- Rainwater solution for the area of the existing lower playground

- No changes to the volleyball court

- In the round area encircled by donor bricks near Barnett (aka the Ellipse), install a rubberized surface or astroturf

- Full assessment of all trees to support a healthy tree canopy for generations to come

- Fix any and all physically broken elements (water lines to fountains, fence posts, benches, etc)

- An open, airy connection between upper and lower areas of the park that includes a slide and stairs

Concept Plan

Older Concept Plans

November 2022

Fundraising Kickoff Letter

Explore the story of how John Howell Park came into existence and how fundraising now is part of a long story of engaged and focused citizens working to make this park a reality.

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Community Survey

The survey has completed. We appreciate all of your input into this project.

Virginia Park 485

Explore original Voice issues from 1973 announcing the purchase of the land and the official groundbreaking of a new park after the community successfully fended off I-485 construction through what is now Virginia-Highland.

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