Henrico County Parks and Recreation
Posted by Shannon Milligan on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM By Shannon Milligan / September 16, 2013 Comment
With beautiful weather like today and the forecast calling for highs in the 80’s this week, it would be unfortunate to miss out on some great outdoor fun! For those in the Greater Richmond Area, here are just a few Henrico County Parks and Recreation places to visit:
- Deep Run Park and Recreation Center (9900/9910 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233): Just south of the 64 interstate at Gaskins, Deep Run Park and Recreation Center has so much to offer. From wooded trails to a scenic pond, you can enjoy taking a stroll and basking in the abundant nature. In addition, there are basketball courts, playground areas, covered shelters with picnic tables, and a nature pavilion with a boardwalk. Plenty of parking is available and the overall scene is clean and aesthetic.
- Armour House and Gardens at Meadowview Park (4001 Clarendon Road, Richmond, VA 23223): Built between 1915 and 1918, the Armour House and Gardens at Meadowview Park are located behind Arthur Ashe Elementary School (a few miles from the Mechanicsville Turnpike and Laburnum Avenue intersection). The Victorian style home is rich in history and is surrounded by a scenic walking trail, tennis courts, tranquil gardens, flowing fountain with arbors boasting blooming vines, and children’s gardens and play areas.
- Laurel Recreation Area and Skate Park (10301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, VA 23228): Located just east of Staples Mill Road and Hungary Road, Laurel Recreation Area and Skate Park offers a variety of activities to enjoy. There is a covered picnic pavilion with charcoal grills next to a large soccer/football field with bleachers. Also included are a baseball field, playground, and a free skate area of 6,700 square feet with ramps, rails, bowl, and a newly-renovated half-pipe.
- Deep Bottom Park and Boat Landing (9525 Deep Bottom Road, Henrico, VA 23231): Bring your boat,canoes, or kayaks and enjoy a dip in the James River. There is a public boat landing that makes the river accessible and extensive wooded nature paths with views of the wetlands. Bikes are permitted and there is a fishing area as well. Go ahead, take the bait for an afternoon of free fun!
- The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen (2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060): Whether you would like to attend a performance, take a class to learn photography or ceramics, or just meander around an art gallery, The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen has it all. Expressions Restaurant is located on-site beside a beautiful sculpture garden and the center houses four art galleries that are open to the public. Due to the possibility of a private event in one of the galleries, please call 804-261-2787 to confirm the gallery is open to the public.
- Clarke-Palmore House (904 McCoul Street, Henrico, VA 23231): A 1930’s Depression Era Home, the Clarke-Palmore House Museum provides the chance to learn about local history within the walls of a previous Virginian’s residence. Located on 12 acres, the house was first built in 1819 and went through numerous additions throughout the years. Tours are given by appointment only (804-652-3411).
- Belmont Recreation Center and Golf Course (1600 Hilliard Road, Richmond, VA 23228): Located near Parham and Chamberlayne Road, the Belmont Recreation Center and Golf Course is an optimal golf-lover’s haven. This 18-hole PGA Championship golf course has a full-service pro shop which is open to the public daily, The Fairway Grill, 9th Hole, snack bar/lounge and tennis facilities.