Jefferson Park is located at the corner of North 21st Street and East Marshall Street in the City of Richmond, Virginia. It has arguably the best view of Richmond’s City Skyline. The Friends of Jefferson Park (FOJP) is made up of citizen volunteers whose goal is to enhance the park, through citizen involvement. The Friends group holds regular clean-ups, plants trees and encourages responsible use of the park. The FOJP has a strong alliance with the Union Hill Civic Association and often collaborates on projects. The organization also maintains a close relationship with the City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities in their administration of the park. Members of FOJP are dedicated to keeping Jefferson Park an attractive resource for the Union Hill neighborhood and a safe destination for people from the surrounding area. Citizens with an interest in the park can contribute by making a donation, participating in a clean-up event and/or serving on the FOJP Board.
A park fountain, donated by the J. Fulmer Bright Foundation is currently being installed in Jefferson Park, along with appropriate landscaping, pathways and seating. The fountain should be dedicated in early 2016.
The Friends of Jefferson Park is currently winding up the fundraising to place new fitness equipment along the hillside of the park. The FOJP has received a $51,591 award from Bon Secours Richmond Health System and a $10,000 award from an anonymous donor. Some additional community fundraising is needed to cover other costs related to the project.
The highlight of this project is engaging schools, parks and the community in promoting exercise and healthier lifestyles. We have a commitment from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School to teach their students during Physical Education class (on-site) how to properly use the equipment. Those students will then be assigned to return to the park with their parents/grandparents to teach them how to properly use the equipment. It is our hope that the equipment will benefit all members of the community from Shockoe Bottom, Union Hill, Church Hill, Fairmount and the entire East End. The use of outdoor exercise equipment not only raises fitness levels, but can help reduce childhood obesity, lower blood pressure, reduce the incidence of diabetes and help build stronger families in our community.
The equipment is both of high quality and is aesthetically pleasing, highly visible addition to Jefferson Park and the City. Once installed, the City Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities has agreed to take ownership of the equipment and maintain it. Below is a video of the equipment being demonstrated.
Please consider making a donation to support this project.