Byrd Park

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Swimming area at Byrd Park, circa 1920


The book, Virginia, A Guide to the Old Dominion , published in 1940, describes Byrd Park:

"WILLIAM BYRD PARK, entrance S. end of Boulevard, is a 300 acre recreation area with roads through peaceful groves and around three artificial lakes, in one of which a fountain is colorfully lighted at night. The park dates from 1874, when the city council bought 60 acres for a reservoir. It has bathing, tennis, and other athletic facilities. In the southwest corner is Virginia's memorial to World War dead, the CARILLON, a 240 foot tower of pink brick, designed in Georgian Colonial style. Erected in 1932, it contains 66 bells, cast in England, that are seldom played. On the ground floor is a MUSEUM OF WORLD WAR RELICS (open 10-12, 2-4 weekdays, 3-5 Sun; adm. free).

"A bronze STATUE OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, by Feruccio Legnaioli, is in the northwest section of the park.

"Swimming: Shields Lake, Byrd Park, S. end of Boulevard at Idlewood Ave., open summer months, free"



View of lake at Byrd Park in 2002



Feeding the Ducks at Byrd Park


Feeding the ducks at Byrd Park



Lake at Byrd Park, 2002



No swimming at Byrd Park today.









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