Monroe Park

Monroe Park 620 W Main St

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Monroe Park

Monroe Park is a landscaped park located 1 mi northwest of the Virginia State Capitol Building in Richmond, Virginia. It is named after James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States. The park unofficially demarcates the eastern "point" of the Fan District and is considered to be Richmond's oldest park.

Monroe Park is shaped like a pentagon. The park is full of walking paths, stretches of lawns and forests and a cast-iron fountain in the center of the park. This park offers many different opportunities for recreational activities such as ping pong, boules, and quoits courts. If you've never heard of boules or quoits, here is a quick introduction. Boules is a game similar to bocce or bowls. Quoits is a traditional game where the player has to throw metal rings similar to horseshoes.

History

The land on which the Park is located was purchased by the City of Richmond in 1851 at the cost of $13,592.56. Originally, the land was used as the State Agricultural Fair Grounds in the mid-19th century. During the American Civil War (1861-1865), the area was used as a military camp and military hospital. A central stone fountain was donated by U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Albert Ordway in 1872. It was later replaced with the current cast-iron fountain in the early twentieth century. A bronze monument to Williams Carter Wickham was erected in the Park in 1891. Monroe Park was home to Richmond's first baseball games.

Park today

The Park is currently nearly surrounded by VCU's Monroe Park campus. In 2005 the Park was installed with public wi-fi technology. The restoration of Monroe Park is managed by the Monroe Park Conservancy, which is a non-profit dedicated to the renovation of the park, including financing this renovation. The City of Richmond and VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) help manage this partnership and the park upkeep and maintenance.

Flora and fauna

Monroe Park is home to many squirrels, pigeons, and wild birds. The park contains many trees: some very old and large, such as Magnolias and Oaks. Certain specimens have been nominated for the Remarkable Trees of Virginia program. There are a great many types of flora and fauna to explore in this urban oasis.

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