Powhatan State Park Grand Opening July 6, 2013

Source: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/pow.shtml

Source: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/pow.shtml

Raising kids in the Richmond area just became even more fun than ever. Richmond families are about to have another fantastic State Park to enjoy.

Powhatan State Park will become Virginia’s 36th state park when it opens on July 6, 2013. With 1,565 acres of fun, there will be plenty to do.

What better place to enjoy family fun, picnics, and healthy activity?

Grand Opening July 6

Activities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 6. It’s a family-fun day for all ages.

  • More than a dozen exhibitors from state and local organizations including the Powhatan Historical Society, James River Association and Virginia Museum of Radio Entertainment will provide information on a variety of outdoor, cultural and historical activities.
  • Friends of Powhatan State Park will sell food and drinks.
  • At 2 p.m. the park’s riverfront area will be the site of a formal opening ceremony featuring state and local leaders and a keynote by Gov. McDonnell. Following a ribbon cutting. T
  • The group Farm Use String Band will provide entertainment until 5 p.m.

About the Park

The 1,564 acre Powhatan State Park has 2.5 miles of frontage along the southern bank of the James River. The land, originally part of the Beaumont Correctional Center, was transferred from the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for use as a state park in 2003.

Virginia’s newest state park offers:

  • three picnic shelters
  • a children’s playground
  • a canoe slide
  • equestrian parking
  • seven miles of multi-use trails
  • two miles of hiking trails
  • a park office
  • maintenance area and staff residence

Facilities were completed in 2012. Local volunteers were instrumental in developing the park’s trail system. The state park’s master plan calls for additional facilities to include camping, cabins and improvements to the intersection of Routes 617 and 522.

The park’s shelters and canoe slide area are being used during the grand opening ceremonies. They will be available for regular use beginning July 7.

The park is located at 4616 Powhatan State Park Road, Powhatan, Virginia 23139. For more information on all of Virginia?s award-winning Virginia State Parks go to the website, or call toll-free 1-800-933-PARK (7275).