The goal of Friends of William Byrd Park (FOWBP) is to preserve and protect, restore and improve, and encourage responsible use of the park. The organization also acts in an advisory capacity to the City of Richmond in its administration of the park.
The Friends of William Byrd Park meet every month except for July and August. The meetings are on the first Thursday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Byrd Park Round House. These meetings are for everyone who is interested in Byrd Park. We invite you to attend and learn more about Byrd Park and the Friends of William Byrd Park.
The Friends of William Byrd Park is funded solely by membership dues and donations. Membership is on a calendar year basis. The annual dues are $10.00 per person and $15.00 per household, payable upon joining or upon renewal at the beginning of each calendar year. These dues are not tax deductible.
Dues may be paid at a regular monthly meeting or sent by mail to:
Friends of William Byrd Park
P.O. Box 7026
Richmond, VA 23221
Checks should be made payable to Friends of William Byrd Park.
Tax deductible donations may be made to FOWBP through the Enrichmond Foundation. If donations are made by check, the check should be written payable to The Enrichmond Foundation. To direct the donation to FOWBP, please write for FOWBP on the check's "For:" line.
Donations should be mailed to the FOWBP address shown above. The FOWBP will submit the donations to the Enrichmond Foundation, per their guidelines.
To make donations online, go to the Enrichmond Foundation's website.
William Byrd Park is a 274-acre park located in the City of Richmond, Virginia. It is a mixed-use park with graceful shaded lawns, sloping forested land, lakes, outdoor recreational facilities, roads, and old park structures
Since 1874, the area now known as William Byrd Park has played an important role in the development of the City of Richmond and in providing recreational opportunities to the public. In the 1890's the park became an area for recreation and continues to be an important area for passive and active recreational pursuits. It offers fishing in all three lakes, paddle boat rental in the summer, outdoor concerts at Dogwood Dell, walking and running paths, and fireworks on the Fourth of July. The tennis courts and Little League Baseball fields attract people from throughout the region.
The tree-lined roads, mixture of shaded and open lawns, man-made lakes, and rustic park shelters combine to offer a variety of recreational experiences in settings that range from urban leisure to natural wilderness areas. The park’s many parts, developed over 130 years, fit seamlessly together to make it one of Richmond’s most beautiful and prominent landscapes.