A group of volunteers have reached a deal with the city of Charlottesville to transform the former McIntire Park golf course into a public garden. A nonprofit began planning the McIntire Botanical Garden in 2007.
The idea is to turn the 8.5 acre chunk of land along the John Warner Parkway into an urban oasis with a pond, trails, and native plants.
“The vision has always been to create a place - a very special, unique place - in McIntire Park that will be open to this community, and because of the size of the park, it's also considered a regional park. The educational opportunities that will exist by what we're going to do here will be open to everybody,” said Helen Flamini, McIntire Botanical Garden president.
The volunteer run nonprofit just signed a memorandum of agreement with the city to move the project forward. It will begin a fundraising campaign in the next few months with hopes that the McIntire Botanical Garden will be open by 2018.