New Sign in McIntire Park Honors 1930s WPA Bird & Wildflower Sanctuary
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Descendants of some hardworking Charlottesville women can now see a dedication to their mothers and grandmothers in McIntire Park.
The sign, which was unveiled on Thursday, commemorates the Work Projects Administration (WPA) Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary Project. Women maintained the sanctuary that existed in the area from 1937 to around 1940.
One coordinator said he hopes people can stop and smell the flowers while appreciating the history.
“Maybe get a feel for how things have changed but also there’s a lot of nature here in McIntire Park that still exists. A lot of wildflowers in the woods and in the trails, beyond the ball fields,” said Tim Richard, coordinator.
The sign is surrounded by wildflowers that were provided by Charlottesville Parks & Recreation and Richard. Richard said the city has agreed to maintain those flowers.