Riverfront Park Project

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February 14, 2020 - The construction of the Riverfront Park will begin - on or about Monday, February 24.  Last November, City Council awarded a contract for construction of the park to Athena Construction of Triangle, Virginia.

The start of construction will require the entire park property to be fenced, thus closing the public parking lot in the 700 block of Sophia Street as well as the parking area accessed across Sophia Street from Charlotte Street. All vehicles must be removed from these areas by no later than midnight, Sunday, February 23. Vehicles remaining in these areas after that time will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

Last fall, the City announced actions it intended to take to mitigate the closure of these parking areas. These actions include:

  • Increasing the period of time that vehicles may be parked on the east (river) side of the 600 through 800 blocks of Sophia Street (from Wolfe Street to just south of George Street) from two hours to four hours during the periods that time restrictions apply to downtown streets (Monday-Saturday; 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.)
  • Convert the surface parking lot in the 600 block of Sophia Street (between Sophia Street and the river, directly across the street from the Sophia Street Parking Garage) to public parking. The only restriction on the use of this lot will be that only vehicles displaying a City of Fredericksburg resident decal may be parked in the lot Monday through Friday 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. The resident decals may be obtained at the Treasurer’s Office at City Hall by providing proof of City residency.
  • Increase the period that vehicles may be parked in the Sophia Street Parking Garage to four hours (currently, three hours) for no cost. The rate for additional hours will remain the same ($1/hour to a maximum of $8/day.)

All of these actions will be taken prior to February 24. Questions about this matter may be directed to Assistant City Manager Doug Fawcett at dfawcett@fredericksburgva.gov or by phone at 540-372-1010.

Ninety percent design plans have been received. 

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The City of Fredericksburg has initiated efforts to design and construct the new Riverfront Park, which will be a significant new public space in downtown Fredericksburg. In 2011, the City acquired the former Masonic Lodge riverfront property at 609 Sophia Street. This acquisition increased the amount of contiguous City-owned land along the riverfront.

The planned park will have many attractive features, including children’s play areas, an interactive water feature, and a stage and events lawn for concerts and other events. It will also be a place to sit and enjoy the beautiful outdoor amenities and view of the Rappahannock River.

The City established a Riverfront Task Force to guide the design process from an initial park vision to preliminary design options to final concept design.

For a detailed history of the project see this page PROJECT DOCUMENTS

City of Fredericksburg Project Leaders

Doug Fawcett
Assistant City Manager

Jane Shelhorse
Director, Parks, Recreation & Events

Riverfront Task Force

George Solley - Chair
Kerry Devine - Council Representative
Matt Kelly - Council Representative

Consultant Team

Lead Consultant / Landscape Architect
Rhodeside & Harwell