What’s New at Bryan Park

Goats in Bryan Park

We have hired RVA Goats to come into Bryan Park to eat the invasive weeds smothering the Azalea Gardens. It’s a natural and safe way to fight a persistent problem.

You can come see our WEED EATERS in the Azalea Gardens this summer. Look for signs pointing them out, but be careful:

  • Don’t get too close unless one of the shepherds is there! They are enclosed in an electric fence, for their safety and yours. Don’t risk getting shocked!
  • Do NOT try to pet or feed the goats.
  • Keep your dogs away from the goats. Please don’t threaten them. They are pygmy Nigerian Goats, very sweet and friendly! Respect them!

LATER THIS SUMMER we will bring pigs in to attack and eat kudzu in the park. We may arrange for you to see them in action too. Watch our Facebook page for special meet and greet events.

park restrooms

Unfortunately, some troublemakers came into Bryan Park late at night and caused extensive damage in several buildings, including the restrooms near Shelter # 1. They are closed for the season.

We do have several porta-potties around in the Park for temporary use. Friends of Bryan Park will be working with the Parks and Recreation Department to help build new restrooms. We welcome donations large and small!

It’s not glamourous, but a necessity! If you, or your group, or your workplace want to help bring a crucial part of Bryan Park into the 21st century, please contact us. Call John Zeugner at 288-5005 or email us.

Vision Master Plan for Bryan Park

VCU Planning School Grad Students develop Vision Master Plan for Bryan Park, May 2019

Click here to see the entire plan


Saturday, August 31st, 2019 4pm-8pm

Sponsored by Friends of Bryan Park, the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department, and Richmond’s Community Gardens Program, and local businesses and civic associations.

Join us to celebrate the opening of the Bryan Park Greenhouse, managed by the City’s Community Gardens Program, the Riverine Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists, and Friends of Bryan Park

  • Plant seeds and take plants homes
  • Make eco-planters with your plastic bottles, which we’ll recycle for your own terrarium

Take tours of the 1912 Keepers House and learn about Park history, current activities, and future plans – including VCU’s 2019 Vision Master Plan for Bryan Park.

Enjoy music from local Bands at the Showmobile next to Lower Young’s Pond

Enjoy food and beverages from several local food trucks

Tie-dye the coolest Bryan Park T-shirts EVER!

Try some new Park activities, including

  • Disc Golf
  • Pickle-Ball
  • Yoga

Take Specail Walking Tours

  • Young’s Spring, where Gabriel planned his 1800 Insurrection
  • Birdwalks with Richmond Audubon Society
  • Nature Center and Native Plant gardens with VMNs
  • History walk with Friends of Bryan Park
  • Tree walk with Tree Stewards
  • Petting Zoo

Visit with other local environmental groups and Richmond’s Parks and Recreation Department