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Gypsy Hill Park

 

600 Churchville Avenue, Staunton VA 24401
Hours: 6:00AM - 11:00PM

Park Information

For a pdf map of the park, click here.

Gypsy Hill Park is a sprawling 214 acre multi-use recreational destination located in the heart of Staunton at the intersection of Churchville Avenue (Route 250) and Thornrose Avenue. The 1.3 mile circular roadway which runs through the center of the Park, Constitution Drive, is a designated play street, suitable for walkers, bicyclists and rollerblading. The Staunton Police Department maintains a satellite office near the Duck Pond on a seasonal basis, during which time officers conduct bike-mounted patrols of the area. Covered pavilions with modest outdoor cooking facilities and picnic tables are available on a non-reservation basis.

Amenities

Barbecuing areas, Baseball fields, Basketball courts, Bicycling, Duckpond, Fishing, Fitness Station, Football field, Horseshoes, Mini Train, Monuments, Picnic Shelters, Playgrounds, Pools, Running tracks, Action Skate Park, Soccer Fields, Tennis Courts and Volleyball Courts.

Facilities

Bandstand, Garden Center, Golf Course, Basketball Gym, Pool

 

*The park also features a recycling station. The following items can be recycled here:
Plastics 1-7
Aluminum & Bi-Metal
All Cardboard
Mixed Paper
Glass Bottles



History

Gypsy Hill Park began as the site of Staunton's water supply in the mid 1800's. Several springs were located in this area and water from the springs was dispensed to the city via the pumping plant nearby. In 1876, the city purchased 30 acres of land around the springs in order to protect the town's water supply. By 1890, the city had acquired approximately 90 acres and a proposal was made to City Council to establish a recreational park on the property. Council approved the proposal and the area of land located between Churchville Avenue and the old Baldwin Fair Association grounds became known as Gypsy Hill Park- named for the wandering gypsies who camped near the springs. Captain W.P. Tams, a local citizen, was given much credit for the planning and development of the park. The nearby Baldwin Fairgrounds, a longtime site for local gatherings, races and fairs was purchased by the city in 1892 to increase the space for recreational activities. By 1893, Gypsy Hill boasted a small zoo which was under the care and supervision of a park policeman. Throughout the 20th century, the park has experienced many changes; however residents as well as visitors to Staunton can still experience much of the original Victorian character and charm of the park.

Park Map

Driving Directions and Map Link


From the NORTH or SOUTH
Exit 225, Veer right of the exit
Left at light onto Commerce Rd
Stay in right lane..veer right
Right onto Churchville Ave just past the library
Left at the gated Park entrance onto Constitution Drive

From the EAST
Take Interstate 64 to Staunton, then exit north on Interstate 81 and get off of exit 222.
Veer right off the exit.
Continue straight, past Walmart, past Martins, till you come to the bottom
of a hill at a light. At this light go right onto Greenville Ave but stay in the left RIGHT lane.
At the next light, go left onto Johnson St.
Go right at Augusta St.
Take a left onto Churchville Avenue before the Library.
Continue straight till you see the gated park entrance, go left into the park.

From the WEST
Take Route 250 west to Staunton, turn right (south) on Grubert Avenue.
At the T-intersection (near Big Lots) turn left onto West Beverly Street. 
Turn Left onto Thornrose Ave, stay straight on this road till you intersect with Churchville Avenue. Go left into the park at the gated entrance onto Constitution Drive.

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