The Town of
Glasgow, Virginia

Parks & Recreation


Heavy rains in lateJanuary,1854
left the James River and the
treacherous Balcony Falls in full flood. On 21 January, the canal boat "Clinton" and it's passengers became stranded in the raging waters. Frank Padgett, a skilled boatman and slave, led four other men to rescue them. In an heroic attempt to save the last passenger, Padgett drowned, unable to fight the rushing current. Captain Edward Echols, who witnessed Padgett's act, was so moved he commissioned the construction of a granite obelisk monument beside lock 16 of the Blue Ridge canal. It now stands here in Glasgow's Centennial Park

The focal point of recreational activity is the William S. Knick ballfield and the adjacent Fitzlee Street playground. This park is comprised of a lighted softball field, one and one-half basketball courts, a large children’s playground, a small covered pavilion, a larger covered pavilion and a ¼ mile asphalt walking track. The Town recently enhanced the safety of the children playing in the playground by installing a fence. Additional improvements to this facility are being planned.

A second, smaller, playground is located on land owned by the Concerned Citizens of Glasgow behind the old elementary school on Catawba Street. This facility has a basketball court, a children’s playground and a covered pavilion all of which are owned by the Concerned Citizens.

A third park, Centennial Park, is located at the corner of McCulloch Street and Blue Ridge Road. This park was constructed in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Town and provides benches to sit on as one enjoys the plantings and the historical Padget Memorial
. At the Centennial celebration, a time capsule was buried in the Park to be opened by future residents.

In addition to these Town facilities, the state maintains a boat launch to allow canoe and other small craft access to the Maury and James Rivers. The Glasgow Rescue Squad leases the former carnival grounds south of Route 130. This area features two small concession buildings, a pavilion and some lighting.

The Town owns several parcels of vacant land acquired through the flood mitigation project that could be used for future recreational facilities. The Planning Commission made a series of recommendations to the Town Council regarding the potential uses of this land, including open “green space”, park space, garden space, and recreation areas. One of these areas is being used for our new horseshoe pits (see below).

A Parks and Recreation Committee was formed to oversee maintenance of current facilities and study options for future park and recreation facilities. A joint Parks and Recreation and Planning Commission effort developed many new and creative ideas for utilization of existing space and the expansion of facilities and services.

A new group, "United Neighbors" has been formed by interested citizens to raise funds and promote recreational improvements in Glasgow.

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