PARKS & RECREATION
Bristol features more than 20 city parks and playgrounds, including Steele Creek Park, the third-largest municipal park in the state of Tennessee at 2,200 acres, and the 400-acre Sugar Hollow Park in Virginia. Residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of facilities for outdoor activities, including swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking and much more throughout the year.
Anderson Park, Bristol, Tenn.: Four acres of open space, music pavilion, gazebo.
Beaver Creek Plaza, Bristol, Tenn.: .18 acre park was built by the Corp of Engineers as part of the Beaver Creek Flood Prevention Plan. There are 3 outdoor musical instruments installed in the park. These include: a set of 7 chimes of various lengths, Pegasus (a hefty metallophone made with 23 resonated aluminum bars in the key of C Major and A Minor), and a set of 5 tuned drums that are played by hand.
Belle Meadows, Bristol, Va.: Five-acre park with youth league field and playground.
Breedlove-Charles Park, Bristol, Va.: Three acres, two illuminated tennis courts, basketball courts and playground, located adjacent to Douglass Senior Center.
Charlie Robinette Park / Bark Park, Bristol, Tenn.: 30 ft. x 50 ft. picnic shelter with restrooms, tetherball and a 175 ft. x 280 ft. multi-use field next to the shelter are also available. The Bark Park is divided into two sections; an area for larger dogs and an area for smaller dogs. More than 1,000 feet of chain-link fence surrounds the two areas, both areas have drinking fountains, dog bowl at the bottom, eight park benches, and eight trash receptacles. Each receptacle has a box of poo bags.
Clear Creek Golf Club, Bristol, Va.: Eighteen-hole quality public golf course, 35-acre lake with fishing pier and bird-watching area. Clear Creek Golf Club is widely regarded as one of the Tri-Cities’ finest-conditioned public golf courses. Meticulous attention to playing conditions provides golfers of all abilities pristine fairways and smooth, true greens for a spectacular round of golf every time.
Cumberland Square Park, Bristol, Va.: Four acres, location of veteran’s war memorial, music pavilion, picnic shelter, children’s theater, exhibit of two Vietnam-era aircraft, a UH-1H Huey and an AH-1H Cobra.
Defriece Park, Bristol, Tenn.: Mini-park with historic marker and picnic tables.
Downtown Center & Country Music Mural, Bristol, Tenn.: Farmer’s market, Civitan Country, music stage, picnic tables, and greenspace.
Haynesfield Park, Bristol, Tenn.: A 5.29 acre community park which has many trees and green space. This park has 2 lighted tennis courts, picnic table, trash cans, and a drinking fountain.
Friendship Park, Bristol, Tenn.: Friendship Park (formerly known as Avoca Park) is located 2432 Volunteer Parkway and is a 14.6 acre park featuring three baseball fields, large green space and a paved parking area.
Haynesfield Aquatic Center, Bristol Tenn.: Full-size pool open all summer, offers swim lessons and parties.
Highland View Park, Bristol, Va.: Three-acre park with illuminated youth softball field and play area.
Ida Stone Jones Community Tennis Center, Bristol Tenn.: Features eight state of the art lighted courts at the former site of Central Elementary School. The Courts will be open to the public and maintained as a city park.
Jackson Park, Bristol, Va.: Three-acre park with large illuminated youth league baseball field, two illuminated tennis courts and play area.
Jim Slagle Park, Bristol, Va.: Home of Eastern Little League and a 10-acre undeveloped area.
Mark Vance Memorial Greenway, Bristol, Tenn.: Originally built as the Cross Town Trail, the Greenway was renamed in honor of Officer Mark Vance who was killed in the line of duty. This 7,385 linear feet paved trail leads from the Mill Creek area of Steele Creek Park to the Volunteer Parkway where it connects with the Wes Davis Greenway.
Morning Rotary Centennial Park, Bristol, Tenn.: The park has a small picnic area with 2 coated expanded metal tables. The basketball court and fencing are in good condition. There is ample green space and several young trees, drinking fountain, benches, a grill, and trash receptacles.
Moore Street Park, Bristol, Va.: Mini-park with playground.
Mumpower Park, Bristol, Va.: Three acres, elongated park along Beaver Creek, three illuminated tennis courts, basketball courts.
Patterson Park, Bristol, Tenn.: Mini-park with play area. This park is located in the block south of Anderson Elementary School. The park consists of 2 – 36’ x78’ tennis courts, a play structure and a small parking area
Pearl Street Park, Bristol, Va.: Mini-park with play area.
Pinnacle Park, Bristol, Tenn.: Pinnacle Park is located within the new Pinnacle retail development, adjacent to Interstate 81 at exit 74 on Pinnacle Parkway. The four-acre park will serve the development as a water retention and water quality area. Enjoy the views of the beautiful surrounding mountains from one of the park’s benches that dot the shore line of Pinnacle Lake and a paved walking trail.
Portsmouth Park, Bristol, Va.: Mini-park with playground.
Randolph Complex, Bristol, Va.: Thirteen acres, 5,000-seat football stadium, 2,000-seat professional baseball stadium (Pittsburgh Pirates farm club), little league field and playground.
Rooster Front Park, Bristol, Tenn.: The southeast end of Steele Creek Park features a playground and picnic tables and shelter, as well as a wonderful walk to the dam and on to Steele Creek Park.
Rotary Field, Bristol, Tenn.: This park has been the home for softball and baseball since the 50’s. Over the years it has been used for football and many other Parks & Recreation activities.
Skate Park, Bristol, Tenn.: The park is an asphalt paved area which is fenced in and gated. It includes 10 pieces of skate boarding equipment.
Steele Creek Park & Steele Creek Nature Center, Bristol, Tenn.: 2,200+ acre park with playgrounds, picnic areas, amphitheater, nature center, paddleboats, train ride, walking trails and golf course. Steele Creek Nature Center is a two-story educational facility which showcases the natural history and beauty of Steele Creek Park. Inside you will find live animals and educational displays about the natural world inside Steele Creek Park.
Stone Castle, at Tennessee High School, Bristol, Tenn.: Football field, soccer, and walking track. The Stone Castle was built in 1937 during the Great Depression by the P.W.A, Public Works Administration, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sugar Hollow Park, Bristol, Va.: 400-acre park with three softball fields, five soccer fields, 100 picnic sites, six picnic shelters, 75 campsites, pavilion and pool.
Suncrest Park, Bristol, Va.: Ten acres of open space area, four illuminated tennis courts, adjacent to four-acre school play area.
Virginia High School, Bristol, Va.: Two tennis courts, outside basketball courts, indoor pool, and 350-yard paved track.
Washington Street Park, Bristol, Va.: Mini-park with playground.
Westfield Park, Bristol, Va.: Mini-park with basketball court.
Wes Davis Greenway, Bristol, Tenn.: The 2,800 ft trail was dedicated in honor of long time city leader Wes Davis. The trail is built on a former rail bed. Along this trail are 2 foot bridges which cross over the creek and an original Pullman passenger train car named for Bristol is on display
Whitetop Creek Park, Bristol, Tenn.: Twenty acres, restrooms, walking trails, basketball court, soccer fields, pond, pavilion, baseball-softball fields, concessions and playground.