Provided by City of Manassas
The City of Manassas recently celebrated improvements made to Byrd Park with a ribbon cutting. A local Manassas Moms group and area residents who use the park regularly helped to guide this $150,000 Capital Improvement Project.
Park improvements include a new playground suitable for all ages featuring the cozy cocoon, funnel tunnel, tube slide, rocking turtle, music panel and more. The Cozy Cocoon is especially designed for children with autism, with features like a space to escape over stimulation and windows on both sides for adult supervision. This is the second cozy cocoon in the City.
Along with new play equipment, the basketball, roller hockey and Bankshot basketball courts were resurfaced and repainted. Bankshot basketball is designed to encourage players to play with, not against, others. This is a non-running, non-exclusionary sport that accommodates wheelchair players, the physically and cognitively challenged and anyone else who wishes to play.
A new sail shade was added near the concession stand for picnics and shade. Other park improvements include: two new picnic tables; six new benches; 17 new trash/recycling receptacles; refurbished basketball posts, backboards, and nets; refreshed picnic pavilion; and a grill. The project included removal of hazardous trees, repairs around the courts, a refreshed parking lot; and flyer holders in the park restrooms for City of Manassas events.
Two Girl Scout troops, Troops 6848 and 4413, have adopted the park to keep it clean and have just recommitted for two more years.