41 Monument Avenue
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Purcell Park is a 67 acre park located on Monument Avenue on the east side and on South Main Street on the south side of the park. There are two entrances to the park - one from Monument Avenue and the other from Miller Circle off of South Main Street. The park has three softball/baseball fields, three tennis courts, two pickleball courts, a playground, three picnic shelters, several restrooms, and a 1.5 mile walking trail. A large portion of the Bluestone Trail also runs through the park.
ARPA-Funded Replacement of Kids Castle - In December 2022, Harrisonburg City Council approved utilizing $2.65 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the replacement of the Kids Castle play structure at Purcell Park. A detailed public engagement campaign took place in 2019-2020, where community members expressed interest in replacing the aging structure with a new and unique playground utilizing some of the new, exciting options available for modern play structures. The City will put out a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in late 2023 or early 2024 that will encourage organizations that are interested in constructing the new playground project to submit their interest to the City, after which the City will begin working to select a vendor in anticipation of construction on this project taking place in 2024. While a finalized design for the new playground is not yet available, community members can learn more about the public feedback received in the past few years regarding the Purcell Park Master Plan at the link below. This feedback will be instrumental in the final design of the new play structure.
[15.6MB] Purcell Park Master Plan - 2020 - The Purcell Park Master Plan was undertaken by the City of Harrisonburg’s Parks and Recreation Department in response to playground safety concerns and recurring flooding issues from waterways through the park. A thorough assessment of the underlying site conditions and community desires, and the feasibility of various options studied, was needed to develop a plan that would serve the City in the near future and provide a blueprint for future development. This document describes the master plan process and resulting recommendation