Purcell Park Master Plan

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Are you interested in participating in the redesign of a Harrisonburg Park? Are there new park amenities you would like to see? Are you passionate about preserving and updating existing park features?

Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation is inviting the community to assist with reimagining and redesigning the whole of Purcell Park! The department has hired consultant firm, LSG Landscape Architecture, to provide assistance with developing a Master Plan for Purcell Park. 

The Master Plan will include an evaluation of the current site conditions, amenities and constraints, and incorporate community input regarding the redesign and future of the park and its purpose within the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation park system. Ideas generated by the community and local professionals, especially our youth who utilize Purcell Park's "Kid's Castle" playground, will be helpful as we strive to meet the needs of the community. Join us and share your ideas!

Opportunities to Help

Public Forum - September 5, 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Lucy Simms Center

Public Forum Flyer [946KB]PDF

Join us in the Lucy Simms Center Auditorium to hear about the progress of collecting information for the creation of the Purcell Park Master Plan. After receiving information and some examples of park features available to Harrisonburg, take the opportunity to share your ideas! All are welcome to attend. 

The Breeze - Redesign of Purcell Park draws community members to public forum

Playground Workshop - September 19, 3:00pm - 8:00pm beside Kid's Castle Playground at Purcell Park

Join us to dream up the future for Kid's Castle Playground at Kid's Castle! Enjoy idea-collecting activities and Plan Purcell Park giveaways as you enjoy the park!  

Contact Parks and Recreation with Your Ideas!

Want to share your ideas but cannot make it to a scheduled event? Contact Brittany Clem at 540-438-1644 or email ideas to Brittany.Clem@HarrisonburgVA.gov

Kid's Drawing/Coloring Sheet

Download Kid's Drawing Sheet [265KB]PDF

Kid's may participate in helping us plan for the future of Kid's Castle Playground by drawing their favorite playground feature or something they would like to see in the park! Drawing sheets may be submitted to Parks and Recreation by the following:

  • Drop Off or Mail your Sheet: Community Activities Center, 305 S Dogwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
  • Drop Off or Mail your Sheet: Lucy Simms Center, 620 Simms Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
  • Drop Off at our Playground Workshop: Thursday, September 19 from 3:00pm - 8:00pm at Purcell Park's Kid's Castle Playground

Purcell Park Master Plan Survey

The community is invited to participate in a Purcell Park Master Plan public survey. Building upon recent efforts to collect input through stakeholder meetings, focus group sessions, workshops with Harrisonburg youth, and a public forum, the survey seeks to better understand how residents currently use Purcell Park as well as determine future needs of the facility. All responses are anonymous, and information is confidential. 

The survey link is now available online at www.purcellparksurvey.org/open

Paper copies will be available to those who do not wish to fill out the survey online at the following locations:

  • Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center, 305 S Dogwood Drive, Harrisonburg
  • Lucy F. Simms Center, 620 Simms Ave, Harrisonburg
  • Price Rotary Senior Center, 309 S Dogwood Drive, Harrisonburg


More information about Purcell Park.