Riverfront Park Project

Riverfront Park Project


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Welcome to the web site for the Fredericksburg Riverfront Park project! Please check back regularly for updated information on the Riverfront Park design process.


The City of Fredericksburg has initiated efforts to design and construct the new Riverfront Park, which will be a significant new public space in downtown Fredericksburg. In 2011, the City acquired the former Masonic Lodge riverfront property at 609 Sophia Street. This acquisition increased the amount of contiguous City-owned land along the riverfront.

The planned park will have many attractive features, including children's play areas, an interactive water feature, and a stage and events lawn for concerts and other events. It will also be a place to sit and enjoy the beautiful outdoor amenities and view of the Rappahannock River.

The City has established a Riverfront Task Force to guide the design process from an initial park vision to preliminary design options to final concept design.


The project is currently in design. The City received the 50% Design Plans (PDF) and presented to them in a Council Work Session on May 8, 2018. Ninety percent design plans have been received. A special Council Work Session will be held August 16, 2018 to discuss Riverfront Park. The current schedule for the project provides for construction beginning in early 2019 and being completed that year.

Riverfront Park Site Plan

City of Fredericksburg Project Leaders

Doug Fawcett
Assistant City Manager

Jane Shelhorse
Director, Parks, Recreation & Events

Riverfront Task Force

George Solley - Chair
Kerry Devine - Council Representative
Matt Kelly - Council Representative

Consultant Team

Lead Consultant / Landscape Architect
Rhodeside & Harwell