RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Saturday, Richmond will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Joseph Bryan Park. But first, let's review how things have transformed over the years at the park.
Sommer Humphries is a regular visitor here at Bryan Park with her two little ones. Over the past days and months, she's seen a big change here.
"It's nice because it takes a while to walk here then I get them worn out. Then, we hang out have lunch sometimes. It's just a daily field trip for us," Humphries said.
That's exactly the idea leaders had in mind when they transformed this park over the past 100 years. From the rich history --- to present day -- things look quite different.
John Zeugner is with the Friends of Bryan Park, an advocacy group helping to improve the park. "The more good people we get in here, the happier and healthier Bryan Park will be."
Recently, some major improvements took place here. The city added an 18-hole disc golf course that runs throughout the park and they have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix the wall at Young's Pond, as well as renovating the Azalea Garden pond.
"A lot of families come up here on Saturday they have a lot of picnics," says Sommer.
But years ago, things weren't so rosy. "The park was wide open and people we hanging out an it got a bad reputation," says Zeugner.
But Zeugner and the city have transformed the park and there are plenty of other improvements lined up, including a new concession stand with bathrooms near the soccer fields. They'll replace the port-a-potties currently near the fields.
"It ought to make it a first class recreation facility," adds Zeugner.
To mark the big celebration, a time capsule will be placed in the ground to be opened 100 years from now. And tomorrow, Humphries will be there for it all.
"Not sure what to expect but hopefully they'll have a lot of neat things," adds Sommer.