If you enjoy a round of croquet, then you need to visit Confederate Hills Recreation Center! Henrico County maintains an excellent croquet lawn right outside the recreation center. Regular play is held year-round on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Arrangements can be made to play on other days. All ages are invited to contact the Confederate Hills Croquet Club and come out to learn the game. For more information, contact Urchie Ellis at 272-5923 or Confederate Hills Recreation Center at 737-2859.
Disc Golf Courses
Looking for a new sport to play? Test your skills at disc golf! This game is similar to traditional golf, but uses a flying “frisbee-like” disc. One point is counted whenever the disc is thrown and when a penalty is incurred. The object is to get the lowest score. For more information or to schedule a tournament or outing, call Richard Huddleston at 501-5127.
18 hole course: 2999 Darbytown Rd., off Laburnum Ave.
Dunncroft/Castle Point Park
9 hole course: 4901 Francistown Rd., in front of Hungary Creek Middle School
Horse Ring & Trails
Dorey Park features approximately five miles of trails designed for horseback riding. A horse ring is available for public use during the week. Horse shows are held by a variety of organizations. Organizations wishing to use the facility for shows may call Richard Huddleston at 501-5127 to make reservations.
Belmont Recreation Center and Golf Course features 8 tennis courts; 6 clay and 2 ashpalt. The courts are open from dawn to dusk.
Tennis courts are also available at Confederate Hills, Dorey, Elko, Hidden Creek, J. Sargeant Reynolds, Meadowview Park, RF&P, Sandston, Short Pump Park, and Virginia Randolph. For additional park details and features, see the park information page.
Boat Ramps & Canoe Launch
Henrico Recreation and Parks operates two boat ramps and two canoe launches on the James River. Deep Bottom Park features two boat ramps for access to the James River and a canoe launch on Four Mile Creek. Picnic facilities and fishing are also available at this site. The boat ramps are available twenty-four hours a day to launch and retrieve boats. The park grounds are open from dawn to dusk. Osborne Boat Landing features three double boat slips and a canoe launch available from dawn to dusk. Many BASS Masters events have been held here, including the 1989 and 1990 BASS Masters Classics. The Jacobs Cup was held here in September 2003. An accessible fishing pier extends out into the James River. Adjacent Osborne Park, featuring a playground, shelters, and trails is open from dawn to dusk. Information: Richard Huddleston, 501-5127.
VDGIF Urban Trout Fishing Program
In November 2006, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Urban Trout Program returned to six lakes in Virginia, including Dorey Park. The waters will receive trout stockings three times; once in November, once in late December or early January, and once in late February. This is not as frequent as in the past, but there will be a two to three fold increase in the number of trout per stocking. Anglers are reminded that a trout license is required in addition to a fishing license between November 1 and April 30. Juveniles under age 16 do not need a license. For more information, call the Fisheries Division at (540) 899-4169.