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The Trees and Parks Committee partners with residents, the City of Richmond, and VCU to keep our parks and alleys looking beautiful. The Committee holds several events a year, including Adopt-A-Tree Programs, coordinated park gardening, and alley cleanups. It's a never-ending job, and takes a community to keep up. Help is always needed and encouraged!

Adopt-A-Tree Program

To Adopt a Tree, please fill out the application.

Since 2009, the Fan District Association’s Adopt-A-Tree program has partnered with the City of Richmond/Urban Forestry division and the Enrichmond Foundation for its annual fill the tree well program. Over the course of the program, the Fan District has planted over 700 trees, adding to our urban forest landscape and making our neighborhood one of the “greenest” in the City.

If you or a neighbor is missing a tree from a tree well in front of or beside your home , or have a tree that is in its last days of life, this is the once-a-year opportunity you don’t want to miss. Fill out an application for our Adopt-A-Tree program, which is THE most cost effective and successful way to fill the tree well with a healthy sapling. Each fall we offer the opportunity to adopt a sapling for the low cost of $50.00 (or $25.00 if you are an FDA member)to be planted in the Spring. You can also “gift” a tree to a neighbor if you like, but know that you are ultimately responsible for the care and watering of the tree.

Please be sure to read the care instructions listed on the application.  Your signature states that you agree with watering the tree at least once a week, that you will not use a herbicide on any plant life around the tree, that no additional mulching (other than what comes with the tree) will be added and that no additional plantings will be added to the tree well until the sapling’s roots have firmly taken hold. (At least a year). You may order as many trees as you like, but you are responsible for the care and watering of all trees.

See the city’s Public Works - Urban Forestry website to learn more about the general Adopt-a-Tree program. You may also wish to contact the Richmond Tree Stewards, another local organization that provides advice and hands-on help with trees. 

For information on Adopt-a-Tree, please contact


Interested in learning more about the trees in the Fan? Click the button below to read the in-depth series written by Calder Loth that analyzes trees located in the fan, including trees that are recommended for planting and those that are not



Interested in doing some Fan gardening? Complete the FDA Trees & Parks Committee Questionnaire and come join in on the fun!



Richmond’s trained, volunteer Tree Stewards are here to assist with the care of the urban forest, assist groups with planning and planting, and provide community education. Contact Janine Lester with questions, the City Arborist for The Fan. 



Federal Park

Pocket park between Main and Floyd, Rowland and Shields

Grace Park

Median park of Allen from W Broad to Monument

Lombardy Park

The playground at Lombardy, Hanover, and Park

Meadow Park

Park at Meadow, Stuart, and Park

Monroe Park

Our largest park at Belvidere, W Main, Laurel, W Franklin

Paradise Park

Pocket park between Floyd and Grove, Vine and Allen

Scuffletown Park

Pocket park between Stuart and Park, Strawberry and Stafford

Sydney Park

Triangular park at Floyd, N Morris, and N Brunswick




Park Rules

  • Parks are open sunrise to sunset
  • ALL dogs must be on a leash
  • Failure to clean up after your dog or use a leash can result in a $250 fine
  • No loud music, glass containers or camping without City Permit
  • No fires or alcohol 
  • No vagrancy 



Are panhandling, sleeping on benches, etc. legal? No. Fan living has its rewards and challenges. See Tips for Handling Vagrancy, as well as the related Vagrancy City Ordinances Violators may be banned from city parks.


Whether out for a walk, or enjoying one of our great parks, be a courteous neighbor and keep your pup on a leash (like good boy Peanut above). It’s also the law. Violations are a Class 4 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $250 fine.


Contact us to volunteer with park gardening and clean-up.

Chris Morem

Chair, Trees & Parks

Fan District Association
208 Strawberry Street
Richmond, VA 23220

The Fan District Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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