The Fan District Association

FDA Assists with Park and Alley Maintenance in The Fan

The Fan is graced with abundant tree foliage and diverse parks and alleys that contribute to the beauty and vitality of our neighborhood. 

FDA Assists with Park and Alley Maintenance in The Fan

To Adopt a Tree, please fill out the attached application.


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!


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

Locations of Fan Parks

  1. Federal Park (pocket park between Main and Floyd, Rowland and Shields)
  2. Grace Park (median park of Allen from W Broad to Monument)

  3. Lombardy Park (the playground at Lombardy, Hanover, and Park)

  4. Meadow Park (park at Meadow, Stuart, and Park)

  5. Monroe Park (our largest park at Belvidere, W Main, Laurel, W Franklin)

  6. Paradise Park (pocket park between Floyd and Grove, Vine and Allen)

  7. Scuffletown Park (pocket park between Stuart and Park, Strawberry and Stafford)

  8. Sydney Park (triangular park at Floyd, N Morris, and N Brunswick) 

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Park Rules

Please be a good neighbor and follow our City Ordinances:  

  • 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   

Dogs in the Park

Whether out for a walk, or enjoying one of our great parks, be a good neighbor and follow the rules! While you think your pup is harmless, the sight of an unleashed dog can truly frighten a neighbor that hasn’t grown up with dogs or has had a bad experience. It’s also against the law. Violations are a Class 4 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $250 fine.


Fan resident Peanut obeys the rules


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.

Adopt-A-Tree Program

The Fan District Association’s Adopt A Tree program, now in its 10th year, has again 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 past 9 years, the Fan District has planted over 600 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. Attached, please find 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. For the low cost of $50.00 (or $25.00 if you are an FDA member),you can adopt a new sapling, and have it planted by the Spring of 2020. 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 attached 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 the tree. Please have your application and check into the FDA by August 28th. You can mail or drop off at the FDA office, 208 Strawberry Street.  Please be sure to make your checks payable to the Fan District Association.

Trees in the Fan: Calder Loth’s Series, 2010

Part 1: Introduction and trees that are not recommended

Part 2: Recommended trees for urban neighborhoods

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:

Fan Tree Steward

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.

Alley Project

See the FDA Alley Improvement and Alternative Pathway Plan.


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

Chris Morem

For information on Adopt a tree, please contact:


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

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