Archive for “Fountain Lake”

Anybody find a camera?

Craigslist has word of a lost camera: Lost Camera in Camera Bag (Fountain Lake, Byrd Park) Lost on Saturday afternoon, 28 August, a Canon Power Shot Camera in a small carrier case with a shoulder strap. The pictures are more important than the camera. Reward.

The “Nessy” of Fountain Lake

The other day, I was walking with my wife and child around Fountain Lake, when we struck up polite conversation with a fisherman. As he cast his line out, he explained that only the little fish were biting, but not the great big monster fish that lives in the lake. Huh? There’s a big fish […]

New Menu for Sally Bell’s at Fountain Lake

So Far… Sally Bell’s at Fountain Lake

Sally Belle’s has been open in The Landing at Fountain Lake since just before Memorial Day, selling many of their standards, as well as ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. There’s a grill outside some of the time. Have they been cooking the grub outside? If so, nice touch. It seems clear that they got […]

“The Paddleboats have arrived!”

So says Sally Belle’s twitter account. They’ll be opening their restaurant in The Landing at Fountain Lake this weekend and paddleboats should be available then.  More details available from The Boulivardizen.

Sally Bell’s Comes to Fountain Lake

Richmond’s long-standing provider of lunchtime comfort food, Sally Bell’s Kitchen, has been awarded the contract to open at The Landing, the new building at Fountain Lake.  According to Style Weekly, after opening by Memorial Day, “the concession stand will be open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to park closing, through October.”  Such a familiar […]

“Action” at The Landing Bathrooms

A recent posting in Richmond Craigslist personals: Byrd Park/Texas Beach anyone? Cruisin Byrd park, shelters, maybe take a walk down toward Texas Beach? The new restrooms are open at fountain lake also…..any action happening there yet? Let’s meet up and get off together.

Fountain Lake’s New Concession Stand

The Pepsi shed has been gone for a year now and in its place we now have this newly constructed building called, “The Landing.”  Since it appears to be completed, plenty of people are wondering when it will begin operating and what it might have to offer.  I emailed a few questions to Larry Miller […]

Bicycle Scavenger Hunt, Fountain Lake, 4/2

Bike-riders from all over will descend on Byrd Park on Friday, April 2nd at 2:30pm before scattering all over the city in search of their pirate booty.  Please be extra careful of the colorful bicyclists as you drive through the neighborhood and around the park on Friday.  The scavenger hunt is a bicycle race hosted […]

Cautionary Tales of Our Icey Lakes

The good folks at the Boulevardizen (formerly, 10 South Boulevard) have a pair of stories up about wintery happenings in and around the lakes of Byrd Park.  On January 11th, they shared the news that a sheet of ice had covered Fountain Lake, causing the geese to disperse to places unknown.  The next day: An […]

Concession building takes shape

Whether it will open in mid-July remains to be seen, but there’s progress.

Work continues at Fountain Lake

Will Jones has a few more details on the new concession building in today’s T-D.

Idlewood Amusement Park

The photos come from VCU Library’s digital collection and show an amusement park adjacent to what appears to be Fountain Lake. We’ve been able to find very few references to Idlewood Park except for these photos, which seem to show it on the east side of the lake where the condominiums now stand.  Does anyone have more information?  


We weren’t real sure where to go with this post, so we thought we’d just open it up for conversation. How have Sundays been in the park been this spring? We noticed last Sunday was the first day the gates were closed, and the crowds were modestly smaller from a few weeks ago when there were traffic jams […]

Say goodbye to the Pepsi shed

Construction crews began preparing the western end of Fountain Lake this week for a long-awaited and permanent concession and restroom building. Brooks & Co. General Contractors, the same company making repairs to the Belle Isle vehicle bridge, is handling the $420,000 project. John R. Pope Jr., the city’s director of parks, recreation and community facilities, said the building is designed to resemble the Round House and […]