In response to a community-wide survey which indicated the strong
desire for recreational facilities, the Village of Tobaccoville
purchased 14 acres of farmland adjacent to Village Hall in 1993.
The first phase of park development began in 1994 and included
site grading and seeding of the land. Two acres of the parcel
were set aside for the future construction of a community center.
A 1/3 mile walking trail, a softball field, a large, open field,
and a gravel parking lot were completed in 1994. These projects
were funded entirely by Village funds. Also in 1994, the Park
and Recreation Committee (PARC) was formed to advise the council
on issues concerning the future development of the Village Park.
This committee continues to function in regards to long-range
park planning issues. In order to learn more about this committee,
please use the following link PARC.
The naming of the park was based on a community-wide citizen
survey. "The Village Park" was chosen by a
unanimous vote of the Village Council.
The second phase of park development was partially funded by
a Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) park grant. Grant funds
in the amount of $48,000 were awarded to the Village in 1995
and aided in the construction of a picnic shelter with restrooms,
the extension of the walking trail, the construction of a playground,
the addition of grills, picnic tables, bleachers, and a softball
backstop. The Village received additional LWCF grant funds in
1996 in the amount of $12,000.
Additional projects completed in the park include tennis and
basketball courts, several arbors with swings, 2 horseshoe pits,
soccer goals, an upper gravel parking lot, a gazebo, a vending
building, and extensive plantings of trees and shrubs each year
as dictated by the master planting plan. The 5,000 sq. ft. Alice
Watts Tuttle Community Center was dedicated on September of
2001, and a Veterans Memorial was dedicated on November 11,
May 18, 2008, a Tobacco Farming Museum was officially
opened in the historic tobacco barn located in the park. The
barn was originally built in 1885 and was donated to the Village
by Mr. W. G. (Jack) Doub in 1992. This museum showcases the
history of tobacco farm and is open for tours, on a seasonable
basis. For more information about the museum, please call Village
Hall or drop by to pick up a brochure.
July of 2008, the Village completed the addition of a wireless
internet connection for public use by park patrons. This service
is monitored to prevent inappropriate access and will work throughout
the park grounds and buildings.
Park is a wonderful place to visit and bring your family, and
the recreational facilities are designed to fit in with the
natural surroundings and picnic areas. The mostly rural atmosphere
of the community surrounding the park enhances its natural beauty.
In order to view the park facilities, attractions, and surroundings,
please click on the following link. Park
Pictures For a list of rules and regulations concerning
the park, click here.
Free Library - A
Little Free Library was constructed and installed in
the park in the fall of 2017 as a Girl Scout Gold Award project
by Miss Elise Colburn. Stop by: take a book, leave a book!
Movie in the Park - The movie, WONDER,
will be shown at the gazebo on Friday, June 8th at dusk.
Rain date is Saturday, June 9th. WONDER is a great
family film! Mark your calendar for future movie nights on July
20th and September 14th.
The Village Park is maintained by our full-time employee, Doug
Hood, and the weekend park attendant is Ms. Sue Hunter. Ms.
Hunter oversees all reservations at the picnic shelter, gazebo,
and community center. For reservation information, please call
Village Hall 336-983-0029 to check availability.
Park facilities are open to the public every day, with the exception
of holidays. The picnic shelter and gazebo, while available
for public use during normal park hours, may also be rented
by individuals or groups. The community center is available
for private rental, and contains two conference rooms, a kitchen,
a large main room, and a stage. Each rental in the community
center is set up to specification prior to the rental. All facility
rentals are attended by a park employee, who inspects the facility
both before and after use. All rental contracts and scheduling
are handled through Village Hall and all contracts must be signed
and fees paid before the rental is official. To inquire about
facility rentals, call Village Hall at 336-983-0029 or email
In order to view the facilities available for rent, room setups,
resident and non-resident contracts, please click on Park