Bandy Field Nature Park is located three blocks south of the intersection of Three Chopt Road and Patterson Avenue on Three Chopt Road.
Bandy Field is NOT a Dog Park!
While some may believe Bandy Field is a local dog park, it is not. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and under the owner's control.
Owners must pick up after their pets or face a fine up to $250. This is not only the law, but also a common courtesy we ask all visitors to practice (Richmond City Code 4-31).
As a reminder, Bandy Field is a watershed to the James River and Chesapeake Bay. When animal waste is deposited and left on the field, it can wash into storm drains and end up in the river. Once it is in the river, the breakdown of this waste uses up dissolved oxygen and releases ammonia, causing fish kills and harming other marine organisms. These and other bacteria in pet waste can make the water in your river unsafe for swimming and cause health hazards for humans, too.
Bandy Field offers an easily accessible area for nature and ecological study and enjoyment, so rare in an otherwise densely developed city/suburban setting. Look for the display sign at the parking area on Three Chopt for information about the park and habitats, including plants and wildlife that may be found there. Bring you binoculars and look for birds, walk or run on the trail around the park, throw a Frisbee, grab friends for a pick-up game of quidditch, fly a kite, or just come sit on one of our benches and enjoy the scenery. All are welcome!