McGuffey Park is a state-of-the art neighborhood park of 1.1 acres sits atop a hill next to the McGuffey Art Center at Second Street N.W. and Jefferson Street (location). A 2007 renovation established the park as one of the premier play facilities in the area. The renovations, funded in conjunction with the McGuffey Friends and the Charlottesville Community Design Center, include a sunken basketball court, a "weeping water well" water feature, spicas, spinner bowls, swings and a circular bike path. Much of the equipment is unique not just to the park but to the region and state as well. In 1945, this land was donated by the City to the Charlottesville School Board; in 1974, the School Board gave the land and adjoining school back to the city as a gift to become the McGuffey Art Center and to form McGuffey Park. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Parking is available on the street. The park is open 6AM to 9PM.