McIntire Park contains land originally donated by Paul Goodloe McIntire and continues to be one of the most popular parks in the City. Located off of U.S. Route 250 Bypass, it features rolling land with magnificent views of the mountains to the east, a heavily wooded area with steep and varied topography and winding streams. There is a major community focus on the lighted softball fields, baseball field, and the three shelters which are used extensively from spring to fall. In April every year McIntire Park hosts the carnival for the Annual Dogwood Festival. In the southeastern half of the park, to the east of the railroad tracks, lies a nine-hole sand green golf course. This section of the park has its own parking lot and offers a playground with tot area for children ages 2-5 years old and a wading pool. There are nature trails in the west end of the park near picnic shelters and a new bridge to Charlottesville High School. Near the intersection of the Bypass and McIntire Road is the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial. McIntire park was originally larger than its current size. The construction of the bypass ran through the park, with one section becoming what is now Greenleaf Park. Another section, at the southeast end of McIntire Road near the rescue squad, initially became tennis courts and more recently has been converted into a skateboard park. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Park hours are 6AM to 10PM. There are separate entrances to the three major parts and parking is available at each.