A look inside Richmond’s new entertainment wonderland

Selfie-friendly swing sets greet visitors to The Park. Photo: Ned Oliver/Axios

The Park opens its doors for the first time Wednesday.

Why it matters: The $8 million, 1,300-person food and entertainment venue is the size of a football field and stuffed with intricately themed diversions.

What’s inside: We got a sneak peek earlier this week.

Photo: Ned Oliver/Axios

🍸 The center of the venue is a 60-foot bar billed as the longest in the state, bookended by two massive 12-by-7-foot televisions.

Photo: Ned Oliver/Axios

🎳 Behind it are 18 lanes of duckpin bowling, which is basically regular bowling but smaller.

Photo: Ned Oliver/Axios

⛳ To the left is an elaborate, fair-themed mini golf course with holes featuring every possible kind of ramp, shoot and tunnel. (👋 Ned here, resident Putt Putt enthusiast. I played a round and think it’s easily the nicest course in the region.)

Photo: Ned Oliver/Axios

🍺 On the other side of venue, there’s a beer hall with self-service taps and private rooms with golf simulators.

Photo: Ned Oliver/Axios

🎟️ There’s also a 200-seat auditorium for live music and comedy shows and a 200-person banquet hall for corporate functions.

Photo: Ned Oliver/Axios

🍽️ And six restaurant stalls are scattered around the venue, with offerings ranging from pizza to sushi.

Details: The Park is right next to Interstate 95/64, but still feels relatively hidden in the second floor of an industrial building not far from Hardywood and the Diamond.

  • For now, it will open at 4pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with late night hours on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • The venue is family friendly before 7pm, when it transitions to 21+.

What they’re saying: “Three years from now, this is going to be Scott’s Addition No. 2,” The Park’s manager, Orcun Turkay, says of the neighborhood.

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