Culture And Recreation

The Town of Pulaski provides a variety of unique places to visit. Be it mountain biking Draper Mountain, strolling along the New River State Trail, camping at Gatewood Park, watching a baseball game at Calfee Park, catching a show at the Pulaski Theatre, or viewing the collection of art at the Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley, there is truly something for everyone.

Outside of our beautiful Town, Pulaski County has just as much to offer in the form of entertainment, recreation and natural beauty. Check out the Pulaski County Tourism website for even more things to do right here in the New River Valley.


Gatewood Park

A 400 acre scenic park providing rest and relaxation through camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. With 22 miles of shoreline and water depths ranging up to 50 feet, Gatewood is ideal for the growth of many trophy size large mouth bass, along with a good number of crappie, catfish, blue gill, muskie and small mouth bass. Because the reservoir is a source of water supply for the citizens of the Town of Pulaski, no boat with petroleum motors are allowed. However, canoes and boats with electric motors are available for rent on an hourly or daily basis. Campers at Gatewood can choose from 42 level campsites along the shoreline, all equipped with water and electrical hook-ups.

To read the Gatewood Reservoir Angler Report click here.

To learn more about Gatewood or to make reservations online, please visit www.gatewoodpark.com

For some helpful information regarding safety and health when enjoying the great outdoors, check out this guide by the Safety, Health and Consumer Council.

For more information, you can contact Gatewood Park directly at (540) 230-2023

Address:

100 Gatewood Park Road
Pulaski, Virginia 24301


Places To Visit

Calfee Park

Calfee Park was built in 1935 by the WPA work force, and named after the Town of Pulaski Mayor of the time, Ernest W. Calfee. The original structures still standing are the covered stands and the rock ticket gate at the north end. Over the years, the park has been used for horse shows, fairs, concerts, exhibitions, and of course, athletic events.

Although initially intended for horse shows, civic events and high school sports, the park became identified almost exclusively with minor league baseball. Beginning with the Pulaski Counts in 1936, Calfee Park became the home for several major league farm teams associated with the Appalachian League. The teams represented over the years include: the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners. Calfee Park is currently home to its newest franchise, the Pulaski Yankees of the New York Yankees farm system.

Calfee has also been host to high school and college baseball games and tournaments, and prior to consolidation of the Dublin and Pulaski High Schools, was the home football and baseball field for the Pulaski Yankees. The park is used for recreation league football and baseball, and continues to be a focal point in the community, hosting other large Town gatherings and events.

Following a major renovation in 1999, and due largely to its community value and significance, Calfee Park was named to the National and State Historic Landmarks Register, and after the 1999 season, was named the Appalachian League Facility of the Year. This unique ballpark has been featured and pictured in Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, Life and Virginia Living magazines.

In 2014, Calfee Park was sold to the Shelor Motor Mile Group, which began an extensive program of remodeling and building new facilities to meet minor league baseball standards, while leaving the historical elements of the park intact. The park received a new umpire/visiting team locker facility, a reconstructed home team locker room, a new concession stand, and a new press box with additional seating and overflow parking. Perhaps the biggest new feature added was the jumbotron, allowing fans to see game-related information during ball games. 

Further renovations were completed on the park in 2019. This round of innovations was quite substantial, adding 350 new seats along the third baseline, including 30 ADA-accessible seats. 11 new boxes were also added. A new concourse was also added behind the existing third base side of the park, along with an integrated sunshade canopy. A three-tired party deck was also added in left field, providing great views of the ballgames for fans. Finally, the former souvenir trailer was replaced with a walk-in souvenir store in the same location. 

Although the Minor League Baseball season was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Calfee Park is enthusiastic about the return of baseball in a new form. After changes to the Appalachian League made by Minor League Baseball, the league will now be classified as a Summer Wood Bat League, in which top college baseball talent from around our region will compete to show why they have the skill to make it to the Major Leagues. The Yankees will no longer be the affiliated partner for Calfee Park baseball, but stay tuned to our website and social media channels for updates!


Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley was incorporated in 1978 in Pulaski, Virginia having an original location in the Fairview Home, which was a 1928 Alms House located across from Pulaski County High School.  In 1982 the Center moved to its present location of 21 W. Main Street, Pulaski, Virginia, locating in the former Cato’s clothing store.  The two-story brick building, reminiscent of Victorian era commercial architecture, was built in 1898 and is part of the Downtown Historic Landmark District.

The Fine Arts Center was created out of a need to augment the arts education offered in the school systems and to provide a vehicle for the arts presentation to the residents of the New River Valley.  In more than 40 years of operation, the Fine Arts Center has touched the lives of an estimated 900,000 people through classes, gallery visits, performances, and special events.  The Center has hosted a combination of more than 5,500 classes or programs involving 30,000 plus artists.

In 2019, the Board of Directors approved the naming of the art gallery in the Center after one of the Fine Arts Center’s founders, Mrs. Edna Love. We are grateful for the legacy of art education, appreciation, promotion, and generous sharing that Edna Love created throughout her career as an artist and teacher, benefiting so many in the New River Valley.
To find out more about the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, check out their website or Facebook page.


Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Transportation Museum

After the completion of the Pulaski Train Station, the Town turned its attention to re-establishing the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Museum. Using the proceeds from a state grant, the Town erected a pre-engineered free standing building to house the new museum. As required by the grant, the museum higlights the significant role that transportation, in particular rail transport, played in the early and middle stages of the Towns history. 

The museum features exhibits including antique fire engines, transportation memorabilia, and other exhibits detailing the emergence of the Town as a transportation hub and industrial center. 

The centerpiece of the new museum is the Brockmeyer-Ryan scale reconstruction of Downtown Pulaski as it appeared in the early 1950's. The 80' x 20' scale layout, built between 1945 and 1985 features scale reproductions of buildings created from the actual blueprints of original structures from that time period. The display also incorporates over 170 model railroad cars and engines that are also to scale with the miniature Town. 

At the Virginia Municipal League Conference in 2014, the Town of Pulaski received the organization's Achievement Award for the 5,000-10,000 population category. The award recognized the Town's extraordinary effort to bring about rebuilding of it historic train station, as well as construction of the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Transportation Museum. Tremendous care and coordination with many partners and volunteers were the core of the construction, which involved salvaging, cleaning and curating objects damaged by the fire. An additional challenge was added to this already tall order by the F-2 tornado which struck Pulaski on April 8, 2011. Visitors to the museum are encouraged to check out the display board entitled "A Story of Resilience", which describes how the community juggled rebuilding of the train station, restoration of museum contents, and damage from the tornado. As noted in the Virginia Town & City article about the Town's achievement, "The complexity of the project, including many hands - both volunteers and contractors alike - made its execution a significant challenge and its success all the more sweet."

To find out more about the museum, its exhibits and what it has to offer, click here.

Public Parks

The Town of Pulaski manages over 800 acres of parkland, several recreational facilities, the New River Trail Extension, and Gatewood Park and Reservoir.

Pulaski is home to a number of parks throughout the town, which provide opportunities for walking, jogging, biking, recreation, and family-friendly activities.

Gatewood Park and Reservoir encompasses over 700 acres in the heart of Jefferson National Forest, including the 160-acre reservoir, the Town's water impoundment. Open from April to October, the park boasts a 42-site campground complete with water and electric hook-ups, hot water, shower house, playground, and many beautiful waterfront campsites. There is also a day use area for picnicking. Boats, electric motors, canoes, and paddle boats are for rent in the waterside camp store and office. No petroleum-powered motors are allowed on the lake. For more information on Gatewood Park visit their website here.

Sixth Street Park 

Located at the intersection of Washington Avenue and 6th Street Northwest, Sixth Street Park features tennis and basketball courts, children's play equipment and picnic tables. A popular spot, this is also a summer playground site. 

Dora Highway Park

Located on Dora Highway near the train station, features children's play equipment, benches, volleyball, basketball and the Tad Steger Walking Trail. The park is also home to a renovated N&W caboose, compliments of the Pulaski Kiwanis Club. 

Jackson Park

Located in front of the municipal building on First Street, features the gazebo, which is available for rent for weddings and more. Also has a fountain, benches, space for volleyball, and is bordered on three sides by sidewalks. The park is a popular walking area, and is also used for many special events and festivals, such as Depot Days and the Summer Park Concert Series. Click here for the park reservation application. 

Macgill Park

Located near the Macgill Village Apartments, features three tennis courts, a baseball field, soccer fields, a basketball court, and a skatepark. 

Macgill Skatepark - Town of Pulaski Department of Parks & Facilities - THIS IS AN UNSUPERVISED PARK. THE TOWN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS OR INJURIES SO KNOW YOUR ABILITIES, SKATE AT YOUR OWN RISK AND FOLLOW THESE RULES: 

  • All skaters MUST wear a helmet. Anyone without will be removed and/or permanently suspended.
  • Use of other protective equipment such as elbow and knee pads, and wrist and hip guards are highly recommended.
  • No bicycles or motorized vehicles. Skateboarders or inline skaters only. 
  • No food, drink, trash or smoking inside fenced area. Please use trash cans and help keep the park clean!
  • No alcoholic beverages or illegal substances allowed anywhere on the park grounds.
  • No equipment bags, book bags, backpacks or other personal belongings inside fenced area unless worn by skaters at all times. 
  • No makeshift items or modifications to existing equipment. Damage to skate park will result in permanent closing. No skating on bleachers, benches or outside fence area. 
  • No loitering inside fenced area. When not skating, please move outside fence to keep skating area open. No spectators in fenced area. 
  • Be considerate of others and yield right of way whenever possible to avoid injuries or accidents. Always skate with traffic flow. 
  • No rowdy behavior, abusive language or loud music will be tolerated. 
  • The Town of Pulaski has the right to remove of prohibit the use of this park by individuals not following these rules. The Town has the right to close the park permanently or temporarily if improper use occurs. 
  • SKATERS: This is your park. Help keep it clean and in good condition. Report any damages or unsafe conditions immediately to the Town of Pulaski Department of Parks and Facilities at 994-8624.

Park closed at dark. 

Cool Springs

Located on Dora Highway and Birch Street, features a softball/baseball field that may be rented for tournament use. The field is primarily used now for football practice. Future plans have the area connecting to the New River Trail. 

Valley Road Park

Located at Valley and Pulaski Streets, Valley Road Park contains play equipment for children and one picnic table.

New River Trail State Park

Virginia's only linear state park is a rails-to-trails project following an abandoned railroad line through tunnels, over bridges and along the New River from downtown Pulaski to Galax. The Trail is 57 miles long and parallels the New River for 29 miles providing excellent water activities. The state park is excellent for hiking, horseback riding and bicycling.

For some helpful information regarding safety and health when enjoying the great outdoors, check out this guide provided by the Safety, Health and Consumer Council.

Bike, canoe, and guide services are available.
Call (540) 674-5202 or (540) 699-6778 

Pulaski on Main

Pulaski on Main (POM), located at 87 West Main Street, serves an important function in our historic downtown district.

The following is their mission statement, which can also be found on their website: "Pulaski on Main welcomes, promotes, and connects neighbors, artists, investors, businesses, and nonprofits to build and support a vibrant historic downtown which increases economic activity and community pride." 

Pulaski on Main has four guiding principals: Welcome new and potential residents, activate a downtown bike and pedestrian system, support and celebrate emerging and existing businesses, and improve community appearance. With these four principals, POM hopes to ignite the community's interest in revitalizing our historic downtown as a thriving area of economic opportunity, cultural significance and community pride. 

If you'd like to check out their goals and plans in full detail, head over to their website for an in-depth look at what they have accomplished and what they have in the works.

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