Chapel Shelter Garden

The restoration of the Riverview Park Chapel Shelter, now the most requested shelter in the city parks, was completed in June 2008. Built in 1894, the Chapel Shelter was originally located at the corner of Perrysville and Riverview Avenues and known as Watson Presbyterian Church. Several years later the congregation outgrew the building and moved to its current location in Riverview Park.

The building, which had been closed to the public and slated for demolition in 2005, was completely refurbished to make it accessible and enjoyable for park users. Restoration improvements included new flooring, an updated kitchen, handicap-accessible restrooms, the recreation of the historic steeple and dormers, and a return to the historically-inspired design. The landscape was also restored, with a new trail connection, removal of invasive species, and the creation of new garden beds.



Parks thrive when they have sun, soil, rain…and you. You ensure programs are offered, trees are planted, capital projects are funded, flowers are tended to, research is pursued. There is nothing the parks can’t do with you behind them.