Charlottesville Department of Parks and Recreation

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The Charlottesville Department of Parks and Recreation was founded in 1933 to coordinate the many parklands that were being donated to the city[1].

The department oversees 25 city parks and co-administers others with the Albemarle County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Todd Brown became the interim director of the department in October 2019 following the retirement of Brian Daly. [2]

Mission statement

"The Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department provides exceptional and creative programs, services and facilities while preserving natural and cultural environments".[3]


Activities of the park system are overseen by the nine-member Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, which meets at 5:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month at Tonsler Park[4].

City Council approved a policy allowing outside vendors to operate within parks on March 5, 2012. [5]

Previous directors


The City has been exploring opportunities to expand its parks and trail system.

On June 21, 2010, City Council agreed to purchase 3.33 acres from Region 10 for $20,000 which will be combined with other un-programmed parkland to create a new greenbelt trail along Meadow Creek[6].

In April 2016, the city was able to purchase 27 acres of land in Albemarle County to the west of Azalea Park with help from Dave Matthews and Coran Capshaw. The land had belonged to the Fornes family. [7]

On July 8, 2021, the newest park will open at the corner of Hardy Drive and 8th Street. This project was a priority of a neighborhood task force that in 2015 and funded through a Community Development Block Grant. [8]

See also


  1. History of Parks and Grounds, City of Charlottesville website, retrieved on February 27, 2009
  2. Web. Brown tapped as interim city parks and recreation director, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 1, 2019, retrieved November 3, 2019. Print. November 1, 2019 page A3.
  3. Parks, Recreation & Golf City of Charlottesville, retrieved 3 Jul 2009.
  4. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board City of Charlottesville, retrieved 3 Jul 2009.
  5. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, March 5, 2012.
  6. City of Charlottesville. Department of Parks and Recreation. Acquisition of 3.33 Acres of Land for Greenbelt Trails. By Brian Daly. Vol. City Council. June 21, 2010 Consent Agenda. Web. 21 June 2010. <>.
  7. Web. Partnership leads to key parkland purchase, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  8. Web. Charlottesville seeks contractor for 10th and Page park, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, September 29, 2021, retrieved July 5, 2021.

External links

Charlottesville Department of Parks and Recreation