Albemarle County Department of Parks and Recreation

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The Albemarle County Department of Parks and Recreation operates 13 parks with over 3,775 acres. The department also offers several recreational activities and youth and adult sports programs. [1]

In 2010, the Board of Supervisors named Bob Crickenberger to serve as the new director.

In August 2017, the county awarded a contract to Pros Consulting to conduct a needs assessment of Albemarle's recreational needs. [2]



In 2010, Albemarle spent $22 a person on parks and recreation, the second lowest in the state. [4].

By 2014, spending per capita dropped to $21 despited the per capita acreage growing to 36 per resident.

Albemarle’s per capita parks and recreation spending is the second lowest among comparable Virginia localities, with the county spending less than $22 per resident per year, according to figures presented by county officials in October.

In FY2015, 54 percent of the operating budget went to maintenance. [1] The department employs 20 full-time workers and 220 part-time workers.


The parks system has over 50 miles in walking trails, having added around 15 miles in the past five years[5]. Different groups help patrol different parks. The Charlottesville Area Mountain Club helps take care of trails at Walnut Creek Park and is helping create trails at the new Preddy Creek Park. Members of the Crozet Trails Crew builds and maintains pathways at Beaver Creek Lake.

Increasingly the department is relying on volunteers to help build and maintain trails. In the past five years, more than 15 miles have been added

Needs assessment

Supervisors were briefed at the mid-point of the study in February 2018. [6]


The department developed a master plan for the system in April 1977 that was the subject of a public hearing on September 14, 1977. [7]

External link

Albemarle County Department of Parks and Recreation website


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Web. Albemarle County Parks & Recreation Operating Budget Presentation 2015, Albemarle County, December 9, 2014, retrieved December 12, 2014.
  2. Web. Notice of Intent to Award, August 2, 2017, retrieved August 8, 2017.
  3. 'Two new parks in Albemarle County'. 15 Jul. 2008. Charlottesville Tomorrow. 22 May 2009.
  4. Web. County appoints Parks and Recreation director, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 16, 2010, retrieved December 16, 2010.
  5. Shulleeta, Brandon. "Trail Volunteers Fill in Gaps | Charlottesville Daily Progress." Charlottesville News, Sports, Business, Events and Jobs | Charlottesville Daily Progress. 12 June 2010. Web. 14 June 2010. <>.
  6. Web. Supervisors briefed on survey for Albemarle’s parks and rec needs, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 7, 2018, retrieved June 10, 2018.
  7. Web. County of Albemarle, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Minutes, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, September 14, 1977, retrieved July 15, 2019.