Darden Towe Park

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Darden Towe Park is a 113-acre park located near the intersection of Route 20 and Route 250 in Albemarle County. It is funded and operated jointly by the county and Charlottesville governments. [1]

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Darden Towe Park is jointly operated by the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The city pays roughly 30% and the county pays the rest. [2] Planning and governance is codified in an agreement between the two localities that was last adopted by the Board of Supervisors and City Council in June 2017. [3]

The park's recreational features include one field for Little League baseball, three softball fields, four multi-purpose rectangular fields, four tennis courts, and running trails. Other amenities include a dog park, wheelchair-accessible playground, a picnic shelter with a seating capacity of 50 and restrooms that are open at certain parts of the year. There is also canoe and kayak access to the Rivanna River, which serves as one of the park's boundaries. The athletic fields are the heaviest-used in the community. [2]

The park is named for Darden Towe.

The Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center is located there.

Lighting the athletic fields

On October 8, 2008, the Board of Supervisors took public comment on a proposal to install lights at Darden Towe Park. The Board opted not to proceed with the idea because of concerns about the impact on the nearby rural area as well as concerns about the cost. [4] Lighting is not allowed under the terms of the park agreement between the city and the county.


External links

Darden Towe Park entry on Albemarle County website


  1. Web. Albemarle County Parks & Recreation Operating Budget Presentation 2015, Albemarle County, December 9, 2014, retrieved December 12, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. FY 12/13 Recommended Budget, Parks, Recreation and Culture, County of Albemarle, retrieved March 5 , 2012.
  3. Web. City Council Agenda for June 19, 2017, Brian Daly, Government publication, City of Charlottesville, retrieved June 17, 2017.
  4. Web. Mayor Norris seeks master plan amendment to preserve McIntire Park softball fields, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 4, 2009, retrieved June 19, 2017.