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.

Brian Daly is the director of the department. He was named acting director when Mike Svetz resigned in January 2008 and was given the title on a permanent basis in November 2009[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]


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]

See also


  1. History of Parks and Grounds, City of Charlottesville website, retrieved on February 27, 2009
  2. City of Charlottesville. City Manager's Office. City of Charlottesville Names New Parks and Recreation Director. Print.
  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.

External links

Charlottesville Department of Parks and Recreation