Tonsler Park

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Overhead shot of Tonsler Park recreational center.[1]

Tonsler Park is located at the corner of Cherry Avenue and Ridge Street in Charlottesville's Fifeville neighborhood. It was created in 1946 to honor Benjamin Tonsler, a prominent figure in the history of African American education[2]. The park was expanded to its present size of 7.4 acres in 1978[3].

The park features lighted tennis courts, a large playground and a recreation center. It is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.

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The park contains extensive facilities available for use to the public, including a functioning recreational center, tennis courts, a life-size chess board, lighted basketball courts, a little league field, and playground equipment.[4]

Playground replacement

Planning for a playground replacement took place in the early 2010's. Two neighborhood meetings were held at the Tonsler Park Recreation Center on August 30 and September 13, 2011. [5] Parks director Brian Daly had hoped to have the playground replaced by the end of the year,[6] but the project was not completed until October 2012. [7]

A master plan was adopted in 2013.

Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 38°01′38″N 78°29′24″W / 38.027165°N 78.490115°W / 38.027165; -78.490115


  1. Web. Tonsler Park, Charlottesville Parks and Grounds, 1/16/02
  2. "Charlottesville : Benjamin Tonsler." Charlottesville : Home. Web. 28 May 2010. <>.
  3. "Charlottesville : Tonsler Park." Charlottesville : Home. Web. 28 May 2010. <>.
  4. Web. The Best Parks in Charlottesville, Charlottesville Solutions, 2023
  5. Web. Tonsler Park Playground Replacement Meeting, Charlottesville Tomorrow's Calendar, retrieved August 24, 2011.
  6. E-mail. Brian Daly, City of Charlottesville, Department of Parks and Recreation. "Tonsler Park Neighborhood Park Enhancement." Message to Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow. August 24, 2011.
  7. Web. Tonsler Park Playground Grand Opening Ceremony, City of Charlottesville, retrieved October 23, 2012.

External links

Tonsler Park on City website