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Duane Brown has been skateboarding for nearly half a century. During much of that time, he has been trying to bring a quality skate park to Charlottesville. He achieved that goal earlier this year, when the state-of-the-art Charlottesville Skate Park opened. The $2.1 million facility is located in McIntire Park just off the Route 250 Bypass. Brown talked to the Daily Progress about the park’s opening and what it means to the skating culture in Charlottesville.
What role did you have in bringing the McIntire Skate Park to Charlottesville?
From start to finish, it’s a long story because it started in the ’70s. We’ve been trying to get a skate park since the 70s. There’s been several people that kind of have gone back and forth with the city council through the years without much success. Then around 1997 or so, a woman named Daria Brezinski actually made a little bit of headway and got a foot in the door there and was able to get the city council to give us a temporary spot for a skate park at that time. Then, around the same time, coincidentally, Franklin Graham did an event here at University Hall that was called Quake 98. They were looking to appeal to younger people, so I volunteered to build a skateboard ramp for them, and it was a pretty large ramp. When their event was done, they gave it to me, so I donated it to the city and that kind of started the actual, legitimate real skate park that wasn’t so temporary. Then after that, the Parks and Rec department was really excited about it, and so from there forward, that’s when we started a skate park committee of different skaters and some parents to give the parks department some guidance. After all that, they started building the rest of the skate park.
Where did people skateboard in Charlottesville prior to the park?
I have been skating for almost 50 years. I’m 57, so I’m the oldest skateboarder in Charlottesville, but only by a couple of months. Some of my friends are almost as old as I am. Way back, skateboarding was a fad. It was the same as hula hoops and those spring things you put on your shoes. But unlike all of those other things, skateboarding just kept going. And around the time, the urethane wheel came out. That really changed everything, because that gave you traction and you could learn to do more advanced tricks because of the wheels. Then, a whole bunch of skateboard parks were built in the 70s and that’s when skateboarding really became mainstream. But, then the liability crisis came and park owners could not afford the insurance, so just about every single skate park from that era closed. There’s only one park left from that era, Kona Skatepark in Jacksonville, Florida. So when that happened, skateboarding moved to the street culture. People didn’t stop skateboarding, they just didn’t skateboard at parks any more. They went to the streets. People started building ramps in their back yards to emulate what the parks had. In the late 70s, people would skate in empty swimming pools. The skate parks were actually designed after that concept and then the back yard ramps were designed after the skate park. In the 80s, it blew back up again with vert skating, which most people are familiar with seeing on television and that’s probably a lot of what you are going to see a lot of when it comes to the Olympics. When the vert skating died down, then street skating came back really, really strong. If you’ve seen the skate park, you will see that there’s two different sections. There’s an upper section that is kind of like a plaza and it has a bunch of rails and steps and stairs and ledges in it. That part of the park is actually modeled after things you would come across in an urban environment. The lower part of the park is where all of the bowls are. You actually have one that looks exactly like a swimming pool. That is kind of like the old 70s skate park and the swimming pool era. Our park actually has a lot of elements in it for all different kinds of skating.
What has the new skate park meant to Charlottesville?
It’s already had a really big impact. I have met people from Florida [at the park]. People from all over Virginia are coming to it. A lot of the guys from Richmond come a bunch as well as people from Virginia Beach. It attracts people from up and down the East Coast. It’s one of the best parks on the East Coast and certainly one of the best ones in Virginia. In addition, the city has skate camps that are a week long through the summer. They also do lessons. That actually gets a whole lot of the kids involved that might not have started skating, but since there is a skate camp, they can go learn to skateboard. It’s been really successful. They have had full attendance for every camp that they’ve had this year.
What is it like for you to drive on the Route 250 bypass and look over see people skating in the park and enjoying it?
It touches me, because I went before city council with an older friend of mine back in the 70s, so I’ve been trying to get this since then. When I am down there [at the park] I am actually kind of overwhelmed. It exceeds my expectations. It really is a fantastic facility. There were a lot of people involved. All the people that were on the committee for the original skate park and all of the people that helped me on the committee to get the current skate park, we are all super happy how the park turned out.


  • Baseball, T-ball
    • Central Little League at Pen Park.

      For children ages 4-12. Email Raul Arbelaez, league president, at info@centralll.com or visit centralll.com.

    • Charlottesville Men’s Adult Baseball League.

      A 25-and-over league. Younger players are allowed based on their abilities. Games played at Burley and Sutherland Middle schools. Email David Hash at davidleehash@gmail.com or go to charlottesvillemabl.com.

    • Cove Creek Baseball and Softball League.

      Since 1996, this group has served boys ages 5-15 and girls ages 5-14 from Albemarle, Nelson and surrounding areas. (434) 970-2255; P.O. Box 9, Covesville, VA 22931; covecreek@covecreekpark.com.

    • Lane Babe Ruth Baseball League.

      For ages 13-18. Games and practices at Lane Park. (434) 977-5772; laneinfo@embarqmail.com; lanebaberuth.org.

    • McIntire Little League.

      Formed in the 1950s, this league offers T-ball and baseball for boys and girls ages 4-12. Games played at McIntire Park. info@mcintirell.com; mcintirell.com.

    • Monticello Little League.

      Ages 4-12 from Charlottesville, Albemarle and surrounding counties. The league also offers a Challenger program for special-needs youths ages 4 through high school. Games played at Quarry Park. Call Steve Morris at (434) 953-6491. Boatsam53@yahoo,com eteamz.com/monticellolittleleague.

    • Northside Cal Ripken Baseball League.

      Open to children ages 4-15 who live in the following elementary school districts: Agnor-Hurt, Cale, Hollymead, Stone-Robinson, Baker-Butler, Red Hill, Stony Point, Broadus Wood, Greer, Scottsville and Woodbrook. Games are played at Hollymead, Woodbrook, Charlottesville Catholic School, Burley, Sutherland and Baker-Butler. Registration for Fall Ball opens in mid-July and registration for spring leagues begins in December. ncrlbaseball@gmail.com; northsidecalripken.org.

    • Peachtree Baseball League.

      Open to boys and girls ages 4-18 who live in the following school districts: Brownsville, Crozet, Meriwether Lewis and Murray elementaries; Henley Middle; and Western Albemarle High School; as well as in neighborhoods west of Red Hill Elementary in North Garden and in Nelson County. Contact Cheryl Madison at peachtree@peachtree baseball.com; 1703 Daybreak Lane, Crozet, VA 22932; or visit peachtreebaseball.com.

    • Scottsville Dixie Youth Baseball.

      For boys and girls ages 4-12. Contact Timmy Cersley at (434) 566-2826 or gnomecfdhg@gmail.com.

    • YMCA Tiny Tots T-Ball.

      Open to boys and girls ages 3-6. (434) 974-4651; piedmontymca.org.

  • Basketball
  • Baton twirling
    • Charlottesville Royalettes

      Open to girls and boys ages 6 and up. Registration begins in September. Email Linda Pease at lpease@k12albemarle.org. royalette.com.

  • Bird Watching
    • Blue Ridge Young Birders Club

      For ages 7-18 who share a passion for bird watching, conservation, citizen science, photography and adventure. The group has bimonthly meetings with educational speakers, as well as field trips to local and distant birding hotspots. Speakers are available to visit service clubs and schools to educate about birding-related topics. Contact Gabriel Mapel, president, at info@blueridgeyoung birders.org. (540) 363-5035; blueridgeyoungbirders.org.

    • Monticello Bird Club

      Informal group of about 170 people who share enthusiasm for bird watching, conservation, citizen science, photography and adventure. The group has bimonthly meetings with educational speakers, as well as field trips to local and distant birding hotspots. Speakers are available to visit service clubs and schools to educate about birding-related topics. monticellobirdclub.org.

  • Canoeing, kayaking, tubing
    • James River Reeling and Rafting

      Offering canoe, kayak and raft rentals and riverside camping in downtown Scottsville on the James River. (434) 286-4386; canoetown@gmail.com; reelingandrafting.com.

    • James River Runners

      Offers canoeing, rafting, tubing, kayaking, camping and fishing on the James in Scottsville. (434) 286-2338; jamesriver.com.

    • Rivanna River Co.

      Offers canoe, kayak, paddle board and tube rentals and guided trips of various lengths, aimed at different experience levels, from the base at 1538 E. High St. in Charlottesville. (434) 218-2052; rivanna rivercompany@gmail.com; rivannarivercompany.com.

  • Cycling
    • Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club

      A chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, this group is dedicated to community service through building and maintaining trails. Also educates on trail construction and maintenance and organizes group rides in Central Virginia for riders with various levels of experience. P.O. Box 6516, Charlottesville, VA 22901; info@cambc.org; cambc.org.

    • Charlottesville Racing Club.

      Promotes bicycle racing and the cycling community. cvilleracing.com.

  • Disc Golf
    • Meadow Creek Gardens

      Nine-hole course in Charlottesville. (434) 970-3270; charlottesville.org/parksandrec.

    • Walnut Creek Park

      18-hole course in Albemarle County. (434) 296-5844; albemarle.org/parks.

  • Field Hockey
  • football
  • hiking
    • Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

      Leads hikes, has workshops and maintains trails at Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Email Barbara Martin at barbara@barbaramartinmusic.com. patc-charlottesville.blogspot.com; (434) 985-9854.

  • Karate
    • YMCA Karate

      Ages 5-7 (beginner) and 8 and up (beginner/intermediate). Classes are held at the Crozet YMCA. (434) 205-4385; piedmontymca.org.

  • Lacrosse
    • Albemarle Girls Lacrosse

      Open to grades 1-8. Practices are at various schools and games are at St. Anne’s-Belfield. Contact Maureen Perriello at (434) 296-6005 or maureenperriello@yahoo.com.

    • Seminole Lacrosse

      Open to grades K-4 and girls ages 6-17. Offering spring recreational league, summer programs, summer/fall travel (U9-HS), ongoing camps and clinics. Email brian@seminolelax.org. seminolelax.org.

    • YMCA Girls Lacrosse

      Open to grades K-4. Games are played at Charlottesville High School. (434) 974-4651; piedmontymca.org.

  • Mixed Martial Arts
    • MMA Institute of Charlottesville

      Offers mixed martial arts training, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kempo Karate, fitness classes, women’s self-defense and a children’s program. Led by instructor Dave Morris. (434) 975-6624; dave@mmainstitute.com; charlottesvillemma.com.

  • Rugby
    • Virginia Rugby Football Club

      The state’s oldest rugby club, founded in 1961. Plays in the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union men’s division. Practices Tuesday and Thursday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on River Road. (540) 209-0690; virginiarugby.org.

  • running
    • Charlottesville Track Club.

      With more than 1,000 members, the club conducts races each year, including the Charlottesville 10-Miler, the Women’s 4-Miler and the New Year’s 5K. Open to all ages and abilities and offers training. charlottesvilletrackclub.org.

  • Skateboarding
    • McIntire Skate Park

      Located on the east side of McIntire Park, the skate park is free and open to the general public. Equipment includes ramps, jumps and boxes. Open noon to dusk Monday through Friday and noon to dusk Saturday and Sunday. Summer hours are noon to dusk daily. Helmet, elbow pads and kneepads are required and available for free use from an attendant on site. (434) 244-0166.

  • Sky Diving
    • Skydive Orange

      Offers tandem freefall jumps and accelerated freefall training at the Orange County Airport. (703) SKY-DIVE; skydiveorange.com.

  • Soccer
    • Monticello United Soccer Club

      Programs for boys and girls ages 8-18 with tryouts for some teams. Programs and camps are in the spring, summer and fall. (434) 974-GOAL; monusc.org.

    • Scottsville Organization for Kids Soccer

      Co-educational league for ages 4-15. P.O. Box 913, Scottsville, VA 24590; soks.soccer@gmail.com; scottsvillesoks.com.

    • Soccer Organization Charlottesville Area

      Teams for boys and girls ages 5 and older, as well as adult league teams. Serves the Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley areas. Contact Matt Wilson at Matt.wilson@socaspot.org or (434) 975-5025. socaspot.org.

    • West City Soccer

      Hosts year-round technique instruction programs for children and adults, provides various soccer position training by a licensed professional coach. (434) 430-0378; westcitysoccer.com.

    • YMCA Soccer

      Various programs open to boys and girls ages 3-8 in the spring, summer and fall. (434) 974-4651; piedmontymca.org.

  • Softball
    • Albemarle County Redbirds

      A fast-pitch travel team open to girls in Charlottesville, Albemarle and surrounding counties. Teams 10-and-under through 18-and-under. (434) 531-5907; redbirdssoftball@comcast.net; facebook.com/albemarleredbirds.

    • Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Adult Softball League

      Open to all adults. Spring/summer and fall leagues. Games played at Darden Towe Park, McIntire Park, Washington Park and Piedmont Virginia Community College. Contact Avery Watkins at (434) 970-3271 or watkinsa@charlottesville.org. charlottesville.org/parksandrec.

    • Charlottesville Retreads

      Group open to men ages 55 and older and women ages 40 and over. Teams practice at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday from March to October and play monthly luncheon games, hosting teams from Richmond and Altavista. Games are played at Darden Towe Park. Contact Larry Stremikis at (434) 328-2420 or larrystremikis@earthlink.net. charlottesvilleretreads.org.

    • Jefferson Area Girls Softball Little League

      In partnership with Albemarle County and Charlottesville parks and recreation departments, this group serves girls ages 4-16. Contact Jason Payne at jagsllinfo@gmail.com or 1710 Cherry Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22903.

  • Squash
    • Albemarle Racquet Club

      Two hardball and two softball indoor courts located near Albemarle High School. (434) 973-1321.

    • McArthur Squash Center, Boar’s Head Inn

      McArthur Squash Center, Boar’s Head Inn. 33,000-square-foot facility offers nine singles (softball) squash courts and two doubles (hardball) squash courts to University of Virginia faculty, staff, students, members of the Boar’s Head Sports Club and guests of the Boar’s Head Inn. Private lessons, clinics, summer camps and club activities available. Contact Dean Russell at (434) 972-7426 or dean_russell@boarsheadinn.com. boarsheadinn.com.

  • Swimming
    • Brooks Family YMCA

      Offers swimming lessons for all age levels and all age groups in two pools at 151 McIntire Park Drive. (434) 974-9622; piedmontymca.org.

    • Chris Greene Lake

      Offers daily swimming at the lake from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park is north of the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport on Route 850, off Route 606. Summer passes available. (434) 296-5844.

    • Crozet PARC YMCA

      Located in Claudius Crozet Park, the PARC YMCA offers year-round aquatics, fitness and recreation programs. Features eight-lane, beach-entry pool. Recreational, instructional, developmental and competitive swim pro-grams. (434) 205-4380; piedmontymca.org.

    • Jefferson Swim League

      Eighteen youth teams in Central Virginia with about 3,000 swimmers compete during June and July. Age divisions range from 5-6 to 15-18. Email president@jsl.org or visit jsl.org.

    • Lake Anna State Park

      Operated by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, this park has a swimming beach, concession stand and bathhouse available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park is located at 6800 Lawyers Road in Spotsylvania. (540) 854-5503; lakeanna@dcr.virginia.gov; dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks.

    • Mint Springs Valley Park

      Offers daily swimming at the lake from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park is on Mint Springs Park Road in Crozet. Summer passes available. (434) 296-5844.

    • Onesty Family Aquatic Center

      Outdoor water facility owned and operated by the city of Charlottesville at 300 Meade Ave. Summer passes available. (434) 295-7532.

    • Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center

      Operated by the city of Charlottesville on the campus of Buford Middle School at 1000-A Cherry Ave. Multi-visit passes available. (434) 970-3072.

    • UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center

      Operated by the University of Virginia and open to students, faculty and staff. Located at 450 Whitehead Road, adjacent to Scott Stadium. Offers 50-meter pools, Jacuzzi, wading pool, cardiovascular equipment, strength training, aerobic dance, martial arts. (434) 924-3791; virginia.edu/ims/aquatics.

    • Walnut Creek Park

      Offers daily swimming at the lake from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park is on Walnut Creek Park Road in North Garden. Summer passes available. (434) 296-5844.

    • Washington Park Pool

      Outdoor pool owned and operated by the city of Charlottesville on Preston Avenue. Summer passes available. (434) 977-2607.

  • Tennis
    • Albemarle High School

      Eight lighted hard courts.

    • Charlottesville High School

      Six lighted hard courts.

    • Crozet YMCA Tennis

      Ages 5-12 (also classes for seniors). (434) 974-4651; piedmontymca.org.

    • Darden Towe Park

      Four-court complex. No lights.

    • Pen Park

      Eight hard courts, four of which are lighted. Tonsler Park. Four lighted hard courts.

    • Tonsler Park

      Four lighted hard courts.

    • University of Virginia

      The university has 13 lighted courts next to Memorial Gym. Public use is sometimes restricted. To reserve a court up to two days in advance, email recsports@virginia.edu or call (434) 924-3791 during business hours. Reservations are one hour in duration, with a 10-minute forfeiture time. A claim ticket can be picked up with a valid ID card from the equipment checkout desk.

  • Tumbling
    • YMCA Tumbling

      Open to children ages 3 to 10. (434) 974-4651; piedmontymca.org.

  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

parks & trails

  • Charlottesville
    • Azalea Park

      23-acre park off Old Lynchburg Road. On the south side is Moores Creek, which adds to the site’s charm as it winds its way along the entire length of the park. Recreational facilities include an athletic field, a concession stand, basketball courts, playground, shelter and restrooms. An off-leash dog area is available on the east end of the park. In other areas of the park, dogs must be on-leash and under control. Dog owners are asked to clean up after their dogs; a bag dispenser is provided. Garden plots are available for rent by calling (434) 970-3592. Park hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Bailey Mini Park

      This small landscaped area is at the corner of U.S. 250 Bypass and Hillcrest Road. It includes a park bench and tall trees and is a great spot for lunch for those within walking distance. There is no adjacent parking available, but there is limited on-street parking in the neighborhood.

    • Belmont Park

      This 3.1-acre park is between Stonehenge Avenue, Rialto Street and Druid Avenue. The park contains a basketball court, benches, restrooms, playground equipment, large shady oak trees and a courtyard with shelter for outdoor concerts. During summer, a sprayground is operational from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Park hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on the street.

    • Carver Recreation Center

      Located in the Jefferson School City Center at 233 Fourth St. NW, this 33,000-square-foot facility offers a fitness center and fitness classes; recreational studios for arts and crafts, gymnastics and dance; and a high-teach teen center. Fees apply. Passes available for unlimited visits at Carver and the Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center.

    • Crow Recreation Center

      Located at 1700 Rose Hill Drive on the campus of Walker Upper Elementary School, Crow includes a game room and a kitchen. Hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    • Market Street Park

      This one-acre park, formerly known as Lee Park and Emancipation Park, is between Jefferson Street, First Street Northeast, Market Street and Second Street Northeast. The park, which is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails program, provides a lunchtime oasis in the downtown area, with benches and gardens. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Fifeville Park

      A small neighborhood park within Grove, Spring and King streets. The fenced-in park rises above the surrounding streets and contains a basketball court, shelter and playground. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on the street.

    • Forest Hills Park

      This 7.35-acre park on Forest Hills Avenue provides spectacular views of Carter Mountain. The park has a basketball court, playgrounds, a large sprayground, two pavilions and restrooms. The picnic shelter is available for reservations. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Greenbrier Park

      Consists of 28.3 acres in the Greenbrier neighborhood with walking/biking trails along Meadow Creek. Enjoy the view of sycamore groves, a meadow and Greenbrier Marsh, believed to be one of only two natural marshes in the Virginia Piedmont region. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on nearby streets.

    • Greenleaf Park

      This park, on Rose Hill Drive, contains 14 acres of grassy hillsides with hardwood and evergreen trees. Offers a playground, sprayground, picnic shelter with seasonal restrooms and a half basketball court. There is a wide, soft-surface trail that follows a creek near the U.S. 250 Bypass and connects the park to Walker Upper Elementary School and to natural trails leading to Plymouth Road.

    • Jordan Park

      This 3.1-acre neighborhood park at the south end of Sixth Street Southeast borders Moores Creek. The park has a basketball court, playground and picnic area. The Rivanna Trail passes through the park. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on the street. Dogs must be on a leash and under control.

    • Court Square Park

      A small park in the heart of downtown on property boarded by Jefferson Street, Fourth Street Northeast, High Street and Court Square. The park, which recently was renamed from Justice Park, and before that, Jackson Park is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails program, contains well-maintained flowerbeds and a number of benches. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Key Recreation Center

      Located at 800 Market St., adjacent to the City Hall Annex, the center has a gymnasium, kitchen and meeting rooms and is home to many programs and activities. Passes available. Hours vary.

    • McGuffey Park

      This 1.1-acre park is atop a hill next to the McGuffey Art Center at Second Street Northwest and Jefferson Street. Contains a playground, a half basketball court, a “weeping water well” and a circular path. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on the street.

    • McIntire Park

      One of the most popular parks in the city, McIntire is just off the U.S. 250 Bypass. There are lighted diamond fields, picnic shelters, trails on the west side of the park near picnic shelters and a bridge to Charlottesville High School. The park is the home of a newly opened YMCA facility and the future home of a botanical garden. The annual Dogwood Festival is held each April. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    • McIntire Skate Park

      In a new location in McIntire Park Eastthe park is free and open to the general public. Equipment includes ramps, jumps and boxes. Open daily from 8.a.m. to sunset Helmet, elbow pads and kneepads are required and available for free use from an attendant on site. (434) 244-0166.

    • Meade Park

      A 5.2-acre park at the corner of Meade Avenue and Chesapeake Street. Houses the Onesty Family Aquatic Center, a 15,750-square-foot facility that features a water slide, zero-depth entry family area with multiple water play features, lazy river, diving board and three lap lanes. The park also has a picnic shelter, playground and an open field. Park is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; aquatic center hours vary. Dogs are not permitted inside the aquatic facility.

    • Meadow Creek Gardens

      This 20-acre park, off Morton Drive near the intersection of Emmet Street and U.S. 250, contains 73 community garden plots, trails and a disc golf course. The gardens are located off Morton Drive near the intersection of Emmet Street and the U.S. 250 Bypass. Meadow Creek meanders through the woods along the entire southeastern portion of the park, and the Rivanna Trail runs through the park. To rent a garden plot, call (434) 970-3592.

    • Northeast Park

      This 4.8-acre neighborhood park is at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and Calhoun Street. There is a basketball court and playground. A pedestrian bridge connects the park to Marshall Street. Picnic tables are available. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on the street.

    • Pen Park

      This 280-acre park is off East Rio Road on Pen Park Road and is the largest city park. Pen Park includes the Meadowcreek Golf Course, eight tennis courts, a Little League baseball field with batting cage, volleyball court, outdoor fitness course with 10 exercise stations winding through the natural setting toward the Rivanna River, a volleyball court, three outdoor picnic shelters and a large play-ground. The golf facilities offer a championship 18-hole course, practice range, putting green, short game practice area, full-service golf shop and dining facilities. Tee times can be reserved online or by calling (434) 977-0615. The park is open sunrise to 10 p.m. Dogs are allowed in the park on-leash, but are not allowed on the golf course.

    • Quarry Park

      This 9.1-acre park is on Quarry Road, off Monticello Avenue. Facilities include three diamond fields, a concession stand and restrooms. There is a parking lot near the restrooms and some off-street parking is provided. The park, which derives its name from the road that once led to an old stone quarry, has mountain views. The Rivanna Trail system runs nearby. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Rivanna Trail

      A 20-mile rustic “urban wilderness” hiking trail built and maintained by volunteers that encircles the city. The handicapped-accessible trail begins at Riverview Park and meanders north about 2.3 miles, crossing under Free Bridge and U.S. 250 along the Rivanna River. It serves as a community-wide resource for play, exercise, relaxation and nature-related recreation. rivannatrails@gmail.com; rivannatrails.org.

    • Riverview Park and Rivanna Greenbelt

      This 26.6-acre park is at the end of Chesapeake Street. Features include a playground, benches, an open field and a large parking area. Dogs are allowed off-leash on designated portions of the trail in Riverview Park on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Dogs must be on a leash and under control in all other areas. The adjacent Rivanna Greenbelt trail provides opportunities for walking, jogging, bicycling, fishing and observing wildlife. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Rives Park

      The 4.3-acre park consists of a flat open space with a view of Carter Mountain in the distance. Located on Rives Street between Monticello and Florence roads, the park features a basketball court, athletic field, open play area, picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms and walking paths. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available.

    • Schenk's Greenway

      This trail connects the Albemarle County Office Building to McIntire Park. Volunteers with ArtinPlace and the Living Center for Education partner with the city to keep the park clean and attractive and to promote its use and natural state.

    • Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center

      Located on the campus of Buford Middle School at 1000-A Cherry Ave., Smith includes a fitness center, dance and exercise studio, two indoor pools, locker rooms and a wet classroom. Fees apply. Passes available for unlimited visits at Smith and the Carver Recreation Center.

    • Starr Hill Park

      This small neighborhood park is at Seventh Street Northwest and Elsom Street and is currently an open field. Limited parking available nearby. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Tonsler Park

      One of the busiest parks in the city, this 8.7-acre facility is on Cherry Avenue at Fifth Street Southwest. Features include a recreation center, tennis courts, a life-sized chess board, lighted basketball courts, baseball field and extensive playground equipment. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Off-street parking is available by the tennis courts and in front of the recreation center.

    • Van Clief Nature Area and Scottsville Lake

      A 63-acre park located in Scottsville with walking trails and Scottsville Lake, regularly stocked with trout by Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Anyone over the age of 16 must have a Virginia fishing license. Open daily during daylight hours. scottsville.org.

    • Washington Park

      This 9.25-acre park is at the intersection of Preston Avenue and 10th Street near the center of Charlottesville. The park is the home of Washington Park Pool, the Washington Park Center, basketball courts, playgrounds, a diamond field and open play area. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking lots are at upper and lower levels.

  • Albemarle County
    • Beaver Creek Lake

      This 219-acre park is at 4365 Beaver Creek Road, Crozet. The lake is 104 acres and has a boat launch, but swimming is prohibited. There are four picnic tables scattered throughout the park and restrooms are available. Fishing is permitted with the appropriate license. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    • Bruce Park

      This peaceful park sits in the heart of Scottsville at the corner of Harrison and Main streets. Open during daylight hours.

    • Charlotte Y. Humphris Park

      This 25-acre park is open during daylight hours and offers 1.5 miles of trails. On Whitewood Road, off Hydraulic Road near Albemarle High School.

    • Chris Greene Lake Park.

      This 239-acre park is at 4748 Chris Greene Lake Road. The park features two beach areas, three miles of hiking trails, a dog park (with swim area) and areas for fishing and boating. There are eight picnic tables, two picnic shelters and five grills located throughout the park. The beach area is open for swimming from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day except on days when Albemarle public schools are in session. Canoes can be rented for $5 an hour. Fishing is permitted with the appropriate license. Park entrance fee charged from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Season passes available for individuals and families. Open daylight hours throughout the year. Take U.S. 29 toward Earlysville, turn left onto Route 649 (Airport Road), turn right onto Route 606 and left onto Chris Greene Lake Road.

    • Darden Towe Park

      This 113-acre park jointly is owned with the city of Charlottesville and is off Route 20 on Darden Towe Park Road. It has three softball fields; four multi-purpose fields used for soccer, lacrosse and football; four tennis courts, a Little League baseball field; and 3.8 miles of trails. Other park amenities include a wheelchair-accessible playground area; a picnic shelter with seating capacity of 50; electricity and open grills; and restrooms. There is also canoe access to the Rivanna River. The park includes a 1-acre dog park. Open daylight hours through the year. Take U.S. 250 to Route 20 North (Stony Point Road), then left onto Elk Ridge Drive.

    • Dorrier Park

      This 2-acre park is at 250 Page St. in Scottsville. Park amenities include a softball field, soccer field, two tennis courts and walking path. The playground area is wheelchair accessible. The park has a picnic shelter with seating capacity of 50 and electricity, but no grills. Restrooms are available. Take Route 20 to Scottsville, turn onto West Main Street and then onto Page Street. Open from 7 a.m. until dark throughout the year.

    • Ivy Creek Natural Area

      This 215-acre preserve jointly is owned with Charlottesville and managed with the help of the volunteer-based Ivy Creek Foundation. The area contains more than six miles of walking trails. Pets, jogging, hunting and collecting specimens are not allowed on site. Take U.S. 29 to Hydraulic Road, turn onto Route 743 (Earlysville Road). Open from 7 a.m. until sunset every day. (434) 973-7772; ivycreekfoundation.org.

    • Mint Springs Valley Park

      This 520-acre park in Crozet features swimming areas, more than three miles of hiking trails, fishing areas (with proper license) and boating access. The park has six picnic tables, five grills and two picnic shelters with open grills and electricity. Park entrance fee charged from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Swimming hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day except on days when Albemarle public schools are in session. Daylight hours, all year. Take U.S. 250 to Route 240, turn onto Route 788 (Railroad Avenue), turn onto Route 864 (Mint Springs Park Road).

    • Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Park

      6610 Blackwells Hollow Trail, Crozet. This 600-acre park features a series of multi-use trails for hiking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding. Restrooms available. Open from 7 a.m. until dark (weather permitting). From Charlottesville, follow Barracks Road (which turns into Garth Road) to the Piedmont Store in White Hall. At the store, go around the curve to Route 810 (do not go straight up to Sugar Hollow). Follow Route 810 for 7.8 miles and the parking area is on the left.

    • Preddy Creek Trail Park

      This 571-acre park is at 3690 Burnley Station Road. The park has 10 miles of trails for hiking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding. Trails range from easy to moderate. An advanced mountain bike trail recently opened. Restrooms available. Open 7 a.m. to dark (weather permitting). On Burnley Station Road, 2.6 miles from U.S. 29. The trails at this park might be closed during times of inclement weather.

    • Ragged Mountain Natural Area

      This 980-acre preserve surrounds the Ragged Mountain Reservoir and is owned by the city of Charlottesville. Features hiking trails through forest, rugged terrain and areas rich with wildlife. (434) 970-3260.

    • Simpson Park

      This 13-acre park in Esmont features a Little League baseball field, a multi-purpose field for open use, two tennis courts and a basketball court. There is a playground area and wheelchair-accessible picnic shelters with three picnic tables and open grills. A three-feature water park area with a sunning plaza is open during the summer. Restrooms available seasonably. Hours are 7 a.m. to dark. From Charlottesville, take Route 20 south to Route 712, left on Route 715, left on Route 627, then right on Simpson Park Drive.

    • Thomas Jefferson Parkway and Kemper Park

      Visitors are invited to stroll the parkway on Route 53, open from sunrise to sunset. The parkway features Kemper Park, an 89-acre expanse with an arboretum, pond, woodland theater and overlook. The Saunders-Monticello Trail stretches two miles along the south side of the parkway. The park is owned and operated by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello. Limited parking is available at the base of Route 53 and additional parking is available in a lot off Route 20. Dogs must be kept on a leash and can not go past the pond on the Saunders-Monticello Trail. Open daylight hours.

    • Totier Creek Park

      This 209-acre park is on Totier Creek Road, Scottsville. Fishing, with proper license, and boating allowed, gasoline-powered motors prohibited. The park offers three miles of trails, four picnic tables and restrooms. Open daylight hours throughout the year. Take Route 20 to Scottsville, turn right onto Route 726, turn left onto Route 845.

    • Walnut Creek Park

      This 525-acre park in the Red Hill area features 45 water acres with boat launch; 15 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and running; an 18-hole disc golf course; and two beach acres for swimming. The beach is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day except on days when Albemarle public schools are in session. There are four picnic tables scattered throughout the park and two picnic shelters available for rent. Open daylight hours. Park entrance fee charged from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. From Charlottesville, take U.S. 29 south, turn left onto Route 708, turn right onto Route 631 and the park is on the left.

  • Appalachian Trail

      One-fourth of the Appalachian Trail lies in Virginia. Shenandoah National Park has 107 miles of graded Appalachian Trail and many side trails. The proximity of Skyline Drive — the trail crosses it 32 times — and connecting links offer an endless variety of trips never too far from a potential base of supplies. Visitors can enter Skyline Drive at the Swift Run Gap Entrance Station near the Greene-Rockingham county line or at the Rockfish Gap Entrance in Waynesboro. (540) 999-3500; nps.gov/shen.

uva athletics

  • Football

      The Virginia football program took another big step forward in Bronco Mendenhall’s third season as head coach. The Cavaliers finished 8-5, the team’s best record since the 2011 season, and defeated South Carolina 28-0 in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte to earn the first program’s first bowl victory since the 2005 Music City Bowl.

      Because of last season’s success and the return of several key players, there are high expectations for the Cavaliers as they enter their fourth season under Mendenhall. Virginia was picked to win the ACC Coastal Division in the conference’s preseason poll.

      Offensively, the Cavaliers will be led by senior quarterback Bryce Perkins, who was one of only two players in the nation last season to finish with more 2,600 passing yards and 900 rushing yards. The other was Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, who won the Heisman Trophy and was the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. Perkins will lead a UVa offense that must replace workhorse running back Jordan Ellis and receiver Olamide Zaccheaus, who graduated as Virginia’s all-time receptions leader. On defense, the Cavaliers must replace standouts Chris Peace and Juan Thornhill, who are now in the NFL, but return cornerback Bryce Hall, who is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Virginia boasts a deep linebacking corps, led by senior Jordan Mack and junior Charles Snowden. On the defensive line, the Cavaliers should receive a boost from a highly touted recruiting class that includes four-star defensive lineman Jowon Briggs.

      Virginia opens the season on Aug. 31 at Pittsburgh in a game that should have major ramifications in the ACC Coastal Division championship race. Other high-profile games on the schedule include a home game with Florida State on Sept. 14 and a trip to Notre Dame on Sept. 28. The Cavaliers will try to end their 15-game losing streak to arch rival Virginia Tech on Nov. 29 at Scott Stadium in the regular season finale.

  • Men’s Basketball

      The Cavaliers had a dream season that could eventually be made into a Hollywood movie.

      A year after an historic loss to UMBC in the NCAA Tournament that saw Virginia become the first No. 1 seed in men’s NCAA Tournament history lose to a No. 16 seed, the Wahoos found the ultimate redemption by winning the first national championship in program history on April 8 in Minneapolis.

      In Tony Bennett’s 10th season in Charlottesville, Virginia went 35-3 and shared the ACC regular-season championship with North Carolina. After losing to Florida State in the ACC Tournament semifinals, the Cavaliers regrouped and put together one of the most memorable NCAA Tournament runs in history. After wins over Gardner-Webb, Oklahoma and Oregon, Virginia defeated Purdue in overtime in the South Regional Final to reach the Final Four for the first time since 1984.

      In the Final Four, Kyle Guy sank three free throws with less than a second remaining to give Virginia a one-point win over Auburn and a spot in the national championship game. The Cavaliers capped the run with an overtime win over Texas Tech in the title game in Minneapolis.

      Virginia will look to repeat as national champions with a roster that will have a much different look this season. Gone are Guy, Ty Jerome and De’Andre Hunter, who are now in the NBA, and Jack Salt, who is playing professionally overseas. The Cavaliers return several key contributors from last year’s title team, including forwards Mamadi Diakite and Jay Huff and guards Kihei Clark and Braxton Key. UVa also added highly touted recruits Casey Morsell, Kadin Shedrick and Justin McKoy as well as junior college transfer Tomas Woldetensae.

      The Wahoos open the season on Nov. 6 at ACC rival Syracuse. It will be the first of 20 conference games for Virginia. The Cavaliers’ nonconference schedule also includes matchups with Purdue, South Carolina, JMU, Vermont and Maine.

  • Baseball

      After another down season by the program’s lofty standards, the Cavaliers will look to return to their winning ways in 2020. Virginia went 32-24 in 2019 and missed the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.

      The Wahoos struggled in conference play, going 14-16 in ACC games. UVa made a late push to earn an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, winning a series against No. 5 Louisville in mid-May, but closed the regular season with a loss at Virginia Tech then suffered setbacks against North Carolina and Miami in the ACC Tournament.

      Some of the Cavaliers’ struggles can be attributed to pitching. Virginia’s pitching staff finished with a combined ERA of 4.68, finishing over 4.00 for the fourth straight season. UVa was solid offensively, averaging 6.4 runs per game while batting close to .300 as a team.

      The ’Hoos must replace several players who have moved on to the professional ranks, including shortstop Tanner Morris, pitcher Noah Murdock and outfielder Cameron Simmons.

      Among the players expected to help carry the load in 2020 will be sophomore infielder Nic Kent. The former St. Anne’s-Belfield standout had a stellar freshman season, batting .337 with three home runs and 42 RBI. Defensively, Kent was nearly flawless, posting a .972 fielding percentage while committing just six errors in 56 games. Catcher Brendan Rivoli also returns after batting .320 with five home runs and 42 RBI in 2019.

      On the mound, the Cavaliers will look to get more production from righthander Mike Vasil, who struggled at times during his freshman season but has plenty of talent. Left Andrew Abbott is back for his junior year after posting a 3.89 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched.

      In coach Brian O’Connor’s 15 seasons as head coach, the Cavaliers have reached the College World Series four times and won the 2015 national championship. After missing out on the postseason each of the past two years, Virginia will be hungry to return to the ranks of college baseball’s elite.

  • Tennis

      After struggling to a 14-13 record in Andres Pedroso’s first season as head coach in 2018, the Virginia men’s tennis team returned to its elite form in 2019. The Cavaliers went 24-5 and reached the Round of Eight in the NCAA Tournament. Virginia went 11-0 in home matches and reached the finals of the ACC Tournament, where the Wahoos fell to Wake Forest.

      Carl Soderlund had a strong junior season for the Cavaliers, finishing with a 20-5 record in singles, including a 9-1 mark in ACC matches. He was named the ACC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year and was an ITA Singles All-American. Soderlund was joined at the top of the singles lineup by Brandon Nakashima, who was named ACC Freshman of the Year and ITA Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year after finishing with a 17-5 record in singles and a 20-3 record in doubles.

      On the women’s side, the Cavaliers finished with an 18-9 record and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in head coach Sara O’Leary’s second season at the helm. Virginia went 11-2 in home matches and 8-6 in ACC contests.

      Meghan Kelley was one of the leaders for the Cavaliers during her senior season, posting a 24-15 record in singles, including 10-4 mark at the top of the lineup in ACC play. She clinched a team-leading six matches for the Wahoos and went 31-11 in doubles matches.

      Cal transfer Vivian Glozman played at the No. 2 spot in Virginia’s singles lineup, finishing with a 14-10 mark in singles play and a 14-9 mark in doubles competition. She is expected to return next season, along with Amber O’Dell, who posted a 23-15 record in singles with a 15-11 mark in dual play and 8-5 in ACC play.

  • Rowing

      Virginia continued its reign atop the ACC with another strong season. The Cavaliers won the ACC championship for the 10th year in a row on May 18 in Clemson, South Carolina. The Wahoos have won 19 of the 20 ACC championship regattas and 77 of the 85 championship races.

      In the premier race of the ACC championship regetta, Virginia’s Varsity Eight secured the team title by defeating runner-up Duke 6:31.268-6:35.437. For their efforts, UVa’s Varsity Eight was named ACC Crew of the Year and Heidi Long, Anna Fairs, Sophie Pennoyer and Izzi Weiss were named to the All-ACC rowing first team. Mackenzie King was a second-team selection.

      The Cavaliers finished 10th in the team standings at the NCAA Championships on June 2 in Indianapolis. In July, Virginia rising junior Sophia Kershner and former coxswain Izzi Weiss earned bronze medals in the women’s eight at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Sarasota, Florida, and UVa head coach Kevin Sauer coached the U.S. women’s four to a bronze medal.

  • Women’s Basketball

      The Cavaliers had a trying season under first-year head coach Tina Thompson. A year after earning their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2010 and their first tournament win since 2009, the Wahoos went 12-19 and failed to make the postseason.

      Virginia went 5-11 in ACC play and suffered double-digit nonconference losses to Mississippi State, Michigan State, Radford, Kentucky and Central Michigan. UVa won its ACC Tournament opener against Boston College but lost in the second round to Syracuse, ending its season.

      There is reason for optimism as Thompson embarks on her second season as Virginia head coach. The Cavaliers return their top two scorers, Jocelyn Willoughby (14.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg) and Dominique Toussaint (11.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg). UVa also brings in a highly touted recruiting class that includes guards Shemera Williams and Carole Miller. Williams is the No. 54 recruit in the country, according to ESPN, and Miller is No. 82. Virginia also adds Dani Lawson, who sat out last season after transferring from Purdue, and gets back center Felicia Aiyeotan, who missed most of last season while dealing with injuries. French guard Amandine Toi, who has missed the past two seasons with knee injuries, also is expected to contribute. Virginia will have to replace guard Brianna Tinsley, who was the team’s third leading scorer last season. The former St. Anne’s- Belfield standout decided to transfer to James Madison after the season.

      The Cavaliers will be tested with a difficult schedule that includes nonconference matchups with perennial national power Connecticut as well as Kentucky, UCLA, USC, Rutgers, Old Dominion, James Madison and potentially Mississippi State.

  • Lacrosse

      Virginia returned to the top of the men’s college lacrosse mountain in 2019 by winning its sixth national championship in program history and first since 2011. In Lars Tiffany’s third season on Grounds, the Cavaliers went 17-3 and became synonymous with comeback victories. During the regular season, UVa rallied from second-half deficits to defeat Princeton, Syracuse, Brown, Notre Dame and North Carolina.

      In the ACC Tournament, the Cavaliers used another second-half rally to knock off the Tar Heels in the semifinals before cruising past Notre Dame in the championship game. In the NCAA Tournament, Virginia found more second half magic as it rallied for comeback wins over Maryland in the Round of 8 and Duke in the Final Four to reach the national championship game. The Wahoos would not need a comeback in the title game, rolling to a 13-9 win over Yale to claim the program’s sixth national championship.

      Virginia is expected to be a national title contender again in 2020. The Wahoos return their top four scorers (Matt Moore, Michael Krauss, Ian Laviano and Dox Aitken) as well as goaltender Alex Rode, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament after going 4-0 with 43 saves. UVa also brings in one of the top recruiting classes in the country, led by local product Connor Shellenberger.

      The Virginia women’s lacrosse team put together another winning season and reached the NCAA Tournament under longtime head coach Julie Myers. The Cavaliers went 13-7, picking up wins over defending national champion James Madison as well as ACC rival Duke. UVa won its NCAA Tournament opener over Navy before falling to North Carolina in the second round.

  • Soccer

      The Virginia men’s soccer team finished the 2018 season with a 10-4-3 record and extended the nation’s longest active NCAA Tournament streak to 38 straight years. The Cavaliers went 3-2-2 in league matches and played eventual national champion Maryland to a scoreless draw in a neutral site game at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

      Freshmen Daryl Dike and Cabrel Happi Kamseu tied for the team lead in goals with five, while sophomore Nathaniel Crofts led the team in points with 14 (four goals, six assists). All three players are back this season for the Cavaliers, who are ranked No. 12 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll. They will be led by longtime coach George Gelnovatch, who has guided Virginia to two national championships and five College Cup appearances in his time in Charlottesville.

      The UVa women’s soccer team will look to build a successful 2018 campaign that saw the Cavaliers finish 16-5-1 and reach the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 for the 14th consecutive season. Freshman Alexa Spaanstra had an impressive first season at UVa, finishing with a team-high 24 points (nine goals, six assists). Junior Meghan McCool tied Spaanstra for the team lead in goals with nine, while Rebecca Jarrett finished her freshman campaign with six goals and two assists.

      The expectations will be high again this season for Virginia, which is ranked No. 9 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll. The Cavaliers will once again be led by head coach Steve Swanson, who helped bring home a World Cup championship this summer as part of the U.S. Women’s National Team coaching staff.

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