AC44 Phase 2: Parks & Recreation

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Parks, greenways, community centers, and other recreation amenities are important components of a vibrant and healthy community. They enable an active, healthy lifestyle, provide contact with nature, and foster public health and wellness.

Parks and Greenways can also support the protection of green spaces and natural areas. As Albemarle County's population continues to increase, the improvement and expansion of parks, greenways, and other recreation amenities are increasingly important to meet the expanding needs of our community.

The Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department (ACPR) oversees the planning, acquisition, management, and maintenance of parks and greenways. Albemarle County contains a wide array of parks, greenway trails, and other recreational facilities. ACPR currently operates 14 parks and 4 community centers and manages a network of trails in parks and greenways over 85 total miles in length.

The Comp Plan update provides an opportunity to improve equitable access to parks and greenway trails, and recreational facilities. Parks and greenway additions will also be important components of addressing climate action by preserving valuable green spaces and beneficial tree canopy areas.

Building Upon the Work: Park Planning & Development

Albemarle County currently has 11 future parks in various stages of planning and development; the largest is Biscuit Run Park, a 1,190-acre park and natural area located south of Charlottesville, scheduled for public opening in late 2023. ACPR is also planning and developing 13 future sections of greenway trails. An especially notable trail expansion is the 17-mile Rivanna River Greenway + Blueway (water trail with boating access).


Parks, greenways, community centers, and other recreation amenities are important components of a vibrant and healthy community. They enable an active, healthy lifestyle, provide contact with nature, and foster public health and wellness.

Parks and Greenways can also support the protection of green spaces and natural areas. As Albemarle County's population continues to increase, the improvement and expansion of parks, greenways, and other recreation amenities are increasingly important to meet the expanding needs of our community.

The Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department (ACPR) oversees the planning, acquisition, management, and maintenance of parks and greenways. Albemarle County contains a wide array of parks, greenway trails, and other recreational facilities. ACPR currently operates 14 parks and 4 community centers and manages a network of trails in parks and greenways over 85 total miles in length.

The Comp Plan update provides an opportunity to improve equitable access to parks and greenway trails, and recreational facilities. Parks and greenway additions will also be important components of addressing climate action by preserving valuable green spaces and beneficial tree canopy areas.

Building Upon the Work: Park Planning & Development

Albemarle County currently has 11 future parks in various stages of planning and development; the largest is Biscuit Run Park, a 1,190-acre park and natural area located south of Charlottesville, scheduled for public opening in late 2023. ACPR is also planning and developing 13 future sections of greenway trails. An especially notable trail expansion is the 17-mile Rivanna River Greenway + Blueway (water trail with boating access).


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    A goal is a high-level and long-term direction to fulfill the vision and framework. An objective is a specific outcome or target that accomplishes a goal. The goals and objectives developed now, in Phase Two, will inform the strategies (action steps) that will be drafted in Phase Three.

    The process of creating the Goals and Objectives included:

    • collaboration by an interdisciplinary team of County staff, in coordination with partner agencies
    • review of the current Comprehensive Plan
    • incorporating best planning practices utilized throughout the country
    • community, Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors input
    • Framework for an Equitable and Resilient Community 
      • "As we move toward 2044, Albemarle County aspires to be a community that is Green and Resilient, Welcoming and Equitable, Connected and Accessible, and Thriving and Prosperous"

    Read more about Parks and Recreation in the updated Topic Report.

    This questionnaire is designed for you to share your feedback on the draft Goals and Objectives for the Parks and Recreation chapter. Community input will be shared with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. The draft Goals and Objectives will be refined based on community, Commission, and Board feedback.  

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