The Parks Department is working to ensure all City Parks offer safe, pleasant, and worthwhile experiences for our visitors. As we develop these plans, we meet with neighborhoods, other City departments, including police and utilities, and hold public workshops in order to determine a balanced plan for each park's unique needs.
For an overview of the Parks Department's master planning process, go HERE.
City parks that we are currently in the process of planning and improving include:
1998 "City As a Park" study
A public process for creating a master plan for the east side of the park is complete. The next phase is moving the skate park and hiring a design firm to work out the details of the parks layout. For more information, go to www.charlottesville.org/mcintirepark.
A commuter trail is being built from Meadowbrook Heights Road (near the whale tail) through McIntire Park to the railroad tracks. The trail will be paved and includes two new bridges over creeks sensitive areas.
The City has also been awarded a SAFETEA-LU grant from V.D.O.T. to create engineering plans to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the railroad tracks to connect the two sides of McIntire Park. A presentation about the bridge project is available here
Greenbrier Park and Meadow Creek Gardens - Park planning is complete. For information please visit www.charlottesville.org/meadowcreekstreamvalley
Rives Park - The redesigned Rives Park will include an additional picnic shelter, restroom, trails, entrance from Nassau, biofilters/rain gardens and more landscaping. Construction will begin in late 2013 and the new park will reopen in the spring of 2014 Rives Park Planning Page
Tonsler Park - A park-wide master planning process is underway. The draft plan is available here. For more information please visit www.charlottesville.org/tonslerpark
For more information on these and other parks improvements, contact the Parks Department at 970-3656.