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Located at the Jefferson School City Center
233 4th Street, NW - (434) 970-3053

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Carver Flea Market - April 4

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation will present the Carver Flea Market on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at Carver Recreation Center.  We’ve brought the traditional outdoor yard sale inside to Carver.  Admission to the event is free. 

Vendor applications are available at Carver Recreation Center, or download one here.  Spaces 6’ x 8’ (approx.) and are $20 each.  

Roller Skating Cancellation- Friday, April 3

There will be no roller skating on Friday evening, April 3 due to a special event.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Welcome to Carver Recreation Center!  Carver features over 33,000 sq. ft. of recreational space including: a fitness center with cardiovascular and strength training equipment; drop-in fitness classes with offerings such as spinning and zumba; personal training; a gymnasium, recreational studios for arts & crafts, gymnastics, and dance; plus a free hi-tech Teen Center.  There also are over 600 art, enrichment, fitness, dance, and gymnastics classes offered each year at Carver!  Check out the current program guide (available on the front page of the Parks and Recreation website) for a complete list of classes.  The Center is also home to a variety of special events like roller skating, dances, concerts, and even birthday parties.  Carver is the perfect place to get fit and have fun!   

Carver Recreation Center is located in the Jefferson School City Center, adjacent to the upper parking deck on 4th St. NW.

Personal Training

  • Basketball and Volleyball Courts
  • Fitness Center
  • Personal Training
  • Gymnastics Studio
  • Dance Studio
  • Group Exercise Studio
  • Spinning/Indoor Cycling
  • Arts & Crafts Studio 
  • Teen Center
  • Roller Skating
  • Multi-Purpose/Banquet Hall
  • Locker Rooms
  • Family Changing Room
  • Catering Kitchen
  • Free Public Wi-Fi Access
  • On-Site Parking
  • Lounge/Meeting Room
  • Private Rental Space 

Monday-Thursday: 6 am - 9 pm 
Friday: 6 am - 8 pm 
Saturday: 8 am - 6 pm 
Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm

Purchasing a "Recreation Access Pass" gives you access to the Carver Fitness Center, group exercise classes, and basketball gymnasium during designated hours.  Click here for detailed information about the Access Pass and payment options.  If you have a Recreation Access Pass, there is no charge to use the facility, just swipe your pass when you visit. 

A $2 Drop-In Fee is required for all adults (18+) for Open Gym Basketball.  Click here for Group Exercise class descriptions. 
        Group Exercise Class Schedule| Open Basketball Gym Schedule 

Are you looking for a unique space in downtown Charlottesville to host your own special event?  Carver Recreation Center is the perfect venue for meetings, wedding receptions, bridal/baby showers, or any private party!  Carver has both a 4,800 square foot banquet hall with a seating capacity of 200, and a small meeting room for groups of up to 20.  The banquet hall features hardwood floors with 15 ft. ceilings, an elevated stage, free Wi-Fi, tables and chairs, restrooms and a catering kitchen.  Complimentary parking is also available on-site.  Call (434) 970-3267 for rates and availability.  Download the Carver Facility Rental brochure for more information.


Have some fun and burn some energy with free roller skating at Carver.  All participants (or parent/legal guardian) must sign the participation waiver prior to skating.   
Hours:   Fridays 5pm-8pm and Sundays 1pm-6pm
There will be no roller skating on April 3 and May 8, 2015.                     

* TEEN CENTER - ages 11+
Provided as a free community resource, the Carver teen center is a supervised indoor space with a wide variety of table games and video games (many which focus on active movement) as well as televisions and internet access.  It’s a safe and fun place for ages 11 and over to play and socialize close to home.
Hours:   Monday – Thursday 3pm-9pm, Friday 3pm-8pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-6pm

Carver overs open gym time for basketball throughout the week.  Each open gym basketball time slot is designated for a specific age group (all ages, adult, or family).  Adult open gym will be a structured 5-on-5 Pickup Basketball program.  Please check the Open Basketball Gym Schedule for the most up to date schedule, as the hours change daily. 
Fees:  Adults (18+) $2, Youth (17 and under) Free 

* PARENT & ME PLAYGROUP (ages: 0-5 years)
Have fun and make new friends during our indoor play time in the gym from Jan 5-May 29, 2015.  There will be toys, mats, and props available for children to explore freely and play with others.  Active parental supervision is required. 
Hours:  Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays,10am-12pm.  Fees:  $3 per child/ per visit

ART ADVENTURES (ages: 1-6 years)
This open studio, which runs from Jan 5-May 28, 2015, uses traditional and non-traditional media to explore projects based on monthly themes.  This class is designed to encourage students to learn through play and sensory experience as they create small and large works, exercising fine and gross motor skills.  Parent/caregiver supervision is required.   
Hours:  Mondays & Thursdays,10am-11:30am.  
Fees:  $7 per child/ per visit.  $4 if child is currently enrolled in a class that is in session.

TUMBLE TIME (ages: 1-5 years on Wednesdays & 6-12 years on Fridays)
Does your child want to practice some of their gymnastics skills in a safe environment with an instructor, or are you just looking to try gymnastics without committing to a weekly class?  Drop in to this fun Tumble Time with your child! Kids can choose what they would like to practice, and the instructor will work with them on certain skills. Active parental supervision is required for children 3 and under.  The $8.00 drop-in fee covers 1.5 hours of fun and practice time in the gymnastics room.
For Ages 1-5:  Wednesdays from Jan 21-Feb 25 and Mar 25-Apr 29, 11am-12:30pm.  
For Ages 6-12:  Fridays from Jan 23-Feb 27 and Mar 27-May 1, 6pm-7:30pm.  
Fees:  $8 per child/ per visit

Carver Birthday Parties