Charlottesville Builds New Park Entrance Paths to Improve Access
City of Charlottesville Press Release
As part of the bicycle, pedestrian and trail plan for the City, the Charlottesville Parks Department has installed new paved trail connections into and through a number of local parks. These paths are intended to make parks and recreation facilities more accessible to a wider variety of travelers including bicyclists, parents with strollers, people in wheelchairs, and families with small children, who are not comfortable moving along roadsides or though potentially muddy nature trails. There are plans to improve these paths with signage, fencing, and other amenities such as handrails where needed to further improve access to the park system and other trails.
Azalea Park now has paved entrance paths from Monte Vista, Mobile, and Azalea drives. One of the paths was paid for partly by a grant from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and another is a test site for using pavers instead of typical asphalt. Work is now underway to provide a system of similar paths throughout Azalea Park as part of the park's larger renovations.
Greenbrier Park has a paved trail connecting Jamestown Drive with Greenbrier Drive, which doubles as a Safe-Route-to-School path for students at nearby Greenbrier Elementary School. There are proposals currently in the works for extension of the paved paths in Greenbrier Park and to adjacent areas. Click here for information on that process.
Pen Park has new path connecting the existing paved fitness trail and others near the tennis courts to and beyond the park gate at Pen Park Road. This path uses space alongside the golf course to provide an off-street connection into the park. Plans are underway to connect this path all the way to Rio Road, and possibly to the Meadow Creek (John Warner) Parkway trails to the west.