Parks & Recreation

Albemarle Parks and Recreation -- the best of the great outdoors, right here at home

Thank you for your interest in Albemarle County's Parks and Recreational Facilities. We value open space and natural resources, and our extensive park system is one reflection of our efforts to be good stewards of the beautiful natural environment of our County.

Albemarle County has 12 parks, which offer over 4,100 acres for passive and active recreational activities. Albemarle County also offers numerous recreational and enrichment opportunities as well as youth and adult sports programs. Visit this site often for the most up-to-date Parks and Recreation information. 


Harmful Algae Bloom Advisory No Longer in Effect for Chris Greene Lake in Albemarle County

The harmful algae bloom advisory for Chris Green Lake in Albemarle County is no longer in effect. The advisory was issued in July 2017 when an unsafe level of harmful algal bloom species was detected in the Lake. Albemarle County Parks and Recreation staff coordinated with the Charlottesville/ Albemarle Health Department to monitor the bloom. Two consecutive lake water sample results taken over the last month indicate cell counts and toxin concentrations are now at safe levels.

Not all algae are harmful. Many are naturally occurring organisms important in the food chain. Algal blooms occur when warm water and nutrients combine to make conditions favorable for algae growth. During a harmful bloom, certain algal species become so abundant that they can produce and release a toxin capable of causing skin rashes upon exposure or illness if ingested.  Water samples can be evaluated and tested for toxin testing and advisories can be issued to protect citizens and pets from exposure.

For more information on harmful algae blooms, you may contact the Virginia Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Hotline at 1-888-238-6154 or visit








Harmful Algae Bloom on Chris Greene Lake -update





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Parks and Recreation
401 McIntire Road
Room 118
Charlottesville, VA 22902
FAX: 434-293-0299
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