Tonsler Park

Tonsler Park Recreation Center, Cherry Avenue at 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

(434) 970-3260


Tonsler Park is one of the busiest parks in Charlottesville. Small children, teenagers and families gather to enjoy the recreation center, tennis courts, life-size chess board, lighted basketball courts, softball/soccer fields, large sprinkler shower and extensive playground equipment. A recreation center provides meeting rooms and space for organized activities including board games, pool, and arts and crafts. Contact information on the recreation center available here.


Originally acquired in 1946, by 1978 the park was expanded to its present size of 7.4 acres. The park is named in honor of Benjamin Tonsler, a local, African American educator during segregation.


Dogs must be leashed and under control.


The park is open 6AM to 10PM. Off-street parking is provided by the tennis courts and in front of the recreation center.



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