Parks & Recreation   |  Swimming Beaches & Season Swim Passes
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Looking for a new way to keep cool during the summer months? Visit one of our beaches at Chris Greene Lake, Walnut Creek, or Mint Springs Valley Park. Each of these three parks has a sand beach for freshwater swimming during the summer months (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day) with lifeguard protection. The lakes are open from 11:00am to 7:00pm for swimming.  There will be no swimming on days that Albemarle County Schools are in session. 

Swimming OPEN thru Monday, August 22, then:  (Closed for swimming when Albemarle County Schools are in session: Tuesday, August 23 thru Friday, August 26)
Swimming OPEN Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28
(Closed for swimming Monday, August 29 thru Friday, September 2, Albemarle County Schools are in session)
Swimming OPEN Saturday, September 3, Sunday, September 4, and Monday, September 5

Then Swimming Closed for the Summer Season after Labor Day.

There is a park user fee to enter the parks.  Everyone must pay the entry fee into the parks:  whether you are walking a dog, fishing, biking, or swimming, etc.  If you have any questions feel free to call the Albemarle County Parks Office at 434-296-5844.  Thank you for  your patronage!   Daily entry fees for Albemarle County residents are $3 for adults and $2 for children. Non-Albemarle County resident fees are $4.50 for adults and $3 for children.  Children ages 3 and under are fee.  Child is ages 4-12.  Adult is ages 13+.
Season pass prices are listed below.

Note:  New Policy, To promote a safe, healthy and comfortable environment for our patrons, a no smoking policy is in affect at all county beaches.  No smoking will be allowed on beaches and in fenced in swim area at Chris Greene Lake, Mint Springs, and Walnut Creek.  Thank you for your cooperation! 

SEASON PASSES
(Season Passes 1/2 price starting July 15)

*We only accept cash or check at the Cashier Booths in the Parks, no credit cards accepted

 Fees Albemarle County Resident   Non-County Resident

 Child
(ages 4-12)

 $30.00  $45.00
 Adult
(ages 13+)
 $50.00  $75.00
 Family

 $100.00/5 limit
(+$20 each over 5)

 $150.00/5 limit
(+$30 each over 5)

 *Seniors age 62 and over may obtain a Free Season Pass, Albemarle County Residents Only. 

Click here to purchase a SEASON PASS on-line.  You may also purchase a pass at the cashier booth at each lake during operating hours or come by the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation office at 401 McIntire Road.  Any questions please call us at (434) 296-5844.

Click here for the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Amenities Matrix for a complete list of county parks and their amenities. 


 
 
 
Contact the Department
Parks and Recreation
401 McIntire Road
Room 118
Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-296-5844
FAX: 434-293-0299
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