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County Beaches Will Open for Memorial Day Weekend

Residents encouraged to save gas, money by vacationing close to home

Local residents can rediscover affordable family fun at Albemarle County’s three swimming beaches this summer.  On Saturday, May 26 swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend.  Beaches are open from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend, except when Albemarle County Schools are in session. Swimming will be available 7 days a week beginning Saturday, June 9.

Inexpensive season passes for individuals and families are available at all three beaches and at the Parks and Recreation Office on the first floor of the County Office Building at McIntire Road. Everyone must pay the entry fee into the parks whether you are walking a dog, fishing, biking, using a shelter, or swimming, etc.  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 kids.

  County Resident  Non-resident
Season Pass:    
Child  $30  $45
Adult $50  $75
Family (free babysitter included)  $100 (+$20 for each over 5 people) $150 (+$30 for each over 5 people)
Daily Rate:    
 Adult $3  $4.50
Child $2 $3

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

Parks are open for daylight hours.  The beaches themselves are open daily for swimming with lifeguards on duty from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In addition to swimming, the parks feature picnic shelters, hiking trails, swimming lessons and canoes for rent at Chris Greene and Walnut Creek.  For more information, please visit the Parks and Recreation Department online at  or call (434)296-5844.

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