March 26, 2013
Plans for community-friendly changes to Tonsler Park moved forward.
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation held a public hearing and presented the proposed master plan of Tonsler Park to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Parks and Rec has held a series of public meetings and taken surveys of neighbors and area school children over the past six months to get feedback on how to improve the park.
"We didn't get a lot of comment tonight, but what that shows is we've already got community consensus and they didn't see any reason to make any changes to what they've already worked on in the past six months," said Chirs Gensic, Park and Trail planner for Parks and Recreation.
People talked about adding more active options for kids inside the Tonsler building and whether to take out some fencing on the baseball field so people may play baseball or any sport.
"You'll have your trails, you will have your spray pool, and stuff like that which we don't have now. You'll come to Tonsler Park and see a totally new park," said Van Johnson, Parks and Recreation Facilities Manager. "I'm looking forward to it. I think it's gonna be big and special and enjoyable for everybody."
The board will make recommendations on the Tonsler Park plans and present them to the Planning Commission. Parks and Rec thinks the plan should go before City Council around July.