Outdoors & Recreation

At the groundbreaking ceremony of the Brooks Family YMCA, 10 people responsible for bringing this project to life dug the first shovels into soon-YMCA soil.

Do the YMCA: Charlottesville site breaks ground—finally

The long-awaited Brooks Family YMCA will offer local families a fitness floor, elevated track, basketball gym and multiple pools—all coming to McIntire Park in the summer of 2017 at a cost of $18,744,384. Exactly half of that has been raised so far. “You may have your door knocked upon soon,” Suzanne Jessup Brooks, vice president […]

Sam Lindblom, president of the
Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club, believes everyone should be given access
to Ragged Mountain. Rammelkamp Foto

Pedal to the metal: Advocates want bikes at Ragged Mountain

“It embarrasses me that some outdoors people feel that there are others who are not ‘pure enough,’” wrote avid trail hiker of 50 years, John Pfaltz, in a letter to C-VILLE the day after Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 to table the decision on whether a prohibition on cyclists, runners and dogs would be lifted […]

A drone used in Darren Goodbar’s introduction to drone technology course took this photo of Piedmont Virginia Community College while class members controlled it from the parking lot. Photo courtesy of Darren Goodbar

Cheers and fears: Locals weigh in on drones

In March 2013, Charlottesville was the first city in the United States to pass an anti-drone resolution, which declared Charlottesville a No Drone Zone. This moratorium ended July 1 and—you guessed it—the drones are here. Darren Goodbar, an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, pilot in the Air National Guard, served overseas in Afghanistan as an […]