Closure Notice

The University has a great responsibility to its students, faculty and staff when considering the return to full operations. We are ready and eager to provide the UVA community with fitness and recreational opportunities once the University is able to return to comprehensive operations safely and effectively. We are privileged to support this University and we believe in its greater mission. We're all in this together! If you have questions, please reach out to

When we initially open, we will start with the fitness area at the AFC and the pool at NGRC. The hours and experience will be modified to ensure safety for students, members and staff. We will announce opening details as soon as possible.

In the meantime, please try some virtual programs.

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North Grounds Fitness Center in Charlottesville VA

North Grounds Rec Center

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Address: 510 Massie Rd Charlottesville, VA
Phone: 434-924-7380

The North Grounds Recreation Center is located near Darden Business School and the UVA Law School. This comprehensive recreation center has everything you need to reach your fitness goals. 

Facility Features

  • Cardiovascular training equipment, free weights, and strength training machines
  • 2-court gymnasium
  • 3 multipurpose group exercise rooms
  • Multimedia Cycle room
  • 3 handball/racquetball courts
  • 2 international singles squash courts
  • 25-meter x 25-yard 10-lane pool
  • Hot tub and sauna
  • Wet classroom for aquatic instruction
  • Day locker and towel service
  • Semester locker rentals
  • See the NGRC's accessibility features

Virtual Tour

Facility Hours

Reserve a Space

Use the above link to reserve a room or court. Use "Express Scheduling" to quickly reserve a racquetball or squash court.

Customer Service

At the NGRC service desk, you can check out lockers and racquetball/squash equipment - you can also rent a towel, buy Group Exercise passes, buy a guest pass & and other limited membership transactions. 


There are designated parking lots with metered spaces adjacent to North Grounds Recreation Center and along Duffy Boulevard. Additional parking is available in the Darden Garage after 3:30 PM Monday–Friday. VERY IMPORTANT: Between 7:30am and 5pm Monday-Friday, note your license plate number and enter it into the parking kiosk in the facility lobby.

NGRC Parking Diagram