2018-04-11 / Announcements

Show your park pride


Rowing teams compete during a spring regatta at Robious Landing, one of the county’s many popular parks. 
JAMES HASKINS Rowing teams compete during a spring regatta at Robious Landing, one of the county’s many popular parks. JAMES HASKINS Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation is asking residents to help the department win $20,000 to improve one of its county parks in a nationwide contest. During April, as part of the recognition for Earth Month and Earth Day on April 22, the National Recreation and Park Association is collaborating with The Walt Disney Co., including Disney Citizenship, Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN, to revitalize parks across the U.S. for the fourth year. The parks and recreation department that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park. From April 1-30, Chesterfield residents will have the opportunity to nominate the county for the $20,000 grant, which could make substantial improvements to one of the county parks. Park supporters can nominate the county once every day of the month by visiting In addition, everyone who submits a nomination will be entered in a drawing for a GoPro prize pack. This Earth Month, take a selfie in your favorite park and use the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #CelebrateEarth.


Chesterfield County, in cooperation with the James River Soil and Water Conservation District and the Chesterfield County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, will hold two rain barrel workshops during which participants will learn about water conservation and build their own rain barrels to take home. Tools and assistance will be provided. The workshops will be held rain or shine, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, and on Saturday, June 23, at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds main exhibition building, 10300 Courthouse Road. The workshops cost $40 and fill up fast, so early registration is suggested. For more information, contact Lorne Field at 748-1920, and register at

The Civil Air Patrol’s Southside Composite Squadron has announced that the next Great Start program for new cadets will begin April 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield Airport, 7401 Airfield Drive. This nine-week course will train prospective new cadets on all of the member basics up to their first rank. Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force and performs three congressionally mandated key missions: emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs for teenage youth. For more information or to register, contact Second Lt. Madeline Dupie at or First Lt. David Disselkamp at For more information about Southside Composite Squadron, visit


In March, Richmond Animal League’s Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic performed their 50,000th spay/neuter surgery since opening. The clinic, located on RAL’s property at 11401 International Drive, opened its doors in February 2010 to offer low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to pet owners and other rescues and municipal shelters. It is still the only low-cost option for spay and neuter south of the city. For more information about the services offered at the Loving Spay & Neuter clinic, visit

Celebrate Christmas in July and participate in the second annual July Jingle Trail Run, a fundraiser benefiting the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother Program. The run will take place on Saturday, July 28, at Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road, and will include both a 1K Kids Fun Run and a 5K Trail Run/Walk for adults. The Kids Run will begin at 8 a.m. and the 5K will follow at 8:30 a.m. There will be prizes for best individual and team costumes, snacks, music and more. Early bird registration is now open and costs $10 for the Kids Run and $30 for the 5K. After May 1, registration will cost $12 for the Kids Run and $35 for the 5K. Donations of new board books and unwrapped board games are also greatly appreciated. For more information, visit

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