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Master Plan for Cogbill Community Park 

The master plan of this future park would follow guidelines for a special purpose/community park as recommended by the County’s Comprehensive Plan and the Departmental Comprehensive Master Plan. The address of this property is 6700 Cogbill Road, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832. The department will hold a series of public meetings to gain insight on community preferences for park character and recreation opportunities. Results of these meetings and the progress of the master plan will be posted here. Questions and comments will be received throughout the development of the master plan.

Dutch Gap Relic River Boardwalk 

This project, funded in part by the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Gateways & Trails grant, will provide access to the Relic River channel of the James River [cutoff section of old oxbow] at Dutch Gap Conservation Area and will allow paddle craft access to the main channel of the present James River via a portage boardwalk. A roadside paved parking area will be provided, along with a handicap-accessible ramp leading to the Relic River Marsh Area. A floating boardwalk and observation platforms will allow visitors to explore this previously-inaccessible area. The new facility will expand both natural and historic interpretation, birding & nature observation opportunities, and provide fishing & kayak/canoe access to this body of water. Dutch Gap Conservation Area is located next to Henricus Historical Park in the eastern part of the county. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2016.

Dutch Gap Relic River Boardwalk 

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Howlett Line Park Improvements 

Design work is underway for access and trail system improvements/expansion at Howlett Line Civil War Historical Site. The site currently features a short trail with interpretive signage. Planned improvements include a small roadside parking area, handicap accessible entrance, improvements to the existing trails and signage, and additional trails and signage on the recently-acquired 11.5 acre adjacent property. Howlett Line is located in the eastern part of the county within the Walthall Creek subdivision. Improvements are expected to begin in the summer of 2015.

Historic Point of Rocks House; Renovation Study 

Historic Point of Rocks House Renovation StudyHistoric Point of Rocks House (HPORH) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its cultural significance and civil war ties. The property was used as a hospital and surgeon quarters during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. It was also headquarters for Gen Butler and a control center for Claire Barton, founder of American Red Cross. Its 85 foot bluffs and 1800 feet of shoreline offered a strategic advantage to both Native Americans and soldiers alike. Unfortunately the house is deteriorating rapidly but with the cooperation of Commonwealth Architects and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation we hope to resurrect this iconic monument in 2015. Situated at 1005 Enon Church Road on four parcels in Chesterfield County, its boundary encompasses nearly 30 acres of field and wooded areas along the Appomattox River.

Parks and Recreation 20 Year Master Plan Update 

The Parks & Recreation Department is currently in the process of developing a new Master Plan. The Master Plan will set the framework to continue to provide a high quality park system and program offerings for residents and visitors. The department recently collected public input at a series of community workshops and through a survey, and is now in the process of reviewing public input along with program and facility needs.

Bikeways and Trails Plan 

The Chesterfield Planning Department, together with other county departments and Sports Backers, began working on the first Bikeways & Trails Plan in January 2014. This plan will set the framework to create a system of trails and bicycle/pedestrian facilities along roads and will promote healthy lifestyles by providing safe and accessible routes on which to bike, walk and run. The Bikeways & Trail Plan is a Phase II implementation step of Moving Forward – The Comprehensive Plan for Chesterfield County.
For more information, visit the Planning Department webpage 

Neighborhood Bike and Pedestrian Connectivity Study 

Neighborhood Bike and Pedestrian Connectivity StudyIn order to meet the Bikeways and Trails Plan goal of providing a comprehensive bikeway and trail network, a finer scale of planning must be conducted to safely connect existing neighborhoods to the proposed core network. This study will address the bicycle and pedestrian connections of existing neighborhoods and establish bicycle and pedestrian routes on low volume roads. Examples of recommendations from this study may include:

  • Short shared use paths for pedestrians and bicyclists between existing neighborhoods, at cul-de-sacs, stub roads or across environmental features like a stream
  • Bridges or culverts to safely cross streams or roads
  • Pedestrian actuated signals at strategic intersections
  • Signed bicycle and pedestrian routes along low volume and low speed roads
  • Neighborhood Byways, or roads with low volume and low speeds and other features to give bicyclists priority

Dodd Park Trail Expansion 

Design work is underway for a new ADA accessible trail at R. Garland Dodd Park. This will provide a safe and convenient route to connect visitors to the main trail system. Funding is in part from the Recreational Trails grant program funded by the Federal Highway Administration. The park is located off of Enon Church Rd. in the southeastern part of the county.

Dodd Park Trail Expansion 

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Horner Park New Road, Parking, Picnic Areas and Trails 

Work will begin soon on the first phase of development at Irvin G. Horner Park, located off of Genito Rd. behind Clover Hill Athletic Complex. This work will include construction of an access road, parking lot, picnic area, paved 10’ width loop trail, and a new park maintenance facility.

Lake Chesdin Park; 4.8 Mile Trail System 

Design work is underway for a 4.8 mile trail at Lake Chesdin Park, adjacent to the Chesdin Canoe Launch site off of Lake Chesdin Parkway. The first phase of development will be to construct a 1.8 mile loop trail just west of the intersection of Lake Chesdin Pkwy and N. Ivey Mill Rd. Phase two will provide a connection from this loop trail to the canoe launch. The trails will offer excellent opportunities for nature observation and interpretation, as a large potion of the trail will be located along riparian areas and swamp land. Construction is targeted for 2015.

Stratton Park Trail System 

Design work is underway for a trail system at Mary B. Stratton Park, adjacent to the Richmond Kickers youth soccer complex off of Ridgedale Parkway. The trail head will be located at the parking area adjacent to the new synthetic turf fields, and connect to a large loop trail in the central part of the property. Construction is targeted for 2015.

Falling Creek Greenway; Ironworks/Rt. 301 Segment 

Construction will begin spring 2015 on phase one park facilities to include new parking, paths and walkways, lawn and creek side picnic areas, overlooks and interpretive signage. Funding in part from VDOT Enhancement grant program. A companion project through the county’s revitalization office will make streetscape improvements in this area of the Jefferson-Davis Turnpike. Site is located where Falling Creek passes under Rt 1/301, ½ mile south of Chippenham Parkway. Target Completion: Fall 2015.

Falling Creek Greenway 

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Under Construction

Virginia State University - Appomattox River Trail and Parking 

A new park site is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2015 next to Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm on the Appomattox River. This first phase of development will provide a parking lot and 1/2 mile handicap-accessible trail along the river. Future planned construction will expand the parking area and expand the main trail, along with creating observation areas and exploratory trails. The site is located in the Ettrick area, off of Main St. near the old Ettrick Cemetery. Funding for the project is in part by VDOT’s Transportation Enhancement Program grant.

Tomahawk Creek Middle School Athletic Improvements 

Work is currently in progress to install a new scoreboard and concession pad at Tomahawk Creek Middle School football field. The school is located near the intersection of Charter Colony Parkway and N Woolridge Rd. The work is expected to be complete in the Spring of 2015.

Dodd Park Trail Renovations 

Work will begin soon to improve the trail system at R. Garland Dodd Park. These improvements will include widening and resurfacing existing trails, constructing new trails, replacing bridges, and improving accessibility. Funding is in part from the Recreational Trails grant program funded by the Federal Highway Administration. The park is located off of Enon Church Rd in the southeastern part of the county.

Huguenot Park Restroom Renovation 

The renovation will consist of new fixtures, lights, heaters and new paint on the interior. The exterior renovation will consist of replacing boards, painting and adding an apron around the building. The park is located off of Huguenot Road by Johnston Willis Hospital.

Bird Miracle Field Restroom 

Construction is underway for a new ADA accessible restroom facility at the Bird Miracle League field, located at Bird Athletic Complex. Construction is scheduled to be complete in April of 2015. The complex is located next to L.C. Bird High School off of Courthouse Rd.

Bird and Robious Athletic Complex; Lighting Improvements 

Project is underway to install Musco Green Generation fixtures at Bird Complex fields 3 through 6 and Robious Complex fields 3 and 4. These improvements will enhance field lighting levels and while reducing energy consumption.

Daniel Park; Central Chesterfield Little League Site Improvements 

Project will be phased.  Phase I consists of drainage inlets and piping, concrete repairs/new installation and general non-turf drainage and stabilization improvements in the area of Fields 1 and 2.  Phase II will be similar type improvements in the area of Fields 3 and 4. Daniel Park is located off of Iron Bridge Rd. near Rt. 288.

Radcliffe Conservation Area Trails 

Work is underway to construct a 1.25 mile natural surface trail along the slopes at the north side of the conservation area, located along the Appomattox River below the Brasfield Dam at Lake Chesdin. This trail will compliment the recently-completed main trail at the park (shown below). The project is expected to be complete in the Spring of 2015.

Radcliffe Conservation Area Trails 

Eppington Plantation Repairs and Renovation 

Eppington Plantation Repairs and RenovationSubstantial improvements have already taken shape as Restoration Builders of Virginia carefully repaired windows, siding, and front porch. Concrete walls were constructed in the basement to support the delicate hearths above. A vital underground drainage system was installed to divert water away from the aging foundation. The 18th-century masterpiece was brought to life with a vibrant coat of paint around the entire structure and will receive a brand new roof this spring! Many thanks to the Eppington Foundation for their support in preserving the fabric of our heritage. The site is located in southwest area of the county, off of River Road.

Mid-Lothian Mines Park 

Stabilization of the mining ruins is complete; other Phase I & IA improvements will begin in the Spring of 2015 and will provide additional trails, new bridges and interpretive signage. One bridge will be a reconstruction of a 1850’s narrow gauge rail heavy timber structure. Site is located off of Woolridge Road, ½ mile west of Rt. 60. Funding in part from the State Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

Mid-Lothian Mines Park 

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Recently Completed

Henricus 1611 Church and Meeting Hall 

The 17th-century replica was completed in November 2014 and has since become the main attraction at Henricus Historical Park. The unique exhibit was recently showcased in the Richmond Times Dispatch and Chesterfield Observer; it has enabled the expanded interpretation of religion in the early settlement period. The 1,800 square foot living-history museum can easily be rented and is the ideal venue for weddings, lectures, or other social events. The park is located just west of I-295 on the James River.

Henricus 1611 Church and Meeting Hall 

Matoaca Park Phase III; Renovations and New Facilities 

Work is complete for phase III improvements and renovations at Matoaca Park, located in the southeastern part of the county off of Halloway Avenue. Additional parking was provided along with new lighted basketball courts, lighted tennis courts, picnic shelter and a paved loop trail. Renovations to the existing parking areas and concession area were also included in this project. Other recently completed projects at the park include a new playground and renovated baseball fields.

Matoaca Park Phase III 

Civil War Site Improvements 

This recently-completed project provided parking areas, trails, and signs at Ware Bottom Church Battlefield, Fort Wead, and Sgt. James Engle Civil War sites. These improvements will help to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign in Chesterfield County. The sites are located in the southeastern part of the county.

Civil War Site Improvements 

Grange Hall Elementary Field Renovations 

This project provided irrigation and turf renovation/field reconfiguration at Grange Hall Elementary School, located off of Hull Street Rd in the western part of the county. A new playground was also installed.

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