Parks and Recreation Planning
The Parks and Recreation master plan (PDF) was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on April 25, 2018. The Parks and Recreation Master Plan update is a recommendation of the comprehensive plan and is updated every five years. The Parks and Recreation Master Plan sets the framework to maintain and expand a high-quality park system meeting the needs of residents and visitors. View the ADA Transition Plan (PDF). Learn more about planning an urban or pocket park (PDF).
Parks Planning and Construction Services
Contact planning and construction services:
|Division Director, Chief of Parks, DPACS||Stuart W. Connock, Jr.||804-751-4484|
|Capital Projects Field Coordinator||Brian Ashley||804-318-8141|
|Capital Projects Field Coordinator||Lance Wilson||804-318-8361|
|Construction Administrator||Margie Bryan||804-751-4322|
|Construction Services Manager||Joe Stovall||804-318-8720|
|GIS Specialist||Stephanie Christmas||804-717-6229|
|Planning Manager||Janit Llewellyn||804-751-4482|
|Senior Office Assistant, Construction||Carol Blair||804-717-6030|
Parks Planning and Construction Projects
Beulah Park Development
The proposed development plan (PDF) includes improvements to the existing diamond field, rectangular fields, cricket pitch and batting cage, and loop path. New developments include lighting for all fields, futsal, tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, restroom/picnic shelter, playground, neighborhood connector path, and a picnic area with a shade structure.
Bikeways and Trails Plan
Planning, in partnership with other Chesterfield County departments and Sports Backers, began working on the first Bikeways and Trails Plan in January 2014. This plan is the framework to create a system of trails and bicycle and pedestrian facilities along roads and will promote healthy lifestyles by providing safe and accessible routes on which to bike, walk and run. The Bikeways and Trail Plan is a Phase II implementation step of the comprehensive plan.
Cogbill Community Park Master Plan
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 Parks and Recreation master plan. The address of this property is:
6700 Cogbill Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Parks and Recreation held 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 are available below. Questions and comments will be received throughout the development of the master plan.
Community Meeting - Jan. 31, 2018
- Cogbill Park - Public Meeting One Invitation Notice - January 31, 2018 (PDF)
- Cogbill Park - Presentation and Meeting Discussion Documents (PDF)
- Cogbill Park - Summary Notes from Public Meeting One - January 31, 2018 (PDF)
Community Meeting - May 16, 2018
- Cogbill Park - Public Meeting Two Invitation Notice (PDF)
- Cogbill Park - Future Property Map (PDF)
- Cogbill Park - Summary Notes from Public Meeting Two - May 16, 2018 (PDF)
Community Meeting - Nov. 7, 2018
- Cogbill Park - Public Meeting Three Invitation Notice (PDF)
- Cogbill Park - Proposal Map (PDF)
- Cogbill Park - Concept Map with Photos (PDF)
- Cogbill Park - Summary Notes from Public Meeting Three - Nov. 7, 2018 (PDF)
- Cogbill Park - Presentation - Nov. 7, 2018 (PDF)
Community Meeting - May 5, 2022
Fairgrounds Park Master Plan
The Fairgrounds Park Master Plan (PDF) determines the highest and best use of this 78-acre property owned by Chesterfield County. The public process for master plan development engages the community in public meetings, a Technical Advisory Board and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission to determine potential park uses. The address of the property is:
The adopted plan provides a basis for further study to include an economic feasibility study, phasing based on economic study and a cost assessment for implementation.
Community Meeting - Aug. 1, 2019
- Presentation - 5-28-19 (PDF)
- Presentation to Technical Advisory Committee - 7-18-19 (PDF)
- Concept Map D (PDF)
- Summary Notes (PDF)
Community Meeting - Nov. 18, 2019
Technical Advisory Committee - Jan. 31, 2020
Public Meeting - March 5, 2020
Ficke Park Proposed Project
The proposed Ficke Park, located at 7020 Conifer Road, received public input at the community meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 10. View the Dale District Park Projects presentation (PDF) for plan recommendations.
Harrowgate Park Relocation
The new elementary school will be located at the existing Harrowgate Park. Parks and Recreation has prepared a conceptual development plan (PDF) to replace park facilities in three ways:
- Area B - Construct a new access driveway and new parking lot to serve the rear of the current park. Access will be from Harrow Drive.
- Area C - Upgrade existing sports fields at Carver Middle School to include lighting, restroom and circulation system. Access via school parking.
- Area D - Purchase and develop 26 acres, adjacent to the park and accessed from 4000 Cougar Trail, to include trails, picnic area, shelter, restroom, playground and open play area.
Community Meeting - Sept. 11, 2018
Henricus Historical Park and Dutch Gap Conservation Area
Access project with Dominion Energy.
Henricus Historical Park
Annual maintenance and renovation work.
Historic Point of Rocks House Renovation Study
Historic 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 1,800 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.
Phase I for the house will include weatherizing the exterior of the home: windows, siding, foundation and caulking. New natural trail will be developed and vistas at both historical points/overlooks to preserve view of the river.
Horner Park Improvements
Work will begin soon on the first phase of development at Irvin G. Horner Park, located off of Genito Road behind Clover Hill Athletic Complex. This work will include construction of:
- Access road - under repair due to hurricane damage
- Designing a bridge to replace existing aging bridge
- Irrigation for all fields
- Parking lot
- Paved 10-foot width loop trail
- Restroom facilities
James River Conservation Area Trail Segment
Parks and Recreation Department is seeking recreational trails program funding for a segment of James River Conservation Area trails. For more information, contact Stuart Connock by email, call 804-314-7815 or review the following documents:
Neighborhood Bike and Pedestrian Connectivity Study
In 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:
- Bridges or culverts to safely cross streams or roads
- Neighborhood byways, or roads with low volume and low speeds and other features to give bicyclists priority
- Pedestrian actuated signals at strategic intersections
- Short shared use paths for pedestrians and bicyclists between existing neighborhoods, at cul-de-sacs, stub roads or across environmental features like a stream
- Signed bicycle and pedestrian routes along low-volume and low-speed roads
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.
The Stratton Trail is being constructed in conjunction with VDOT and is at 60% design phase. This project is limited to pedestrian improvements along Ridgedale Parkway and within Stratton Park. A sidewalk constructed along Ridgedale Parkway will be within VDOT Right of Way. Within Stratton Park, the proposed shared-use path identified in the County Bikeways and Trails plan will be maintained by Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation.
Trailblazer Replacement Project
Phases II, III, and IV - Replacement and addition of trail markers county-wide.
Ware Bottom Church Battlefield Park Acquisition
Expansion of the current park will enhance preservation of this site for nationally significant historical interpretation. The new acquisition will add 53 acres to the existing 10-acre park. The future park will provide interpretive trails, passive recreation and an area for parking.
Bicycle and pedestrian facilities are planned along Old Bermuda Hundred Road as part of Chesterfield's Bikeways and Trails Plan.
|Bensley Park||Redevelopment of rectangular field and installation of irrigation system|
|Beulah Recreation Center||Former Beulah Elementary will be renovated into a recreation center and the Parks and Recreation administration office|
|Bon Air Pedestrian Trail||Partnership with Transportation|
|Falling Creek Ironworks Park||Completion of trail system|
|Government Center Trail||Additions and renovation with Transportation|
|Harrowgate Park Phase II||Renovation of parking lots, fields and pedestrian flow areas; new entrance construction|
|Henricus Historical Park||Annual maintenance and renovation work; tool barn repair|
|Historic Point of Rocks||Renovation of Strachan House|
|Horner Park||Metal storage building for District 5 office; field upgrades, installation of irrigation and water line connection; swinging bridge for trail system and restroom|
|Midlothian Village Park||Addition of parking lot|
|River City Sportsplex||EMS sign for entrance off Genito Road to include trailblazer signs on all main ways to get there|
|Stratton Trail||Partnership with Transportation|
|Trailblazer Signage||Replacement and addition of trail markers county-wide|
|Bensley Park||Renovation and addition to parking lot|
|Bensley Recreation Center||Renovations to interior of building|
|Bensley Trail System||Built trail system|
|Dodd Park||Shelter replacement with ADA ramp|
|Dutch Gap Conservation Area||Kayak storage and Outdoor Adventure building|
|Ettrick Park||Replacement of shelter|
|Henricus Historical Park||Floating dock repairs|
|Thomas Dale Connector Trail||Completed connector trail|
|Woolridge Elementary and Red Fern Connector Trail||Electrical power supplied to boathouse|