Parks and Recreation 50th Anniversary

It’s our 50th anniversary. Join the 'Far Out Fun' with us!

Share Your Stories

Let us know if you grew up in Chesterfield in the 1970’s and participated in parks and recreation activities, including sports, special events, camps and more, share your vintage photos, stories, and contacts with us.  Email Parks and Recreation using the subject line: 50th Anniversary. We can't wait to hear from you!

50th Anniversary Painted Rock Hunt50 painted rocks

To celebrate 50 years of FAR OUT FUN, the Parks and Recreation Department is hiding 50 painted rocks in the parks. The hunt will take place during July, which is also national Park and Recreation Month. Residents are invited to visit the parks starting July 1 and search for the rocks. Each rock will have a QR code linking to the instructions (below) on how to redeem the rock for a 50th anniversary prize.

Prizes are limited to one per person. So, if you find more than one rock, please re-hide it for someone else to find. Also, be mindful of the natural environment of the park and any boundaries.

TO REDEEM: If you find a rock, bring it to one of these locations to claim your prize. You will be asked for the location and the park name where you found the rock.

  • Parks and Recreation administrative office – 12140 Harrowgate Road, Chester
  • Bensley Recreation Center – 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road, North Chesterfield
  • Ettrick Recreation Center – 20621 Woodpecker Road, South Chesterfield
  • Stonebridge Recreation Center – 230 Karl Linn Drive, North Chesterfield

Hunt for painted rocks during the month of July at:

  • Bensley Park
  • Daniel Park at Iron Bridge
  • Dodd Park at Point of Rocks
  • Ettrick Park
  • Goyne Park
  • Horner Park
  • Huguenot Park
  • Matoaca Park
  • River City Sportsplex
  • Robious Landing Park
  • Rockwood Park

Where Were You?

Take a look back at the world in "Snapshot of 1971", the fad's, fashion, movies, tv shows and world events.

1971 Snapshot


Parks and Recreation - Directors Past and PresentCarl Wise

On April 14, 1971, Carl Wise, the first Director for the Parks and Recreation Department was hired in Chesterfield County. Since then, parks and recreation in the county has changed and grown significantly. 

Phil Hester

Phil Hester

1978-1986

M.D. Pete Stith, Jr.

M.D Pete Stith, Jr.

1986-1992

Mike Golden

Mike Golden

1993-2016

Mike Golden Parks Chief

Dr. James Worsley

Dr. James Worsley

2016-2020

Bob Smet

Bob Smet

2020 - Current