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Posted on: October 11, 2021

Parks and Recreation Department Celebrates 50 years

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation has been celebrating 50 years of providing quality parks, facilities and activities to Chesterfield residents and visitors throughout 2021. To commemorate this milestone, residents are invited to a drop-in celebration at the Stonebridge Recreation Center, 230 Karl Linn Drive, on Thursday, Oct. 21, noon-3 p.m. The free event will feature food, music, photo displays, giveaways, and activities. The theme is 50 years of FAR OUT FUN! More details about this event and the last 50 years can be found at www.chesterfield.gov/parks50th.

Do you have a favorite memory at a Chesterfield County park or a favorite activity you participated in over the years? Parks and Recreation wants to hear from you! Citizens who grew up in Chesterfield in the 1970’s are encouraged to celebrate this special occasion by sharing their involvement in parks and recreation activities, including sports, special events, camps and more. Submit your memory, photo, or story to parksrec@chesterfield.gov

The department was formed on April 14, 1971, when the first Parks and Recreation director was named by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. At that time, the county’s population was less than 80,000, and the Parks and Recreation Department consisted of the director, a part-time secretary, and some maintenance assistance from other county departments. Ballfields were available for play, but there were no county parks until the development of Rockwood Park in 1975.

Since then, the department has grown significantly increasing the number of parks, the number of programs offered, and the number of staff employed. Today, Parks and Recreation currently maintains over 5,100 acres of parkland, 41 miles of trails, and 59 parks which welcome over 6 million visitors each year.

In addition to parks, the department organizes events and programs throughout the year for residents and visitors of all ages and interests. Annually, more than 310,000 citizens take part in athletic programs, special events, outdoor adventure and nature programs, therapeutic recreation programs, historical interpretations, youth programs and camps, and activities for older adults.

More information about Parks and Recreation’s 50th anniversary, including other important milestones can be found at www.chesterfield.gov/parks50th.  

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