About Parks and Recreation

Recreation Opportunities, Experiences and Partnerships

Parks and Recreation enhances the quality of life for citizens and visitors by offering recreation opportunities, experiences and partnerships. Read the strategic action plan (PDF) for upcoming projects and department goals, review the annual report (fiscal year 2021) (PDF) to learn more about recent accomplishments, awards and highlighted events, and view the master plan.

View the rules and regulations regarding the use of Parks and Recreation parks and facilities and read our code of conduct (PDF) and co-sponsored groups code of conduct (PDF).

Cooperative Extension

Cooperative Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension provides programs and information covering the broad areas of agriculture, families and 4-H. Chesterfield Cooperative Extension proudly offer programs such as diet and nutrition education, financial management, gardening and lawn care, and youth camps and clubs to help maintain and improve the quality of our environment.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (PRAC) is a panel of county citizens who will act as a liaison between the public, the Board of Supervisors and County Administration. The commission will review public input concerning parks and recreation facility development and programs and will work closely with Parks and Recreation to advise on long-range planning, policy, direction and other critical issues.


Administrative Offices




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Conservation and Environmental Protection

Parks and Recreation manages over 1,700 acres in five conservation areas. Learn more about the county's environmental stewardship efforts.

Environmental Awards

  • 2019 NACPRO Trails and Corridors Award: Relic River Boardwalk at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area
  • 2019 NACPRO Environmental/Conservation Award: James River Conservation Area
  • 2019 Virginia Treasures Designation from the Virginia Secretary for Natural Resources: James River Conservation Area
  • 2019 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Gold Medal: Dutch Gap Relic River Trail and Water Access
  • 2018 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Small Project Award from the US Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement: Mid-Lothian Mines Park
  • 2018 NACPRO Trails and Corridors Award: Dodd Park Trails Renovation
  • 2016 VRPS Best New Renovation - Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways and Trails: Dodd Park Trails Renovation
  • 2010 VRPS Best New Facility - Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways and Trails: John J. Radcliffe Appomattox River Conservation Area Trail