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.
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.
- Bensley Recreation Center
- Mayes-Colbert Ettrick Recreation Center
- Rockwood Nature Center
- Stonebridge Recreation Center
- All County Parks: Hours are dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted or activities are scheduled.
- Henricus Historical Park
Out of the Park
View or subscribe to Out of the Park, the Parks and Recreation monthly department newsletter.
View the Touching Base newsletter archive, which provides a snapshot of the weekly activities of Parks and Recreation.
Groups and individuals may donate or adopt park components to honor individuals, agencies or organizations or to memorialize loved ones. Donation and/or adoption options include, but are not limited to – benches, trees, monuments, plaques, park amenities and flower beds. Parks and Recreation staff will work with donors to ensure the donated item will be consistent with Parks and Recreation values and beneficial to all recreational users. No offensive language, commercial advertisements or other proposals inconsistent with the goals of this program will be accepted. Parks and Recreation will have the final decision-making authority regarding the design and location of the proposed donated item. To submit a donation request, review and complete the donation application (PDF).
Full Time Opportunities
- Administrative positions
- History programs
- Management positions
- Nature programs
- Older Adults Programs
- Outdoor Adventure leadership
- Parks Maintenance workers
- Recreation Center management
- Special Events
- Therapeutic Recreation programs
- Facility Supervision
- Seasonal Parks Maintenance workers
- Sports Facility Supervision
- Summer Camp leadership
Learn more about county opportunities by visiting Community Engagement and Volunteerism's Volunteer Services page. To volunteer for Parks and Recreation, complete the Parks and Recreation volunteer application (PDF).
- Bensley Recreation Center: Contact Kate Sheehan
- Brown and Williamson Conservation Area and Dutch Gap Conservation Area: Contact Mark Battista
- Eagle Scout Projects: Contact Mark Battista
- Ettrick Recreation Center: Contact Tiffani Davis
- Henricus Historical Park: Contact Charlie Grant
- Historical Programs and Sites: Contact Bryan Truzzie
- Older Adult Programs: Contact Tonya Leabough
- Outdoor Recreation Programs: Contact Greg Velzy
- Parks Sites: Contact Stan Thorne
- Rockwood Nature Center: Contact Coline Hay
- Summer Camp Counselor in Training: Contact Ericka Bynum
- Special Events: Contact Vicki Kiger
- Therapeutic Recreation: Contact Jessie Honaker
Volunteer Monument Hall of Fame
The Volunteer Monument Hall of Fame program seeks to recognize outstanding volunteer service which supports the mission of the Parks and Recreation Department. To apply, view the Volunteer Monument Hall of Fame guidelines (PDF) and complete the application (PDF).
Essential Eligibility Requirements
Essential Eligibility Requirements ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for individuals both with and without disabilities. The requirements outline general prerequisite skills regarding safety, endurance, behaviors, personal care and medical issues. Essential Eligibility Requirements will be sent out with the Participant Profile (PDF). If an individual cannot meet all the requirements, the Therapeutic Recreation staff will assist in finding a more suitable program.
We invite individuals with disabilities to take part in any course listed in the department program guide. To ensure an individual's success in a program, staff known as inclusion coaches will be available to provide assistance. The Therapeutic Recreation staff provide assistance based on reasonable accommodations, which are determined on a case-by-case basis. Please give us at least three weeks notice prior to the course or program start date to make reasonable accommodations.
The Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department provides opportunities and recreation programs that are open and accessible to all citizens in the county regardless of race, color, nationality, age, sex, religion, socioeconomic status or level of physical or intellectual ability.
Park and activity attendance constitutes consent for use of any photographs, video, recordings or any other record of the attended event that includes an individual's likeness for any legitimate purpose by Chesterfield County.