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​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the DRCA Web Site!

Welcome to the Donaldson Run Civic Association web site! This site has been created to provide information about DRCA to our neighbors.  Located in Arlington, Virginia, the boundaries of the Donaldson Run Neighborhood can be seen on this map. 

DRCA is an active civic association that is engaged in community affairs. The organization is administered by elected volunteers.  DRCA is not affiliated with any political or religious organizations. Our goals are to:

  • Promote information sharing about issues affecting the neighborhood
  • Provide leadership and advocacy about neighborhood interests
  • Preserve and enhance the assets of the neighborhood
  • Promote a sense of community

Membership:  If you live in the neighborhood, you can become a member of DRCA by paying dues which are $15 annually.  The membership application can be found here.

Community Bulletin Board/Email List:  If you live in the neighborhood and want to be kept up to date on the news, sign up for DRCA's Community Bulletin Board (CBB) here.

President's letter-January 2018: 

I hope you all had a good holiday season and that you and your houses have made it through the bitter January cold OK.  I encourage all of you to come to our next DRCA membership meeting, which will be held on February 7 at Taylor School.   As usual, the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., with our social half hour beginning at 7:00. 

We are delighted to have as one of our guests at our upcoming meeting the County Board's newly appointed  Chair, Katie Cristol.   Katie was elected to the Board in 2015.  She serves on the Joint Subcommittee on Facilities of the School and County Boards, represents Arlington on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, and is Co-Chair of Project PEACE, an interagency collaboration to address domestic and sexual violence in our community. 

In her opening address as Chair of the County Board last month, Katie identified as one of her principal goals for 2018 an engagement  on the "Middle Middle," a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes.  One area for study is the "taper" of development that transitions from denser, transit-rich areas to single family neighborhoods (such as DRCA).   Two other of Katie's priorities will be returning Metro to sound footing, and making childcare more accessible.   The kickoff meeting for the Child Care Initiative will be held at Central Library on January 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Prior to her tenure on the County Board, Katie served on the County's Commission on the Status of Women and was appointed by the School Board and the Randolph PTA as the school's liaison to the School Board's Advisory Council on Instruction.  Katie is an education policy advisor, partnering with district, states and nonprofits across the U.S. on strategic planning, resource allocation and community engagement. 

We have also asked Jill Barker, a member of the board of Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE), to speak at our February meeting about the many programs and services ACE provides to our community.  ACE was founded in 1978 by the County's Department of Public Works, and today serves as a volunteer organization focusing on local environmental issues including green living, litter, and invasive plants, with additional programs in the areas of watershed resources and schoolyard education.
I look forward to seeing you on February 7.        ​

Bill Richardson ​   


​Upcoming DRCA Meetings:

The next DRCA meeting will be on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:30pm. when County Board Chair, Katie Cristol, will be our featured speaker.  We will also have a presentation about Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE).

The meeting will be at Taylor Elementary School.  A social half hour with light refreshments begins at 7:00.