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.

DRCA 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.

Next meeting:

DRCA will meet on October 2, 2019 at the new Dorothy Hamm Middle School.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 with a social half hour that starts at 6:30.  For more information check here.

Link to OD-26th St Task Force here




For the upcoming November 5 election, DRCA and neighboring civic associations are co-hosting a candidate forum on Wednesday, October 16, at St. Agnes Parish Hall, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  All four candidates for the two County Board positions on the ballot have accepted our invitation.   Also participating will be School Board Member Reid Goldstein and Delegate Rip Sullivan, both of whom are unopposed for reelection. 


St. Agnes is located at 1910 N. Randolph Street, just off Lee Highway south of Koons Arlington Toyota.   Many thanks to Cherrydale Citizens Association for arranging this forum.


We hope to see you there.   

President's Letter

September 2019

Bill Richardson

I hope DRCA members had a relaxing summer.   To celebrate the opening of the new Dorothy Hamm Middle School, we will be having our next membership meeting at a special location --  the multipurpose room/cafeteria at Hamm MS -- on Wednesday October 2.  To accommodate a full schedule, we will begin our traditional social half-hour a bit earlier than usual, at 6:30 p.m.  Our formal program will begin at 7 p.m., with a welcome from Ellen Smith, principal of the new school.  I want to thank the many of you who have devoted time over the years to various committees and task forces planning for the Hamm opening, and invite all of you to come check out what the new school looks like.


Following remarks from Principal Smith, we plan to conclude our October 2 meeting with two very well known speakers, offering different perspectives on the hotly debated issues of population density and housing supply facing Arlington County in the coming years.  Peter Rousselot is a former Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, who has examined these and related issues facing the County in his weekly column “Peter’s Take” for ArlNow.  Michelle Winters has served for three years as Executive Director of the Alliance for Housing Solutions, a nonprofit organization working to increase the supply of affordable housing in Arlington County.  She has devoted her career to housing policy issues, and previously served on Arlington’s Housing Commission.


In addition to the opening of Hamm MS, lots is going on that affects you as a DRCA member.  We expect that the County Board will soon be taking up the recommendations of the 26th and Old Dominion Task Force for uses of that space.  The articles in this newsletter and information on our website (www.drca.org) and our e-mail postings (drca@yahoogroups.com) will highlight some additional upcoming events we hope you will take advantage of, including the following:


October 3:  County staff meeting to get input for design proposals for renovation of Marcey Park


October 16:  candidates night jointly hosted by DRCA and neighboring civic associations


November 2:  Lee Highway Community Forum meeting


Finally, don’t forget the Marymount Farmers Market offerings on Saturday mornings.


I hope to see you soon.    

Bill Richardson






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