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 especially if you are new to the neighborhood, sign up for DRCA's Email List at drca-group+subscribe@groups.io


NEWS-May 23, 2022

Read DRCA's letter to the County Board regarding Spout Run stormwater mitigation here.

NEWS- December 22, 2022

Donaldson Run Holiday Decorating Contest Winners have been announced and they are:

Best Inflatable Display: 3963 26th Street, N.

Best Lights: 2611 Marcey Road

Best Doorway: 2322 Stafford Street

Best “Griswold” (most humorous): 2448 Utah Street

Best Traditional: 2541 Vermont Street

Best Block/Cul-de-sac/Intersection or Street: 26th Street, North between Yorktown Boulevard and Wakefield Street

Best Tree: 2737 Wakefield Street

Judges’ Choice: 2321 Utah Street

Thanks for all who participated!

NEWS-September 27, 2021

Read DRCA's letter to the County Board about the deer population problem in Arlington here.

NEWS-September 13, 2021

Read DRCA's response of July 2, 2021, regarding Plan Lee Highway's preliminary designs/proposals here.

NEWS-January 18, 2021

Links to recent information about the Tributary B stream restoration: 

Field Report December 2020

County Response to Field Report-January 2021

County web site for the project

NEWS-February 2, 2020

Read DRCA's letter to County Board about zoning ordinance issue (large tall houses, lot coverage, loss of trees etc.) here.


The next DRCA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30pm. A social half hour begins at 7:00. The agenda includes DRCA elections, Potomac Overlook Park and a discussion of the County's "missing middle" housing initiative.  Additional information about the meeting can be seen here.

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President's Letter

Bill Richardson


May 2022


We hope you will be able to attend our last membership meeting before the beginning of the new school year.  It will be held at Taylor School at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8.  Our primary focus will be to describe the County’s current “missing middle” housing initiative and get your views on it, so that we can present the County Board with those views in time for their consideration at the Board’s July monthly meeting.  More on that in the accompanying article by Charlie Henkin on page 5. 


We will also hear a brief presentation by the current manager of Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Rachel Doody, about priorities and upcoming programs at the park.  Living in the house closest to the park, I know that it has become a great refuge to many of us during the past two years living with COVID.


I also want to urge you to complete the Survey Monkey survey that will soon be coming your way.  It’s designed to update our Neighborhood Conservation (NC) Plan, now over 20 years old, which we use to inform the County of our members’ overall priorities and concerns.  These may include funding for sidewalks and other NC projects in our area, management and operation of our parks and facilities, speeding and traffic concerns, school issues, deer control, Langston Boulevard development, zoning issues, and whatever else interests you.  Many thanks to Amanda Weaver for updating this survey.  We will be sending it out by e-mail, so please be sure we have your e-mail address.  See the article below by Kathy Rehill on how to get us your contact information.  Please complete the survey as soon as you can, so that we will be able to compile the results in preparing our updated NC Plan. 


Finally, in connection with our upcoming DRCA board elections, I want to thank two board members for their long and devoted service as they retire from the board.  Anne Wilson, my predecessor as President for many years, has continued to serve tirelessly on a whole range of issues, including the 26th Street-Old Dominion Task Force, Marymount University liaison, stream restoration issues, traffic concerns, webmaster, and all around go-to person for contact with relevant County staff.   Deirdre Dessingue, our Second Vice President, has been active in DRCA in one capacity or another for decades.  She has been our principal liaison with the Langston Boulevard (formerly Lee Highway) Alliance, represented us on Marymount matters, and been a constant reminder to us of County-wide issues of concern to our members.  Please give Anne and Deirdre your thanks as they head off to a well deserved retirement after looking after the neighborhood’s interests for so many years.