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 Email List here.


NEWS-December 23, 2020

The results of the first DRCA holiday light contest are in, and the neighborhood ​is really decked out this year. Thanks to all who participated. You can see the winning entries here.

NEWS-December 7, 2020

DRCA has a new email service and will stop using yahoo groups effective December 13, 2020.  To sign up for the new email list, send an email to:  drca-group+subscribe@groups.io


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.


President's Letter

Bill Richardson


I hope you have all been coping as well as possible during the past six months of social distancing, face masks, teleworking, school and other closings since our last meeting on February 5.  Much has changed for all of us, and it’s been said that COVID (like the Spanish flu a hundred years ago) may also make for some permanent differences in our lives even after its demise.  One may be the increased use of virtual meetings.  Given the current situation, we will be trying out the use of Microsoft Teams for a video version for our next meeting, on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m.  We are hoping that this will provide a more convenient way for many DRCA members to participate in our events, and look forward to your feedback on how it goes.  Please take a look at instructions in this newsletter for how to download and use Teams to join the meeting.


Our first item of business will be to conduct our election for two-year terms for the new slate of DRCA board members.  Pursuant to our constitution and by-laws, we have included in this newsletter a proposed slate of nominees for your consideration at the meeting.


Next on our agenda is to seek your approval for County funding for a second Neighborhood Conservation (NC) Program project.  This is a step required by the County to apply for funding, which would be to add a sidewalk on the residential side of 26th Street, a major commuter cut-through, between Wakefield and Vermont Streets.  Amanda Weaver, a resident on that block, will be presenting the proposal for your consideration.  This would be second in our queue of NC projects, behind improvements on 23rd Street between Vacation and Lorcom Lane.


Our principal speaker for the October 7 meeting will be Samia Byrd, Deputy County Manager and Chief Race and Equity Officer for the County.  Ms. Byrd has served as Deputy County Manager for three years, and previously served as a Principal Planner in the County’s Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development.  Earlier in her career, she held a research position with the Urban Land Institute, and now serves on ULI’s Urban Plan Steering Committee.  Ms. Byrd holds a Master’s Degree from Georgia Tech, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia.


Ms. Byrd’s portfolio as Deputy County Manager includes planning, housing, neighborhood services, historic preservation, zoning, and inspection services.  Her appointment in July as Chief Race and Equity Officer also charges her with leading the County’s work to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion throughout Arlington County.  She has been assigned a pivotal role in developing and implementing a Countywide Racial Equity Action Plan.  This will be a timely opportunity for all of us to hear from Ms. Byrd, and for her to get feedback from DRCA residents, on the challenges of working together across a very diverse County population to improve opportunity, access and quality of life for all. 


Please join us to welcome Ms. Byrd on October 7 and help reinitiate our DRCA meetings over Teams.      





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