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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.  Demographic information about the Donaldson Run neighborhood can be found here.

DRCA is an active civic association that 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.  Additional information regarding membership 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

Next Meeting:

Check back in early 2024 for details about our next membership meeting. 

The Cherrydale Farmers Market  is closed for the season.

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DRCA Advocacy-Recent DRCA Correspondence with Arlington County about topics of interest in the neighborhood:

Plan Langston Blvd- October 13,2023, letter to County Board and November 11, 2023, remarks to County Board.

Hamm MS Boundaries-September 11, 2023, letter to School Board Members

Lot coverage reform- August 11, 2023, document submitted to County Board

Forestry and Natural Resources Plan-June 28, 2023, letter to County Manager

Pickleball at Marcey Park-June 16, 2023, letter to Department of Parks and Recreation

Reagan National Airport-June 12, 2023, letter to US Congressional members 

Deer Management-letter of February 22, 2023, to Dept of Parks and Recreation

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President's Letter:

Bill Richardson (bill@drca.org)

August 2023

I hope you all have had a restful summer, notwithstanding the repeated storms and associated damage.  Lots has been going on affecting our neighborhood these days, which we’ve summarized in the following articles.  You may also be interested in our correspondence with the County and others concerning residential lot coverage, pickleball at Marcey Park, bills to increase flights into Reagan National as they relate to the ongoing airport noise issue, and the County staff’s draft Forestry and Natural Resources Plan.  These may be found on our website at www.drca.org.  The website also includes prior correspondence with the County on Plan Langston Boulevard, which is the subject of a recent draft proposal by County staff discussed in this newsletter and as noted below the principal topic for our October 4 meeting. 

 

We hope you can join us at our second annual Labor Day ice cream social, to be held at Taylor School on Saturday, September 2.  These events provide great opportunities for you and your entire family to meet with your neighbors and bring us up to date on your interests and concerns.   Details are in an article in this newsletter.

 

Our next meeting will again be held at Taylor School at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, with a social half-hour beginning at 7:00.  This meeting will be devoted to a discussion of the highlights of the 177-page draft of the “Langston Boulevard Area Plan,”  released by County staff this summer.  As noted in the accompanying article, this is a plan destined for County Board review that proposes some significant changes to the design of the Langston Boulevard corridor, including the Lee Heights Shops (Area 3) and the Lyon Village Shopping Center (Area 5).   Because of the draft’s implications for building height and layout, parking and transportation, public spaces, and infrastructure needs along this corridor important to DRCA residents, we have invited speakers with three different perspectives to address the proposal and to answer your questions:  County staff, the Arlingtonians for Our Sustainable Future (ASF), and the Langston Boulevard Alliance.  This last organization is a nonprofit organization funded the County and headquartered at Lee Heights, which has been active in the development of the proposal.  It is comprised of representatives of neighborhoods and local businesses as well as other interested groups.    

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