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.  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



Saturday, September 3 at Taylor School Playground from 11am-2pm. For more information, click here.

The Cherrydale Farmers

Market is located at Dorothy

Hamm Middle School,

4100 Vacation Lane.. Hours

of the market are

Saturdays from
8 am until noon..


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.


President's Letter

Bill Richardson


August 2022


Please stop by and say hello at our upcoming Labor Day weekend ice cream party on Saturday, September 3.  We hope to see you at the Taylor School playground, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   We have also invited County Board members to drop by in hopes of giving you a chance to speak with them about any questions you may have.  And we’d like to hear more from you about how we can better serve the DRCA community.


On that note, I again encourage you to take the time to complete the survey we have made available to members, so we can get your take on a variety of topics affecting the DRCA neighborhood.   This will help us inform the County of your overall priorities and concerns, and serves as an important update to the similar survey we conducted over 20 years ago, which formed the basis for our 2000 Neighborhood Conservation (NC) Plan.  See the article in this newsletter about the County’s recently revamped (and renamed) NC program. 


Lots is going on in the County affecting our neighborhood, and I invite you to read the articles in this newsletter addressing these issues.  One is the completion of the stream restoration project for Tributary B of Donaldson Run.  Please be sure to take a stroll through Trib A and Trib B to see the results, beginning or ending (depending on where you start) at the swamp white oak dedicated to late DRCA board member Larry Finch adjacent to Military Road in Zachary Taylor Park. 


Another is the County Board’s consideration of the draft framework released by County staff in April concerning proposed amendments of the Zoning Ordinance to provide for “missing middle” housing.  DRCA and other civic associations have been actively engaged with the County Board in providing input on this proposal, which is now scheduled for Board consideration at the end of this year.  See the articles below, including a summary of the 169 responses we have received from you on our survey of issues related to the proposal.


We have also reached out to staff to renew our prior request for a site visit to discuss the design for the pilot program traffic circle at Military Road and Nelly Custis Drive, and your concerns about that proposal to address traffic and pedestrian and bicycle access to that area.  We have not yet heard back from staff, and plan to follow up with them again.  We expect a decision from the County shortly as to whether to make this traffic circle permanent.  Again, we encourage you to share your views with County staff at https://www.arlingtonva.us/Government/Projects/Project-Types/Transportation-Projects/Military-Road-Safety-Improvements.


Please drop by and say hello on September 3!