About Us

Mission Statement

The Division of Recreation and Parks exists to enhance the quality of life and to foster a sense of well being and community for the citizens of Henrico County. This is accomplished through management of resources and by facilitating leisure services and recreational opportunities in safe and well maintained environments.

Division History

The Division of Recreation & Parks began during the Depression. In 1934, organized summer recreation programs were offered at three schools. From 1940 until 1945, summer recreation (June to September) was supervised and administered under the direction of the Henrico County Welfare Board. In 1945, under the County Manager form of government, the responsibilities of public recreation in the County were delegated to the Superintendent of the Department of Education.

In 1950, Recreation & Parks was transferred to the General Government area and placed under the part time leadership of Mr. Ellett R. McGeorge, Jr. In 1956, Mr. McGeorge was appointed as Director. He held this position until his retirement in 1988. Recreation was recognized as a full time operation in 1969 when the County of Henrico Board of Supervisors voted to create the Division of Recreation and Parks. Three bond referendums, $7.5 million in 1977, $7.1 million in 1989, and $16 million in 2000 have enabled the Division to build a sound foundation through the construction of numerous parks and facilities.

Perceiving the need for more citizen involvement, the County of Henrico Board of Supervisors established the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission in 1976 and the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee in 1990.

Division Fast Facts

The Division has compiled a list of facts including history, budget, facilities, and parks. View the Fast Facts for FY17!



Virginia Recreation & Park Society (VRPS)

  • Best New Program – Blended Voices
  • Most Innovative Marketing Strategy – Elf on the Shelf: Rex Parker


Virginia Recreation & Park Society (VRPS)

  • Best New Special Event – Red, White, & Lights


Virginia Recreation & Park Society (VRPS)

  • Outstanding New Professional Award – Alicia Engels


Virginia Recreation & Park Society (VRPS)

  • Outstanding New Professional Award – Heather Grubb
  • Best New Facility (Parks) – Twin Hickory Park


Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) Award

  • Achievement Award for Museum Collection Management Program Database Documentation


Virginia Recreation & Park Society (VRPS)

  • Outstanding New Professional Award – Aaron Reidmiller
  • President’s Award – Aaron Reidmiller


Virginia Recreation & Parks Society (VRPS)

  • Fellow’s Award – Cindy Jo Daniel
  • President’s Award – Jennifer Snead
  • Best New Facility – Eastern Henrico Recreation Center
  • Best New Renovation/Addition – Virginia Randolph Museum
  • Best Promotional Effort-Specialty – Facility Tour Kiosk


Contact Us

Recreation and Parks

Physical Address
6800 Staples Mill Road
Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 501-7275
Inclement Weather Hotline
(804) 501-5132

(804) 501-5284


Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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