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The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities commissions compose a formal system through which citizens can advise City Council on issues affecting the City. All meetings are open to the public. Position vacancies are advertised in the local newspapers and through civic associations. For a list of vacancies, to submit an application or for additional information, call the Department of Communications and Public Information at 703.746.4800 or by visiting the Communications and Public Information website.


Alexandria Park & Recreation Commission

The Park and Recreation Commission is an eleven-member advisory unit established by City Council in March 1970. The Commission advises City Council in matters relating to parkland, recreation and culture, and participates in planning recreational activities and services through its advice to Council, and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. The members of the Park and Recreation Commission are selected to represent one of the three Park Districts in the City and two youth representatives. The Commission meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm. For additional information call 703.746.5500.

The members of the Park and Recreation Commission are selected to represent one of the three Park Districts in the City. 

Planning District I 

Gina Baum 

William Cromley 

Catherine Poulin  

Planning District II 

Jennifer Atkins, Co-Chair  

Stephen Beggs

Ripley Forbes 

Planning District III

Richard A. Brune 

Brian McPherson 

Judith Coleman, Co-Chair

Youth Representatives

Alexis Browand  

Emma Schutzius  




Alexandria Commission for the Arts

Celebrating the Arts in Alexandria 

The mission of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts is to lead and advocate for cultural development within the City and surrounding region. The Commission fulfills this mission through offering funding for community arts programs; arts education partnerships with both Alexandria's public and private schools and neighborhood recreation centers, and collaborations in marketing the City's arts events and arts organizations. The Commission has 16 members who are appointed to three-year terms by City Council. Members are appointed to represent arts consumers; expertise in dance, literature, music, theater, and visual arts; and expertise in arts education, business or marketing. The Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. The public is welcome. For membership information, click here.

For additional information about the Alexandria arts community, or to learn more about the Alexandria Commission for the Arts programs and services, call 703.746.5588 or visit Arts in Alexandria.



Alexandria Beautification Commission


The Beautification Commission is a twelve-member advisory unit that represents citizens' values in City beautification matters and coordinates projects to encourage and achieve beautification. The Commission sponsors the Alexandria Beautification Commission Awards each year. The Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm. For additional information call, 703.746.5500. For membership information, click here. If you would like to contact us, please send your note to:

The Alexandria Beautification Commission
P. O. Box 178
Alexandria, VA 22313

For additional information on the Beautification Commission, click here.




Alexandria Waterfront Commission

The purpose of the Alexandria Waterfront Commission is to advise the City Council and staff on issues related to Alexandria's historic Potomac River waterfront, and advise on implementation of the Waterfront Small Area Plan. The Commission is composed of 21 members representing a particular neighborhood, community organization, or City committee. The Commission was established by City Council on April 14, 2012, and replaces the Waterfront Committee, which was founded in 1989. The Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am at City Hall Sister Cities Conference Room, 301 King Street, unless otherwise indicated on the agenda.  For membership information, click here.


1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6344

Office Hours
8 am - 5 pm

James B. Spengler