RPCA Commissions

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.

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For a list of vacancies, to submit an application or for additional information, visit Boards & Commissions.

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 Planning Districts in the City. 

Planning District I 

Planning District II 

Planning District III

Youth Representatives

Alexandria Commission for the Arts

The role of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts is to advise City Council with regard to policies that will strengthen the arts and further public access to the arts and cultural matters identified by the City Council; To establish and periodically review criteria and standards for arts grant applications for city funds and accountability for the use of such funds; the allocation from such funds to eligible organizations and activities as may be appropriated by the city council for such purpose; To review the public art annual work plan as developed by the office of the arts and a work plan task force and make recommendations to the city council as part of the budget process; To review and approve public art project plans for specific public art projects, and to review and approve artist selection and concept development; To create committees and task forces, as necessary, to focus on public art project development and artist selection; To review proposals for donations of public art and commemorative art and make recommendations to the City Council; To collaborate with the Office of the Arts on public art project evaluations; and to support public communication and outreach as related to the arts and; to serve as citizen liaisons to city planning initiatives when public art is involved.

Commission members are required to become involved in various art projects/events throughout the City and serve on one committee or task force. Approximately twelve hours per month are required of Commission members.

The Commission meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.   

  • 4 Members shall have expertise in the arts, including, but not limited to, arts educators, professional practitioners of various art disciplines and professional administrators working in the arts
  • 3 Members shall have specific expertise in visual arts either as professional practitioners of visual art, curators of visual art, or as professional arts administrators currently working in the field
  • 3 Members shall represent the public at large, as arts consumers or participants
  • 3 Members shall be professionals in fields relevant to arts and cultural development, including cultural planning, marketing, finance, funding, tourism, promotion, non profit organizational development, and real estate development
  • 2 Members shall be professionals in the field related to the visual appearance of the cityscape, such as architecture, environmental design, landscape architecture or urban design
  • 1 Member shall be a student who resides in the City and attends a high school located in the City of Alexandria

For membership information, visit Boards & Commissions..

For additional information about the Commission for the Arts, click here.

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, visit Boards & Commissions. If you would like to contact us, please send your note to:

The Alexandria Beautification Commission
2900-A Business Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22314

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, visit Boards & Commissions.