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Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association

The Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) works to improve our neighborhood by connecting, educating and empowering neighbors. 


CHNA Monthly Meetings

Our monthly meetings are typically from January through November on the second Thursday of every month. Meetings are generally held at the Colonial Heights Library (5799 Stockton Blvd). Occasionally meetings are held outdoors in our beloved Colonial Park. Meetings are open to all.


Check the Events page for information on the next CHNA Monthly Meeting.

CHNA Meeting Minutes are available in the CHNA Minutes and Agendas Archives.

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The Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association is organized around Guidelines that were approved in 2018 by the neighborhood after a multi-year effort. These CHNA Guidelines detail the organizational structure and process by which CHNA operates.

CHNA Guidelines (adopted May 2018)

CHNA Guidelines

The History of Recent Neighborhood Associations in Colonial Heights

The Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) was formed in 2010 as a follow up to the Colonial Arts and Recreation Effort (CARE) led for many years by Shirley Johnson and other dedicated neighbors.

In 1981, Shirley Johnson, a resident of Colonial Heights, founded an active neighborhood association called the Colonial Heights Arts and Recreation Effort (CARE) which she lead for over 20 years. The focus of CARE was the safety and security of the neighborhood centered around the park and activities for children and teenagers. This organization ran an after school program, a softball league, and made many improvements to Colonial Park, including the wading pool and the shade structure. The organization dissolved due to many reasons, the primary of which was Johnson’s failing health. 

In 2007, several neighbors joined together and formed the current Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) and created an online forum for the neighborhood.  


During the Great Recession, CHNA organized efforts to tackle vacant houses, absent owners, and squatters, and transient issues at the park. CHNA's primary focus during the downturn was to improve participation in the neighborhood through events such as National Night Out and organizing a Neighborhood Watch. Over time, CHNA continued to add events, such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Neighborhood Yard Sale, Movie Night, and Music Festival.


CHNA also actively participated with city officials around an upgrade of the playground park facilities and changed and expanded the planned remodel. Issues at the park resulted in a neighborhood-wide vote on the disposition of the shade structure, ultimately resulting in a vote to remove all the walls.  


Key neighborhood-wide impacted and permanent projects include this shade structure change, the 103 palm trees planted on San Francisco Boulevard to replace dying trees, and the implementation of street toppers around the neighborhood in the shape of streetcars to reflect the pride and history of Colonial Heights. 

Following the 2020 pandemic, the neigborhood association has worked to host events that bring our community together. Our programming is always family friendly and a great way to get to know your neighbors.

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