Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Director Michael S. Golden announced recently his plans to retire, effective April 1. His career with the county has... Parks and Recreation Director Michael Golden Announces Retirement

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Director Michael S. Golden announced recently his plans to retire, effective April 1. His career with the county has spanned nearly 37 years, including serving as parks and recreation director since 1992.

Golden_MikeUnder Golden’s leadership, the county has seen significant progress with the facilities for youth sports, historical sites and conservation areas on the James and Appomattox rivers. The county parks system has grown to accommodate more than five million visitors a year. Through his philosophy of working with regional partners, the county has also experienced an increase in sports tourism.

“Mike is clearly passionate about Chesterfield County and has devoted his entire career to public service,” said Sarah Snead, deputy county administrator for human services. “He leaves a strong legacy of strengthening the parks and recreation system beyond what we could have even imagined years ago. That work is positively impacting hundreds of thousands of people each year. It has been a privilege and pleasure to work with Mike and his staff over the years, and he will be greatly missed.”

Chesterfield has seen an expansion of bikeways and trails throughout the county parks system. The Parks and Recreation Department offers numerous programs in history, nature, outdoor adventure, summer camps, youth sports and 50-plus active lifestyles with more than 220,000 people yearly participating. Most recently, Golden has been actively involved with the acquisition of land to create a conservation area and historical park at Falling Creek on the James River.

“I couldn’t be more proud of all that the Parks and Recreation Department has done to make Chesterfield County a great place to live and raise a family,” Golden said. “I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to grow my career as well as a park system that residents of the county can enjoy.”

  • Barbara Ross

    June 14, 2016 #1 Author

    Mike, I’m so proud of all you have done for my Chesterfield County!! If you remember, back in 1979, you and your family bought my home on Salem Church Road as we prepared to move to Florida… The years have been good to us all and continued good luck in whatever comes your way. Please tell the Family hello and that I think of you all quite often. All of loved ones are here in Port Charlote with me!! I’m a very luck woman as I am knocking on the door of 84!!!! Sincerely, Barbara Ross

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