Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association
The Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) works to improve our neighborhood by connecting, educating and empowering neighbors.
In 2023, the Association will meet from January through November on the second Wednesday 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.
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.
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.