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About CRA

In 1974, Canterbury Association and Greater Canterbury Association consolidated to form Canterbury Area Association for the primary purpose of providing recreation facilities for area residents. This group of individuals brought together 175 families willing to invest $350 each to build a pool and tennis recreation center on approximately 25 acres adjacent to the wetlands of Tuckahoe Creek.

These charter members borrowed $82,500 from a local bank and built the pool and tennis courts. In the summer of 1975, the pool and tennis facilities opened for use. In 1984 and 1985 the association changed its name to Canterbury Recreation Association, Inc. to reflect the wider membership of the pool including many new subdivisions in the area.

The pool includes a diving well with diving board and spiral slide. The facility also includes a fenced baby pool with shade awnings; a covered pavilion; ample tables and chairs; a ping pong table; grill for member use; snack bar; bathrooms with changing areas; and six tennis courts (two lighted, one marked with pickleball lines).  Over the years, the membership has continually invested in maintaining and improving the facilities:

2023:   New umbrellas

2022:   Permanent pickleball lines on Tennis Court 5; new water bottle filler; tennis court crack repair and resurfacing; new tennis awnings

2021:   New pumps for main pool and baby pool; new membership software and website; new tablets to expedite check-in and snack bar transactions; deck and snack bar repairs; new tennis court locks; installation of temporary pickleball court markings to gauge member interest

2020:   New diving board; repairs to tennis pavilion

2019:   Pool re-plastered; new LED lighting on lower tennis courts; new trash cans; new security cameras

2018:   New decking by the snack bar; new deck railings; shed painted and refurbished; replaced deck drainage

2017:   New lighting, ceiling fans, and picnic tables in the Snack Bar pavilion; new gas grills; new check-in system; improvements to sound system; upgraded electrical in main pavilion; improved parking lot lighting

2016:   New pool furniture; significant tennis court repairs; ball wall refurbished and repainted

2015:   New diving board

2013:   New pool slide

2010:   Main pool and baby pool re-plastered

2011:   Bathroom renovations; new doors and paint on clubhouse; new pool filters.

2009:   Replaced pavilion decking and enhanced drainage; new umbrellas

2007:   Extension of west side decking; snack bar renovations; bathroom renovations; new outdoor speaker system

2006:   Upper tennis courts resurfaced and repainted; new tennis backboard; new retaining wall around the tennis courts; professional landscaping of the grounds around the tennis courts; redesign of front entrance to include a ramp and new steps

2005:   Pavilion repairs; new furniture; concrete decking redone; new fencing; upgraded electrical system for pool and tennis courts

2000:   Tennis court renovation

1997:   Bathhouse renovations

We thank you for your membership, and we look forward to continually creating a better Canterbury Recreation Association for its current and future members.




Canterbury Recreation Association: 1300 Pump Road, Henrico, VA  23238

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