Friday, February 7, 2020

Winter Events at Four Mile Run

Belted kingfisher (male). Photo: D. Howell
Just like the belted kingfisher breaks up the quiet and the dull colors of winter with a high-pitched chattering call and bright blue-white-black as it flashes by, you can disrupt the stillness of winter by participating in some great upcoming events. Take a walk, help clean up the park, do some restoration planting, or socialize with fellow Four Mile Run devotees. See the Calendar of Events for details on these and other opportunities.
  • Wednesday, February 12 - West Glebe Bridge Open House (6pm) & AlexRenew's Water Stories (7pm)
  • Saturday, February 15, 10:00 a.m. - Winter Wetland Walk
  • Sunday, February 16, 9:00 a.m. - Land-based 'Presidential' Clean-up
  • Saturday, February 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m. - 4MR Happy Hour at New District Brewing
  • Saturday, March 21, 9:00 a.m. (details to be posted) - live-stake restoration planting of Carolina Willow

Winter by the Four Mile Run wetland trail



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

We're Making Strides: Creating a New Gateway for Recreation

We Asked for Help and You've Gotten us Halfway


Thanks to generous support from community members, this past weekend we passed the halfway mark in our fundraising efforts to plan for a new accessible water access point along Four Mile Run.  Solely through direct contributions and donations from our Sunday Morning Stretch class, we are able to report progress to the City of Alexandria in meeting our matching grant goal.

Much gratitude to all who have helped us this far! We are encouraged to continue our outreach and fundraising efforts. We certainly have a good deal of work ahead of us, but together we're making great strides.

Improve Access to Four Mile Run


A core part of the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation's mission is promoting active recreation in nature and enhancing the opportunities for it.


Four Mile Run Water Access Point

This year, we have embarked on a project to establish an ADA-compliant water access point--a floating launch for kayaks, canoes, and other non-motorized watercraft, and a gateway to the nearby nature of Four Mile Run and the Potomac.

We are pleased to have the support of the City of Alexandria, which has committed matching funding of $16,000 toward the first phase of the project: engineering and design.



Nearby Nature in an Urban Setting

One of the best places to see the wondrous ongoing transformation at Four Mile Run is from the water. Paddling along the restored shoreline and tidal wetlands, you'll find ospreys fishing from above and catch the splash of turtles diving in as you approach. Nearby nature that ought to be accessible for all to experience.



Challenge & Opportunity

Lower Four Mile Run is a tidal waterway that is confined within a flood control channel, and thus the project is complex in terms of engineering constraints and permitting. At the same time, the location on the east side of Four Mile Run Park adds vibrancy to an underutilized area of parkland, and it ensures that people of all abilities are able to access the water safely to paddle, fish, and experience this treasure of urban nature.


Be Part of the Transformation

Help make the water access point a reality. Your tax-deductible donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar. And if your employer provides matching for your charitable giving, your dollar goes even farther!




Monday, December 2, 2019

Creating a New Gateway for Recreation #GivingTuesday

Improve Access to Four Mile Run


A core part of the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation's mission is promoting active recreation in nature and enhancing the opportunities for it.


This year, we embark on a project to establish an ADA-compliant water access point--a floating launch for kayaks, canoes, and other non-motorized watercraft, and a gateway to the nearby nature of Four Mile Run and the Potomac.

We are pleased to have the support of the City of Alexandria, which has committed matching funding of $16,000 toward the first phase of the project: engineering and design.

Nearby Nature in an Urban Setting

One of the best places to see the wondrous ongoing transformation at Four Mile Run is from the water. Paddling along the restored shoreline and tidal wetlands, you'll find ospreys fishing from above and catch the splash of turtles diving in as you approach. Nearby nature that ought to be accessible for all to experience.



Four Mile Run Water Access Point

Some of Four Mile Run's most spectacular natural areas are best accessed from the water in a kayak, canoe, or other non-motorized watercraft. Help us establish an accessible public water access point for paddlers with your support. The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is a 2019 recipient of Alexandria's Community Matching Fund, so every dollar we raise will be matched one-to-one!


Challenge & Opportunity

Lower Four Mile Run is a tidal waterway that is confined within a flood control channel, and thus the project is complex in terms of engineering constraints and permitting. At the same time, the location on the east side of Four Mile Run Park adds vibrancy to an underutilized area of parkland, and it ensures that people of all abilities are able to access the water safely to paddle, fish, and experience this treasure of urban nature.


Be Part of the Transformation

Help make the water access point a reality. Your tax-deductible donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar. And if your employer provides matching for your charitable giving, your dollar goes even farther!