Monday, August 15, 2022

Late Summer Updates

In the last week you may have noticed trail and parking lot closure at the west entrance to Four Mile Run Park on the Alexandria side of the Run. This is in preparation for vegetation and sediment removal in the stream reach between Shirlington/395 and the Mount Vernon Avenue bridge area. Periodic maintenance is required to ensure the function of the flood control channel and embankments which protect the surrounding neighborhoods from river flooding. Expect the closure to last six months; in the meantime, the trail detour follows the side path along the Sunnyside tributary, on the other side of the soccer field.

Other updates:

The trail bridge at the east end of the park between the baseball/softball fields is still closed to all traffic, including pedestrians. Engineers have determined that the bridge abutments cannot be re-used, so the entire bridge needs to be replaced, not just the span. This means the project will take longer to complete. No word yet on when that is likely to happen.

We look forward to celebrating the approximate-20th anniversary of the film Four Mile Run: Reviving an Urban Stream with a screening at Patagonia Old Town, the former Old Town Theater. Join us Thursday evening, August 25. Doors open at 7:30, movie starts at 8:00 p.m. See details.