Saturday, May 14, 2016

Bike Rodeo May 15th at 4MRMarket!

Bike Rodeo May 15th at 4MRMarket!

Rescheduled because of rain for this Sunday at 4MRMarket. We’ve lost some of the volunteers who had planned to help on the original date of May 1. If anyone is available and interested in helping us with the operation of the rodeo, come on down!

Open to all children 5 to 12!!

Here’s your chance to polish and show off your biking skills – just in time for a summer of fun biking!!

• Learn more about biking safely
• Get your bike and helmet checked and adjusted
• Practice biking skills
• How to mount/dismount
• Starting and stopping
• Practice balance, steering and turning
• Ride through obstacle courses, slaloms and a street maze
• Learn biking signals and the rules of the road

Where: At the 4MRMarket, 4109 Mt. Vernon Avenue
When: Sunday, May 15, 10 am to 1 pm 
What to bring: Your bike and helmet (absolutely required)

Sponsors and Supporters
Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market 
Alexandria Police Department (COPs Unit)
Mount Vernon Community School,ACPS (Lisa Clausen)
City of Alexandria (Hillary Orr)
BPAC (Eldon Boes)

More information at:

Friday, May 13, 2016

4MR Restoration Ribbon Cutting Celebration Saturday, 8:30am

Celebrate the Completion of Four Mile Run Wetlands Restoration Project

The City of Alexandria and Arlington County will hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Four Mile Run Wetlands Restoration Project on Saturday, May 14TH at 8:30 a.m. near the Four Mile Run Park soccer field, 4125 Mt. Vernon Ave. (In the event of inclement weather, the ribbon cutting will be held at the Conservatory Center, 4109 Mount Vernon Ave.)

The wetlands restoration implements recommendations from the Four Mile Run Restoration project, a joint venture with Arlington County to restore 2.3 miles of a highly degraded stream within the hardened flood control channel - or levee corridor - of Four Mile Run. Specifically, the project restored the historic 2-acre tidal wetland where the water levels fluctuate with the daily tidal cycle along Four Mile Run. The project also included a renovation of the Four Mile Run Park parking lot, which utilizes environmentally sensitive materials and design, including permeable pavers, native plantings, and rain gardens. In Summer 2016, Arlington County will begin the next phase of the implementing the Four Mile Run Restoration Master Plan through a project to restore the stream banks along Four Mile Run.

For more information, contact Dana Wedeles, Park Planner, Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, at703.746.5491 or

Tree Care at Four Mile Run

Come help maintain trees at Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria on Saturday, May 14th, immediately following the ribbon cutting for the wetland restoration project. 

A few volunteers are requested for some routine maintenance (correct some volcano mulching, remove stakes/ties where no longer needed, perform any necessary pruning), plus trimming invasive vines from trees along the channel. This is at the site where TreeStewards planted with Casey Trees several years ago, and you'll enjoy seeing how great it looks!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Route 1 at East Reed Avenue Intersection Improvement

Route 1 at East Reed Avenue Intersection Improvement

The City of Alexandria recently awarded a contract to Finley Asphalt & Sealing, Inc. for the construction of intersection improvements along Route 1 at East Reed Avenue. The project includes a right turn lane from Route 1 southbound to westbound East Reed Avenue; sidewalk improvements, crosswalk upgrades, additional signage, and upgraded pedestrian signals on the northwest corner of the intersection.

Construction activities are expected to begin this Spring with project completion anticipated in the Fall.

To allow for a safe work area, shoulder closures and periodic lane/sidewalk closures are expected. Access to all businesses and residences will be maintained.

Proposed condition (rendering). Right lane will extend to East Reed Avenue

Existing condition. Right turn lane merges with thru traffic.  

Last night (Wednesday, April 4th), a presentation was presented at a Public Information Meeting to explain the project, the benefits and the construction impacts.

Inquiries regarding the project should be made to the City’s project manager Brian Meli at 703-746-4110 or by email at:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Four Mile Run Conservatory is Springing2ACTion!!

The Four Mile Run Conservatory is Springing2ACTion!!

Formed this year following years of community efforts to foster the preservation, beautification, improvement, maintenance, and enjoyment of Four Mile Run Park, we already have been awarded our first grant to create a series of three fall-season events engaging volunteers in conservation activities in Four Mile Run Park. But we still need your help!!

  • $25 buys tools and materials required for one volunteer to remove invasive plants.
  • $100 pays to plant, stake, mulch and fit a new tree with a deer guard

    Helps us fix a park, restore a stream and build community!!
Donate today during Spring2Action at:

The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is a non-profit corporation and volunteer organization formed following years of community efforts by concerned neighbors to foster the preservation, beautification, improvement, maintenance, and enjoyment of Four Mile Run Park in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia.

Our mission is to engage and educate the public, and to maintain the trail system and natural lands around lower Four Mile Run to improve Four Mile Run Park, and to foster respect and stewardship for this unique urban ecosystem and its natural, historic, and recreational resources.

Our vision is a Four Mile Run Park that is fully utilized and appreciated by its neighbors and other stakeholders as an important part of community life, a resource for recreation, and a model for natural lands maintenance in an urban setting.

Check out our website at:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Science in the Hood: Sunday, April 17th, 11-1 at 4MRMarket

They are at it again!
GWU biology students and their professor will be hosting a bunch of great kids activities.
Science in the Hood: Sunday, April 17th at the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market (4109 Mt Vernon Avenue) from 11am until 1pm.
Gardening, ecology and evolution activities for kids and adults of all ages at Four Mile Run Park!

Stop by and join the fun in the neighborhood!!
Activity 1: Scavenger Hunt
Activity 2: Heads Up
Activity 3: Adaptation Flash-card game
Activity 4: Basketball recycling, understand different types of recycling
Activity 5: Ecology tag game
Activity 6: Word search puzzle, coloring pages
Activity 7: Water pollution demonstration and activity
Activity 8: Cooking demonstration using the local produce at the farmer's market
Activity 9: Trail Mix Bar
Activity 10: Plant/Sprout group

For more information: