Thursday, March 16, 2017

South Park Master Plan March 29th

Wednesday, March 29th is set for the second public meeting to discuss the South Park Master Plan.  

The purpose of this meeting is to learn more about the park and to participate in visioning exercises to further determine the preferred mix of park elements and their potential placement.

Public meeting #2 for the South Park Master Plan
March 29, 2017 (Wednesday)
7:00 – 9:00pm
Gunston Community Center
2700 South Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206

Friday, March 03, 2017

Help 4MR Wetland Restoration win BUBBA Grand Prize!

Vote for Four Mile Run Wetland Restoration to win the 2017 BUBBA Grand Prize!

The 4MR Wetland Restoration project was just awarded Best Habitat Creation in the Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award (BUBBA) contest by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network!

Each 1st place winner from each category now has the opportunity to compete for the $5,000 Grand Prize to go toward more park improvements. Voting closes on March 13th.

Cast your vote now! Go to:

The Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award contest (BUBBA) recognizes the best urban BMPs that have been installed in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Local implementers of low impact designs tend to lead the way in trying new and innovative approaches to dealing with difficult stormwater problems. Each year, the Chesapeake Stormwater Network recognizes innovators in the field who are using new and innovative techniques for facing the challenges of stormwater management by awarding the Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award.

The newly restored 4MR Wetland 

For the 2017 BUBBAs, the Four Mile Run Wetland Restoration was awarded First Place for Best Habitat Creation in a BMP

This two-acre wetland restoration project involved an extensive invasive species abatement plan and the establishment of several diverse habitat types through a watershed approach to design and planning. The restored wetland system now includes a low marsh zone, a high marsh zone and an upland meadow in order to provide both terrestrial and aquatic habitat improvements for frogs, song birds and native pollinators while treating stormwater runoff. 

The diversity of habitat types, a list of native species planted, and the comprehensive invasive species management approach helped this project to stand out as one that placed a clear emphasis on habitat creation during the project design.

To read a full project narrative and view more photos, visit:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ICYMI: Rally For Rose Fundraiser tonight!

TONIGHT (Tue., Dec. 13) on the St. Elmo’s block in Del Ray on from 5pm to 9pm to remember Rose Cruz. Order special menu items at Market 2 Market Del RaySt. Elmo's Coffee PubPork Barrel BBQ and Holy Cow Del Ray. 100% of sales of special menu items will go to Rose’s young children, Alexandra and Isabella.

Share memories with neighbors, purchase charity raffle tickets for prizes from great Del Ray businesses, and offer cash donations for the children.

Del Ray businesses have donated over $5,000 in gift cards for a raffle to be held during the event. The Jen Walker team will be selling raffle tickets at Pork Barrel BBQ starting at 12pm today; tickets will also be available during the event. Raffle tickets are 1 for $10; 3 for $25; or an arm's length for $40. Cash, checks, credit cards accepted; 100% of proceeds will go to Rose's family.

Donations can also be made through the GoFundMe campaign that was set up for Rose:

Rosemarie Cruz, 49, of Alexandria was the pedestrian struck during a traffic crash at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue and W. Glebe Road on December 1, 2016, and later died of her injuries. 

At approximately 5:10 p.m., police responded to the area for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Initial investigation indicates a 49-year-old woman was crossing the street when a 77-year-old woman struck her with her vehicle.
Members of the Crash Reconstruction Team are investigating the incident. The investigation is ongoing. Alexandria Police ask that witnesses or people with information regarding this incident contact Sergeant Greg Holden at 703.746.6184.
The driver involved in the crash at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue and W. Glebe Road was arrested and released on summons the evening of the crash. Karin Sheire, 77, of Montana, was charged with Failed to Yield to Pedestrians.
Members of the Crash Reconstruction Team are investigating the incident and will determine any additional charges in consultation with the Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dispense with disposables. Restore with reusables. #GivingTuesday

Dispense with disposables. Restore with reusables.

What gets dumped on our streets and parks in just a short time ends up in our streams and rivers forever...unless there's a lot of time, effort and money expended to remove it.
With just a little money, the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation hopes to pilot the promotion of bottle filler stations at Alexandria's most heavily used parks to help 'Kick the Habit'.

You contribution through Facebook today on #GivingTuesday will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $1k!! 
Coupled with a seed grant from the ActionAlexandria Green Ideas Challenge and the new Alexandria Park Community Matching grant program, we are all quickly heading in on the goal. Help tap the ball in!
(And if you can't get into position right now, please help find an opening to pass it on).

About this Fundraiser
In partnership with the Alexandria Soccer Association, The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is working to make single-use water bottles a thing of the past at Alexandria's athletic fields. 'Kick the Habit' is our effort to reduce a significant source of waste and litter--the reliance on single-use bottled water--by installing water-bottle and jug filling stations at the City's two highest-use fields, Simpson Stadium Park and Witter Fields. Alexandria Soccer already has water jugs/coolers, and its players have reusable bottles. Help fill them.

Contributions to 'Kick the Habit' will be matched dollar-for-dollar through a Community Matching Fund grant we have been awarded through the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities. Our fundraising goal for this campaign is $3,000. With the matching funds and existing commitments, this amount will bring us to the $10,000 project budget.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, the Gates Foundation will match donations to this fundraiser up to $1,000. Facebook is waiving all fees.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanks for Giving - The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation

Formed in 2016, following years of community efforts to foster the preservation, beautification, improvement, maintenance, and enjoyment of Four Mile Run Park, the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation already has been awarded grants that created a series of three events this Fall, engaging volunteers in conservation activities in Four Mile Run Park. Now, as they embark on a fundraising effort to help abate litter in our parks and streams, the Conservatory Foundation sends out this Thanksgiving greeting.

4MR Conservatory Thanksgiving.jpg

For the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation's first Thanksgiving, we wanted to acknowledge and thank you for helping to make our first year a success. We are especially grateful for:

  • Volunteers who contributed more than 250 hours of their time to benefit Four Mile Run Park by participating in our programs, removing invasive species, planting trees, and beautifying the park.

  • Program partners: Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities, the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market, Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota, Trees Alexandria, TreeStewards of Alexandria/Arlington.

  • Individual donors who support our work through Spring2Action Alexandria, Razoo Foundation's #GivingTuesday, and AmazonSmile. With generous support from our park partners, we are 70% of the way toward our $10,000 ‘Kick the Habit’ fundraising goal to help eliminate litter by promoting re-usable water bottles. With these funds, the plan is to pilot the installation of bottle and jug filling stations.

We wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

Kurt Moser

P.S. Don't forget to check out our latest wildlife cam photos at!

About the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation

The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and volunteer organization formed in 2016 following years of community efforts to foster the preservation, beautification, improvement, maintenance, and enjoyment of Four Mile Run Park.
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.