The work was performed Sunday morning during the opening day of the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market. Local businesses supported the effort by providing meals to the workers. MOM's Organic Market provided breakfast.
|Sketch of the tree planting plan|
|Conceptual view of 4MR Expand from Four Mile Run Restoration Plan|
The Casey Trees support of the Tree Stewards efforts is a continuation of a series of private initiatives to revive, restore and expand this public space. The trees were planted as part of the Four Mile Run Park Expansion (4MR Expand), a project that has been a decade in the works. Originally conceived as part of the 2003 Arlandria Plan, 4MR Expand was incorporated into the Four Mile Run Restoration Plan adopted in 2005. Four parcels were acquired in 2007 with Alexandria City Open Space funds but sat idle for a number of years due to lack of money for planning and implementation. A group of architects, known as Architects Anonymous, banded together to create a workable plan for the site that could rolled out over time making the best use of contributions from grants and the community. The non-profit Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market adopted the site as the site for a farmers' market and provide maintenance and financial contributions to further the project. Architects Anonymous contributed additional plans to re-purpose the former paint store at 4MR Expand and to prevent its demolition.
The Arlandria Plan Implementation Group supported the project by requesting that the City direct some funds that would have otherwise be lost to help complete the community's vision. Since then, 4MRMarket has solicited private contributions to enhance the site and the City's Parks department has coupled those funds with grants that they've solicited to create a venue to showcase the arts and environmental best practice. To date these include: a performance stage, permeable pavers and rain gardens to collect stormwater run-off. Planters to collect additional stormwater run-off and arts grants are still pending.
Realization of 4MR Expand in progressBEFORE the new trees.
Previous related posts from The Arlandrian:
- Volunteers plan massive tree planting in 4MR Park this weekend
- Four Mile Run DOWNSTREAM Clean-up April 6th
- Tales of an Arlandria Twitcher
- Four Mile Run Park is for the birds!
- Tales of an Arlandria Twitcher: The Ides of March Edition
- Community Comments on 4MR Park
- New Views on 4MR Expand
- Architects Anonymous win for Four Mile Run Park Designs
- Why plan a park?
- Discuss Path Forward for 4 Mile Run Park Expansion Sites
- "Architects Anonymous" Donates Time, Vision To Four Mile Run Park
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