Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The Four Mile Run Conservatory is Springing2Action in Four Mile Run Park!

Our kids are picking up after us. Let's not let them down. 
The Four Mile Run Conservatory is Springing2Action in Four Mile Run Park! Spring2ACTion is a 24-hour online event that provides a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourages them to take action. This virtual fundraising effort, hosted by ACT with the help of generous sponsors, will offer local nonprofits the chance to raise thousands of dollars for the benefit of all Alexandria.

Contribute now!!

By the time the group of summer camp kids got finished their clean-up of Four Mile Run Park in the summer of 2010, the results were astounding. In little over an hour, there lay in one big pile, a clump of 30 gallon trash bags, all mostly full. The thing was: it didn't look that bad when they started. Other groups had been through the park all summer and it had never looked better....well, at least not in the last decade. And yet, just a few weeks later, another clean-up turned up piles of more trash. It's a constant struggle.
I asked the kids what they thought was needed to keep some folks from having to continuously clean up after other folks. I suggested more trash cans. They suggested more police patrols and security cameras. All I know is that the winter hasn't been kind to the Four Mile Run. Without nice weather to bring volunteers out, the trash and debris, depressingly, is back. Without some intervening force to keep the litter out of the stream only the armies of helpers that come out month after month can keep the stream alive.

The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation wants to be that force. As we continue working to plant trees and remove invasive plants, this year we also aim to reduce litter throughout lower Four Mile Run with "Clean Stream Extreme"!!
Help us equip volunteers with tools for stream clean-ups and install recycling bins & litter traps to make that less necessary. Our Spring2Action fundraising goal is participation - 100 donors, at any giving level. Help us today!!

In the past year, Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation volunteers contributed more than 400 hours of their time in improving the park, planting 26 trees, removing 12 cubic yards of invasive Kudzu vines, and documenting the wildlife that call Four Mile Run Park home. In March, we finished fundraising toward our 'Kick the Habit' project to install water bottle/jug fillers at the City's two most heavily used athletic facilities. These will soon be installed and we will conduct outreach to get citizens to 'Kick the Habit' of disposable single-use water bottles, which are such a major component of the litter found in Four Mile Run.
With your involvement and support, each day Four Mile Run becomes cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful.

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: