About 35 volunteers came out on National Trails Day 2017 (Saturday, June 3) to make improvements on the Occoquan Greenway trail. The work was completed on the steep slope where the trail goes uphill from the Occoquan Reservoir to Hedges Run Drive. This connecting section was first built by volunteers using just hand tools, in April 2012, and has been used by members of the community since then. In 2016 and early 2017, the PWC Parks Dept made significant improvements to the trail along the reservoir, and it was time to make this steep section more usable as well. We installed stone steps on the slope and re-located the trail at the lower end to separate it from the water channel.
This event was co-sponsored by the PWC Parks Department and the PW Trail & Streams Coalition. Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson spoke to the group, describing the vision of completing a walking & biking trail from the McCourt center to the Town of Occoquan.
Many thanks to the volunteers who participated and completed the trail improvements, did additional work on the trail on the other side of Hedges Run, picked up six bags of trash on the common area, and removed some invasive autumn olive bushes.