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Want to be a Trail-builder?

Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting a two-day Trail Building Seminar September 9th-10th at Hellwig Memorial Park, located at 14420 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA 20112.

The seminar is free of charge for attendees. We will cover the basics of sustainable trail design, construction, and maintenance. The seminar will consist of a classroom component and in the field trailwork designed to give attendees hands-on experience with the latest techniques for trail design and construction. No experience necessary; the training is geared toward trail enthusiasts and the general public, and will be a great introduction for new trailworkers and a comprehensive refresher for experienced volunteers.

With new trail projects coming on the Occoquan Greenway and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, there’s never been a better time to learn and get involved!

Register here.  More information can be found here,  or contact Ryan Delaney, PWC Parks and Rec Trails Planner at

More trail work completed in Lake Ridge on National Trails Day

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.



Results from the 8th Annual Occoquan River Cleanup (April 29, 2017)

Thanks to the more than 225 volunteers (including 70 on-water) who cleaned up debris on the water, land or assisted in moving the debris on shore to waiting trucks or dumpsters.   Volunteers collected approximately 5,000 pounds of trash:  405 bags of trash, 26 tires, 4 barrels (50-gallon).

Volunteers from these organizations or businesses participated:  George Mason University students, Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization, REI, Girl Scouts 289  and Boy Scout Troop 670 that cleaned up a segment of Bull Run and the Occoquan River on rainy 22 April. Troop 1882, Troop 2882, American Nepal Society, Prince William Rowing Club, Habitat for Humanity, West Manassas Super Target, Devils Reach Condo Association cleaned County stormwater drains and ponds.

A summary of the cleanup was presented to the PW County Board of Supervisors at their meeting on May 9, 2017.  Click on the link below to view the presentation (pdf file).

Presentation- PWC BOS – May 9 2017