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Tanyard Hill Park Trail Available for Use!

The following is Mayer Earnie Porta’s report on the trail work day, from his Mayor’s E-Newsletter Update dated September 28, 2020.

Tanyard Hill Park Trail Available for Use!

This past Saturday’s trail work day was so successful that the Town of Occoquan now has a usable trail on our Tanyard Hill Park property at the corner of Old Bridge and Tanyard Hill Roads! Guided by the experienced trail hands of the 501(c)(3) Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (PWTSC), more than a dozen volunteers, including Town residents, showed up in the damp conditions of Saturday morning to mark and clear the trail and pick up trash. The result far exceeded expectations. While there is substantial finishing work to do over the coming months, the trail route is now identifiable and suitable for use by walkers, hikers, and runners.

The 17-acre Tanyard Hill property was purchased by the Town in 2014 and placed in a conservation easement to preserve it from development.

The new trail, with a length of just over half a mile, winds through the wooded parcel and includes several easy stream crossings and several changes in elevation. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months as we sponsor trail walks and additional work days.

In the meantime, thank you to everyone who came out to help make the envisioned trail a reality!

Trail Work Day – Saturday – September 26, 2020

Volunteers are needed to assist with developing a natural surface trail on parkland owned by the Town of Occoquan. The trail workday is Saturday, September 26 – National Public Lands Day. We will clear a trail, a loop about 3/4 of a mile, in the parcel shown on the map.

Click here to register

The work will include removing fallen branches from the trail route, clearing the path with loppers and other hand tools, and some bench cutting (digging the trail into a slope). Tools will be provided.

Time: 9:00 am to noon

The location is the corner of Old Bridge Road and Tanyard Hill Road. Street address is 1940 OLD BRIDGE RD, WOODBRIDGE, VA 22192

Parking is available in the area shown on the map below.


Occoquan cleanup results (Sep 12, 2020)

Many thanks to the volunteers who came out and worked to remove trash from the Occoquan on Saturday.

  • about 44 bags of trash were removed from the water in the vicinity of Lake Ridge Park & Marina
  • about 25 bags of trash and two tires were removed from the water near the LRPRA boat ramp (Hooes Run)
  • 10 bags of trash and a variety of large plastic items were removed from the water at Riverview Estatates HOA

Results from other sites are still being tallied.

Thanks again for the stewardship of the volunteers working to keep plastic pollution out of our waterways.