Friday, September 21, 2012
South County wins boys' and girls' races; Lee runner posts top individual time
South County Secondary School’s cross-country teams swept a weekday ‘Quad Meet’ at Occuquan Regional Park on Wednesday. Four teams competed: Annandale High School, Lee High School, T.C. Williams High School and South County, with Lee as the official host of the event. South County’s boys’ and girls’ teams both emerged victorious when the results were tallied late Wednesday night. Lee finished second in the boys’ race, followed by Annandale. A delayed school bus caused the T.C. Williams boys’ team to miss their race, so their results were not counted. But they wanted to run anyway, so Lee head coach Jason Rodriguez allowed them to do so in the girls’ race that took place afterward. The Annandale girls’ team took second place in that race, …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Residents are invited to a public meeting Sept. 20 in Fairfax County.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, which operates Pohick Bay Regional Park and Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, recently released a draft of its five-year strategic plan. The draft can be downloaded to the right or obtained online. Residents are invited to a public meeting to discuss the plan at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the NVRPA headquarters in Fairfax Station. Residents can also send comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some highlights of the 2012-2017 Vision and Plan: The authority controls 100 miles of trails, including some of the longest in the region—W&OD at 45 miles, and Bull Run/Occoquan at 18 miles—and has plans expand its role as a leader in developing and promoting major trail systems in Northern Virginia…
Sunday, July 8, 2012
It was a quick rainstorm, and it brought back memories of the big one a week-and-a-half ago.
If you took a nap this afternoon, you may have missed a thunderstorm that swept through Northern Virginia. It came and went, and now, the ground is already dry again. Patch arrived at Occoquan Regional Park just as the weather started to turn, and we witnessed the temperature fall from 103 to about 82 degrees in a matter of minutes. The rain, which flew down in sheets, was accompanied by lightning and strong winds. The only people in sight were Tomas Ovalle and his brother Nick, who were hurriedly hooking their boat to a truck at the Occoquan pier. We took their picture just before the deluge. Enjoy the photo, and also this temporary reprieve from the heat!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Got time for a relaxing cruise? This local business offers regular weekend tours on the water from Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton.
Every weekend of the year, Rivershore Charters cruises along the scenic Occoquan River. The 50-foot pontoon touring boat can hold 46 passengers—all of whom can see birds of prey, get dropped off at local restaurants and receive a lesson in Occoquan history. Meet the Captain There's no doubt about it. One of the best decisions Captain Mark Perry ever made was buying the 16,000-pound water taxi named the "Harbor Lady" in 2004, he said. The 57-year-old Perry worked as a real estate agent since 1976, and found his calling after talking with the owner of Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse in Dumfries. "I'm a boater and spend 300 days out of the year on the water," Perry told Patch on a recent cruise. "The only time I take the boat out of…
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
These birds were hard to photograph in the rain!
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Cullum
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Like toys, the Canada Geese at Occoquan Regional Park marched single file and away from Patch on Wednesday, September 7. It rained all day, and the geese and seagulls hung around the soccer and baseball fields. Enjoy the pictures!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Stay inside and turn on the A.C.
Wow. The heat set records this week, and the Heat Index value peaked on Friday at 121 (the actual temperature was 102 degrees). The next few days may be interrupted by thunderstorms, which will improve temperatures. Enjoy the pictures! Know someone or something ready for its closeup?
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Can a day at the park bring enlightenment, or at least a better mood?
When I was young, I liked to spend my time in playgrounds. As I matured, I preferred a mature park, one with bike trails, an abundance of nature, a pond or babbling brook. There were two county parks in my town. I visited them often to in-line skate with my high school boyfriend or bird watch with my best friend, who is a biologist. My time in those parks allowed me an escape from cookie-cutter suburbia. Returning to nature week after week, I began to feel like a transcendentalist. But can a park really transcend us from our everyday 9-5 existence? To find out, I went to spend an afternoon at Occoquan Regional Park off Ox Road in Lorton. Entering the park, I was greeted by a scenic bike path through a forest of greenery. Looking past the …
Friday, April 8, 2011
Charter boat is important player at Occoquan Regional Park
Nurturing its waterfront is vital as Occoquan Regional Park charts a new course, and a pontoon boat plying the Occoquan River has a key role to play. Rivershore Charters’ Miss Rivershore is back on the river for a seventh season, continuing a rich history of ferry service on the Occoquan dating to 1684. After a stop behind Madigan’s restaurant in the town of Occoquan, Capt. Mark Perry describes various points of interest along the way to the Belmont Bay community before returning to Lorton. Perry points out the multi-million dollar homes on the Prince William County side of the river without missing a bald eagle or osprey along the way. He delights his passengers with little known tidbits of history. Did we know that we were passing …
Monday, February 14, 2011
Winter white: snowy local landscapes
“I hope people haven’t shoveled so many walks that they won’t want to come see my pictures of snow,” said Gwendolyn Bragg, a February Featured Artist at the Workhouse Arts Center. Bragg’s exhibit, Winter White: Snowy Local Landscapes in Transparent Watercolor, is on exhibit in Building W-6 of the Workhouse Arts Center through the end of the month. At first the artist was not excited about drawing the month of February for her exhibit, since cold temperatures sometimes limit attendance. But then she had an idea. “I have winter scenes, I paint winter scenes with my class, and I like painting winter scenes,” she said. “I had the theme for my February show.” “Painting snow-covered landscapes is a challenge in watercolor, but also lots of fun…
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Recent lease-signing gives rise to big plans
When officials with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) signed a 99-year lease in December for Occoquan Regional Park they recognized that the arrangement, made with Fairfax County, presented them with a unique opportunity. The agreement allowed officials to look at the park in a new way, even though it has been established since the 1970s. Furthermore, it is not as if the park suffers from lack of use. With its access to the Occoquan River, the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, numerous playing fields, several trails and two snack bars it is already a popular destination. Still, given its location—wedged between the Workhouse Arts Center and Historic Occoquan—the park is rife with possibilities. With this in mind, NVRPA…