The Friends of Riverbend Park (FORB) would probably straighten the Potomac River if we asked it of them.
FORB has supported Riverbend with more than a quarter-million dollars in contributions, services and equipment over the years, and they’ll celebrate their 20th anniversary at the park’s Visitor Center from 5 to 7 p.m. on August 4, 2019. It’s a celebration of FORB and those who have supported the organization and the park over the past two decades.
Friends Groups support, enhance and advocate for Fairfax County’s parks, facilities, and services in multiple ways. FORB has made it possible for Riverbend to hold summer camps and the park’s annual Native American and Bluebell Festivals. FORB also has funded field trip scholarships for schoolchildren. The park’s bass fishing boat, telescopes, water quality measuring equipment and canoes also were funded by FORB, as are some maintenance and office facilities and equipment.
Funding comes from membership dues, generous donations from local citizens, grants from private foundations and the Fairfax County Park Authority, and proceeds from fundraisers such as the Blue Bell Benefit, the Barbeque Benefit and a Native Plant Sale.
“It is amazing to look back and see how much has been accomplished over those years,” said Timothy Hackman, the Dranesville District representative on the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. “In addition to its strong general support of Riverbend, one of the prime foci of FORB has been on summer camps and scholarships for school field trips,” he added. “These initiatives give our children new experiences, expose them to the outdoors and instill in them a love of nature. Riverbend and our community have greatly benefited from FORB’s generous support, and we look forward to a continued wonderful relationship.”
Friends Group contributions have been invaluable to parks over the years. FORB, like other Friends Groups, works closely with park staff and the Fairfax County Park Authority. The members of FORB ensure that Riverbend thrives, grows and remains an enjoyable natural resources park.
The August 4 celebration of FORB’s 20th anniversary is open to the public. There is no charge. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FORB assisted in the development of this blog.
Information about park Friends Groups is at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/friends.