Friends of Riverbend Park Celebrates 20th Anniversary

RB 1The 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 forbpark@gmail.com.

FORB assisted in the development of this blog.

Information about park Friends Groups is at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/friends.

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About Fairfax County Park Authority

About Fairfax County Park Authority HISTORY: On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia. To date, 13 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2016. Today, the Park Authority has 427 parks on more than 23,000 acres of land. We offer 325 miles of trails, our most popular amenity. FACILITIES: The Park system is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including: • Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces. Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist • Eight golf courses from par-3 to championship level, four driving ranges including the new state-of-the-art heated, covered range at Burke Lake Golf Center • Five nature and visitor centers. Also nine Off-Leash Dog Activity areas • Three lakefront parks including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter • Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of family friendly fun and a carousel, as well as Chessie’s Big Backyard and a carousel at the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park • An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter and the Skate Park in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter • Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s-era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel • Eight distinctive historic properties available for rent • A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly • A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale • Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community • Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center • Provides 263 athletic fields, including 39 synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at 417 school athletic fields. PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/social-hub/ for Fairfax County Government's Comment Policy.

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