Occoquan River needs your help

Contributing Writer: Andrea Lopez | Images: SFMC —

SFMC members Terry and George have volunteered to help clean up the Occoquan River on separate occasions, and in those different occasions they gathered a shocking amount of trash. One time it was with the incredible help of the Bull Run Rotary Club and The Osbourn High School’s Interact Club. Community activist, students, and SFMC joined forces to help our local Occoquan community!

SFMC believes in the importance of keeping the community clean and safe, and if you are interested the Friends of the Occoquan are always looking for volunteers to help clean the river. Please save the date for the next river clean up on Saturday, October  15, from 9:oo am – 12pm at one of the locations seen above on the photo or click here! SFMC also wants to thank the Friends of the Occoquan for the letter of appreciation!


Modern parks


Contributing Writer: Team SFMC | Image: rvanews.com

The rise of urbanization in Fairfax County has increased the need for more parks. The plan to build more parks was amended into the County’s Comprehensive Plan back in May 2013. The county hopes that these parks will bring community members together.

There are five different urban parks: pocket parks, common green, civic plaza, recreation focused parks, and linear parks. These parks satisfy different needs. For example, pocket parks are small open spaces intended for small social interactions. Pocket parks can either be hardscape or lawn. It can also include visual attractions such as art work. Common green parks are larger parks where people can host several activities at once. Civic plazas are hardscape open areas located near roads or intersections. Its open landscape can allows open markets, festivals, and other events to be hosted there. Recreation focused parks will have amenities such as fields, playgrounds, and dog parks. The last type of park is the linear park. This type of park is long and narrow and can be found in high interest parts of the County.