Town of Occoquan, Virginia
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GRAND OPENING: JULY 30, 2016 AT 10:00 AM
Music on Mill Summer Concert Series
August 6 - September 3 | Saturdays at River Mill Park, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
River Mill Park
About the Property
The Town of Occoquan is working with Prince William County and Fairfax Water to develop a new park at the west end of Mill Street in the Town of Occoquan. The site was home to the former River Station Water Treatment Plant operated by Fairfax Water since 1967, after it was acquired as part of the purchase of the Alexandria Water Company. The Frederick P. Griffith, Jr. Water Treatment Plant opened in 2006, replacing River Station (decommissioned in 2007) and two other treatment plants in the Fairfax Water system. Prior to Fairfax Water’s ownership of the property, the land played a significant role in the Town’s history as it related to grist mill and iron furnace operations. The property is still owned by Fairfax Water; however, they are leasing the property to the Town for the purpose of building and maintaining a public park. The demolition work has removed antiquated structures that allow a view up the river that has not been enjoyed by the public for nearly fifty years. Event Permit Request
About the Park
In August of 2014, Fairfax Water began demolition of the River Station Treatment Plant. The demolition is expected to be completed by early 2015 and once this phase of the project is completed, the property will boast an open space set for park development by the Town.
Currently, the Town is working with The Engineering Groupe, Inc., to develop the plans for the park. The park will include a public restroom and storage facility that will mimic historic features located within the Town and sit at the entrance to the park at the end of Mill Street. In addition, the park is planned to feature a pavilion, a looped stone dust trail, interpretive signage and historic exhibits.
Approved Site Plan - River Mill Park Restroom and Storage Facility (March 2015)
This site plan for the River Mill Park Restroom and Storage Facility, which will sit at the front of the park on the cul-de-sac, was approved by Town Council during the March 3, 2015 Town Council meeting. Construction on the facility is expected to begin mid-2015 and last through the end of the year.
Updated Conceptual Plans(January 2015)
These plans were discussed during the January 20 Town Council work session and focus on the second portion of the park that consists of a pavilion, looped stone dust trail and historical exhibits that focus on the industrial history of the park.
Conceptual Plans (May 2014)
These documents illustrate a conceptual plan of what the park could support and is what was presented to the Town Council during their May 2014 Town Council work session. Plans are not finalized.
Proposed Construction Schedule
Completion of the park is expected in early 2016. Once completed, the Town of Occoquan will be responsible for maintenance and park programming. Capital costs associated with the development of the park is provided through Prince William County’s Capital Improvement Program.
During construction, there will be higher than normal truck traffic through town. The Town is working closely with contractors and Fairfax Water in order to minimize the impact on Town residents and businesses. Thank you for your patience as we work to develop this great amenity for our residents, business and visitors.
Demolition of the tanks is now complete! Fairfax Water is expected to turn over the park to the Town for maintenance and to begin the next phase of the project by mid-August. Due to concerns with safe access during construction, the park is not yet open to the public.
Phase I: Restroom Facility and Footbridge Work
Construction will begin on the next phase of the park by mid-August. This portion of the project includes the construction of a restroom and storage facility, brick and retaining wall work, and upgrades to the footbridge. As a result, access to the footbridge may be limited a certain points. We will make every effort to keep the bridge accessible; however, due to the nature of the work, at times the bridge will be unsafe for pedestrian and cycling activities.
Phase II: Pavilion, Landscaping and Trail Work
Construction of Phase II of the project is underway and is expected to be completed by Summer 2016. This phase includes completion of the stone dust trail, construction of the event pavilion and overlook area, and installation of lighting and landscaping.
Grand Opening: July 30, 2016 - 10 AM
We are anticipating a grand opening of the park in the summer of 2016! Stay tuned for more information!
If you have any questions regarding the park progress, please contact Town staff at (703) 491-1918.