Archive for 2016

Santa to Visit Occoquan by Boat

Posted by Lou on December 1, 2016 in Holiday, Special Events, Town News

Occoquan will welcome Santa Clause to Town on Saturday, December 3rd at 12:00pm. Santa will arrive by boat at Mamie Davis Park. After being escorted up the river by Miss Rivershore, Santa will talk with all the visiting children at Occoquan Town Hall. Bring your camera!

For more information, contact the Business Guild of Occoquan at 703-201-8499.

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Occoquan River Mill Park Grand Opening, July 30th at 10AM

Posted by Lori on July 5, 2016 in Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River, Redevelopment, Town News

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In partnership with Prince William County and Fairfax Water, the Historic Town of Occoquan will host a Grand Opening event for River Mill Park in Occoquan on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, concertm scavenger hunt organized by the Mill House Museum and the water bar (powered by Fairfax Water, of course)!

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the park’s development, as well as the history of the site. In addition to the Grand Opening, there will be a free summer concert series in River Mill Park from August 6 through September 3.


As demolition work continues, the Town Council has started to discuss naming our new park. The Town Council has invited the public to their February 3rd meeting to get input on potential names. What are they looking for? We hear town officials are not planning to name the park after a person or places already in town. The town is looking for something new! Below are a few names currently under consideration:

River Station Park
Mill Race Park
Oronocah Park (meaning Garden in Powhatan language)

According to the town website, demolition will continue into the Spring and park construction work will start after that with hopes that the park will be completed by Winter 2015.


Per Mayor Quist:

Also announced in the month of July, is Fairfax Water’s intent to begin water tank removal at the end of Mill Street by early August. Work is expected to last through the beginning of next year before the property is officially released to the Town, after which the Town will work to develop the site into a public park that we hope to have operational by the fall of 2015. Once solidified, the plans will follow the same review and approval process as other construction projects in Town and updates will be provided as they become available.


Per Mayor Porta:

Prince William County and the Town of Occoquan have agreed to a boundary adjustment that will place all of the approximately 1.11 acres of park land within the town’s boundaries. A long-term lease for the site is being negotiated now. Fairfax Water has indicated that they plan to begin removal of the deprecated tanks in late 2013, or early 2014.


Per Mayor Porta:

On January 9, 2013 the Occoquan Town Council voted unanimously to approve a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Town, Fairfax Water, and Prince William County, for the construction and operation of a park on the site of the decommissioned Fairfax Water treatment plant at the northwestern end of town.  A result of months of negotiation between the parties, the agreement establishes the basic responsibilities for oversight of the approximately 1.11 acres of land.

Under the terms of the MOA, Fairfax Water will remove the tanks and buildings and lease the property for no less than 30 years.  Prince William County will contribute funds to the construction of the new park.  The Town of Occoquan will be responsible for the park’s operation and maintenance.


Will Occoquan Riverfront Park finally become a reality? Things are looking good!

According to InsideNova: “Six years after being approved as part of Prince William County’s 2006 bond referendum, a small riverside park appears likely to be built in the near future.”

The Prince William County FY 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Plan calls for a radical revitalization. According to the document:

Occoquan Riverfront Park will be developed on a portion of two parcels of land owned by Fairfax County Water Authority and located at 415 Mill Street and 460 Mill Street in the Town of Occoquan. The site was previously utilized as a water treatment plant and has been decommissioned by Fairfax Water. Fairfax Water will assist in development of the site by selective demolition of existing facilities. The area will be developed into a small community park with a playground, a spray ground, a small amphitheater, and possibly some indoor space appropriate for community based programming.

Where is the money coming from? Debt financing approved by voters during the 2006 bond referendum provides $1,500,000 for this project. Construction of the park is scheduled for completion in 2013.

Stay tuned for demolition updates.


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Spring Craft Fair on June 4th & 5th

Posted by Lou on May 30, 2016 in Special Events, Town News

The 2016 Occoquan Spring Craft Fair will take place in Historic Occoquan on Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th. Per the semi-annual tradition, it will feature tons of delicious food and crafts from an array of artists and vendors.

Come enjoy this great two-day event filled with contemporary and country crafters and live music. Hundreds of vendors will be on hand.  Buses will run from nearby commuter lots to the show at a cost of $5 roundtrip.  Hope to see you in Occoquan over the weekend!

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Art on the Block

Posted by Lori on March 28, 2016 in Special Events, Town News

Local artists will be participating in “Art on the Block” in Historic Occoquan, VA, on Saturday, May 7th, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  Enjoy watching artists while they work – partake in receptions at each of the galleries – sign up for special drawings.  This annual event is a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day weekend with the family.

The participating galleries include:


“Chase’s Road” Painting by Danielle E. Rush (Red Art & Design)

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