The long awaited River Mill Park will be officially opening in Occoquan this Saturday.
The Town will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at the one-acre park at 458 Mill Street, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. that day, according to Occoquan Town Manager Kirstyn Jovanovich, Town Manager.
The site was the location of the River Station Water Treatment Plant, built in 1967 by Fairfax Water, according to a release. The plant was decommissioned in 2007, and Occoquan and Fairfax Water worked together to create a 50-year lease for the space, for use as a park and recreation area.
“The park has got a quarter mile walking trail, it has the LOVE sign, and an event pavilion – which is where we’ll have our concerts, and different community events. We’ve also got a public restroom down here, as well as some storage for the Town…the greatest part about it is the views of the Occoquan [River] and just the open space that we’ll have for the community to enjoy,” said Jovanovich.
During the event there will be performances from the Ashleigh Chevalier Band, face painting, balloon art, a scavenger hunt, and other activities, according to a release. The first 300 visitors to the park will also receive a commemorative coin, according to a release.
“The park will host a variety of community events throughout the year, including Music on Mill, a new free summer concert series on Saturday evenings from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in River Mill Park starting August 6, 2016,” stated a release.