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Thursday, April 14, 2005; Page VA02

Falls Church Marks Its 113th Arbor Day

The 113th anniversary of the first Arbor Day in the city of Falls Church and in Virginia will be remembered Saturday in Frady Park in Falls Church, the site of the first celebration in 1892.

The 3 p.m. celebration will include the planting of the Falls Church tree of the year and a reenactment of the original ceremony by the Falls Church Victorian Society.

The city government, the Falls Church Preservation and Improvement Society, the Victorian Society and the Falls Church Garden Club are sponsoring the event.

The park is in the 300 block of East Broad Street. For information, call 703-532-0884 or visit www.ci.falls-church.va.us.

Improvements Set At Difficult Run Park

Work will begin in May on part of Difficult Run Stream Valley Park, according to county park officials.

The project, financed from bond sales, will include improving a section of the Cross County Trail and stabilizing the stream and bank. The parking lot used for trail access will be closed until construction is completed in August, officials said.

Public Invited to Meet With Congressman's Staff

U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) has announced that a member of his staff will be available to meet with constituents and answer questions about federal matters from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield.

The library is at 7250 Commerce St. For information, call 703-916-9610.

Accotink Stream Trail Soon to Be Extended

The county Park Authority plans to begin construction in May on the Accotink Stream Valley Trail between King Arthur Road and the northern part of Wakefield Park.

The $2.9 million project involves about 1 1/3 miles of asphalt trail, part of the Cross County Trail linking Fairfax City to Wakefield and Lake Accotink parks. This segment will connect the existing stream valley trail, just east of the King Arthur Road underpass, and continue through the stream valley toward the Camelot swim club in Annandale, then cross the stream on one of three concrete bridges that will be built.

The work, financed from bond sales, is scheduled to be completed by December.

For Huntley Meadows Park, A 30th Anniversary Party

The county's largest park, Huntley Meadows, will celebrate its 30th anniversary May 1 with a ceremony and special events.

The celebration, from noon to 3 p.m., will include refreshments, games, music, face painting and more.

The park includes a half-mile boardwalk trail through wetlands, and other trails where visitors can view wood ducks, beavers and blue herons.

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