Next summer, Occoquan River boat enthusiasts may have public access to boat launches for the first time, according to the planning director of the county Park Authority, Steve Griffin.

The agency will send out proposals for bids this week to several private developers who have shown an interest in the project, to be located on a 5.7-acre site just over the Occoquan town line.

"We've tried twice since we bought the site two years ago to develop that parcel into a recreational site with county and with state funds, and got no response," Griffin said. "We hope the private sector will be more responsive."

The parcel, purchased from the old Occoquan-Woodbridge-Triangle Sanitary District for $100,000, already holds tennis courts used by Occoquan and Woodbridge residents. "We will look for the very best proposal to develop that land. It may include keeping the tennis courts intact," Griffin said. Boat slips and a bait store also may be built eventually, he added.

Occoquan's third annual sidewalk sale is slated for Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, according to LaVerne Carson, chairman of the town's merchants association. More than 70 merchants will offer out-of-season items at sale prices, she said.