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Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park
Riverbend Park
Riverbend Park

GREAT FALLS, Va. — Located along the Potomac River, upstream of Great Falls National Park, Riverbend Park is a 400-acre park operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The remote river setting includes a 2.5-mile portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail.

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Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park
Prince William Forest Park
Prince William Forest Park

TRIANGLE, Va. — I took advantage of the beautiful weather today for another visit to Prince William Forest Park.

Throughout its history, the park served as the home of Native Americans, colonists, and American Revolutionary and Civil War troops. Oak Ridge, known as the Prince William County Poorhouse, and Batestown, founded by free and former enslaved African-Americans, were also located in this area.

The current park was originally established In 1936 as the Chopawamsic Recreation Demonstration Area and served as the home of children's 'relief' camps during the Great Depression. During this period, the U.S. Civilian Conservation Corps constructed five cabin camp units to support the program. During World War II, the Office of Strategic Services was headquartered on the site and it served as a spy and radio operator training ground. The area was officially renamed Prince William Forest Park in 1948.

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The Stone Bridge at Manassas National Battlefield Park

The Stone Bridge at Manassas National Battlefield Park
The Stone Bridge at Manassas National Battlefield Park
The Stone Bridge at Manassas National Battlefield Park

MANASSAS, Va. — I finally got the family to join me as I did today's walk at Manassas National Battlefield Park. Together, we walked the Stone Bridge Loop Trail, a moderate 1.3 mile along Bull Run, past the site of the Van Pelt home, and a wooden boardwalk through a marsh.
The original Stone Bridge, built in 1825, played a key role in the area before and during the U.S. Civil War. The Confederates destroyed the bridge in March 1862 to prevent its use by the Union forces. Union Army engineers constructed a temporary wooden span, but after suffering a defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run (Second Manassas) the bridge was the primary line of retreat for Union forces who destroyed it after they crossed the river. The current bridge was fully rebuilt by 1884.

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National District Indoor Track and Field Championships 2024

National District Indoor Track and Field Championships 2024

FAIRFAX, Va. — Super proud of LIttle Kent 2 and the Annandale Atoms Indoor Track Team for their performances during the 2024 National District Indoor Track and Field Championships at George Mason University on February 2. Little Kent ended the evening with a new personal best in the 500-meter dash and a good showing in the high jump event.

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2024 Music Educator of the Year Award Watch Party

2024 Music Educator of the Year Award Watch Party
2024 Music Educator of the Year Award Watch Party

ANNANDALE, Va. — Annandale High School community members gathered on February 1 in the high school's auditorium to watch the 2024 Music Educator of the Year Award announcement on CBS.

Music teacher and orchestra leader Annie Ray from Annandale was announced as the prestigious award winner, presented annually by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum.

📹 Watch Party Video: absolonkent.net/video/2024-Music-Educator-Award-Watch-Party%20-%20HD%201080p.mp4

📹 CBS News Announcement Video (via YouTube): youtube.com/watch?v=D2Snx0Majsc

📹 "Vivaldi Springs Forth" performance video: absolonkent.net/video/Vivaldi_Spring_Forth.mp4