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    Default Mount Vernon Trail 50th Anniversary Event on 4/16

    From the Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail:

    The Mount Vernon Trail is turning 50 and the Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail is planning #MVT50 - a celebration of a truly monumental trail. We will honor five decades of natural beauty, community partnership, and volunteer stewardship of one of the great public resources that makes the Washington area special.

    Register today to let us know you’re coming!

    Please join the FOMVT Board, along with our pals and partners, for an afternoon of guest speakers, family-friendly activities, and booths featuring the National Park Service ParkMobile, Bike Arlington, Capital Bikeshare, Go Alex, Capital Trails Coalition, East Coast Greenway, Rosslyn Business Improvement District, Friends of Dyke Marsh and more.

    Register today to let us know you’re coming!

    A ceremony at 11 a.m. will honor everyone who has volunteered and donated to improve the Mount Vernon Trail. Speakers will include GWMP Superintendent Charles Cuvelier, Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol, Alexandria City Council Member Sarah Bagley and Fairfax County Supervisor Dan Storck.

    Register today to let us know you’re coming!

    Like the Mount Vernon Trail itself, this event is free and open to the public. Keep up to date on the event on our website.

    Event Details:

    Date: Saturday, April 16, 2022

    Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Location: Daingerfield Island

    1 Marina Drive

    Alexandria, VA 22033 (directions)


    Register today to let us know you’re coming!

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    Giving this a bump. The weather is looking good for Saturday's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the first 4.5 mile segment of the Mount Vernon Trail opening. We have 120 people registered so far. The event runs from 10-1 with tables from some of our community partners. Speakers are from 11-11:30.

    Full details and registration are at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mount-v...s-295931247327

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    Update: Congressman Beyer has been added as a speaker at the 11 a.m. ceremony.

    Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mount-v...s-295931247327


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    Default Mount Vernon Trail 50th Anniversary Event on 4/16

    This was a great event hosted by the Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail. Both Fairfax County and Alexandria issued proclamations recognizing the 50th anniversary of the trail.

    Judd received the proclamations on behalf of the many volunteers who have helped make the Mount Vernon trail a gem of a trail system.







    A special guest at the ceremony was Barbara Lynch, who along with Eleanor Pickering were the leaders of a host of volunteers who built the first 4 1/2 miles of the trail in 1972.

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    Thank you to everyone who attended the 50th Anniversary for the MVT. Some of the highlights for me:

    Barbara Lynch was able to attend and see people celebrating her legacy.

    Asking people to raise their hand if they had volunteered or donated and seeing 100 hands go up.

    Seeing so many kids at the event.

    Having a bald eagle flyover in the middle of the ceremony.

    How well attended the event was. We had 200 people registered and a lot of trail users stop in.

    The weather was awesome.

    Seeing a bunch of people that I haven’t seen since the pandemic started. Heard several comments that it was like a bicycling family reunion.

    Supervisor Storck’s comments about one of his coworkers recalling how the opening of the trail was a life changer for her as a young person because it provided freedom of transportation and mobility.

    Someone asked Barbara Lynch if she could have imagined how well the trail is used and she said that in the early days when the trail was less trafficed she would get excited any time that she saw someone using it.


    Although I’m the face and chief hype man for FoMVT, this event was the work of a group of volunteers putting in hundreds of hours of work as well as the partnership with NPS.


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