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Four Mile Run Master Plan (or: How to spend $350 million dollars)
If ya live in the DC area, then this post is aimed at you. If not…well..ok.
Many of you are likely familiar with – and probably even occasionally use Four Mile Run. It’s that semi-functional trail that in theory connects the GW Parkway trail to the W&OD trail. The semi-functional part comes into play because as you likely know, when it hits Glebe road (coming from the GW trail) it all goes down the crapper. You have to do this weird detour onto side streets and tango with traffic. You then have to pole vault yourself over I-395 using the overpass thingy. Finally, you get to navigate downtown Shirlington and then hopefully find your way over to the W&OD.
It rarely works well, and I’ve seen many a confused trail users on the corners of various intersections looking like they’re about to start offering services in the worlds oldest profession.
However, the good news is that the cities responsible (Alexandria/Arlington) are trying to do something about it. A few months back they released the Four Mile Run Master Plan – a 118 page document with enough pretty pictures to double as a children’s story book. It covers the different components of the trail and how they plan to improve them and make it a world class trail system.
For example, here’s the section I referred to above – with the revisions included that now allow you to stay along the river in a protected right of way, all the way to the W&OD. The major road there is I-395, and the bridge about 20% from the right edge is where you currently have to detour up into local streets.
So, the bad news? They went overkill. Waaaay overkill. In an effort to create a world class park system they’ve put together something that I have serious doubts will ever come to fruition due to cost. How much you ask? A staggering $356.5 Million Dollars. Yes, raise your pinky to your lip and give the old Dr. Evil – meeellliooon dollars.
What do you get for your 1/3rd of a BILLION dollars? A lot of green. The Army Corps of Engineers in theory will finish their review later this fall, and then it goes to numerous other agencies to try and figure out what is feasible.
I’m all for spending money on green spaces – I love it! But really…all I want is for that short little .75 mile section to have a 6′ wide asphalt path on it. Nothing more…nothing less. Actually, one more request – can I have it in my lifetime?
You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.