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Some exciting activity is happening at the park. In 2005 and 2006, over 250 people have volunteered on park projects spending 630 hours on invasive plant removal alone and more time marking storm drains and building nesting sites for bluebirds and mason bees.  In areas where invasive plants were removed, the community and the county have been able to plant over 100 trees!

Currently Underway

Over the past year, Friends of Thrifton Hill Park has worked closely with Kevin Latham, Patrick Wegeng, and Jan Ferrigan from Arlington County Parks. This Spring Kevin and Patrick and their crews have been working to rejuvenate the area of the park near Lorcom Lane and Spout Run. They have removed decades of invasive plant overgrowth and metal debris and on April 14, 2007, with the help of Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and 80 volunteers, 135 trees were planted in that area. They have really worked hard to conquer the invasives and get this park healthy. Feel free to send thanks or comments to them at and

This area may appear lush at first, but it is coated with invasive porcelainberry, which has killed most other plants and shrubs and prevented new saplings from growing.  Please be patient with this disruption and remember the long-term benefits of removing the porcelainberry -- to foster a sustainable diverse environment and to make way for more trees. For more information on invasive plants at the park, see What's the Problem with Invasives?.

The MCA Parks Committee is working with Arlington County on a multi-year plan to remove invasive plants and plant native trees.  The park has been divided into 14 different areas to aid in management and planning.  Planting areas are highlighted in orange on the map to the right.  For a more detailed Adobe PDF version, visit Maps.

Past Projects

June 7th 2008 National Trails Day Cleanup!

Project Acorn Tree Giveaway

Neighborhood Conservation Grant has improved trails and drainage, removed invasives, and added signs with park's name and park rules.  In the Spring of 2007, they landscaped the main entrance and those entrances at Fillmore Street, Edgewood Street, and 23rd Road.  Take a look at the landscape plans.

Arlington County Department of Environmental Services fixed the drainage by adding curb and gutter to correct water flow to the drain gulley at the main entrance on 23rd St in 2007 and then fixed the sidewalk at the Edgewood Street entrance in April 2008.

Take a look at the thank you certificate that we made for the county for all their work in 2006.  Click image at right for to view.




The Virginia Bluebird Society donated and installed two bluebird boxes, poles, and predator guards in November 2006 and another two in January 2008.

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School's 8th Grade Class (100 students) removed invasive plants and planted 30 trees on Oct. 30, 2006.

Click on the project below to learn more and see photos:

(see program for Nature Day at Thrifton Hill Park)

Arlington County Park Service installed a community bulletin board, cleared and mulched the stairs path to Spout Run/66 from the park, and removed and chipped truckloads of bamboo and bush honeysuckle brush left over from the invasive plant removal work.  They also cleared the ends (at the stair to Spout Run Parkway and at Fillmore Street) of the park's trails to better connect the park's trails to the Custis Bike Trail, creating a continuous loop of trails.

Officer Micah Phelan, Maywood Community Liaison Officer, removed graffiti from signs in the park and the neighborhood.

Spring thru Fall 2006 -- Park Enhancement Grant (PEG) for native tree planting at the main entrance.

Summer 2006

Virginia Department of Transportation cleared the storm drain along sound wall swale adjacent to the end the 2700 block of 23rd Road.

Arlington County Department of Environmental Services painted fire hydrants at park entrances and in neighborhood.

Arlington County Park Service added park rule signs to entrances and removed trash bags and a chair at an old vagrant campsite between Ingrid and Fillmore Streets.  They cleared vegetation to open up trail and stairs at Spout Run and cleared some invasive bamboo and mulberry tree branches covering stop sign at Edgewood Street and Lorcom Lane.

Arlington County Park Service and Environmental Health treated "lake" with larvicide to prevent adult mosquitos from hatching.

Fall 2005

Friends of Thrifton Hill Park devoted their efforts to improving the area downhill from the main entrance to the park at 2814 N. 23rd Street.  The group spent 100 hours removing invasive plants, secured a Park Enhancement Grant from the County to plant native trees, and planted native wildflowers along with a neighborhood Girl Scout Troop 5611.