Oronoco Bay Park is a 4.5 acre Alexandria City park is located on the Potomac River at 701 North Lee Street. It has many entry points, the most obvious of which are at either the Madison or Pendleton Street entries or from the Wythe Street Plaza. The plaza entry is approximately in the center of the park, and there is also a sidewalk entry with trees and turf area between the Sheet Metal Workers of America building and the United Way building.

Oronoco Bay Park
Oronoco Bay Park

The park was once known as “Texaco Bay” and before that it was owned by Standard Oil Company which was owned by John D. Rockefeller; however, the City acquired the property (and changed it to Oronoco Bay Park) in the early 1980’s. Historically, the Alexandria area was inhabited by Indians when Captain John Smith sailed up the Potomac in the mid 17th Century.

The park hosts several festivals and events including the annual “Red Cross Waterfront Festival”—the largest Red Cross fund raiser in the United States. Private concerns may reserve and rent the park for their events as well.

Oronoco Bay Park
walking path along the Potomac Oronoco Bay

This park is part of the linear park system along the Potomac. People can walk, jog or bike along the river path and enjoy the many sitting and picnic areas. There are wooden sun decks out into the river and a wooden boardwalk path that connects the path to the point where the bay and river meet near the Rowing Facility building.

Old Town Alexandria waterfront
Old Town Alexandria waterfront at Oronoco Bay
For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart at (703)765-0300.

 

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