Woodbridge VA Commuting, Schools, Shopping, Recreation

ABOUT WOODBRIDGE

Woodbridge is a geographic and postal location in Prince William County. Its’ boundaries are determined by 3 ZIP codes – 22191, 22192 and 22193. The Woodbridge area has a population of approximately 90,000 people.In the Commonwealth of Virginia if you live in a county (that’s the vast majority of us) all of your services are provided by the county. That includes schools, public safety, water and sewer, courts, libraries, hospitals etc. The elected officials of the county are Supervisors and one of those folks is the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. The day-to-day business of managing county agencies falls to the County Executive who serves at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors. This is also true of the police chief, fire chief, and school superintendent. The sheriff is elected as is the clerk of court. Therefore, you only pay one tax – your real estate tax. You do pay a water and sewer bill since that is a function of your personal usage.

COMMUTING

Ease of commuting is one of the primary considerations for most people when buying a home. Commuting options in Woodbridge are among the best in Northern Virginia.

EXPRESS BUS SERVICE to the Pentagon, Washington, DC and the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station is readily available at VDOT parking lots throughout Woodbridge and eastern Prince William County. Two Woodbridge subdivisions, Lake Ridge and Dale City have commuter bus stops in the subdivision

COMMUTER RAIL The Virginia Railway Express provides rail service to Springfield, Crystal City and Union Station in Washington, Two of the three stations in eastern Prince William County are in Woodbridge Rippon and Woodbridge. There is a third eastern Prince William County station at Quantico (Dumfries), At Springfield you can switch to Metrorail that enables access to the entire National Capital Area subway system.

CARPOOLS usually meet at the VDOT Woodbridge Commuter Lots – see Omnimatch for more specific details

SLUGGING (some erroneously call it hitching a ride which it is) is a result of the need to use HOV lanes on the I-95 as much as possible. Commuters form a line at a designated Slug Stop A driver will pull up who is headed for the Pentagon, but needs one more passenger to qualify for HOV-3. The first person in line going to the Pentagon will join the others in the car and away they go. It’s free commuting for the slugger and gives the driver availability to HOV lanes on I-95 – win win!!

COMMUTER RAIL The Virginia Railway Express provides rail service to Springfield, Crystal City and Union Station in Washington, Two of the three stations in eastern Prince William County are in Woodbridge Rippon and Woodbridge. There is a third eastern Prince William County station at Quantico (Dumfries), At Springfield you can switch to Metrorail that enables access to the entire National Capital Area subway system.

LOCAL BUS SERVICE Local buses run regulary throughout Woodbridge and eastern Prince William County and the rest of the county. Routes and schedules can be viewed at Omnilink

SCHOOLS

Education has always played an important role in the life of Prince William County VA.

Today, there are more than 70,000 students enrolled in the Prince William County Public School System

Both the facilities and educational programs have evolved to meet the ever changing needs of an increasingly diverse community and an ever changing demand for graduates prepared to compete in an increasingly technical, scientifical and international business environment.

The Prince William County VA Public School System website has very detailed information (an individual website) for each of the 88 operating schools as well as other pertinent data about the county’s complete educational program.

For your convenience, Profiles of Excellence, is an eight page document that has excellent highlights and facts about the Prince William County School System.

SHOPPING

There are shopping centers with stores that serve the normal day-to-day needs within 15 minutes or less of any subdivision in Eastern Prince William County
Three subdivisions have two or more shopping centers within the subdivision. They are Lake Ridge, Dale City, Montclair.
One of the most recognizeable signs along I-95 as you pass through Prince William County VA is the gigantic Potomac Mills sign. It is one of the largest discount malls on the Eastern Seaboard and home to more than 200 outlet stores. Some of the more famous names are Nordstrom’s and Saks 5th Avenue.

Over the last 10 to 15 years a very large number of malls, restaurants and hotels have sprouted within the vicinity of Potomac Mills. Eastern Prince William County has truly become a shopper’s paradise. Witness the fact there are bus tours from other states bringing large groups of people to shop the area. For more information about Potomac Mills Click Here
The video below features some mof the major stores in the Woodbridge area. All of them are within 15 minutes or less from Potomac Mills

RECREATION

There is no shortage of public recreational facilities in Woodbridge and Prince William County VA. Both Manassas National Battlefield Park and Prince William Forest Park are under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service while Leesylvania State Park is operated by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. The other parks in this section are operated by the Prince William County Park Authority. Additionally, many subdivisions have their own pool and tennis courts.

Water Works Waterpark one of the largest water parks in Northern Virginia
Prince William Indoor Ice Rink
Prince William Forest Park with 37 mikes of hiking trails, 21 miles of bicycle accessible roads, cabin and tent camping
Leesylvania State Park with boat launch to the Potomac, picnic facilities and educational programs
Lake Ridge Park and Marina with boat launch to the Occoquan Reservoir, 9-hole golf course, miniature golf and picnic facilities
Occoquan Regional Park with boat launch to the Occoquan River, summer boat storage,ball fields and picnic areas
Old Hickory Golf Club (membership)
Forest Greens Golf Club (public)
Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center with year round pool, exercise facilities, racquetball courts and meeting room.
Dale City Rec Center with year round pool, fitness center and other recreational activities including an outdoor baseball batting cage.
National Museum of the Marine Corps state-of -the-art museum celebrating the history and campaigns of the United States Marine Corps
Manassas National Battlefield Park site of two Civil War battles beautifully preserved
Locust Shade Park regularly stocked lake, boating and ampitheater
Veterans Park skateboard facility, pool, ballfelds, picnic areas, community center
AMC 18 state-of-the-art 18 screen theater in Potomac Mills

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The Kruschkas are long term Prince William County residents with more than 30 years experience as real estate professionals serving Woodbridge, Manassas, Dumfries, Manassas Park, Bristow, Brentsville, Gainesville and Haymarket

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