2008 Lawrence V. Fowler Award
Dec. 8, 2008
- Park Authority Board representative Gilbert S. McCutcheon honored.
- The award recognizes the distinguished service of a longstanding member of a board, authority, commission or committee.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors presented the Lawrence V. Fowler Award to Gilbert S. McCutcheon at its meeting today. The award recognizes the distinguished service of a longstanding member of a Fairfax County board, authority, commission or committee (BAC) whose exceptional service contributed to the overall quality of life in the community.
Selected from among distinguished members of BACs who are dedicated to public service, McCutcheon has been the Mount Vernon District representative on the Park Authority Board for more than 16 years. He was recognized for his tireless work to provide recreational facilities, acquire new parkland and protect natural, cultural and historic resources throughout Fairfax County. On the Park Authority Board since 1992, he has been an instrumental leader and advocate for the acquisition and establishment of parkland at Laurel Hill. Where once the District of Columbia Department of Corrections Lorton Prison stood, newly developed parkland offers recreational amenities including a championship golf course and club, ball fields, trails, disc golf and historic re-use and preservation of existing buildings.
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McCutcheon devoted tremendous effort to improve Frying Pan Farm Park, which interprets 1920s farm life, providing a realistic return to the early agricultural process, rural community life and landscape. During his tenure, new interpretive displays were added, the historic meeting house was restored and a visitor’s center and rentable picnic pavilion have been added to the site. In his role as president of the Board of Directors of Frying Pan Park and the Youth Supervisory Board, this facility has flourished.
Parks and facilities throughout the Mount Vernon District are reflective of his many accomplishments. The Lamond House renovations; Gristmill Park synthetic turf field conversion; and establishment of an off-leash dog park; and George Washington and Mount Vernon RECenter renovations are all examples of the kind of success McCutcheon has achieved. New concert series; support of the 4-H clubs; and empowerment of local park advocates have also been at the top of his agenda.
His most regular contributions to the community occur at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market. He serves as market master and presides over the many vendors and customers who visit the popular market regularly.
The prestigious Lawrence V. Fowler Award was established to honor the accomplishments of Fowler, who served for 41 years on the Consumer Protection Commission and its predecessor. Fowler set the bar for exceptional and long-term volunteer service for Fairfax County government. His work on consumer issues had a major impact on the quality of life of the community. To be considered for the award, individuals must have served on a county BAC for at least 10 years demonstrating exceptional service contributing to the overall quality of life in the community.
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