Kirk W. Kincannon Appointed Park Authority Director

Nov. 19, 2013

News Highlights

  • Kirk W. Kincannon will begin his duties as Park Authority director on Jan. 27, 2014.
  • He is currently the director of parks and recreation for the City of Boulder, Colo.
  • Kincannon grew up in Fairfax County and worked for the Park Authority for 10 years.


At its Nov. 19 meeting, the Board of Supervisors confirmed the appointment of Kirk W. Kincannon as director of the Park Authority. Today’s action confirmed the Park Authority Board’s selection made earlier this month. Kincannon will begin in his new position on Jan. 27, 2014. He will receive an annual salary of $169,000. Current Acting Director Cindy Messinger will continue to serve in her position until that time and support Kincannon through a transition period.

Kincannon is currently the director of parks and recreation for the City of Boulder, Colo., a recognized national leader in sustainable practices, park and facility design and inclusive programs, where he oversees a staff of approximately 1,000. During his tenure he has successfully completed two strategic planning processes. The first focused on improvements to park planning, and the second plan focused on internal department re-alignment and streamlining, which resulted in improved, more strategic service provision to the public. Kincannon is well-known for his ability to engage with citizen groups. He has successfully leveraged both public and private partnerships in order to supplement park and recreation opportunities for the community.

Kincannon began his park and recreation career in Fairfax County, first serving as a recreation coordinator with the Town of Herndon for four years before coming to the Fairfax County Park Authority for 10 years from 1985-1995. His work at the Park Authority included progressively more responsible positions at Mount Vernon RECenter and Lee District Park and RECenter. He also served as manager of Lake Accotink Park for seven years.

Prior to his position in Colorado, Kincannon served as the director of recreation, parks and cultural activities for the City of Alexandria, from 2004-09, where he oversaw approximately 1,300 merit and seasonal staff. During his tenure as director, Alexandria received its national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. He also served as deputy director of parks, natural resources and capital projects with Alexandria for four years. In addition, Kincannon spent five years as the director of parks, recreation and tourism for Wythe County, Va.

Kincannon grew up in Fairfax County and received a bachelor's degree in recreation, leisure services and physical education from Virginia Wesleyan College.

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Kirk W. Kincannon

Kirk W. Kincannon

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