Park Board: Harold L. Strickland
Harold L. Strickland has been a member of the Park Authority Board since 1992. He is the Sully District representative. He has been at the forefront of enormous service expansion and unique challenges and has served as chairman of the Park Authority Board six times over the years.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors honored Strickland for his many years of service on the Park Board last year, presenting him with the Lawrence V. Fowler Award in December, 2010. 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.
As a board member, he brings substantial community experience, including 14 years of service as the Springfield, Providence and Sully District representative to the Fairfax County Athletic Council, where he served two years as chairman. Strickland was the founding father of the sports-related Chantilly Youth Association, serving as president for 25 years. His contributions were recognized with the Outstanding Public Official Award from the National Association of County Park and Recreation officials and a Certificate of Recognition from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. He has been a three-time president of the 1,800-home Greenbriar Civic Association. Strickland was appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to be the Chantilly area spokesman for the Citizens Advisory Committee on Relocation of the County Government Center.
Strickland is a member of the administration, management and budget committee, the diversity and succession committee, as well as chairman of the funding policy and bond committee. He is also a member of the strategic planning and initiatives committee.
Three publications - Greenbriar Flyer, Times-Courier and Centreville Times - have selected Strickland as Citizen of the Year. In 1997, he was elected into the Fairfax County Football Hall of Fame. He continues to serve on the Chantilly Youth Association Board of Directors.