Kirk Kincannon, Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority was elected as a member of the 2016 Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) Board of Directors. His term begins in January and runs for three years.
The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public information meeting on the Burke Lake Golf Course Clubhouse replacement and driving range expansion for neighbors and interested citizens. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
The Friends of Burke Lake Park will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. The meeting will focus on volunteer opportunities to support the lake.
After 15 Years Lake Tours Return. It was more than 15 years ago that tour boats guided guests around Burke Lake, a 218-acre body of water that offers wonderful opportunities for fishing. These guided tours allowed Fairfax County Park Authority staff to share with park patrons the beautiful shoreline, information about wildlife and native fauna, as well as panoramic vistas from the water. This weekend, on September 5, 2015, the tours start anew! Tours will run on weekends until the end of October.
Smithsonian Magazine's Celebration Marked Locally. Sully Historic Site will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. as part of Smithsonian Magazine's 11th annual Museum Day Live. On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live ticket.
On Saturday, September 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale will host a Treasure Hunt. Prepare for an adventure as you follow a treasure map collecting clues along a half mile woodland walk. Clues will be provided by friendly naturalist pirates who describe their favorite natural treasures found in Annandale Community Park.
The air is getting crisp and apples are getting sweeter. Celebrate the beginning of fall and Johnny Appleseed's birthday by heading north across the Mason-Dixon Line to Shaw Orchards to pick Maryland's best apples. Apple Picking Time is Saturday, September 26, 2015.
Tell Us Why You Love Parks! Poets have a very special way with words. Right now, the Fairfax County Park Authority is searching for young poets who love nature and parks and can put that passion into words. Celebrate both National Poetry Day in October and the Park Authority's 65th anniversary by entering this poetry contest sponsored by the Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Submissions due September 25.
This could be the ultimate family escapade! Join in the fun of Movie Night at the Campground at Burke Lake Park this fall. Two great nights of camping fun and entertainment at a special location. See The Goonies on Friday, September 18, 2015 or Ghostbusters on Friday, October 2.
Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the restoration of Sully Historic Site on September 6, 2015, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. At this special anniversary celebration free tours will be given highlighting the architecture of Sully, structural changes made by various families and restoration efforts of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) from 1959 through the present.
Sully Historic Site's new Visitor's Center is having an Open House for the Eddie Wagstaff Conference Room. Stop by on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. or on Saturday, September 12 from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. to see why this recently added conference room is the perfect place for your organization's next meeting, training, or team building event.
The Virginia Indian Festival returns to Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Va., on Saturday, September 12, 2015. This is the best opportunity of the year in Northern Virginia to explore the lives and history of Virginia's first families.
The Fairfax County Park Authority and Hughes Group Architects received a 2015 Fairfax County Exceptional Design Honor Award for recreational design excellence. This award recognizes the renovation of Oak Marr RECenter in Oakton, VA that was completed in 2014. The finished project includes an updated lobby and administration area, a new entrance to improve facility access and security and a two-story, 5,500 square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment.
There's a terrific volunteer opportunity approaching that means time spent in the great outdoors as temperatures begin to drop and fall colors begin to emerge. Join other Fairfax County residents, including families, scouts, students and community groups for the annual fall International Coastal Cleanup. The cleanup's official day is Saturday, September 19, 2015 but some sites may schedule events on other days.
In the 21st century, new and innovative technology is available through cell phones, computers, and machines that make lives easier. In the 1850s, the Machens at Walney had new and innovative technology for their time that made living easier. Take the new Technology Tour at Walney and discover what technology the Machens had and how it compares to our technology today.
Come to Fall Garden Day at Green Spring Gardens for all your fall gardening needs. Numerous local vendors will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2015 to help you make your garden its best ever.
The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole drew record crowds within hours of cutting the ribbon on a $5.5 million expansion earlier this month. Since then the excitement has not abated. In response to popular demand, the Fairfax County Park Authority will extend the season and keep the facility open on weekends from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. this September.
With summer days on the wane, it's time to take advantage of every last moment and do great things with family and friends. To that end, the Fairfax County Park Authority has listed 65 things you can do in parks; a tribute to our ongoing 65th Anniversary celebration!
Teachers on the science education team at Fairfax County Public Schools are being honored for their efforts in environmental education. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board announced that environmental sciences educators and program leadership are this year's recipients of the Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award.
Two men credited with doing great things for western Fairfax County will be the first recipients of the newly established Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board announced the award will be shared by Sully District Supervisor Michael Frey and Park Authority Board Member Hal Strickland.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova appointed Walter Alcorn to the Park Authority Board on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, filling a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Kala Quintana who left due to a government appointment.
Paula Elsey, a historian, volunteer and author, is the recipient of this year's Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award. Elsey is being honored for her significant contributions to the stewardship of Fairfax County cultural resources and her passion for history and preservation.
Relax after a long week of work with a Friday evening stroll through the gardens at Green Spring. Let tension slip away as you see Green Spring's demonstration gardens in a different light on August 7 and again on September 11, 2015.
The Fairfax County Park Foundation, a charitable organization which supports the Fairfax County Park Authority, is honoring three individuals with 2015 Eakin Philanthropy Awards for their efforts in support of county parks.
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Hidden Pond Nature Center volunteer Joshua Buontempo the 2015 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Student Honoree. The annual Elly Doyle awards recognize individuals and organizations that contribute outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority. One student honoree is named.
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named this year's recipients of the 2015 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that contribute outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority. This is the agency's top honor for volunteer service.
REI, Inc. has once again put their faith in the environmental ethos and ability of the Fairfax County Park Authority and those who assist in our mission to protect natural resources. For the fifth time, the outdoor equipment company is partnering with the Park Authority to support the agency's Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program. REI recently presented the Fairfax County Park Foundation with a $10,000 grant for IMA, a volunteer program designed to reduce invasive plants and increase biodiversity on parkland.
Looking for something new to do on a weekday afternoon? Why not get some friends together for a Thursday tour and tea at Green Spring Gardens on August 13 and again on September 17, 2015.
Join us for fun on the water at Riverbend Park this July. Sunset kayaking tours and family fishing trips will be offered in the evening. Both trips will take participants through the beautiful scenery of Riverbend Park, showcasing the scenic islands, beautiful foliage and spectacular wildlife in and around the Potomac River.
The 2015 requirements for commercial photographers conducting business in local parks and the start-up of an Ambassadors Club for photographers go into effect as of July 1, 2015.
You'll always find something fun to do in Fairfax County parks, and the Park Authority's Discovery Trail Map is your guide! The journey features 12 distinctive sites that give students age 17 and younger the chance to discover each site's unique features. Valid through September 1.