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Fire Suppression Testing to Close Main House at Sully Briefly

Tens of thousands of visitors come to Sully Historic Site to celebrate local history and get a glimpse of the past each year. That visit will be limited to the site’s grounds for a few days when the historic main house at Sully will be briefly closed to the public in order to perform required annual testing of the building’s fire suppression system from August 8 through August 11, 2016.

Family Golf Days Set For Pinecrest and Oak Marr Golf Courses

Spend time with family and enjoy a game of golf at two of Fairfax County’s golf courses. In August parents pay for their 9-hole round of golf and accompanying kids and teens (ages 8-17) will receive their round for no charge.

Frying Pan Hosts 68th County 4-H Fair and Carnival

The old-fashioned country fun of the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival returns to Frying Pan Farm Park, starting on August 4 and running through August 7, 2016. Bring the family out to the farm to enjoy carnival games, rides, fair exhibits and stage entertainment.

Huntley Meadows Park Among NACPRO Award Winners

The wetlands restoration project at Huntley Meadows Park will be among the honorees this weekend when the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) holds its summer meeting in Long Beach, California. It has been selected as a winner of a NACPRO Environmental/Conservation Award.

Cooking, Nutrition Demos Offered at Farmers Markets

Join us at your local farmers market to learn a new quick and easy farm-to-table recipe! The Virginia Cooperative Extension's Master Food Volunteers will be presenting demonstrations on selected days, serving up quick and healthy recipes.

Escape your Saturday Chores with Fun Programs at Green Spring

Take a break from those Saturday errands and chores and try something new at Green Spring Gardens in August. Learn how to make all-natural cold press soap for your home or to give as gifts on Saturday, August 6. Nothing says summer like flowers and ice cream. Enjoy both on August 13 and wrap up the month on August 27 with a Begonia Topiary Standard Workshop.

Break the Boredom of Summer Break with Camps at Green Spring

Kids are full of excitement when that last school bell of the year rings, but it doesn’t take long for boredom to set in. Break the pattern this summer with a day camp at Green Spring Gardens.

Go to the Drive-in at Starlight Cinema

Come join Starlight Cinema and the Fairfax County Park Authority as we relive a tradition that was gone too soon. The big screen, the cool air and your choice of sitting in the comfort of your own car or under the night sky. Come to the drive-in movies, bring your chairs and blankets and sit outside free of charge to enjoy Minions, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Home.

Inauguration Day Fashion in Lincoln’s Day on artiFACTS

What might a well-dressed American man have worn to Abraham Lincoln’s first presidential inauguration in 1861? Hint: It was several inches tall, stood straight up and made from the finest silk! Learn how men made a fashion statement in Lincoln’s time by clicking on the Fairfax County Park Authority’s artiFACTS website.

History Comes Alive at Sully’s Civil War Encampment

Like history? Secede from your air-conditioned homes this summer and come down to Sully Historic Site to experience what life was like in the Civil War. The encampment weekend runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2016 and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m on Sunday, August 14.

Discover Your Survival Skills at Burke Lake Park

Sharpen your skills or learn something new! Burke Lake Park is offering a Wilderness Survival Skills session to anyone age 13 and up interested in honing their inner Bear Grylls. The session runs from 9 a.m. until 1p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2016.

Park Foundation Announces 2016 Eakin Award Winners

The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF), a charitable organization which supports the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), has named three winners of its 2016 Eakin Philanthropy Awards: Rachel Harris of Let’s Help Kids, Northop Grumman and The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust. These annual honors go out to individuals or organizations for their efforts in support of county parks.

Pinecrest Golf Course to Host FootGolf National Championship Qualifier

The American FootGolf League (AFGL) U.S. National Championship will hold a Virginia Regional Qualifier at Pinecrest Golf Course in Alexandria, Va., on Saturday, August 20, 2016 beginning at 2 p.m.

Don’t Worry. Bee Happy on National Honeybee Day!

Where would we be without the honeybee? Celebrate this wondrous insect with free activities and paid crafts for kids and adults at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

July Concerts Bring International Flair to Fairfax Parks

During the third week in July, the summer air will be filled with music evoking diverse cultures – everything from Bolivia to Ireland. The Fairfax County Park Authority is hosting its Summer Entertainment Series, with a wide variety of international performances in local parks.

Catch Mellow Vibes with Smooth Jazz Melodies

Mellow out during the last week in July by enjoying a variety of jazz and blues performances in local parks free of charge.

Science, Puppets and Rock & Roll Delight Kids in Fairfax Parks

Fairfax County Park Authority has some fun events in store for the little ones, the last weekend in July and they are free of charge.

Entertain Your Young Ones with Free Park Performances

The youngest Fairfax residents can enjoy summer performances created just for them – and parents will love that they are absolutely free!

Take a Trip Around the World – in Your Parks!

The end of July brings a wide variety of international performances in local parks that the whole family will love – free of charge.

Enjoy a Weekend of Musical Variety for the Whole Family

The Fairfax County Park Authority is hosting its Summer Entertainment Series. During the last weekend in July, enjoy a wide variety of free performances in local parks that the whole family will love.

Fairfax Parks Celebrating National Park and Recreation Month

It’s National Park and Recreation Month, and the Fairfax County Park Authority is joining in the celebration with a series of promotions designed to get residents off the couch and into a local park. The Park Authority’s message in July is: Enjoy your parks this month and all year long!

Park Authority Wins National Stewardship Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has been named the winner of the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) 2016 Barb King Environmental Stewardship Award, which recognizes a parks and recreation agency that has achieved excellence in environmental stewardship. This national recognition pays tribute to the Park Authority’s growing commitment to protection of natural resources in Fairfax County.

Three Construction Projects at Lake Fairfax Ready to Start

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work at Lake Fairfax Park on a stream restoration project, a bridge replacement project, and the ADA replacement of bathhouse “C” and restroom “B” project.

Park Board Approves Grant for Trailside Park Improvements

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant request from Central Springfield Little League at the board’s June 22, 2016 meeting.

McLean High Park Gets New Name and Classification

McLean High Park has a new name. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board renamed and reclassified the park at its meeting on May 25, 2016, at the request of members of the community.

Stimulate Your Musical Senses with Serenading Sounds

The Fairfax County Park Authority is hosting its Summer Entertainment Series. July is a great time to enjoy a wide variety of musical styles and performances in local parks. Bring the whole family for these free performances.

FCPA’s Virginia Swims Garners NACo Award

For its lead role in developing the Virginia Swims learn-to-swim curriculum, the Fairfax County Park Authority will receive a 2016 Achievement Award next month at the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition. NACo’s annual awards program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs, and the Virginia Swims program is being honored in the Parks and Recreation category.

Sewer Line Construction to Begin at Burke Lake Park

Short Term Disruption on Trails, Other Amenities Anticipated The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin construction of approximately 7,000 linear feet of sewer line throughout Burke Lake Park. This sewer line will connect with the proposed clubhouse and allow for future connections to existing park facilities.

Summer Camp on a Farm? It’s the Perfect Place.

Explore the workings of Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Va., during a variety of camps this summer. Frying Pan’s many other camp topics include photography, animals, chess, history, sewing, science, zoology, horses, and a variety of art topics. Camps at the farm run through August.

Explore Local Waters with Fishing and Nature Camps

Wanna play hooky while school is out? Learn to fish at Riverbend Park’s Freshwater Fishing Fun Camp. Younger kids can check out Reptile Rangers Camp at Huntley Meadows Park. For youth who want to learn more about a very important ecosystem, the Wetlanders Camp at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Huntley Meadows, or Riverbend Park lets campers get wet in streams catching salamanders, crayfish and more.

Explore Nature at Camp By Day and By Night

The Fairfax County Park Authority has camps for the early bird, the evening explorer, and the night owl. Explore your community parks, learn about nature, and have fun! During the day, learn about art and science. Next, tell stories around a campfire. Then, learn how to survive in the woods at night.

Dig into Garden Programs for Kids and Families at Green Spring

Bring your kids to Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, July 9, 2016, for an herb container workshop. You and your little ones will plant a simple herb container that brings the love of food and gardening together. Children with a green thumb will enjoy a Thursday series of Let's Grow Garden Club programs in July and August.

Mill around Colvin Run and Learn to Turn Grain into Flour

What does it take to turn grain into flour or corn into corn meal? Find out how it was done in years past as Colvin Run Mill demonstrates the milling process from beginning to end in this hands-on program on July 10 and July 31, 2016.

Park Authority Wins Seven NAGC Communication Awards

The Fairfax County Park Authority received seven awards at the annual meeting of the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) held last week in Washington, D.C.

School’s Ending, but Learning is Going Strong at Fairfax County Parks

From tadpoles to turtles to quill pens, start your child’s summer off with a hands-on learning experience at Fairfax County parks. At Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, meet a naturalist by Walney Pond on June 22, 2016 to learn about pond life; children can say good-bye to smart boards and hello to slate boards at Sully Historic Site’s program on 19th Century School Days, Thursday, June 23, and again on Thursday, June 30; Hidden Pond Nature Center hosts a Flora-Fauna series with a naturalist on Thursdays this summer for children age three to six.

Work Getting Underway on New Synthetic Field at Pine Ridge Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority is asking residents to "pardon our dust" as work begins on improvements to Field #6 at Pine Ridge Park in Annandale, Virginia.

Come On Down to the Farm and Lend a Hand at Frying Pan

Kids who don't want to clean their rooms will jump at the chance to do chores when it means helping out on the farm at Frying Pan Farm Park. The whole family can get into the act on Thursdays in June, July and August by registering for one or more days of Junior Farmer Family Fun.

REI Presents Sixth Grant to Park Foundation

REI, Inc., has found something of value to believe in inside the Fairfax County Park Authority. For the sixth 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 $5,000 grant for IMA, a volunteer program designed to reduce invasive plants and increase biodiversity on parkland.

Relax with Soothing Sunday Teas at Green Spring this Summer

Fill a Sunday with tea and history each month this summer at Historic Green Spring. On June 26, 2016, artist and collector Caroline Hottenstein comes to the historic house at Green Spring Gardens with a display of lace items and lace-making tools. On July 17, souvenirs take center stage at the historic house. If you won't be at the beach in August, return to Green Spring for a program on the Victorian Seaside on August 7.

Park Discovery Trail Leads Kids to Presidential History, Prizes

Which U.S. President made a daring escape from the enemy through Riverbend Park? What does the House at Hidden Pond Nature Center have in common with the White House? Which Commander-in-Chief saved Sully Historic Site from demolition? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this year's Fairfax County Park Authority Discovery Trail Map - Presidential Edition. The promotion runs through Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

Mastenbrook Grant Funds New Batting Cages at Stratton Woods

New batting cages will be coming to Stratton Woods Park. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook Volunteeer Matching Fund Grant Program request from Northern Fairfax County Babe Ruth (NFCBR).

Pioneer Baseball League Awarded Mastenbrook Grant Funds

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook Grant for the Pioneer Baseball League (PBL) to fund construction of batting cages adjacent to Field 1 at Clermont Park and Field 2 at Lee District Park.

Apply Now to Become a Lifeguard at the Water Mine

Spend your summer at a water park and get paid for the privilege. Become a lifeguard at the Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole at Lake Fairfax Park.

Installation of Shade Structure Impacts Chessie's Big Backyard

The Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park is well-known for Chessie's Big Backyard playground, and the popular Our Special Harbor spray ground. The two playgrounds are open to the public during daylight hours and Our Special Harbor is set to open on Memorial Day weekend. At the two to five age group playground, a structure will be constructed over the play area to provide much-needed shade and to enhance the play experience. The playground for two to five year olds will be closed from now through approximately June 10, 2016.

Rainy Weather Delays Towers Park Metro Connector Trail

Rain has delayed the completion of 425 linear feet of ADA-accessible asphalt trail in Fairfax, VA. The trail is now expected to open for public use by mid-to-late June 2016.

Paid Summer Internships Available at Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Va., is looking to fill a pair of paid internships for the coming summer. The park is in need of a Nature Education Intern and a Fishing Education Intern for 10 to 12 weeks.

How to Find the Freshest Fruits and Veggies When You Need Them

If you have a recipe crying out for strawberries, kale, beets or swiss chard, there's an easy way to find the freshest produce to use. Fairfax County Farmers Markets are open from May to mid-December at locations throughout the county.

Swing into Summer with Free Concerts in Fairfax County Parks

With everything from acoustic rock to zydeco, there's a show for everyone in Fairfax County parks this summer - and you can enjoy them all for FREE! The 2016 Summer Entertainment in the Parks season kicks off on June 1 with Jazz and American Roots concerts and wraps up on August 31 with Blues and Americana Soul.

Spring Hill Renovation Wins NACPRO Award

The expansion and renovation of the Spring Hill RECenter in McLean, Virginia, is being honored with an award from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO). The Fairfax County Park Authority project has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 NACPRO Award in the Park and Recreation Facility Class II category.

Parks Count Survey: More Maintenance, Open Space

Fix what you have, and step up the maintenance - because parks are more important than they've ever been. That's the message from the public, stakeholders, and a consultant team working on the Parks Count Needs Assessment Study.

Park Authority Wins Award for Colvin Run Campaign

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is the winner of a 2016 NACPRO Award for the marketing efforts that helped Colvin Run Mill achieve a top-four finish in the 2013 web-based Partners in Preservation (PiP) voting contest sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. As a result of the contest, the FCPA received a $75,000 grant to restore the historic mill.

Get in the Know about the 2016 Fairfax County Park Bond

There's more on the ballot than the presidential race this November. Fairfax County voters will also have the chance to vote on a 2016 Park Bond to finance park renovations and upgrades, land acquisition, natural and cultural resource stewardship and new park development.

Hal Strickland Honored for Professional-Lifetime Achievement

Former Fairfax County Park Authority Board member Harold L. Strickland will be honored by the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) for his career in public service.

Mastenbrook Grant Awarded for Telescope at Turner Farm

The skies will soon be in sharper focus over Observatory Park at Turner Farm, thanks to a Mastenbrook Grant. At its meeting on April 27, 2016, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteeer Matching Fund Grant for $20,000 for the Analemma Society.

Friends of Royal Lake Receive Mastenbrook Grant Funds

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant for the Friends of Royal Lake (FORL) at its meeting on April 27, 2016. The grant of $16,343 will be used by the non-profit friends group to purchase and install replacement outdoor fitness equipment at Royal Lake Park.

Fairfax County Farmers Markets to Open First Week of May

What do Fairfax County residents look forward to at the beginning of May? Many would say the return of farm fresh products with the opening of the 11 locations of the Fairfax County Park Authority's (FCPA) Farmers Markets. Customers can look forward to the freshest produce, meats, cheese, baked breads, honey, ice cream, sweets and cut flowers our region has to offer.

Economists Find Park Authority Creates 1,260 Jobs in Local Economy

The Fairfax County Park Foundation recently contracted with the Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) at George Mason University to assess the Fairfax County Park Authority's economic impact on the county economy.

New Tysons II Urban Park Features Colorful Perennial Landscape

Fairfax County parks are growing by another 2.3 acres with the addition of a new public urban park in Tysons. This new park contributes to fulfilling the Tysons Park System Plan endorsed by the Park Authority Board in 2014.

Wakefield Park Stream Restoration to Impact Trail Use

One of two stream restoration projects in Wakefield Park in Annandale, Va. that began in October 2015 is about 40 percent complete and a second project is just beginning. Both restoration projects will impact trail use within the park sporadically.

Chantilly Youth Association Receives Mastenbrook Grant

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant for the Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) at its meeting on March 23, 2016. This approval provides another example of the benefits of partnerships and collaboration between the Park Authority and the local youth athletics organizations.

Park Authority Receives Financial Reporting Award

For the eighth consecutive year, the Fairfax County Park Authority has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Park Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Little League

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook grant at its meeting on March 9, 2016 that will help support Little League in Northern Virginia.

Fairfax County Parkland Grows with New Acquisition

Park acreage in Fairfax County has grown with the acquisition of 10.15 acres in the Mount Vernon District. The Park Authority acquired the acreage in Paul Spring Stream Valley Park.

Park Authority Marks Ten Years of Invasive Management

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Fairfax County Park Authority's national award-winning Invasive Management Area (IMA) program.

Explore Parks on Instagram; Hashtag Photos with #FairfaxParks

Just in time for spring, the Fairfax County Park Authority has joined the Instagram community. The Park Authority looks forward to engaging with Instagram's active online community and sharing beautiful photos of local parks and recreational facilities.

87% of Residents In Fairfax Report Regular Park Use

Fairfax Parks Are More Popular Than Ever. Newly released results from a survey conducted as part of the 2015 Parks Count Needs Assessment Study, indicates Fairfax County parks are more popular than ever with results reflecting the highest park use numbers received in the last five community surveys. Additionally, 93% of residents indicate that parks are extremely or highly important to their quality of life - the highest rating in 12 years of measurement.

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