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Halloween Fun Found Throughout County Park System

With Halloween fast approaching, now is the time to plan for fun! Throughout the Fairfax County park system various sites and locations are getting ready for the annual visitations of those in search of ghoulishly spooktacular adventure.

Final Resident Curator Program Study to Be Presented

The Resident Curator Program Study will be presented to the public at a meeting on October 23, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Rooms 4/5 of the Government Center. The meeting will feature a presentation on the report findings and there will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions regarding the study.

Ghouls Are Gathering for Oak Marr’s Haunted Mini-Golf

Young ghouls and goblins ages 3 to 12 are invited to play a round of haunted mini-golf at Oak Marr on Friday, October 24 and Saturday October 25, 2014. The course in Oakton, Va., located between the recreation center and the golf complex, will be decorated for Halloween and some staff members may be in costume. Haunted Mini-Golf is available from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Fall 2014 Trout Program Announced at Lake Fairfax Park

If you love to fish for trout join in the fun of the 2014 Trout Program at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston. The temperatures are perfect for fall fishing and the season begins October 11 and runs through November 9, 2014.

Help Create The Vision: Planning Meeting Set for Old Colchester Park and Preserve & Mason Neck

Through this past spring and summer, the Fairfax County Park Authority has been working to develop a vision for the future of Mason Neck West Park and Old Colchester Park and Preserve in the Mason Neck region of Fairfax County. A lot of research has been done, and suggestions gathered from the community. This input has been utilized in the development of a draft plan for each of these parks. With the completion of these drafts, comes the opportunity to share the plans and find out what the community thinks about them. Please join us on October 29, 2014.

Official Ribbon Cutting Approaches at Oak Marr RECenter

For the past few weeks, patrons at Oak Marr RECenter have been getting a feel for the recently updated and expanded facility. It's part of the "soft opening" that allows staff and visitors to work out any possible kinks prior to the official ribbon cutting celebration scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Parks Needs Assessment Underway; Public Comment Sought

The Needs Assessment is here. Help us promote our Parks Count campaign and be certain that we hear from you and others in the community who use Fairfax County parks. Over the next year and half, we will be soliciting your help, keeping you informed of progress, and inviting you to the occasional public meeting. Both online and in-person means of input will be used.

Take the 5 Days of Iron Challenge at Oak Marr RECenter

"Are you ready to TRI?" That's what Oak Marr RECenter staff members want to know. From October 24 through October 28, 2014, the RECenter in Oakton, Va., is hosting the 5 Days of Iron Challenge, an event in which participants will bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles, and swim 2.4 miles in five days - the total distances of an Iron Man Triathlon.

Fractured Shaft Halts Grinding at Colvin Run Mill

Crack! Not a sound a miller wants to hear. Grinding with the main stones at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site has come to a stop for at least the next few months. Miller Mason Maddox earlier this month found a crack in the main axle of the site's water wheel, which catches the water flowing through the millrace and powers the mill. Although the mill's main stones cannot grind grain until the shaft is replaced, tours and interpretation of the historic site will continue.

Historic All Hallows' Eve Celebration at Sully

Treat yourself to Halloween fun and facts by heading to Sully Historic Site for the annual Historic All Hallows' Eve celebration which is ongoing from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014. It's a family-friendly event designed to shed light on centuries-old customs that evolved into the holiday traditions of today.

Experience E.C. Lawrence Park's House of Reptiles, Night Ride

Halloween has almost arrived, and with the scariest of holidays comes fun-filled events for families, such as Ellanor C. Lawrence Park's All Hallows Eve House of Reptiles and Night Ride on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., families are invited to test their courage and challenge their fears and phobias as they meet and touch creepy-crawly creatures in darkened rooms decorated for the season. This campfire program concludes with a wagon ride through a moonlit meadow and s'mores.

Public Comment Sought For Sully Woodlands Planning

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking public comment on the final draft conceptual plans for five large parks in Sully Woodlands. Located on Fairfax County's western edge, the Sully Woodlands region is the Park Authority's largest assemblage of parkland and is rich with natural and cultural resources. The Sully Woodlands Core Property Conceptual Development Plan's (CDP) Public Comment Meeting was held on October 1, 2014.

Supervisors Transfer Property to Park Authority

The Fairfax County Park Authority now owns an additional 11.7 acres of parkland in the Dranesville District. The new acquisition was the result of a fee simple, land transfer by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. The property, located near Dulles Station Blvd. in Herndon will be known as Dulles Rock Hill Park.

Second Annual Huntley Harvest Festival Set for November 1

The second annual Huntley Harvest Festival will take place Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 1 to 4 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy autumn-themed games, crafts, and activities at both Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley. Refreshments will be available, and kids can collect prizes at educational stations.

Volunteers Sought for Park Authority Adapted Aquatics Classes

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking volunteers for upcoming Adapted Aquatics classes this fall, and you can help! The Adapted Aquatics program offers weekly classes to develop basic swim skills for both adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities.

Playground Resurfacing Set to Begin at Clemyjontri Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will replace the rubber surface on the playground at Clemyjontri Park, in McLean, Va., this fall. Phased construction will begin after Labor Day and continue through the end of November 2014. During this time the majority of the playground will be open for play; however, portions of the playground will be closed for improvements. 

Online Color Map Helps Hikers at Hidden Pond

Life just got easier for people who like to explore the 25 acres of Hidden Pond Nature Center. The Springfield, Va., park has a striking variety of hiking trails in a relatively small area, and now those trails are easier to navigate. Hidden Pond has published an excellent online color trail map that shows the park layout, surrounding roads, significant park structures, park trails and their length, approximate hiking times, and whether the trails are blazed, unmarked, natural or paved.

Park Authority Receives Acclaim from GFOA for Financial Reporting

For the sixth 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). The award recognizes the Fiscal Year 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Diane Hoffman Earns Park Authority's Sally Ormsby Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Diane Hoffman, former executive director of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD), as the 2014 recipient of the Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award. The award, named for the late Sally B. Ormsby, a champion of stewardship issues in Fairfax County, recognizes individuals whose actions embody the spirit and values of stewardship and result in tangible benefits for the environment and the community.

Park Authority Board Names Lundegard 2014 Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award Recipient

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Great Falls resident Robert Lundegard as the recipient of the 2014 Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award. This award, created in 2013 by the Park Authority Board, honors the late, longtime historian, author and chairman of the Sully Foundation and celebrates outstanding service through the stewardship of historic resources. The award ultimately honors significant contributions toward the understanding, preservation and education of history in Fairfax County.

2014 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Recipients Announced

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named the 2014 Elly Doyle Park Service Award recipients. The annual award recognizes individuals and organizations that contribute outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority.

New Audio Tour Benefits Parks, History and ADA

The Fairfax County Park Authority has completed a pilot project that produces benefits for park and history buffs, and that also supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2010. The agency has installed its first audio recording that makes interpretive signage at a park more accessible to users with visual disabilities. The recording is now active at Freedom Hill Fort Park, not far from Tysons.

Park Authority Recognized by National Recreation and Park Association

The Fairfax County Park Authority has been selected by the National Recreation and Park Association to receive the 2014 Excellence in Inclusion Award. This prestigious award recognizes and honors an agency that has embraced implementation of inclusive practices and processes.

Park Authority Wins Prestigious National Marketing Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority has been selected by the National Recreation and Park Association to receive the 2014 Kudos Marketing Award, which is presented annually to a park and recreation agency that increases the public's awareness through marketing and communications.

Trail Improvements to Begin at Pine Ridge Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will start construction of 1,200 linear feet of asphalt multi-use trail connecting Chivalry Road and Pine Ridge Park. This project consists of improvements to a portion of an existing footpath currently used by residents through the woods in Pine Ridge Park to the athletic fields.

Park Authority Wins Four National Communications Awards

The Fairfax County Park Authority earned four national awards in this year's Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition sponsored by the National Association of Government Communicators. The awards were announced during a reception and banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on June 12, 2014.

2014 Eakin Philanthropy Award Recipients Named

The Fairfax County Park Foundation announced the 2014 recipients of the Eakin Philanthropy Awards, honoring Mike Rolband, president of Wetland Studies and Solutions (WSSI) and Transurban-Fluor for their generous financial support of park programs and capital projects.

Park Authority Photography Permits Now Available Online

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has published a new webpage that lists the guidelines for professional photographers and provides a link to download a photography permit application. As many local photographers already know, county parks offer some of the most scenic locations in Northern Virginia for capturing memories. Wedding parties, graduating seniors, and families are just some of the groups seeking out beautiful natural landscapes and picturesque historic buildings found in parks.


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