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Park Authority Announces Selection of New Chief of Business Development

Ms. Aimee Long Vosper has been named Deputy Director, Chief of Business Development for the Fairfax County Park Authority, a position that will focus on the creation and expansion of partnerships essential to the agency's financial stability. She will also oversee the Park Authority's planning and development initiatives, strategic planning efforts and the Automated Services Branch. She begins her service with the agency on February 23, 2015.

Park Authority Board Elects 2015 Officers

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board elected their 2015 officers in action taken at their January 28, 2015, meeting. Returning for his seventh term as Chairman is William G. Bouie, who represents the Hunter Mill District on the Board. Providence District Representative Ken Quincy was elected to serve as Vice Chairman. At-large member Kala Leggett Quintana will serve as Board Secretary and Sully District Representative Harold Strickland returns to the leadership team as Treasurer.

Juniors at Three Schools to Compete For Sully Paid Internships

Sully Historic Site, the home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia's first Representative to Congress is pleased to announce the second year of the Margaret C. Peck Youth Internship program, sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. Juniors at Herndon, Chantilly and Westfield high schools in good standing and who have an interest in history are encouraged to apply for this paid, eight-month internship. Applications due by February 20.

Watch as Maple Syrup is Made at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

Maple trees at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site have been tapped and buckets are filling with sticky maple sap. Now it's sugaring time! Residents are invited to bundle up, brave the weather, and watch as maple tree sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire at the mill. This program will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays, February 8 and 22, and March 1.

Annual Seed Exchange Returns to Green Spring Gardens

Gardeners from around the Washington, D.C. metro area are invited to attend the 10th annual Washington Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Attendees will trade seeds, learn gardening tips during educational lectures, and make new friends throughout the day.

Finding a Park On The Go Just Got Easier Than Ever

The Fairfax County Park Authority has added a new mobile-friendly search tool to our website, giving access to park locations, facilities, Parktakes classes, and reservable picnic sites while on the go through your favorite smartphone or tablet.

 Bridge Replacement to Begin at Woodlawn Park in Alexandria

The Fairfax County Park Authority will start construction to replace the existing pedestrian bridge at Woodlawn Park in Alexandria. The Park is located at 4800 Manor Drive off of Pole Road. This $64,000 project consists of removing the existing bridge and installing a new 35-foot fiberglass pedestrian bridge.

Snow-Postponed Meeting Reset For Mt. Vernon Woods Park

Yesterday's snow squall forced the cancellation of the public information meeting for Mt. Vernon Woods Park Master Plan Revision. The meeting will now be held at 7 p.m. on February 3, 2015.

Lake Fairfax Trout Fishing Passes Are Now On Sale

Local trout fishermen are gathering their tackle and preparing for the trout fishing season at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Va. The 20-acre lake will be stocked with thousands of pounds of safe-to-eat rainbow trout multiple times between February 14 and May 3, 2015. A variety of passes are now available for purchase at the park.

Lake Fairfax Park to Hold First Annual Car Show

Muscle cars, imports, and trucks will be on display at Lake Fairfax Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 16, 2015. The entry fee for all vehicles is $10, and entries are now being accepted. Spectators will be admitted free of charge.

Park Authority Solicits Comments on Proposed Fee Packet

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold its annual public comment meeting on the agency's proposed fee adjustments. The public is invited to share their perspectives on these proposals with the Park Board either at the meeting or via correspondence or email. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Mail and email comments must be received no later than February 5, 2015.

Green Spring Gardens Master Planning Process to Start

The Fairfax County Park Authority has started a public planning process that will update the master plan for Green Spring Gardens. The purpose of this public process is to review the existing plan for any needed updates and help determine how newly acquired parkland along Green Spring Road can be best used. The Park Authority invites the public to lend its voice to the planning process. A public information meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Learn How to Design Your Garden at Green Spring Gardens

The dead of winter is a great time to start thinking about the upcoming planting season and look forward to warmer days ahead. The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering a series of Garden Design Workshops at Green Spring Gardens this month for green thumbs itching to get started.

Mount Vernon RECenter Joins in National Skating Month Celebration

Mount Vernon RECenter is joining in the national celebration of the 15th annual National Skating Month this January. Sponsored by U.S. Figure Skating, the celebration allows skating facilities to increase awareness and participation in on-ice skating programs.

Birding's Call Beckons New Hobbyists in the New Year

The New Year is the perfect time to take up a new hobby like birding. Fairfax County lies along the Atlantic Flyway, the East Coast's version of a super highway for migrating birds. Millions of hawks, songbirds, and various species of waterfowl travel through our area each spring and fall, and many birds spend the winter here. With a little practice, novice bird-watchers can identify local and migrating birds by sight and sound. The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering three programs in January for avian enthusiasts of all ages.

Park Authority Adds Acreage With Three Land Acquisitions

The Fairfax County Park Authority has acquired three new parcels of land, all of which will add to the Park Authority's parkland holdings and ultimately provide new recreational opportunities and natural resource areas.

Park Authority Honored For Restoration of Huntley Meadows Park

The Virginia Recreation and Park Society recently presented its annual awards to individuals, agencies and organizations throughout Virginia who have demonstrated excellence in any of several areas during the previous calendar year. Over 90 applications were received vying for awards in 13 different categories. VRPS recognized the Fairfax County Park Authority for its Huntley Meadows Park Wetlands Restoration, which was selected for the Best New Renovation/Addition - Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways, and Trails in the population category of greater than 100,000.

Longtime Huntley Meadows Volunteer Honored By VRPS

Over 350 delegates from around the state gathered last week at the 60th Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society in Hot Springs, Va. Highlighting the conference is a formal presentation of awards recognizing individuals, agencies and organizations throughout Virginia who have demonstrated excellence in any of several areas during the previous calendar year. The Society paid tribute to Norma Hoffman, a longtime volunteer at Huntley Meadows Park, who was selected for the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award.

Dranesville District Park Authority Board Appointee Announced

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust has appointed a replacement for Park Authority Board Member Richard "Rip" Sullivan who resigned effective December 11, naming as his replacement Grace Han Wolf, who assumes the post as of December 12, 2014.

Rec-PAC Announces Open Hire Dates For 2015 Employment

The Fairfax County Park Authority will accept applications for summer employment with Rec-PAC during four open hire sessions this spring. The Rec-PAC program will operate camps at 45 elementary school locations around the county on weekdays from June 29 through August 6, 2015.

Park Authority Publishes FY 2014 Annual Report Online

It's time once again to look back and celebrate our recent accomplishments, challenges and progress with the Fairfax County Park Authority's Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report. This publication can be found online. The report provides a snapshot of agency initiatives highlights significant events and provides narrative and photographs that help tell our story.

Workbook on Display for First Time at New Park Exhibit

The public is invited to view a new temporary exhibit at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, Va. Harvest Time at Walney interprets what harvest season was like on Walney farm during the 19th century. The highlight of the exhibit is an original workbook created by Lewis H. Machen who purchased Walney in 1843 and lived there until his death in 1863. This is the first time the workbook has been shared publicly. The exhibit is open through January 2015, in the park's visitor center and admission is free.

Park Authority Golf Courses Introduce Military Mondays

Fairfax County is home to a large number of current and former members of the four branches of the armed forces. To recognize and salute their service, the Fairfax County Park Authority is offering discounted golf specials on "Military Mondays" now through March 31, 2015.

Park Board Announces Meeting Schedule for 2015

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has published its 2015 meeting schedule. The Park Authority Board is a 12-member board appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to set policy and establish strategic policy and direction for the Park Authority. The Park Board holds public meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (except during the August recess and in November and December).

Park Board Endorses Tysons Park System Concept Plan

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board endorsed the Tysons Park System Concept Plan. With this action, the Park Board concluded another phase of a lengthy planning process that involved the creation of task forces and committees, dozens of public meetings, took into consideration hundreds of public comments and essentially laid the cornerstone for development of recreational amenities and parkland in Tysons.

Exhibit of Colorful Nutcrackers at Historic Sully

See an amazing array of nutcrackers, both old and new, in a colorful case exhibit at Sully Historic Site from November 22, 2014 through January 31, 2015. This special holiday exhibit is included in a guided tour of the 1794 house.

Rock N' Blades Returns to Mount Vernon REC Ice Arena

On Friday nights through March 20, 2015, Rock N’ Blades will turn Mount Vernon RECenter’s ice arena into a cool nightclub, with pulsing strobe lights and popular music blaring from the speakers. There’s no need for ear buds at this festive annual event! Ice skaters are invited to glide and groove to their favorite songs.

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.


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