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Meeting Set to Discuss Lake Accotink Trail Improvements

In response to recommendations and suggestions offered by community members and trail users, the Fairfax County Park Authority is planning trail improvements at Lake Accotink in Springfield, Va. A public meeting to discuss the project will be held at 7 p.m. on September 24, 2014 at Cardinal Forest Elementary School cafeteria, which is located at 8600 Forrester Blvd Springfield, Va.

Last Saturday in August Offers Fun in The Parks

Summers end is approaching but there is still time for one last adventure this season as programs continue on Saturday, August 30, 2014, in Fairfax County parks.  Families, children and adults will find a variety of activities just right for one last summer weekend!

Green Spring Gardens Features Begonia Show This Weekend

On Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014, beautiful Green Spring Gardens, a Fairfax County Park Authority facility, will come alive with begonias.  This is an opportunity for the garden enthusiast to feast their eyes on these wonderful perennial flowering plants.

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. 

Civil War Weekend Returns to Historic Sully

On Saturday, August 16 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, August 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., experience the sights, smells and sounds of the Civil War at Sully. The Haight and Barlow families lived at Sully where Confederate and Federal troops patrolled between 1861 and 1865.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center Celebrates 10th Annual Bat Fest

Leslie Sturges, a wildlife rehabilitator and licensed exhibitor, will present live bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday, September 13, 2014, during Bat Fest. This is the tenth year the nature center has played host to the two-hour program devoted to Fairfax County’s nine local bat species.

Virginia Indian Festival Returns to Riverbend Park

Arrows will fly, drums will beat, and dancers will stomp and twirl at Riverbend Park’s annual Virginia Indian Festival on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Members of eight tribes will gather on the banks of the Potomac River from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to share and celebrate their culture. Admission to the event is $5 per person.

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 Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

The Fairfax County Park Authority is celebrating the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week with special activities at its 11 farmers markets August 6 to 16. The U.S. Department of Agriculture began declaring National Farmers Week in 2000 to recognize the important role that farmers markets play in the agricultural and food economy.

Army Blues Jazz Ensemble Brings Big Band Sound to Lake Accotink Park

Experience a part of American musical history at Lake Accotink Park on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The United States Army Blues ensemble will perform a special concert as part of the Braddock Nights summer concert series. Don't miss this exceptional free performance!

Bluegrass Band Seldom Scene Back in Summer Entertainment Series

Back by popular demand, the Seldom Scene will perform two free concerts during Fairfax County Park Authority's Summer Entertainment Series. The group will be at Nottoway Park on Thursday, August 28, 2014 and Grist Mill Park on Friday, August 29, 2014. Both one-hour shows will start at 7:30 p.m.

A Master Iranian Musician Performs at Mason District Park

Hear Kayhan Kalhor, an internationally acclaimed Iranian kamancheh player and master of classical Persian music, during the Fairfax County Park Authority's free Spotlight by Starlight Summer Concert Series. The performance will be held Friday, August 22, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park.

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.

Ceremony Planned for New Visitor Center at Sully Historic Site

A ribbon cutting ceremony marking the completion of a new visitor center at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Va., is scheduled for Saturday, September 6, 2014. The event starts at 2 p.m., and the public is invited to attend.

Green Spring Gardens Offers More Than Just Flowers and Trees

Green Spring Gardens is known throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its stunning demonstration gardens and nationally recognized historic mansion. But the Fairfax County Park Authority property located in Alexandria, Va., also provides extensive educational programming for visitors of all ages. Two examples that illustrate the range of classes offered at the park include a summer reading puppet show for young children and a workshop that teaches techniques for drawing butterflies. Green Spring Gardens has a little something for everyone this summer.

REI Grant Funds Invasive Removal Program in Parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the outdoor recreational equipment company REI, Inc. are extending their partnership to help county residents take back their forests. REI awarded the Park Authority's Invasive Management Area (IMA) program a $10,000 grant to support the agency's Take Back the Forest program that is scheduled for April and May of 2015.

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.

Ribbon Cutting Set for Sully Highlands Park

Western Fairfax County now offers state-of-the-art athletic facilities with the official opening of Sully Highlands Park located at 13808 Wall Road in Herndon, Va. This park was established through a partnership between government, the athletic community and local developers. Ribbon cutting ceremonies are set for Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to join in the celebration as these amenities open for play.

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.

Sully Offers Unique Children's Summer Programs, Morning Camps!

Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA is offering entertaining and educational morning camps for children in August. The Sully Sleuths: Mission in History Camp is a great way to keep kids learning and having fun this summer.

Watch Summer Movies Under the Stars at Free Drive-In Movie Theater

Enjoy what was once an icon of American social life as Starlight Cinema revives the drive-in movie theater with films every Saturday night. Starting August 2, 2014, the fun begins before the opening credits roll with music, food and children's activities from 6 to 8 p.m. The movie begins at dark.

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.

Green Spring Master Gardeners Answer Plant Questions

For gardening questions this spring, look no further than Green Spring Gardens. Residents are always welcome to bring a photo or plant sample to the horticulture center to be examined by a gardener on duty. Green Spring Master Gardeners will be located outside under a tent every Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. through September. Master Gardeners are specially trained to help answer questions.

Park Authority Board Approves Tobacco-Free Play Zones

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board established Tobacco-Free Play Zones in local parks and agreed to post signage notifying the public of this new designation and thanking residents for their voluntary cooperation.

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.

New Boats Expand Adapted Programs at Parks

Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Va., will have new boats this year that will jumpstart the park's adapted recreation programs thanks to a $5,000 grant made through the Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) from the Take Me Fishing program of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).


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