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Spring Hill RECenter Expansion Wins Design, Construction Award

The Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) recognized the Spring Hill RECenter Expansion and Renovation Project with their 2015 Award of Merit in the category of Build-to-Suit Institutional Facility Under $20 Million Dollars.

Get a Glimpse of Christmas Past at Sully Candlelight Tours

Candlelight Tours at Sully Historic Site on Saturdays, December 12 and 19, and Sunday, December 13, 2015 recreate Christmas celebrations of the past. See the 1794 house and outbuildings lit by natural candlelight.

Catch a Falling Star at Riverbend’s Astronomy Festival

If you’ve ever wanted to catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, then Riverbend Park is the place to be on Saturday, December 12, 2015. The Riverbend Astronomy Festival comes just as the Geminids meteor shower starts hitting its peak.

Daycare Center Opens at South Run RECenter

South Run RECenter is making it easy for you to get in a workout or take a class by offering child care services right at the fitness center. The Drop-In Childcare Program is being offered for children ages 12 months to 10 years, three days a week.

Join Santa for Breakfast at South Run RECenter

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you’re invited to have breakfast with Santa at South Run RECenter on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Enjoy food, kiddie crafts, music and a photo op with the man in red.

Enjoy a Winter Wonderland Puppet Show at Frying Pan

Keep the kids entertained over their holiday break with the Winter Wonderland Puppet Show at Frying Pan Farm Park on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Watch master puppeteer Bob Brown guide his lively marionettes as they frolic in a magical winter wonderland of snow.

IONA Brings Celtic Music to Sully over the Holidays

Get ready to tap your toes as the Celtic group IONA returns to Sully Historic Site on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, for their annual holiday concert. IONA treats its audience to traditional Celtic music blending songs, dance turns and aires in a lively and entertaining presentation.

Wrap Up 2015 with a Fireside Movie at Cabell’s Mill

Start your family New Year’s Eve celebration early with a fireside movie at Cabell’s Mill on December 31, 2015. Cabell’s Mill makes a cozy spot to enjoy pizza, popcorn and a crackling fire as you watch the child-friendly 1939 animated movie "Gulliver’s Travels."

Enjoy Old-Fashioned Holiday Fun at Colvin Run Mill

Visit with Santa and take a journey to Christmas past with a visit to Colvin Run Mill on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Santa will be visiting the mill so children can share their Christmas wish lists.

Christmas Trees and Trains and Treats, Oh, My!

Go for a train ride and visit with Santa on his sleigh at Lake Fairfax Park on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad will be taking visitors for a spin around the park.

Fairfax County Park Authority Wins Three VRPS Awards

Renovation, Special Events and Volunteers Honored . The Fairfax County Park Authority has been honored with three awards from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS). At its recent 61st Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, VRPS presented the Park Authority with awards for renovation, special events and volunteerism.

Resident Curator Project Team Meeting Reset

Change in Date and Location . The Resident Curator Project Team will now meet on Monday, December 14, 2015 in the Herrity Building at the Fairfax County Government Center.

GCCT Improvements in Lake Accotink Enter Phase III

Beginning Friday, November 13, 2015 the Fairfax County Park Authority project to improve the surface of the Cross County Trail in Lake Accotink Park will start construction on Phase III.

Come on Down for Winter Family Fun on the Farm

Life on the farm continues in all kinds of weather, so plan a visit to Frying Pan Farm Park this December for a new season of fun. Holiday events gear up on Saturday, December 5, 2015 with Children's Holiday Shopping, Christmas at the Farm will be held two Sundays -- December 6 and 13, and on Tuesday, December 22, master puppeteer Bob Brown will present the Winter Wonderland Puppet Show.

Enjoy an Afternoon of Holiday Fun at Green Spring

There will be fun for gardeners of all ages as Green Spring Gardens hosts a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 6, 2015 from noon to 4 p.m. Bring the kids along for a holiday puppet show presented by Bob Brown Puppets at 1 and 3 p.m.

Celebrate Parks at Holiday Party and Puppet Show

Mark your calendar for the Fairfax County Park Authority’s final 65th Anniversary event: A family-friendly Holiday Party and Puppet Show at Frying Pan Farm Park Visitors Center on December 19, 2015

Master Plan Approved for Development of Ruckstuhl Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the master plan for Ruckstuhl Park, a recently acquired property with 7.2 acres of lawn, meadow and forest located in Falls Church.

Public Meeting Scheduled on Green Spring Master Plan

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public information meeting on December 2, 2015, to discuss proposed revisions to the master plan for Green Spring Gardens.

38th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show Set

On Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, 2015 come to the 38th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show at Audrey Moore RECenter. Come and shop at one of Northern Virginia’s largest holiday show with plenty of great gifts to choose from.

Discover Whooo’s Out There on an Owl Outing at Huntley

Here’s your chance to prowl around Huntley Meadows Park after dark and try to see whooo’s making noise once the humans have gone for the day. Join an Owl Outing at the park on December 19 to listen for and learn about our local owls.

Time Travel or Meet Animals in Programs at ECLP

Kids can travel back in time December 12 or become animal scientists, November 28 or December 19, with programs at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park this fall. And while the children have a terrific adventure with peers their own age, parents can take advantage of a little time to themselves during these drop-off programs.

Take a Turkey Walk on the Wild Side at ECLP

The wild turkey’s distinctive feathers and “gobble, gobble” sounds made it Benjamin Franklin’s choice to be our national bird. Learn to appreciate what Franklin saw in the native bird with a Turkey Walk at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on November 28, 2015.

Rock On at Rockhounders Program at Hidden Pond

Plants and animals thrived in Fairfax County long before people came on the scene, and their history can be uncovered in the rocks and fossils all around us. Find out just how much you can learn about and from a rock with the Rockhounders-Fall Series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. November 20 and December 4, 11 and 18.

Stargaze Away from City Lights at a County Park

See what’s new in the night sky away from the glare of city lights with an astronomy program in your local Fairfax County park. Fall is the perfect time for stargazing with family and friends. Join naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park as they take you on a tour of the constellations, comets and other heavenly phenomena to see what’s happening in the skies at this time of year in the Boardwalk Astronomy program on December 12. The younger crowd can enjoy a lakeside stroll and learn about constellations, their stories and other night-sky features during the Stargazing program at Burke Lake Park. Stargazing event on December 12.

Flying Squirrels Glide into Night at Hidden Oaks

Rocky may be the most famous flying squirrel, but he would have plenty of company if he just knew where to look in Fairfax County. Join naturalists at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as they call in these amazing gliders of the night. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard, too. November 27 and December 12 and 26, 2015.

Walk in a Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park

Santa will feel right at home as Burke Lake Park transforms into a Winter Wonderland the first weekend in December. The event runs Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Learn About American Indians with Stories and Games

Thanksgiving is about more than turkey and football. Youngsters can gain some insight into that first Thanksgiving celebration with the American Indian Stories and Games program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

Parks Strategic Planning With a Twist: It's Actually Interesting!

Strategic planning can sometimes be a bit dry. However, when that planning results in real-world accomplishments that impact park users - suddenly the subject can be a bit more interesting. Don't be scared off by the name. Dazzle friends and family with things they probably didn't know about Fairfax County parks by taking a look at the latest update to the Park Authority's Strategic Plan.

Decorate for the Holidays with Winter Wreaths

Green Spring Gardens is offering two workshops in December to help you create beautiful winter wreaths to deck your home for the holidays. The Winter Wreath Workshop is on Saturday, December 5, 2015 and on Sunday, December 13, designer Chuck Mason will be on hand at Green Spring to help you create a wreath of mixed pinecones and nuts at the Pinecone Wreath Workshop.

Park Board Approves Three Mastenbrook Grants

The Park Authority Board approved three Mastenbrook grants at its meeting on October 14, 2015, that will help fund renovation of a trail at Greenbriar Commons Park, construction of a bicycle pump track at Brookfield Park, and add a water meter and hydrant for the dog park at Westgrove Park.

33rd Annual Thanksgiving Art and Craft Show Set

This year, Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild (NVHG) 33rd annual Thanksgiving Art and Craft Show is moving to a new location: the beautifully renovated Spring Hill RECenter. The show will feature the original, handmade craft and artwork of approximately 80 local artists and artisans. Show dates are November 27, 28 and 29.

Stream Projects Underway at Fairfax County's Wakefield Park

Two stream restoration projects are getting underway at Wakefield Park in Annandale, VA. The projects are relatively complex and visible and are being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. Both have been coordinated with Fairfax County Park Authority staff to ensure limited disruption to park users.

Pedestrian Improvements and Parking Lot Repairs to Begin at Spring Hill RECenter

The Fairfax County Park Authority will start construction on pedestrian improvements and parking lot repairs at Spring Hill RECenter. Site improvements will include repaving and sealing of damaged parking lot areas and upgrades to the intersection of Spring Hill and Lewinsville Roads. Improvements to the intersection are required to provide safe passage from the RECenter to Spring Hill Elementary School.

FCPA Director Elected Fellow to American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration

Kirk W. Kincannon CPRP, Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority, has been elected as a Fellow to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

Bridge Replacement to Begin at Green Spring Gardens Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will start construction to replace the existing pedestrian bridge at Green Spring Gardens. This $300,000 project consists of removing the existing bridge, installing a new 45-foot single span steel frame bridge and associated stream bank restoration work.

Mason Neck West Park Grows Through Donation

Fairfax County Park Authority holdings continue to expand adding further acreage to the 23,310 acres already owned by the agency. Roughly 2.4 acres of land were recently donated to Mason Neck West Park on Old Colchester Road in Lorton by members of the Frink family.

Park Board Elects Secretary

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted unanimously at is meeting on September 21, 2015, to appoint Springfield District Park Authority Board Representative Michael Thompson to serve as Board Secretary. Thompson fills the position vacated by Kala Quintana, who recently retired from the Park Board. The term is one year.

Park Authority Weather Closures No Longer Tied to Schools

Effective November 1, 2015, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will no longer follow the closing schedule of public schools during inclement weather. Instead, in response to customer concerns about the number of closures and weather-related cancellations of classes and programs, the Park Authority will follow Fairfax County Government closures.

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.

Benefits Increase for Park Volunteers

There are new benefits and new opportunities for Fairfax County Park Authority volunteers. Although many people volunteer for the sheer satisfaction, a few perks for those who give unselfishly of their time and talent is a gesture worthy of note.

Park Authority Director Elected to VRPS Board

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.

Oak Marr RECenter Renovation Wins Design Award

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.

65 Things to Do in Parks: Find Your Favorite Now!

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!

Chairman Bulova Fills At-large Vacancy on Park Board

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.

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