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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 will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Parks Count! - FCPA Needs Assessment Update Gets Underway

Parks Count, the Park and Recreation Needs Assessment currently being conducted to determine current and future county needs for recreational facilities and programs, is underway. Periodically the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) examines whether park offerings match the community's diverse interests, lifestyles, and changing trends. This ensures that the Park Authority is investing wisely in its award-winning park system and providing quality parks and services countywide. The first opportunity to learn more about the study and for in-person public input will take place on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Officials To Unveil First Tobacco-Free Play Area Signs

On Saturday, September 27, 2014 officials will gather at Ossian Hall Park to unveil the first sign establishing Tobacco-Free Play Zones at local parks. The ceremony celebrates the May 1, 2014 decision of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board to establish these smoke-free zones and post signs thanking residents for their voluntary compliance.

Celebrate Public Lands Day By Volunteering In A Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will celebrate National Public Lands Day and mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act on Saturday, September 27, 2014. This celebration, with events taking place nationwide, provides a hands-on opportunity for meaningful volunteer service.

Historic Oak Hill Property Opens Its Doors to The Public

Each year Historic Oak Hill opens its doors and invites the public to explore this unique property. On Saturday, September 27, 2014, from noon until 4 p.m. visitors can once again visit the property located in Annandale.

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.

Aspiring Pirates To Meet on Columbus Day Holiday

The Fairfax County Park Authority is looking for aspiring pirates to join in the fun at our Pirate Workshop, scheduled for October 13, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This is a Monday and provides a perfect place for youngsters to spend the Columbus Day school holiday.

Green Spring Gardens Hosts Living Garden Spaces Symposium

For gardeners who dream of a thriving space that is wildlife-friendly, sustainable, and beautiful, there is only one place to be on Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Green Spring Gardens. The public garden will play host to "Living Garden Spaces," a gardening symposium co-sponsored by the Virginia Native Plant Society and Washington Gardener magazine.

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.

Come Discover Bats This September

This September, the Fairfax County Park Authority features more than half a dozen programs featuring bats. Perhaps the impending cooler weather, darker skies and the approach of Halloween make getting to know these creatures more alluring. Join in the fun at one of the following programs at a park or nature center near you.

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.

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.

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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