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Fairfax County Farmers Markets to Open First Week of May

What do Fairfax County residents look forward to at the beginning of May? Many would say the return of farm fresh products with the opening of the 11 locations of the Fairfax County Park Authority's (FCPA) Farmers Markets. Customers can look forward to the freshest produce, meats, cheese, baked breads, honey, ice cream, sweets and cut flowers our region has to offer.

Economists Find Park Authority Creates 1,260 Jobs in Local Economy

The Fairfax County Park Foundation recently contracted with the Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) at George Mason University to assess the Fairfax County Park Authority's economic impact on the county economy.

New Tysons II Urban Park Features Colorful Perennial Landscape

Fairfax County parks are growing by another 2.3 acres with the addition of a new public urban park in Tysons. This new park contributes to fulfilling the Tysons Park System Plan endorsed by the Park Authority Board in 2014.

Timeless Display at Historic Huntley Recalls 1886 May Wedding

Recall a May wedding at Historic Huntley by visiting a temporary exhibit on display at the house now through May 21, 2016. On May 27, 1886, Margaret Harrison married Norman Gibbs at Huntley, an 1825 villa on a hill with lovely views of the Hybla Valley.

Experience the Beauty of Historic Southern Maryland

Head south with the Fairfax County Park Authority to historic Southern Maryland. Get away on Thursday, May 26, 2016 with historian Eric Malmgren and enjoy a beautiful and historic excursion.

Treat your Green Thumb at Green Spring's Big Plant Sale

Get inspired. Break out of your gardening rut and shop for a host of beautiful and unusual plants at Spring Garden Day -The Big Plant Sale at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Become a Master Gardener with Training at Green Spring

Grow your love for gardening and help budding green thumbs by signing up for Master Gardener training at Green Spring Gardens. Start down the path to becoming a Master Gardener by attending a free information session at Green Spring Gardens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Park Board Reappoints Two Directors to Park Foundation

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has confirmed the reappointments of Janyce N. Hedetniemi and Lane Brooks to the Park Foundation Board of Directors. At its meeting on April 13, 2016, the Park Board approved the appointments on the recommendation of the Park Foundation Board of Directors.

Join a Working Meeting on the Future of Lake Accotink Park

Members of the public are encouraged to have a say in the revision of Lake Accotink Park's master plan by attending an information meeting and workshop at Kings Glen Elementary School on May 16, 2016, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Explore the Secret Life of Salamanders at Three Park Sites

The secretive salamander plays an important role in the ecosystem, and the Fairfax County Park Authority will mark national Salamander Conservation Day with programs at three parks on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Wakefield Park Stream Restoration to Impact Trail Use

One of two stream restoration projects in Wakefield Park in Annandale, Va. that began in October 2015 is about 40 percent complete and a second project is just beginning. Both restoration projects will impact trail use within the park sporadically.

Experience Burke Lake After Dark and By Campfire Light

Want to know what goes bump in the night - or splash or hoot? Then come to Burke Lake Park on Saturday, May 7, 2016, for a night hike and campfire from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Milk a Cow, Make a Craft, See Farm Equipment at Spring Farm Day

Get a taste of what life was like in Fairfax County before the beltway, multiplexes and super stores came along. Unplug and return to a simpler time at Spring Farm Day at Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Chantilly Youth Association Receives Mastenbrook Grant

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant for the Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) at its meeting on March 23, 2016. This approval provides another example of the benefits of partnerships and collaboration between the Park Authority and the local youth athletics organizations.

Find a Summer Job in Park Authority's Rec-PAC Program

Get paid to play this summer. The Fairfax County Park Authority is looking for creative, high-energy and motivated candidates for part-time positions in its Rec-PAC program. Open hire events will be held on May 6, May 18 and June 6, 2016.

First Tee Life Skills Experience Comes to Laurel Hill Golf Club

The Fairfax County Park Authority is partnering with The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC, to offer The First Tee Life Skills Experience Certifying Program, designed for young people ages 7-18. Registration is now in progress for the six-week spring session. The spring session will be held Tuesdays, May 10 through June 21.

Green Spring Honors its Visitors with Week of Special Events

Green Spring Gardens is celebrating Visitor Appreciation Week with five days of free activities that will culminate on National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 6, 2016. The park will show its appreciation by offering special free gardening and cultural events each morning followed by afternoon refreshments at the Horticulture Center.

Park Authority Hosts Annual Spring Focus on Invasives

The Fairfax County Park Authority's national award-winning Invasive Management Area (IMA) program will hold its annual Take Back the Forest promotion again this spring. IMA and its multiple volunteers are dedicated to battling non-native invasive plants in Fairfax County parks and replacing them with native flora. Take Back the Forest will run from April 15 to May 15 this year.

Work To Begin on Towers Park Metro Connector Trail

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on approximately 425 linear feet of ADA accessible asphalt trail in Fairfax, VA. The trail will connect the existing Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail in Towers Park with the pedestrian improvements to be completed by the Virginia Department of Transportation at the intersection of Vaden Drive and Lee Highway.

See Riverbend Park by Wagon Ride on Saturdays this Spring

Climb aboard for a wagon ride along the river and through the woods at Riverbend Park on four Saturdays this spring -- May 21 and June 11, 2016. Travel with family and friends as your wagon rolls past the Potomac River and into Riverbend's woodlands.

Park Authority Receives Financial Reporting Award

For the eighth 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) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Help to Chart the Future of Lake Accotink Park

The public is invited to join in the process for revising Lake Accotink Park's master plan by attending an informational meeting on May 16, 2016. The meeting is the second meeting in this public process which began earlier this month. This meeting will focus primarily on the sustainability of Lake Accotink.

Park Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Little League

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook grant at its meeting on March 9, 2016 that will help support Little League in Northern Virginia.

Park Authority Seeks Nominees for Elly Doyle Service Awards

It's time once again to honor the thousands of individuals and numerous organizations which volunteer each year in local parks and support the many programs and initiatives of the Fairfax County Park Authority. Volunteers are the backbone of the Park Authority, and in order to recognize their contributions, nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards. All nominations are due by Friday, June 17, 2016.

See Who's at Play in the County's Lakefront Parks After Dark

Croaking frogs, slithering snakes and soaring bats are just some of the animals that fill the nights with sounds and activity at Fairfax County parks, and a series of programs this spring will let you join the fun after dark, through May 26, 2016.

Fairfax County Parkland Grows with New Acquisition

Park acreage in Fairfax County has grown with the acquisition of 10.15 acres in the Mount Vernon District. The Park Authority acquired the acreage in Paul Spring Stream Valley Park.

Park Authority Marks Ten Years of Invasive Management

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Fairfax County Park Authority's national award-winning Invasive Management Area (IMA) program.

Explore Parks on Instagram; Hashtag Photos with #FairfaxParks

Just in time for spring, the Fairfax County Park Authority has joined the Instagram community. The Park Authority looks forward to engaging with Instagram's active online community and sharing beautiful photos of local parks and recreational facilities.

Turkeycock Run Stream Restoration Project Begins

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work to renovate a portion of the Turkeycock Run Stream located within Pinecrest Golf Course. The golf course will remain open during the construction. Impacts to the community should be minimal and will include occasional construction traffic entering and existing the site from Elmdale Road.

Spring Trout Stockings Planned for Lake Fairfax

The spring trout season opens on February 21, 2016, and Lake Fairfax will be stocked and ready for anglers. Multiple stockings of this popular fish are planned throughout the season which ends on May 13, at Lake Fairfax Park – the only Fairfax County park to offer trout fishing.

Operating Hours are Changing at Fairfax County Dog Parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority is making some changes to the operating hours at county dog parks as a result of newly enacted changes to the County’s Noise Ordinance.

Park Authority FY2015 Annual Report Available Online

Park Authority has been celebrating 65 years of Making Parks Count in Fairfax County, and you can read all about the agency's recent events and accomplishments in the Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report.

Equestrian Center Entrance Drive in Laurel Hill to Be Relocated

Those who love to hike, bike, walk, run or ride horses at the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center in southern Fairfax County are going to need to take new road to get there. The Fairfax County Lorton Road Widening project in Laurel Hill is starting a new phase of construction that will realign the Equestrian Center Entrance Road.

Some Simple Steps to Stay Safe in Fairfax County Parks

With a population of more than 1.1 million people, Fairfax County enjoys a low crime rate when compared to other urban municipalities of its size, but thefts and break-ins can happen. Get toknow some simple steps to help ensure your next walk in the woods or weight-room workout are incident-free.

McNaughton Fields Park Renovation to Start

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work to renovate McNaughton Fields Park located at 5320 Pole Road, Alexandria, VA. The contractor, Scheibel Construction, will be mobilizing on site shortly with active construction activities beginning in early February.

Temporary Cross County Trail Detour in Laurel Hill to Begin

Those who love to hike, bike, walk, or run on the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail (GCCCT) in southern Fairfax County are going to need to take a path less traveled as construction forces a temporary detour. The Fairfax County Adaptive Re-Use project in Laurel Hill started construction on January 13, 2016.

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.

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.

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.

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