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Share Your Thoughts on the New Outdoor Gym Coming to Gum Springs

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services are teaming up on an Outdoor Fitness initiative and want to hear what county residents in the Gum Springs area of Alexandria think about this new healthy lifestyle opportunity coming to their neighborhood. A public meeting to talk about a new outdoor gym coming to the community will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016.

Spring Trout Stockings Planned for Lake Fairfax

The spring trout season opens on February 20, 2016, and Lake Fairfax will be stocked and ready for anglers. Multiple stockings of this popular fish are planned throughout the season 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 that go into effect on February 17, 2016.

Enjoy Valentine Weekend Games and Crafts at Hidden Oaks

Do animals celebrate Valentine’s Day? They do at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Come to the nature center on Valentine’s weekend to meet live animals, play musical Valentines, make a Valentine’s Day craft and learn how animals find their mates. There will be two events on Friday, February 12, and Sunday, February 14, 2016.

See Real Party Animals at Hidden Pond’s Valentine Celebration

It’s the social event of Hidden Pond’s winter season! Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center on Saturday, February 13, 2016, for the annual Animal Sweetheart’s Dance. Live animals will join the party for you to see and enjoy.

Enjoy Valentine Tea, Cookies and Poetry at ECLP

Try something a little different this Valentine’s Day. Bring the family to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for afternoon tea and cookies -- and poetry on Sunday, February 14, 2016. A costumed interpreter will share a mystery love poem and invite you to write your own poetic verse.

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.

Buy Your Pirate Fest Tickets Now for Coveted Boat Ride

Pirate Fest is not too far away, and tickets for the most popular event at the festival are going on sale. This year’s version of the family-fun Pirate Fest will be held at Lake Fairfax Park on Saturday, April 16, 2016, and you can reserve your spot for the Pirate Tour Boat Ride beginning on February 2.

Steamy Tea and Tales of Romance on the Menu at Green Spring

This love-focused tea on February 14, 2016, will include tales about passion in the palace, scandalous liaisons, real-life Cinderellas, enduring and not-so-enduring love matches, and royal romances that changed the course of history.

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.

Informal Open House, Meeting Set to Explore Burke Lake Golf Clubhouse Expansion Plans

Residents are invited to an informal open house and meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at which information will be available regarding the Burke Lake Golf Course Clubhouse replacement and driving range expansion.

Learn to Pair Tea and Chocolate in Time for Valentine’s Day

It’s no surprise that this tasty February event is back by popular demand! Colvin Run Mill Historic Site’s delectable Valentine’s seminar on tea and chocolate returns on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Come to Colvin Run and sip premium teas while savoring an assortment of chocolates.

Swap Seeds and Planting Advice at Green Spring Gardens

Already dreaming of what will be sprouting in your garden next summer? Then Green Spring Gardens is the place to be. Washington Gardener Magazine will be co-hosting the 11th annual Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens on February 6, 2016, to get that gardening adrenaline pumping.

Test Your Grasp of Presidential History at Sully Historic Site

Celebrate President’s Day weekend with a step back into history and a little test of presidential trivia at Sully Historic Site the weekend of February 13-14, 2016.

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.

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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