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Park Planning Begins for Patriot Park North at Willow Springs

Planning for Patriot Park North at Willow Springs is now underway and the public is encouraged to participate. The Fairfax County Park Authority has initiated a public master planning process for this park. A draft Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) has been developed for public review. A public comment meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

Park Photography Permit Changes Effective July 1, 2015

The 2015 requirements for commercial photographers conducting business in local parks and the start-up of an Ambassadors Club for photographers go into effect as of July 1, 2015.

Cub Run Hosts Wilderness Survival Camp

Cub Run RECenter is hosting a Wilderness Survival Camp, and it is about more than just getting through the summer. The camp is about exploring parkland and the creek behind the RECenter - and there's plenty to explore. The camp runs twice at Cub Run, from July 6 through 10 and on August 17 through 21.

Hello Stranger Brings Carter Family Sound to Farm

Don't be a stranger when Dale Jett and country ensemble Hello Stranger keep the Carter Family music tradition alive with a concert at Frying Pan Farm Park on Thursday, July 2, 2015. The group includes Teresa Jett, Oscar Harris and Dale Jett - a third-generation member of the legendary Carter Family.

Dairy Days Comes to Sully Historic Site; Enjoy Delicious Fun

Discover the "whey" of the dairy at Sully Historic Site as you lend a hand to churn butter and crank ice cream. Sample the cool, creamy treats and then play historic games on the south lawn for a taste of 18th century life. Dairy Days are held on Fridays, July 3, 17, 24 and 31 and August 14, 21, and 28, 2015.

Field Improvements at Grist Mill Park to Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority will start construction at Grist Mill Park on athletic field five, converting the existing natural grass field to synthetic turf. The project includes installation of storm drainage systems, as well as fencing, bleachers and goals as well.

Tap Your Toes to the Quebe Sisters Band

Audiences marvel when Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) raise their fiddles and break into their sisterly three-part harmony. The Quebe Sisters Band brings its unique blend of music to Grist Mill Park on Friday, June 26, 2015.

Solas to Bring Irish Sound to Lee District Park

The quintessential Irish-American band Solas will perform at Lee District Park on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Solas, which means "light" in Gaelic, burst onto the Irish music scene 15 years ago and quickly became a beacon for those who enjoy timeless traditional music.

Come Enjoy Campfire Saturdays at Royal Lake

Join us for an evening campfire for the whole family at Royal Lake. Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday July 18 and repeated on August 15, 2015 adventure awaits you as you explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist.

Healthy Strides Race, Expo Presented NACo Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority's Healthy Strides Community 5k/10k Race and Expo will receive a 2015 Achievement Award next month at the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition.

New Historic Sites Volunteer Corps Established

Fairfax County history is in your hands. The Fairfax County Park Authority is looking for people to help revitalize and care for some of its historic properties.

Enjoy a Guided Hike at Scott's Run Nature Preserve

Take a three-mile guided hike along the Potomac River at the beautiful Scott's Run Nature Preserve owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The fun will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

Cooking, Nutrition Demos at SNAP Farmers Markets

Fairfax County Farmers Markets are proud to announce that our four markets which offer SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits will now also offer simple cooking and nutrition demonstrations each week!

Park Authority Wins Several Communications Awards

The National Association of Government Communicators presented the 2015 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards in Memphis, Tennessee last week, and the Fairfax County Park Authority received seven awards honoring communications projects in several categories.

Field Improvements at Arrowhead Park to Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority will start construction at Arrowhead Park on athletic fields one and three, converting the existing natural grass fields to synthetic turf. The project includes installation of storm drainage systems and installation of bleachers and goals as well.

Fourth of July Celebration, Fireworks Planned For Lake Fairfax

Come join in the fun at Lake Fairfax Park and celebrate Independence Day on July 4, 2015. Enjoy picnicking, live music from 4 to 8 p.m., as well as food vendors, and other activities.

Performing Arts Camp Expands to Five Locations

There are now five locations for budding performers to learn their craft this summer! The Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased to announce the expansion of Moonlit Wings Performing Arts Summer Camp at new locations including Stone Middle School in Centreville and Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon.

What Makes Local Produce Better?

Take advantage of local food to lift your table fare at home from table fair to table great. Fairfax County Farmers Markets are open and bringing you fresh, local food and ideas on ways to prepare it.

Find Out How You Can Support Your Local Monarchs

Monarch butterflies are in peril. The only food the caterpillars eat, milkweed, is fast disappearing. Hidden Oaks Nature Center, a facility of Fairfax County Park Authority, is distributing free native milkweed seeds plus providing gardening and butterfly conservation tips now through June.

Hidden Pond Wins State Envirothon Title

The Hidden Pond Nature Center Envirothon team won the Dominion Envirothon Virginia state championship for the second time in three years.

Shop for Fresh Food and Prizes at Farmers Markets

Shop farmers markets this summer and take the Farm Fresh Pledge! You could win a monthly prize packet worth anywhere from $100 to $200.

Summer Entertainment Series Brings Free Fun to Parks

If the weather is feeling warmer and the end of school is nearly here, it must be time for the Summer Entertainment Series to get underway! The Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Foundation and with generous contributions from local businesses and corporations, presents a summer-long calendar of shows, concerts and movies appropriate for you and your family.

Explore Summer Fun on the Discovery Trail!

You'll always find something fun to do in Fairfax County parks, and the Park Authority's Discovery Trail Map is your guide! The journey features 12 distinctive sites that give students age 17 and younger the chance to discover each site's unique features.

Construction to Begin on Trail in Lake Accotink Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin construction on a project to repair and pave approximately 5,500 linear feet of the Cross County Trail in Lake Accotink Park. The contractor will be mobilizing on site on or about May 25, 2015.

Hidden Oaks Offers Half-day Camps for Young Naturalists

Preschoolers' creativity and imagination soar at half-day camps this June at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Naturalists explore and preschoolers re-create recreate storybook fun.

Laurel Hill Makes "Best Places You Can Play" Top Ten List

Laurel Hill Golf Club recently earned the number nine ranking in Virginia among GolfWeek's 2015 "Best Courses You Can Play." This prestigious honor is hard won and sought by golf courses throughout the region.

New Wayside Information Helps Protect Vernal Pools

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, Va. worked closely with the Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) to design and install a new wayside information sign that includes life size pictures of salamanders and frogs and includes QR codes that allow the public to hear the actual frog calls on a smartphone. It also instructs visitors on the best ways to interact with vernal pools and provides information about how residents can get involved in protecting them.

REI Grant Funds Invasive Removal Program in Parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority and REI are helping county residents take back the forest. REI presented the Park Authority's Invasive Management Area (IMA) program with a $10,000 grant to support the agency's Take Back the Forest program that got underway this spring. To mark the mid-point of this engaging program, IMA is participating in Virginia's Annual Invasive Plant Removal Day (IPR) on May 2 and 3, 2015. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up.

Green Spring Master Gardeners at Your Service

For gardening questions this spring, look no further than Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Va. Residents are always welcome to bring a photo or a plant sample to the horticulture center to be examined by a gardener on duty. Green Spring Master Gardeners will be located outside the horticulture center under a tent every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. now through September except on holiday weekends and on May 9.

Clemyjontri Park Listed Among Best Playgrounds in the Nation

It's very nice to be considered amongst the best of the best. The website Early Childhood Education Zone, an online resource for parents and educators, has released its annual listing of the best playgrounds in America, and listed in fourth place among the top 50 is Clemyjontri Park.

Park Authority Marks 65 Years of Making Parks Count

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) turns 65 this year. That's 65 years of making connections with our many neighbors, friends and supporters; educating generations of kids about nature, history and how to play sports, swim, and golf, keeping adults of all ages active and preserving open space and historic places. That is why parks count and it's something we can all celebrate!

FCPA Offers More Than 1,400 Summer Day Camp Experiences

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) offers more than 1,400 summer day camp options at over 100 locations. Camps held at RECenters, historic sites, lakefront parks and schools offer a variety of camp formats throughout Fairfax County. Children will find plenty of fun and build friendships.

Rec-PAC: Offering Convenient, Affordable Summer Fun for Kids

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children) is an affordable, quality summer recreation program for Fairfax County children in first through sixth grade. Sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority, Rec-PAC is available at 48 Fairfax County elementary school locations beginning June 29 through August 6, 2015.

Park Access Not Impacted By Road Closure

Beginning Monday, April 13 and continuing through September 1, 2015, Walney Road will be closed for construction between Westfields Boulevard and Mariah Court. This closure will not affect access to Walney Visitor Center, Cabell's Mill, or Walney Pond within Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

USDA Grant Provides Access to Fruits, Vegetables at Farmers Markets

Local Farmers Markets are well-known for their tempting, fresh produce. Now through a federal matching grant program more residents in Fairfax County will be able to purchase those fruits and vegetables. Earlier this week, the Fairfax County Park Authority's Green Spring Gardens was notified that $4,170 was received from the USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Program (FINI). This funding will be used to support increased access to fruits and vegetables for the food insecure of Fairfax County, while also benefitting small and mid-sized farmers in the region.

Volunteer Opportunities Abound at Sully Historic Site

It's not often that you can go to one place and be offered so many paths to show off your talents. Whether you enjoy gardening, working with children, learning new recipes and cooking methods, or just like to be around interesting people, Sully Historic Site in Chantilly has a volunteer opportunity for you.

Park Board Approves Three Mastenbrook Grants

The Park Authority Board approved three Mastenbrook grants in mid-February, setting in motion more than $20,000 in improvements at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, Turner Farm as well as Idylwood Park.

Park Authority Declines Proposal to Significantly Expand Burke Lake Golf Driving Range/Clubhouse

The Fairfax County Park Authority has declined to proceed with a public-private partnership proposal from KC Management LLC (KCM) for the redevelopment of the driving range facilities at Burke Lake Park Golf Course due to the size and scale of the proposal.

Volunteer Marian Ewell Named Donald Early Award Recipient

The 2014 Donald F. Early Award will be presented by Ellanor C. Lawrence Park staff to Marian Ewell, a dedicated volunteer at the popular west county historic site and park. The award was created in honor of its namesake, Donald F. Early who managed the site's beehives and enjoyed conducting programs for scouts and families. He gave generously of his time and talent. The presentation is slated for February 27, 2015.

Luria Park Boardwalk Renovations to Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin construction of the Luria Park Boardwalk Renovations Phase II Project shortly. These renovations are in response to public suggestions and sentiments expressed at public meetings.

Park Authority Announces Selection of New Chief of Business Development

Ms. Aimee Long Vosper has been named Deputy Director, Chief of Business Development for the Fairfax County Park Authority, a position that will focus on the creation and expansion of partnerships essential to the agency's financial stability. She will also oversee the Park Authority's planning and development initiatives, strategic planning efforts and the Automated Services Branch. She begins her service with the agency on February 23, 2015.

Park Authority Board Elects 2015 Officers

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board elected their 2015 officers in action taken at their January 28, 2015, meeting. Returning for his seventh term as Chairman is William G. Bouie, who represents the Hunter Mill District on the Board. Providence District Representative Ken Quincy was elected to serve as Vice Chairman. At-large member Kala Leggett Quintana will serve as Board Secretary and Sully District Representative Harold Strickland returns to the leadership team as Treasurer.

Finding a Park On The Go Just Got Easier Than Ever

The Fairfax County Park Authority has added a new mobile-friendly search tool to our website, giving access to park locations, facilities, Parktakes classes, and reservable picnic sites while on the go through your favorite smartphone or tablet.

Bridge Replacement to Begin at Woodlawn Park in Alexandria

The Fairfax County Park Authority will start construction to replace the existing pedestrian bridge at Woodlawn Park in Alexandria. The Park is located at 4800 Manor Drive off of Pole Road. This $64,000 project consists of removing the existing bridge and installing a new 35-foot fiberglass pedestrian bridge.

 


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