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Saturday’s Native Plant Sale Benefits Riverbend Park

The Friends of Riverbend Park (FORB) is conducting its Annual Native Plant Sale at the Great Falls Grange Pavilion this Saturday, April 29, 2017. This major annual event enables FORB to support summer interns for camps and programs at Riverbend Park.

Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center Meeting Slated

The Fairfax County Park Authority is holding a public information meeting on Thursday, May 18, 2017, to share with the public its feasibility study findings for the development of the Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center.

Ribbon-cutting Scheduled for Dulles Station Community Park

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, for Dulles Station Community Park, located at 13707 Sayward Boulevard in Herndon, Virginia.

Fairfax County Park Authority to Receive Four National Awards

The Fairfax County Park Authority will receive four honors when the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) holds its annual awards ceremony in Canton, Ohio, on June 8, 2017.

FootGolf League to Hold Qualifier at Pinecrest Golf Course

The American FootGolf League (AFGL) U.S. National Championship will hold a Qualifier Tournament at Pinecrest Golf Course, on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Entry is open to the public and to all skill levels.

Burke Lake Golf Center Ribbon Cutting Slated for Saturday, May 13

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Park Authority Board will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017 for the fully renovated Burke Lake Golf Center driving range. This $6.6 million project, funded by voter-approved Park Bonds provides a state-of-the-art driving range experience.

Farmers Market Returns to Fairfax County Government Center May 4

It’s time to ring the bell that marks the opening of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Farmers Market at the Government Center in Fairfax, VA. Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, members of the Park Board and other local officials will be on hand for the official opening on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

See 19th Century Technology at Work at Colvin Run Mill

The technology in the 1800s looked a lot different than what we enjoy today. See what was considered high-tech in the 19th century by watching a grain grinding demonstration at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be hard at work on Sunday, May 7 and May 21, 2017. The first Sunday in May, a blacksmith will also be at Colvin Run to provide a free demonstration of old-fashioned blacksmithing work.

Celebrate Salamanders on their Special Day in County Parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority is joining in the national and international celebration of Salamander Saturday on May 6, 2017. Folks will be Spellbound for Salamanders at Huntley Meadows Park and Hidden Oaks Nature Center will be hosting a salamander search on land and in the stream.

Try Gardening for Birds as well as Flowers this Garden Season

Watching cardinals, bluebirds, wrens, sparrows and other beautiful birds can be a great way to enjoy your garden. Find out what it takes to make your garden a haven for bird life in a program at Green Spring Gardens on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Learn What’s Around the Riverbend on a Riverside Wagon Ride

Take a journey through the woods and along the Potomac River on a wagon ride at Riverbend Park. Enjoy the roll of the wagon as you learn about Riverbend Park’s wildlife and the American Indians who once lived there. Hop aboard on Saturday, May 6 or May 27, 2017.

Junior Farmers Get their Day at Frying Pan Farm Park

Bring the family to Frying Pan Farm Park on two days in May to experience Junior Farmer Family Fun. Join in a host of activities on May 4 and May 18, 2017, geared toward young farmer wannabes.

Join Snakes for Feeding Time at Hidden Pond Nature Center

We know that snakes aren’t everyone’s favorite woodland critters, but for those who are more fascinated than fearful of snakes, don’t miss this unique chance to join them for feeding time. Hidden Pond Nature Center will be providing a behind the scenes look at Hidden Pond’s snakes on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Find Out Why Trees are Terrific in a Campfire Program at ECLP

Trees are terrific in many ways, from providing shade for us on a hot summer’s day to providing homes for woodland birds and other creatures. So, we’re shining a campfire light on how trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence Park a special place. This campfire program on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Get a New Perspective on Burke Lake’s Birds – Go Birding by Boat

Catch a glimpse of the birds of Burke Lake from a new point of view. Spend a morning going birding by boat. On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, you can enjoy a naturalist-led bird program on a tour boat at Burke Lake Park.

Bring a Blanket and Stretch out Under the Stars for Movie Night

Come solo or round up family and friends to enjoy Movie Night in the Park at Burke Lake on Friday, May 5, 2017. We’ll be screening “Back to the Future” in the Burke Lake Park field.

Celebrate the 77th Anniversary of VE Day in Historic Centreville

It’s been 77 years since the allies declared Victory in Europe in World War II. Travel back to that time with a VE Day celebration in Historic Centreville Park on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Fairfax County Parks Plan for Summer’s Eclipse

The Fairfax County Park Authority is reaching for the skies with its newest S.T.E.M.-related campaign. At least 13 Park Authority sites will host programs about eclipses during the coming buildup to the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years. At 2:42 p.m. on August 21, 2017, about 80 percent of the sun will be covered from view in Fairfax County.

Lake Fairfax Park Welcomes Pirate Fest on May 6-7

Pirates will invade Lake Fairfax Park on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, 2017. Pirate Fest returns to the park for a weekend of revelry and swashbucklin’, and this year it’s expandin’ to a two-day affair. Pirate Fest tickets are available on the Pirate Fest webpage.

$20,000 Grant Provides Partial Funding for Eakin Picnic Shelter

At its meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant requested by the Eakin Park Family Trust (EPFT). The $20,000 in grant funding will go toward construction of a picnic shelter at Eakin Community Park.

Wetlands Awareness Day to be Marked with Governor’s Award

Wetlands Awareness Day takes on new meaning this year as Huntley Meadows Park is honored with the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Gold Medal for its successful wetlands restoration project. The award was announced two weeks ago at the 28th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington, Virginia, and will be formally presented to site staff during the park’s annual Wetlands Awareness Day activities on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Swing into Spring Tournaments at Fairfax County Golf Courses

It’s tournament time for dads, kids and seniors at Fairfax County’s golf courses. Greendale Golf Course hosts a Seniors Only Tournament on Monday, May 8, 2017 and on Tuesday, June 13, it’s the Women Only Tournament. Treat Dad to the Father’s Day Golf Tournament at Burke Lake Golf Course on Saturday, June 17. The Oak Marr Golf Complex hosts its Father's Day Tournament on Sunday, June 18.

Fairfax County Farmers Markets Opening First Week of May

Fairfax County Farmers Markets, operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority, will be reopening for the season during the first week in May. At the farmers markets you will find fresh produce, meats, cheese, baked breads, honey, ice cream, sweets, and cut flowers across the region.

These Walls are Talking…Civil War History at Frying Pan

If walls could talk, the walls at the Frying Pan Meeting House would have many tales to tell. Hear their Civil War stories in a free program on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

The Big Plant Sale Returns to Green Spring Gardens on May 20

Green Spring Gardens celebrates Spring Garden Day on Saturday, May 20, 2017, with the return of The Big Plant Sale. Don’t miss this exciting tradition! More than 40 local garden vendors will descend on Green Spring Gardens with beautiful and unusual plants to fill your spring gardening needs. Find native plants that can be hard to locate in local garden centers.

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Get the Jump on Outdoor Fun

Tap into your child’s natural curiosity about nature and register for Pohick Puddle Jumpers at Hidden Pond Nature Center. In this recurring program, children explore the natural world with hands-on and up-close indoor and outdoor activities on Wednesday, April 26 and Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Buttons Attach us to History in April’s artiFACTS

Sometimes the simplest things can reveal a lot about our history. This month in artiFACTS, we look at the humble button and the tales it can tell.

Go Ape on a New Treetop Adventure Course at South Run

Swing through the treetops and into adventure with Go Ape at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s first woodland obstacle and zip line course. Let loose because this is going to be fun! The Go Ape adventure company is opening a new course at South Run Park in Springfield on Friday, May 5, 2017. Go Ape and the Park Authority will hold a ribbon-cutting event on Thursday, May 4.

Make History Fun with Toys, Games and a Scavenger Hunt

Remember when kids didn’t need Wi-Fi to have fun? Journey back to an era when games didn’t depend on batteries or the internet with a salute to historic toys at Historic Huntley. On Sunday, April 30, 2017, kids will get the chance to make their own old-fashioned toys and play the kinds of games that may have entertained the children who lived at Huntley many years ago.

Heat Up your Friday Night with Campfires and Treats

It may be tough to choose. There are two ways to put some sizzle in your weekend by combining a little learning with a campfire and treats on Friday evening, April 28, 2017 at Lake Fairfax and Frying Pan Farm Parks.

From Fire Building to Edible Plants – Learn Wilderness Survival Skills

When tragedy strikes in the outdoors, do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? Learn potentially life-saving skills in a series of classes at Burke Lake Park. Mark Chapin, the founder of the Mountaineer Wilderness outdoor program in Virginia and West Virginia, will teach six programs at the park in May and June. Chapin is an Air Force veteran and graduate of the Wilderness Survival School and Sea Survival School.

Dip into the Wonder of Wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park

There wouldn’t be wetlands if it wasn’t wet sometimes. So, come rain or shine, don’t miss Wetlands Awareness Day at Huntley Meadows Park on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Wetland Restoration Project Receives Governor’s Gold Medal

Huntley Meadows Park’s wetland restoration project was honored with a prestigious Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Gold Medal in the Environmental Project category yesterday. The award was presented to Fairfax County Park Authority representatives at the 28th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington, Virginia, on April 4, 2017.

Hear Young Park Poets Bring History to Life at Sully Historic Site

Poetry, spring, parks and history will come together on April 29, 2017 as the winners of the “History … In Verse!” poetry contest read their original works inspired by local, national and world history.

Get Your Rec-PAC Summer Information

This year the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Rec-PAC summer camp program will operate at 45 elementary school locations around Fairfax County on weekdays from July 5 through August 10, 2017. Registration begins April 24.

Fairfax County Park to be Named in Honor of Ken Lawrence

Jones Branch Fields and the restored Arbor Row Stream Valley Park in Tysons, Va. will be renamed in honor of Ken Lawrence, a former Providence District Planning Commissioner and longtime advocate for parks, fields, and open space in Fairfax County.

Friends of Riverbend Park Receive $2,000 IBM Community Grant

The Friends of Riverbend Park (FORB) citizens group has received a $2,000 Community Service Grant from IBM to support programming at the park. The funds will be used to help FORB continue its financial support for a summer college internship program at Riverbend.

Hunter House Parking Lot Renovations to Begin at Nottoway Park

A two-week pavement surface sealing project gets underway on Monday, April 17, 2017, at Nottoway Park at the upper section of the parking lot at the Hunter House. The extent of the project has been minimized in order to limit the impact on park users during the construction.

Take a Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park

Spend some time in Fairfax County’s version of the Hundred Acre Wood by taking a wagon ride to Poohsticks bridge and stopping for some Poohsticks fun. This program is on Wednesday, April 12 and Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Nominate Park Authority Heroes for Special Awards

The nominating period has opened for special recognition awards for volunteer service to the Fairfax County Park Authority. Nominations are being accepted in three categories: The Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award, The Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award, and The Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award. All nominations are due by Friday, June 16, 2017.

Colvin Run Mill Starts Turning Again

If you think your spouse groans and creaks before rolling out of bed, wait until you hear the big wheel start turning at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. The thunder of grinding returns to the mill on Sunday, April 2, 2017 as the park begins its summer season of turning grain into flour.

Join FCPA’s Online Effort to Secure Park Improvement Grant

The Fairfax County Park Authority is encouraging local park lovers to cast online votes in April to help the agency secure grant money for park improvements. In honor of Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, on a challenge aimed at revitalizing parks across the U.S. The community that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.

If you Dig Rocks, Don’t Miss Rockhounders at Lake Accotink

Dig into rocks with hands-on activities and outdoor exploration in the Rockhounders program at Lake Accotink Park offered four Fridays in April.

SpringFest Fairfax Comes to Sully Historic Site

It’s the same great program in a very different place! Participate in a day full of free, environmental, and health-focused family-friendly activities and games at this year’s SpringFest Fairfax –a celebration of Earth and Arbor Days on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

County Archaeologist Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Elizabeth Crowell, manager of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Archaeology and Collections Branch, was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference.

15 Park Employees Earn National Certification for Parks and Recreation

Fifteen members of the Fairfax County Park Authority staff have been named Certified Park and Recreation Professionals (CPRP) by the National Certification Board (NCB) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Bridge to Upper Section of Lake Fairfax Park Reopens

The bridge to the upper section of Lake Fairfax Park has reopened, but work on a stream restoration project and ADA improvements at the park continues. Park visitors are urged to use this road with caution as this is still an active construction zone.

Permits Required for Commercial Photography in Parks

Spring and summer are popular times for photography in Fairfax County parks with the beautiful backdrops the parks provide for graduations, weddings and family portraits. Just keep in mind that all photographers conducting business on Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) property or in FCPA facilities must obtain a photography permit.

Smithsonian Displays Beads from Fairfax County History

Pieces of Fairfax County history are part of a new exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Beads that were recovered from the county's Lyndham Hill archaeological site are part of the exhibit Objects of Wonder now open at the museum in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian says the exhibit examines how scientists use Smithsonian collections to enlighten and illuminate our understanding of nature and human culture.

Test your Knowledge at ECLP's Family Trivia Tuesdays

Think you know a lot about U.S. history and the nature around you? Then put your knowledge to the test on Family Trivia Tuesdays at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (ECLP) on March 28, April 25 and May 30, 2017.

Explore History from Sundials to Satellites to GPS in Lecture Series

The Fairfax County Park Authority, Analemma Society and Great Falls Library have teamed up to present a two-part lecture series, "From Sundials to Satellites to GPS," on April 6 and May 4, 2017. Talks will be held in the library's meeting room from 7 to approximately 8:30 p.m. Take a journey through history from the time that sundials were used in measuring the earth until today, when GPS systems can measure our every step.

Gardeners Get Ready...Green Spring's Plant Shop Re-opens April 8

Just in time for spring planting, the Garden Gate Plant Shop at Green Spring Gardens reopens on Saturday, April 8, 2017. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., treat your green thumb to a shopping spree. Choose from the latest selection of shrubs, native plants, wildflowers, ornamental grasses and unusual perennials and annuals.

Work to Begin on New Playground and Shelter at Hidden Pond

A new playground and other improvements are coming to Hidden Pond Nature Center this summer. Work begins soon on construction of a new playground and a prefabricated multi-use shelter. Accessible site improvements are planned, as well as trail and parking resurfacing. The existing playground will remain open until the new playground is completed.

Board of Supervisors Names New Mason District Rep. to FCPA

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors named Ronald J. Kendall to the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board as the Mason District Representative last week. He succeeds Frank Vajda, who is retiring after four terms on the Park Board.

Spring’s Arrival Means Savings at FCPA Golf Courses

Fairfax County Park Authority golf courses offer great savings as springtime approaches. Get ready for the greatest golf savings of the year with the Golf Fairfax Spring Pass savings spectacular. From March 27, 2017 until May 17 you can save up to 25 percent when you purchase multi-round passes.

Park Board Approves Project Scope for Great Falls Nike Park Field

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved the project scope and Contribution and Use Agreement for installation of a synthetic turf field at Great Falls Nike Park.

Rec-PAC Summer Hiring to Begin Next Week

This year, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) Rec-PAC summer camp program will operate at 45 elementary school locations around Fairfax County. Lots of qualified applicants are expected to apply, so plan on attending an early open hire to ensure a spot working for FCPA this summer!

Cabell’s Mill Trail Improvements to Begin this Month

Maintenance work is scheduled to begin March 20, 2017, on the Cabell’s Mill Trail at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, as paving is added from the parking lot at Walney Road to the existing community trail behind Ellicott Ct. in the Cabell’s Mill subdivision.

Jobs Ewe Will Love Available Now at Frying Pan Farm Park

Learn to drive a tractor, handle animals or work in a country store while sharing stories about the county’s rural past. Apply now for some great part-time positions at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia.

Get History on Demand with a Group Tour at E.C. Lawrence Park

If you’re looking for a fun, historic walking tour for your scout troop, alumni organization, active senior center or other group, get in touch with the folks at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

A Tournament Fore Everyone at Jefferson District Golf Course

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to compete in the PGA Tour FedEx Cup, this tournament series is for you. Register now for the 2017 Jefferson Cup Tournament Series at Jefferson District Golf Course and get a taste of the action. Events run April through October.

Riverbend Park Exhibit Area Closed Temporarily for Renovation Work

UPDATE: The exhibit area at Riverbend Park's visitor center will be closed until further notice to allow for some painting and renovation work. The visitor center will remain open, but access to the exhibit space will be prohibited for safety reasons while work is being completed. During the renovation, animal displays and exhibit panels will be moved to the Nature Center. Please note that the Nature Center is only accessible during scheduled programs. There will be no impact on park programming.

Park Authority Board Elects 2017 Officers

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has a new slate of officers for 2017. At a meeting on February 8, 2017, the Park Board voted to return William G. Bouie, who represents the Hunter Mill District, to his ninth term as Chairman. At-large Member Mary D. Cortina will serve as Vice Chairman. Michael Thompson Jr., Park Board Representative of the Springfield District returns to the post of Secretary, and Mount Vernon District Representative Linwood Gorham will now serve as Treasurer.

Park Board Gets Update on Mt. Vernon RECenter Renewal Plans

Planning continues for a major facelift for the Fairfax County Park Authority's Mt. Vernon RECenter in Alexandria, Va. The Park Board got an update on the renovation and expansion plans at its meeting on January 25, 2017.

Park Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Sully Foundation

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Matching Fund Grant request from The Sully Foundation, Ltd. (TSF) at its meeting on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. The $18,350 in grant funds will be used to replace the extensive brick edging system in the historic garden at Sully Historic Site.

Park Authority Long Range Master Planning Efforts Underway

The Park Authority is ramping up long range planning efforts to align existing plans and current initiatives with agency goals for the future. This comprehensive park system master planning effort builds on the findings from the Parks Count Needs Assessment that was completed in spring 2016.

Use Twitter to Connect with Fairfax Golf in 2017

There's a new way to access timely, relevant information about all that the Fairfax County Park Authority's (FCPA) eight golf courses have to offer. Just follow @GolfFairfax on Twitter.

Significant Changes Approved for Patriot Park North

Patriot Park North Park, formerly known as Lincoln Lewis Vannoy Park, will be getting a new look. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) for the park at its regular meeting on December 14, 2016.

Colvin Run Mill Spins Something New Out of the Old

Just in time for the holidays, Colvin Run has done a limited run of milled grains that the site doesn't normally offer. Roasted Cornmeal, Buckwheat Flour, Rye Flour, and Organically Grown Hard Wheat Flour are available at the park's country store. These new grains are in addition to the site's core products, which are also available while supplies last.

Calendar Set for 2017 Fairfax County Park Authority Board Meetings

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has published its 2017 meeting schedule. The Park Board holds public meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (except during the August recess and in November and December).

Park Board Approves Distribution of Telecommunications Revenues

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the distribution of $605,109 in telecommunications revenues at its meeting on October 26, 2016. In 2014, the Park Board decided to utilize revenues from cell towers in parks countywide. The bulk of the funds will be used in the supervisory district in which the telecommunications facility is located.

Join the E. C. Lawrence Park Master Plan Revision

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking your input. As the Park Authority continues the process of revising the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Master Plan, it is important to learn what matters most to residents of Fairfax County. Your opinions matter to us.

Park Authority Board Adopts One Fairfax Social Equity Policy

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to adopt the One Fairfax Resolution at its meeting on September 28, 2016. This resolution directs the development of a social equity policy to ensure all individuals in Fairfax County have an opportunity to reach their highest level of personal achievement.

Park Authority Publishes 2016 Strategic Plan and Annual Report

Learn about past achievements and what lies ahead for county parks in the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Fiscal Year 2016 Strategic Plan and Annual Report, which is now available online.

Cub Run Extending Water Playground Hours on School Holidays

Cub Run RECenter will open its leisure pool and water playground earlier on Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) teacher workdays and student holidays, beginning this October. The move is designed to accommodate more groups and age ranges on those days students are out of school.

Sewer Line Construction to Begin at Burke Lake Park

Short Term Disruption on Trails, Other Amenities Anticipated The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin construction of approximately 7,000 linear feet of sewer line throughout Burke Lake Park. This sewer line will connect with the proposed clubhouse and allow for future connections to existing park facilities.

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.

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.

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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