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Park Authority Adds Acreage With Three Land Acquisitions

The Fairfax County Park Authority has acquired three new parcels of land, all of which will add to the Park Authority's parkland holdings and ultimately provide new recreational opportunities and natural resource areas.

Austen to Dickens - A 19th Century Christmas Sampler Offered at Sully Candlelight Tours

Tickets are still available for Candlelight Tours at Sully Historic Site on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Tours start at 4:45 p.m. with the last tour at 7 p.m. As Sully recreates Christmas celebrations of the past, see the 1794 house and outbuildings lit by natural candlelight.

Park Authority Honored For Restoration of Huntley Meadows Park

The Virginia Recreation and Park Society recently presented its annual awards to individuals, agencies and organizations throughout Virginia who have demonstrated excellence in any of several areas during the previous calendar year. Over 90 applications were received vying for awards in 13 different categories. VRPS recognized the Fairfax County Park Authority for its Huntley Meadows Park Wetlands Restoration, which was selected for the Best New Renovation/Addition - Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways, and Trails in the population category of greater than 100,000.

IONA Concert Perfect For Those Who Love Celtic Sounds

In their annual holiday visit to Sully on Monday, December 29, 2014, IONA treats its audiences to traditional Celtic music, blending songs, dance turns and airs in a lively and entertaining presentation.

Holiday Puppet Show Slated at the Farm

Bring the kids and enjoy the Magic Toy Shop Puppet Show presented by master puppeteer Bob Brown at Frying Pan Farm Park. Join the lively marionettes on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 as they frolic in a magic shop of toys.

Gather Round A Campfire at Hidden Pond Nature Center

Cold weather just seems to lure you outside to a campfire! This Friday, December 19, 2014, enjoy some wintertime warmth at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Cozy up to the campfire with a naturalist and learn how animals stay warm.

Longtime Huntley Meadows Volunteer Honored By VRPS

Over 350 delegates from around the state gathered last week at the 60th Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society in Hot Springs, Va. Highlighting the conference is a formal presentation of awards recognizing individuals, agencies and organizations throughout Virginia who have demonstrated excellence in any of several areas during the previous calendar year. The Society paid tribute to Norma Hoffman, a longtime volunteer at Huntley Meadows Park, who was selected for the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award.

Dranesville District Park Authority Board Appointee Announced

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust has appointed a replacement for Park Authority Board Member Richard "Rip" Sullivan who resigned effective December 11, naming as his replacement Grace Han Wolf, who assumes the post as of December 12, 2014.

Rec-PAC Announces Open Hire Dates For 2015 Employment

The Fairfax County Park Authority will accept applications for summer employment with Rec-PAC during four open hire sessions this spring. The Rec-PAC program will operate camps at 45 elementary school locations around the county on weekdays from June 29 through August 6, 2015.

Fairfax Parks Offer Holiday Fun With Santa

There is still an opportunity for lots of holiday fun in the parks. If spending a little time with Old St. Nick is what you are looking for consider these great programs set for this weekend. A complete list is available online.

Glimpse Christmas Past at Sully Candlelight Tours

Tickets are still available for Candlelight Tours at Sully Historic Site on Saturdays, December 13 and 20, and Sunday, December 14, 2014. Tours start at 4:45 p.m. with the last tour at 7 p.m. As Sully recreates Christmas celebrations of the past, see the 1794 house and outbuildings lit by natural candlelight.

Park Authority Publishes FY 2014 Annual Report Online

It's time once again to look back and celebrate our recent accomplishments, challenges and progress with the Fairfax County Park Authority's Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report. This publication can be found online. The report provides a snapshot of agency initiatives highlights significant events and provides narrative and photographs that help tell our story.

Children's Science Center Meeting Slated for Hidden Oaks

The Children's Science Center in Northern Virginia is scheduled to open in 2019 in the Dulles area, and key members of the museum's planning team will speak with the public about the project at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale. The one-hour virtual tour and program, "Imagine Their Future," will present the vision for the center and future museum plans.

Workbook on Display for First Time at New Park Exhibit

The public is invited to view a new temporary exhibit at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, Va. Harvest Time at Walney interprets what harvest season was like on Walney farm during the 19th century. The highlight of the exhibit is an original workbook created by Lewis H. Machen who purchased Walney in 1843 and lived there until his death in 1863. This is the first time the workbook has been shared publicly. The exhibit is open through January 2015, in the park's visitor center and admission is free.

Park Authority Golf Courses Introduce Military Mondays

Fairfax County is home to a large number of current and former members of the four branches of the armed forces. To recognize and salute their service, the Fairfax County Park Authority is offering discounted golf specials on "Military Mondays" now through March 31, 2015.

FCPA Sets Public Meeting on Bruin Park Draft Master Plan Revision

The Fairfax County Park Authority is holding a Public Comment Meeting to gather public input on the draft master plan revision for Bruin Park located at 415 Van Buren St.in Herndon, Va. The meeting will be held on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. Public comment period ends January 2, 2015.

Park Board Announces Meeting Schedule for 2015

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has published its 2015 meeting schedule. The Park Authority Board is a 12-member board appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to set policy and establish strategic policy and direction for the Park Authority. 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 Endorses Tysons Park System Concept Plan

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board endorsed the Tysons Park System Concept Plan. With this action, the Park Board concluded another phase of a lengthy planning process that involved the creation of task forces and committees, dozens of public meetings, took into consideration hundreds of public comments and essentially laid the cornerstone for development of recreational amenities and parkland in Tysons.

Exhibit of Colorful Nutcrackers at Historic Sully

See an amazing array of nutcrackers, both old and new, in a colorful case exhibit at Sully Historic Site from November 22, 2014 through January 31, 2015. This special holiday exhibit is included in a guided tour of the 1794 house.

Rock N' Blades Returns to Mount Vernon REC Ice Arena

On Friday nights through March 20, 2015, Rock N’ Blades will turn Mount Vernon RECenter’s ice arena into a cool nightclub, with pulsing strobe lights and popular music blaring from the speakers. There’s no need for ear buds at this festive annual event! Ice skaters are invited to glide and groove to their favorite songs.

Parks Needs Assessment Underway; Public Comment Sought

The Needs Assessment is here. Help us promote our Parks Count campaign and be certain that we hear from you and others in the community who use Fairfax County parks. Over the next year and half, we will be soliciting your help, keeping you informed of progress, and inviting you to the occasional public meeting. Both online and in-person means of input will be used.

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.


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