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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.

FCPA Sets Hearing on Conveyance of Reston Towne Green Property

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 to receive public comment on the conveyance of property in the Hunter Mill District. The property consists of five acres and is commonly referred to as the "Reston Towne Green property."

Catch The Irish Spirit: Enjoy Diverse Programs In The Parks

On Sunday, March 15, 2015 there are several programs at local parks that link to the fun of St. Patrick's Day. You can register online for all of them.

Take a Salamander Excursion With the Park Authority

Witness the first signs of spring by observing Jefferson salamanders, spotted salamanders and red spotted newts breeding in vernal pools. Venture out with the Fairfax County Park Authority on Saturday, March 14, 2015 to visit a real fossil wall and climb Woodstock Tower.

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.

Parks and Schools to Discuss Lighted Synthetic Turf Fields

The Fairfax County Park Authority and Fairfax County Public Schools will hold an information meeting to present a plan for the development of lighted synthetic turf fields at South County Middle School. The meeting will be held on Wednesday March 18, 2015.

Come Put The Animals to Bed!

Parents understand how challenging bedtime can sometimes be. Add a bit of fun to the bedtime clamor by putting the animals to bed at your local farm. When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it's time for the many farm animals to go to sleep. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how the animals at Frying Pan Farm Park settle down for the night. Come to the farm on March 11, 12, 17 or 19, 2015 for these programs.

Green Spring Gardens Offers March Family Fun

Green Spring Gardens has some terrific programs in March that will entice you to bring the whole family to the garden. In fact on March 7, 2015 there are three programs to consider!

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.

Meeting Set To Discuss Safety, Traffic Concerns at Franconia Park

Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay and the Fairfax County Park Authority will host a follow-up community meeting to discuss safety and traffic concerns related to Franconia Park. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Explore Aspects of Traditional Japanese Culture at Sully: Tea, Sweets, Fans and Fun

Discover several varieties of green tea and sample Japanese sweets at Sully Historic Site on Sunday April 12, 2015 from 3 to 5 p.m. Taste the difference between three types of green tea, Sencha, Hojicha, and Genmaicha. Contrast the flavors with Japanese sweet treats such as mochi and Japanese cookies. Explore the processes used to create the different flavors of these teas, how they're cultivated and learn a little tea history. Sully joins sites all over the Washington D.C. area to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Great Falls Grange Celebrates Newfound Accessibility

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this public assembly hall was built in 1929, a product of the Grange Movement which swept rural America shortly after the Civil War. The Grange was built as a symbol of commitment to community involvement and progress, and has been a meeting and special event site throughout its history. However, if a resident with a disability wanted to join in any of the events held in the facility, special accommodations had to be arranged ahead of time in order to enable the patron to attend. Both the building and the grounds were inaccessible to residents with disabilities and difficult to access for many elderly residents. Those barriers to full participation at this de facto community center for Great Falls residents have now been addressed. A celebration to mark the occasion is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10 a.m.

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.

Lake Fairfax Trout Fishing Passes Are Now On Sale

Local trout fishermen are gathering their tackle and preparing for the trout fishing season at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Va. The 20-acre lake will be stocked with thousands of pounds of safe-to-eat rainbow trout multiple times between February 14 and May 3, 2015. A variety of passes are now available for purchase at the park.

Lake Fairfax Park to Hold First Annual Car Show

Muscle cars, imports, and trucks will be on display at Lake Fairfax Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 16, 2015. The entry fee for all vehicles is $10, and entries are now being accepted. Spectators will be admitted free of charge.

Green Spring Gardens Master Planning Process to Start

The Fairfax County Park Authority has started a public planning process that will update the master plan for Green Spring Gardens. The purpose of this public process is to review the existing plan for any needed updates and help determine how newly acquired parkland along Green Spring Road can be best used. The Park Authority invites the public to lend its voice to the planning process. A public information meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7 p.m. Comments are accepted for 30 days after the meeting date.

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.

 


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