Get ready to take a ride on the new Lee District Park Carousel – a carousel that allows children of all abilities to go ‘round and ‘round, side by side. Park Authority officials have invited the public to take a spin when the ribbon is cut on the new carousel Saturday, July 8, 2017.
A public celebration has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 15, 2017, to mark completion of the rehabilitation and dredging project and to celebrate the environmental upgrades now in place at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Royal Lake Park.
Sprinkle a little history into your Sunday routine with two programs on milling – an important part of our local past. Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Sunday, July 9, 2017, and enjoy some time around the campfire while making corn pancakes with honey. In the afternoon learn about the milling process from beginning to end at historic Colvin Run Mill.
Green Spring Gardens is offering a trio of events on two Saturday mornings, July 15 and August 12, 2017. Stroll the summer gardens with a Master Gardener docent, then cool down at an ice cream social. While you’re there, view a special limited-time photo exhibit showcasing the fascinating history of the house.
What lurks in the woods and waters around us? Spend a Sunday morning finding out! On Sunday, July 2, 2017, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park hosts a program on Stream Monsters. At Riverbend Park take a wagon ride along the Potomac River.
Take a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park as dusk falls on Saturday, July 1, 2017. A naturalist guides you on a tour of the woods and wetlands as you watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents.
Dirt can be an inexpensive yet highly effective defense mechanism in times of war. During the Civil War, the Confederate Army put it to use by building more than five miles of earthworks in Centreville. On Sunday, July 2, 2017, learn about this hidden history in your backyard as you tour the earthworks.
The Summer Entertainment Series continues in July at a Fairfax County Park near you. Performances are top-notch and absolutely free with performances by Bill Kirchen, the Dead 27s, Eddie from Ohio, and the Hillbilly Gypsies.
Sully Historic Site is now displaying dolls from all over the world through August. Sully staff and volunteers are sharing their unique dolls collected over the years and from various parts of the country. Doll Crazy is included in the guided house tour. Consider signing your child up for Sully’s All-American Girl doll camp the week of July 17.
It’s time to plan for the astronomical event of the year. A total solar eclipse crosses the United States on August 21, 2017, and Fairfax County residents will see about 80 percent of the sun shadowed by the moon. The Fairfax County Park Authority has several programs designed to make your eclipse experience safe and memorable.
Join the national birthday celebration with fireworks, games and more in Fairfax County parks. Lake Fairfax Park hosts its annual fireworks show on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Also on July 1, the Park Authority’s golf operations will have a booth at the Workhouse Arts Center prior to the center’s fireworks show. On Monday, July 3, have some fun and test your knowledge of U.S. history at Sully Historic Site with political trivia, games and fun facts.
Travel to the 19th century without a time machine. Visit Colvin Run Mill in July to see how grain was ground and how iron tools were forged in eras past.
Bats and owls. Campfires and constellations. There’s a lot to see and do in Fairfax County parks on Friday night, June 30, 2017.
Bring new life to your watercolor paintings by giving Brusho a try. Register for the Brusho workshop at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Brusho is a versatile watercolor medium made of ink crystals. It's incredibly vivid and beautiful colors open up a world of possibilities for painters.
Hidden Oaks Nature Center has a summer camp planned that will ignite the swashbuckling adventurer in the six-to-nine-year-old crowd. The youngsters will seek treasures both large and small as they scour the woods and streams by Hidden Oaks in a Hidden Treasures Pirate Camp, starting Monday, July 10, 2017.
The approaching holiday weekend just got better with a fantastic free performance on the way at Arrowbrook Park. Join us on Saturday, July 1, 2017, when a legend takes the stage. Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen.
Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends…such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. If you love folk and traditional Americana music, you will enjoy this free concert at Mason District Park amphitheater on Friday, June 30, 2017.
The Fairfax County Park Authority continues to add acreage to the county’s nationally-acclaimed park system. In March, the agency received 4.95 acres of parkland known as Holladay Field and new property that connects Halifax Point District Park to Poplar Ford Park in Sully District.
Photos can evoke memories of times gone by and open a window on how folks used to live. This month in artiFACTS, we share a photo taken years ago at Sully Historic Site that will get you in the mood for Sully’s antique car show, coming up on Father’s Day, June 18, 2017.
Dairy Days are fun and delicious. Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic game. Get a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site. Dairy Days kick off on Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1, 2017.
Start the summer off right with music from another continent! Join in the fun of the Summer Entertainment Series and head to Ossian Hall Park on Saturday July 1, 2017 for the Irish Breakfast Band. Listen to fiddle, flute, piano, hammered dulcimer, cello, guitar, mandolins, banjo, bouzouki, bass, bones and bodhran!
Whether you call them fireflies or lightning bugs, these blinking beetles add a touch of magic to the scenery as dusk falls. Learn a little about them and see them light up local parks in four programs in June.
Green Spring Gardens is offering six camps this summer that will appeal to young nature lovers, artists and American girl enthusiasts.
Think you need lots of sunshine to make a garden grow? Guess again. Come to Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, July 15, 2017, to learn about the beauty of shade gardens.
There is a new way to tour some of your local parks, and it likely will spur you to visit places you’ve never seen. The Fairfax County Park Authority has created a web-based Story Map guide to several of its featured history and nature sites.
Riverbend is hosting three new River Explorers Camps this summer with an opportunity to experience the environment of the Potomac Gorge, a truly unique and isolated area of the Potomac River upstream from the nation’s capital. A three-day camp is offered from July 5-7, 2017. Five-day camps will be held July 31-August 4 and August 7-11.
Go behind the scenes at Frying Pan Farm Park with a four-part family program that meets on Thursdays, beginning June 29, 2017. Each week, Junior Farmers and their families will get to play an active role in helping to take care of the farm.
Looking for a spot to see traditional Alpine dances from Germany and Austria? Then come to Bavarian Night at Ossian Hall Park on Saturday, July 15, 2017, where the Alt Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein will be performing.
Shawna Levins, volunteer manager at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) Spring Hill RECenter, has been awarded the Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA) Sandra Lee Fitch Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award.
The Fairfax County Park Authority continues to explore new ways to engage with the community in its park master planning efforts. As the Park Authority requests public input related to the revision of the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Master Plan, citizens who wish to comment are now able to use CiviComment as an alternative to email. All comments on the Ellanor C. Lawrence draft master plan revision must be received by July 10, 2017, to be included in the official public record.
Like fine wine, Jonathan Edwards’ pure and powerful tenor voice has only grown sweeter with age. See this veteran folk star take the stage at the Mason District Park Amphitheater on Friday, June 30, 2017. The free concert from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. is part of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series.
There’s more to Green Spring Gardens than gardening. Register for one of the park’s fine arts classes this summer to develop your skills in painting and paper-making four Saturdays in July or jewelry-making on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
A community meeting will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017, on efforts to revise the master plan for Franconia District Park in Alexandria, Virginia. The Fairfax County Park Authority will present a concept plan based on community input.
Local artist-photographer Nina Tisara will share some of her mosaic work in an exhibit entitled “Inspired by Nature” at the Huntley Meadows Park Nature Center. The exhibit will run from June 2 through August 31, 2017, with an opening reception and artist’s talk on Sunday, June 4.
Fairfax County Park Authority Discovery Trail Map 2017 celebrates the 275th anniversary of Fairfax County. Instructions for participating in the activity are included on the map. The promotion runs from Saturday, May 27 through Monday, September 4, 2017.
The Fairfax County Park Authority is expanding its partnership with The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC, to offer The First Tee Life Skills Experience Program, designed for young people ages 7-18 at Oak Marr Golf Complex. Registration is now in progress for the six-week summer session. The summer session will be held Thursdays, July 13 through August 17.
Effective immediately, the picnic areas known as A, B, C, and D at Lake Fairfax Park will not be available for public use during the week in order to safely permit continued work on a stream restoration project. While the picnic areas will be closed Monday to Friday through June 30, 2017, the rental areas are available on the weekends.
Repairs to the access road at Lake Accotink Park will begin soon. The Fairfax County Park Authority has contracted with McGee Construction for the work which will start in early June. Active construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of July 2017.
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a $20,000 Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program request from the Great Falls Soccer Club (GFSC) at its meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The grant funds will be used to help convert the Bermuda grass rectangle field 7 at Great Falls Nike Park to a synthetic turf field with lighting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.