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26th Annual Combo Classic Golf Tournament Approaches

Golf is a lifetime sport enjoyed by countless individuals seeking the pleasures of the game as well as an idyllic setting in which to stay active and take in the great outdoors. Players often take these opportunities for granted, unless they are tested by a disability and find that playing golf can be a positive challenge. The 2016 Combo Classic is for paired golfers where one or both have a disability and sets a new standard for competition, amenities and fun. The Combo Classic will be held on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Twin Lakes Golf Course.

Park Discovery Trail Leads Kids to Presidential History, Prizes

Which U.S. President made a daring escape from the enemy through Riverbend Park? What does the House at Hidden Pond Nature Center have in common with the White House? Which Commander-in-Chief saved Sully Historic Site from demolition? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this year's Fairfax County Park Authority Discovery Trail Map - Presidential Edition. The promotion runs through Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

Mastenbrook Grant Funds New Batting Cages at Stratton Woods

New batting cages will be coming to Stratton Woods Park. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook Volunteeer Matching Fund Grant Program request from Northern Fairfax County Babe Ruth (NFCBR).

Pioneer Baseball League Awarded Mastenbrook Grant Funds

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook Grant for the Pioneer Baseball League (PBL) to fund construction of batting cages adjacent to Field 1 at Clermont Park and Field 2 at Lee District Park.

Sully History Site Examines Cures from the Quarter

On Saturday, May 28, join us at Sully Historic Site to get a glimpse of what life may have been like for the enslaved community when they were sick or injured.

Set Sail for the Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink

Get on board for the 27th running of the Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink Park on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Launch your own cardboard boat or spend the day watching as determined captains and crews try to win the race before springing a leak.

Sample International Music and Dance in Free Concert Series

Some of the many cultures that contribute to the American melting pot are highlighted in free concerts in June as part of the Fairfax County Park Authority's 2016 Summer Entertainment Series.

Explore Fairfax County History with a Click on artiFACTS

The Fairfax County Park Authority is home to millions of historic artifacts that trace the county's history through thousands of years. Take a peek at some of the items in our collection and learn about their importance to our past by exploring artiFACTS online.

Apply Now to Become a Lifeguard at the Water Mine

Spend your summer at a water park and get paid for the privilege. Become a lifeguard at the Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole at Lake Fairfax Park.

Tournament Time for All at FCPA Golf Courses

Women, men and juniors get their day in tournaments at Fairfax County Park Authority golf courses.

Take a Hike and Celebrate National Trails Day in a Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority is joining in the celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, 2016, with brief remarks by local officials and a short hike in Lake Accotink Park on recently completed improvements to the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail. The activities begin at 11 a.m. Participants should meet at the Ellet Road entrance to the park. Parking is available on Ellet and Inverchapel Drive and the hike will be from the Ellet Road entrance to the Danbury Forest bridge and then back.

Parks Host a Tea Party and Delve Into Old-time Cures on May 28

Enjoy an eclectic pair of programs in Fairfax County parks on Saturday, May 28, 2016, where you can find a little something for everyone.

Installation of Shade Structure Impacts Chessie's Big Backyard

The Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park is well-known for Chessie's Big Backyard playground, and the popular Our Special Harbor spray ground. The two playgrounds are open to the public during daylight hours and Our Special Harbor is set to open on Memorial Day weekend. At the two to five age group playground, a structure will be constructed over the play area to provide much-needed shade and to enhance the play experience. The playground for two to five year olds will be closed from now through approximately June 10, 2016.

Gum Springs Outdoor Fitness Gym to Open June 18

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, for a new Outdoor Fitness Gym at the Gum Springs Community Center.

Rainy Weather Delays Towers Park Metro Connector Trail

Rain has delayed the completion of 425 linear feet of ADA-accessible asphalt trail in Fairfax, VA. The trail is now expected to open for public use by mid-to-late June 2016.

New Athletic Field Opening at South County Middle School

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016, on the grounds of a new lighted synthetic turf fields at South County Middle School.

Get a Jazzy Start to your Summer with Free Concerts

The Fairfax County Park Authority's free Summer Entertainment series kicks off the first week in June with three different ways to enjoy the sounds of jazz on June 1, 3 and 4, 2016.

Explore America's Musical Roots with Free Park Concerts

From soul to Broadway, American music takes many forms. Enjoy a variety of styles at free outdoor concerts when the Fairfax County Park Authority hosts Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Rachel B, and the City of Fairfax "Concert Band" the first week in June.

Celebrate Father's Day at the Sully Antique Car Show

Take Dad for a stroll down memory lane this Father's Day with a visit to the Antique Car Show at Sully Historic Site. Relive a time when chrome was king and V-8 engines ruled the land. Sully’s 43rd annual car show, is slated for Sunday, June 19, 2016.

Paid Summer Internships Available at Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Va., is looking to fill a pair of paid internships for the coming summer. The park is in need of a Nature Education Intern and a Fishing Education Intern for 10 to 12 weeks.

How to Find the Freshest Fruits and Veggies When You Need Them

If you have a recipe crying out for strawberries, kale, beets or swiss chard, there's an easy way to find the freshest produce to use. Fairfax County Farmers Markets are open from May to mid-December at locations throughout the county.

Park Facilities to Honor Military Members with Free Admission

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation will be offering local veterans and current members of the military free admission to RECenters this Memorial Day - May 30, 2016.

Swing into Summer with Free Concerts in Fairfax County Parks

With everything from acoustic rock to zydeco, there's a show for everyone in Fairfax County parks this summer - and you can enjoy them all for FREE! The 2016 Summer Entertainment in the Parks season kicks off on June 1 with Jazz and American Roots concerts and wraps up on August 31 with Blues and Americana Soul.

Spring Hill Renovation Wins NACPRO Award

The expansion and renovation of the Spring Hill RECenter in McLean, Virginia, is being honored with an award from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO). The Fairfax County Park Authority project has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 NACPRO Award in the Park and Recreation Facility Class II category.

Parks Count Survey: More Maintenance, Open Space

Fix what you have, and step up the maintenance - because parks are more important than they've ever been. That's the message from the public, stakeholders, and a consultant team working on the Parks Count Needs Assessment Study.

Park Authority Wins Award for Colvin Run Campaign

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is the winner of a 2016 NACPRO Award for the marketing efforts that helped Colvin Run Mill achieve a top-four finish in the 2013 web-based Partners in Preservation (PiP) voting contest sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. As a result of the contest, the FCPA received a $75,000 grant to restore the historic mill.

Get in the Know about the 2016 Fairfax County Park Bond

There's more on the ballot than the presidential race this November. Fairfax County voters will also have the chance to vote on a 2016 Park Bond to finance park renovations and upgrades, land acquisition, natural and cultural resource stewardship and new park development.

Patriot Park North at Willow Springs Planning Meeting Set

The public is asked to participate in the ongoing planning process for Patriot Park North at Willow Springs. The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a second public comment meeting at Willow Springs Elementary School on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7 p.m. to present a revised Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) for the park.

Hal Strickland Honored for Professional-Lifetime Achievement

Former Fairfax County Park Authority Board member Harold L. Strickland will be honored by the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) for his career in public service.

Mastenbrook Grant Awarded for Telescope at Turner Farm

The skies will soon be in sharper focus over Observatory Park at Turner Farm, thanks to a Mastenbrook Grant. At its meeting on April 27, 2016, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteeer Matching Fund Grant for $20,000 for the Analemma Society.

Friends of Royal Lake Receive Mastenbrook Grant Funds

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant for the Friends of Royal Lake (FORL) at its meeting on April 27, 2016. The grant of $16,343 will be used by the non-profit friends group to purchase and install replacement outdoor fitness equipment at Royal Lake Park.

FCPA to Share Planned Improvements at White Gardens

The public is invited to attend a community meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2016, to discuss planned improvements at the John C. & Margaret K. White Gardens in Falls Church, Virginia.

Fairfax County Farmers Markets to Open First Week of May

What do Fairfax County residents look forward to at the beginning of May? Many would say the return of farm fresh products with the opening of the 11 locations of the Fairfax County Park Authority's (FCPA) Farmers Markets. Customers can look forward to the freshest produce, meats, cheese, baked breads, honey, ice cream, sweets and cut flowers our region has to offer.

Economists Find Park Authority Creates 1,260 Jobs in Local Economy

The Fairfax County Park Foundation recently contracted with the Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) at George Mason University to assess the Fairfax County Park Authority's economic impact on the county economy.

New Tysons II Urban Park Features Colorful Perennial Landscape

Fairfax County parks are growing by another 2.3 acres with the addition of a new public urban park in Tysons. This new park contributes to fulfilling the Tysons Park System Plan endorsed by the Park Authority Board in 2014.

Experience the Beauty of Historic Southern Maryland

Head south with the Fairfax County Park Authority to historic Southern Maryland. Get away on Thursday, May 26, 2016 with historian Eric Malmgren and enjoy a beautiful and historic excursion.

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.

Chantilly Youth Association Receives Mastenbrook Grant

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant for the Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) at its meeting on March 23, 2016. This approval provides another example of the benefits of partnerships and collaboration between the Park Authority and the local youth athletics organizations.

Find a Summer Job in Park Authority's Rec-PAC Program

Get paid to play this summer. The Fairfax County Park Authority is looking for creative, high-energy and motivated candidates for part-time positions in its Rec-PAC program. Open hire event will be held on June 6, 2016.

First Tee Life Skills Experience Comes to Laurel Hill Golf Club

The Fairfax County Park Authority is partnering with The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC, to offer The First Tee Life Skills Experience Certifying Program, designed for young people ages 7-18. Registration is now in progress for the six-week spring session. The spring session will be held Tuesdays, May 10 through June 21.

See Riverbend Park by Wagon Ride on Saturdays this Spring

Climb aboard for a wagon ride along the river and through the woods at Riverbend Park on four Saturdays this spring -- May 21 and June 11, 2016. Travel with family and friends as your wagon rolls past the Potomac River and into Riverbend's woodlands.

Park Authority Receives Financial Reporting Award

For the eighth consecutive year, the Fairfax County Park Authority has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Park Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Little League

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook grant at its meeting on March 9, 2016 that will help support Little League in Northern Virginia.

Park Authority Seeks Nominees for Elly Doyle Service Awards

It's time once again to honor the thousands of individuals and numerous organizations which volunteer each year in local parks and support the many programs and initiatives of the Fairfax County Park Authority. Volunteers are the backbone of the Park Authority, and in order to recognize their contributions, nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards. All nominations are due by Friday, June 17, 2016.

See Who's at Play in the County's Lakefront Parks After Dark

Croaking frogs, slithering snakes and soaring bats are just some of the animals that fill the nights with sounds and activity at Fairfax County parks, and a series of programs this spring will let you join the fun after dark, through May 26, 2016.

Fairfax County Parkland Grows with New Acquisition

Park acreage in Fairfax County has grown with the acquisition of 10.15 acres in the Mount Vernon District. The Park Authority acquired the acreage in Paul Spring Stream Valley Park.

Park Authority Marks Ten Years of Invasive Management

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Fairfax County Park Authority's national award-winning Invasive Management Area (IMA) program.

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.

Turkeycock Run Stream Restoration Project Begins

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work to renovate a portion of the Turkeycock Run Stream located within Pinecrest Golf Course. The golf course will remain open during the construction. Impacts to the community should be minimal and will include occasional construction traffic entering and existing the site from Elmdale Road.

Operating Hours are Changing at Fairfax County Dog Parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority is making some changes to the operating hours at county dog parks as a result of newly enacted changes to the County’s Noise Ordinance.

Park Authority FY2015 Annual Report Available Online

Park Authority has been celebrating 65 years of Making Parks Count in Fairfax County, and you can read all about the agency's recent events and accomplishments in the Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report.

Equestrian Center Entrance Drive in Laurel Hill to Be Relocated

Those who love to hike, bike, walk, run or ride horses at the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center in southern Fairfax County are going to need to take new road to get there. The Fairfax County Lorton Road Widening project in Laurel Hill is starting a new phase of construction that will realign the Equestrian Center Entrance Road.

Some Simple Steps to Stay Safe in Fairfax County Parks

With a population of more than 1.1 million people, Fairfax County enjoys a low crime rate when compared to other urban municipalities of its size, but thefts and break-ins can happen. Get toknow some simple steps to help ensure your next walk in the woods or weight-room workout are incident-free.

Temporary Cross County Trail Detour in Laurel Hill to Begin

Those who love to hike, bike, walk, or run on the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail (GCCCT) in southern Fairfax County are going to need to take a path less traveled as construction forces a temporary detour. The Fairfax County Adaptive Re-Use project in Laurel Hill started construction on January 13, 2016.

Pedestrian Improvements and Parking Lot Repairs to Begin at Spring Hill RECenter

The Fairfax County Park Authority will start construction on pedestrian improvements and parking lot repairs at Spring Hill RECenter. Site improvements will include repaving and sealing of damaged parking lot areas and upgrades to the intersection of Spring Hill and Lewinsville Roads. Improvements to the intersection are required to provide safe passage from the RECenter to Spring Hill Elementary School.

Bridge Replacement to Begin at Green Spring Gardens Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will start construction to replace the existing pedestrian bridge at Green Spring Gardens. This $300,000 project consists of removing the existing bridge, installing a new 45-foot single span steel frame bridge and associated stream bank restoration work.

Park Authority Weather Closures No Longer Tied to Schools

Effective November 1, 2015, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will no longer follow the closing schedule of public schools during inclement weather. Instead, in response to customer concerns about the number of closures and weather-related cancellations of classes and programs, the Park Authority will follow Fairfax County Government closures.

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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