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Community Meeting Set to Discuss Improvements to Eakin Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a community meeting to discuss improvements at the Eakin Community Park on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7 p.m. This meeting will focus on potential improvements at the Prosperity Road entrance as well as a proposal to add a picnic pavilion near the Tobin Road entrance.

Donate Blood at Spring Hill RECenter Community Blood Drive

There is a constant need for donated blood in Fairfax County. Just one donation can help save the lives of up to three people. Spring Hill RECenter in Mclean, Va., will play host to a Red Cross community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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.

Follow the Trail to Black Friday Deals at County Golf Courses

The holiday shopping season has arrived, and the Fairfax County Park Authority is inviting residents to treat their favorite golfers to a day on the links. Park Authority golf courses are offering deep discounts on special golf packages available one day only on Black Friday, November 28, 2014. Gift certificates will be available for purchase in-person at clubhouse pro shops and by phone from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take advantage of Black Friday pricing and avoid busy shopping centers!

See Flying Squirrels Glide In at Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Arguably one of nature's cutest critters, flying squirrels are abundant in Fairfax County; however, they are unseen by most residents. For the best chance to see these graceful gliders, families are invited to attend the Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Sunday, November 16 or Friday, November 28, 2014.

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.

Park Authority Celebrates Renovations to Clemyjontri Park

We are proud to unveil Clemy's restoration and invite the public to celebrate the completion of these much needed improvements on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Since the Fairfax County Park Authority opened it, the park has hosted more than 200,000 visitors each year. Usage by large numbers of enthusiastic park visitors has had an impact on the play equipment and the safety surfacing throughout the park requiring an extensive renovation to ensure that the park remained a safe and fun family destination.

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.

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).

Audrey Moore REC's Holiday Arts and Crafts Show Is Back

The 37th annual holiday arts and crafts show returns to Audrey Moore RECenter on December 6 and 7, 2014. The show is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Virginia and the perfect place to find unique gifts for friends and family.

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.

Help Create The Vision: Planning Meeting Set for Old Colchester Park and Preserve & Mason Neck

Through this past spring and summer, the Fairfax County Park Authority has been working to develop a vision for the future of Mason Neck West Park and Old Colchester Park and Preserve in the Mason Neck region of Fairfax County. A lot of research has been done, and suggestions gathered from the community. This input has been utilized in the development of a draft plan for each of these parks. With the completion of these drafts, comes the opportunity to share the plans and find out what the community thinks about them. The public comment period will remain open through November 30, 2014.

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.

Public Comment Sought For Sully Woodlands Planning

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking public comment on the final draft conceptual plans for five large parks in Sully Woodlands. Located on Fairfax County's western edge, the Sully Woodlands region is the Park Authority's largest assemblage of parkland and is rich with natural and cultural resources. The Sully Woodlands Core Property Conceptual Development Plan's (CDP) Public Comment Meeting was held on October 1, 2014. The public comment period will remain open through December 1, 2014.

Supervisors Transfer Property to Park Authority

The Fairfax County Park Authority now owns an additional 11.7 acres of parkland in the Dranesville District. The new acquisition was the result of a fee simple, land transfer by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. The property, located near Dulles Station Blvd. in Herndon will be known as Dulles Rock Hill Park.

Volunteers Sought for Park Authority Adapted Aquatics Classes

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking volunteers for upcoming Adapted Aquatics classes this fall, and you can help! The Adapted Aquatics program offers weekly classes to develop basic swim skills for both adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities.

Online Color Map Helps Hikers at Hidden Pond

Life just got easier for people who like to explore the 25 acres of Hidden Pond Nature Center. The Springfield, Va., park has a striking variety of hiking trails in a relatively small area, and now those trails are easier to navigate. Hidden Pond has published an excellent online color trail map that shows the park layout, surrounding roads, significant park structures, park trails and their length, approximate hiking times, and whether the trails are blazed, unmarked, natural or paved.

Diane Hoffman Earns Park Authority's Sally Ormsby Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Diane Hoffman, former executive director of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD), as the 2014 recipient of the Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award. The award, named for the late Sally B. Ormsby, a champion of stewardship issues in Fairfax County, recognizes individuals whose actions embody the spirit and values of stewardship and result in tangible benefits for the environment and the community.

Park Authority Board Names Lundegard 2014 Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award Recipient

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Great Falls resident Robert Lundegard as the recipient of the 2014 Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award. This award, created in 2013 by the Park Authority Board, honors the late, longtime historian, author and chairman of the Sully Foundation and celebrates outstanding service through the stewardship of historic resources. The award ultimately honors significant contributions toward the understanding, preservation and education of history in Fairfax County.

2014 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Recipients Announced

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named the 2014 Elly Doyle Park Service Award recipients. The annual award recognizes individuals and organizations that contribute outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority.

2014 Eakin Philanthropy Award Recipients Named

The Fairfax County Park Foundation announced the 2014 recipients of the Eakin Philanthropy Awards, honoring Mike Rolband, president of Wetland Studies and Solutions (WSSI) and Transurban-Fluor for their generous financial support of park programs and capital projects.

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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