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Park Gift Card Offers Unique Choices for Dad

Another pair of socks, aftershave or a tie may not make the man this Father's Day. In fact, your Dad could be disappointed with another ordinary gift. However, the Fairfax County Park Authority may have the answer with a gift card that opens the door to fitness and adventure.

Summer Entertainment Series Brings Free Fun to Parks

If the weather is feeling warmer and the end of school is nearly here, it must be time for the Summer Entertainment Series to get underway! The Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Foundation and with generous contributions from local businesses and corporations, presents a summer-long calendar of shows, concerts and movies appropriate for you and your family.

Father's Day Activities Set For a Park Near You

Father's Day is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Fairfax County Park Authority wants to help you celebrate with lots and lots of great activities for the entire family Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Women Unplugged Weekend Set For Riverbend Park

Explore your rugged side with the help of Riverbend Park naturalists during the Women Unplugged Weekend planned for June 6 and 7, 2015. Enjoy a kayak float trip, camp out, learn about edible plants and take in the natural world at every turn.

Local Chefs to Meet Shoppers at Farmers Markets

It's time to start meeting chefs at a local farmers market. Local chefs will make appearances at Fairfax County Park Authority farmers markets this summer. It's a chance for you to learn great ways to prepare the fresh foods you can pick up at the markets. Chef Carmine Marzano, the co-owner and executive chef of Osteria Marzano in Alexandria, will be at the Kingstowne Farmers Market on Friday, May 29, 2015.

Explore Summer Fun on the Discovery Trail!

You'll always find something fun to do in Fairfax County parks, and the Park Authority's Discovery Trail Map is your guide! The journey features 12 distinctive sites that give students age 17 and younger the chance to discover each site's unique features.

National Trails Day to be Marked With Ribbon Cutting at Chestnut Grove Bridge

The American Hiking Society's National Trails Day®, the country's largest celebration of trails is fast approaching. In Fairfax County, locals will celebrate the completion of the Chestnut Grove Trail Bridge with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Lake Fairfax Park located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive in Reston, Va.

Cardboard Boat Regatta Returns to Lake Accotink

A 26-year tradition continues this month with the popular Cardboard Boat Regatta returning to Lake Accotink Park as the capstone event of the annual Springfield Days weekend festival. Whether you're racing or just watching, it's always a thrill to see who sinks or floats on May 31, 2015.

PetFest Fun is a Feature of Springfield Days

Springfield Days is a yearly community-oriented event that features many great activities during the first weekend following Memorial Day. In recent years, the event was expanded to include a PetFest which will take place on May 30, 2015.

Construction to Begin on Trail in Lake Accotink Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin construction on a project to repair and pave approximately 5,500 linear feet of the Cross County Trail in Lake Accotink Park. The contractor will be mobilizing on site on or about May 25, 2015.

Archaeological Open House Set for Old Colchester

Attend an Open House where folks lived 10,000 years ago. The open house is Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Old Colchester Park & Preserve. This is a day of archaeology and history featuring exhibits and both archaeological and natural resource tours.

Hidden Oaks Offers Half-day Camps for Young Naturalists

Preschoolers' creativity and imagination soar at half-day camps this June at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Naturalists explore and preschoolers re-create recreate storybook fun.

Laurel Hill Makes "Best Places You Can Play" Top Ten List

Laurel Hill Golf Club recently earned the number nine ranking in Virginia among GolfWeek's 2015 "Best Courses You Can Play." This prestigious honor is hard won and sought by golf courses throughout the region.

New Wayside Information Helps Protect Vernal Pools

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, Va. worked closely with the Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) to design and install a new wayside information sign that includes life size pictures of salamanders and frogs and includes QR codes that allow the public to hear the actual frog calls on a smartphone. It also instructs visitors on the best ways to interact with vernal pools and provides information about how residents can get involved in protecting them.

REI Grant Funds Invasive Removal Program in Parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority and REI are helping county residents take back the forest. REI presented the Park Authority's Invasive Management Area (IMA) program with a $10,000 grant to support the agency's Take Back the Forest program that got underway this spring. To mark the mid-point of this engaging program, IMA is participating in Virginia's Annual Invasive Plant Removal Day (IPR) on May 2 and 3, 2015. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up.

Green Spring Master Gardeners at Your Service

For gardening questions this spring, look no further than Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Va. Residents are always welcome to bring a photo or a plant sample to the horticulture center to be examined by a gardener on duty. Green Spring Master Gardeners will be located outside the horticulture center under a tent every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. now through September except on holiday weekends and on May 9.

Clemyjontri Park Listed Among Best Playgrounds in the Nation

It's very nice to be considered amongst the best of the best. The website Early Childhood Education Zone, an online resource for parents and educators, has released its annual listing of the best playgrounds in America, and listed in fourth place among the top 50 is Clemyjontri Park.

Park Board Reaches Compromise With Local Photographers

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to suspend existing fees for photography permits until July 1, 2015 when new rules and a more affordable fee schedule go into effect. Permits are still required.

Park Authority Marks 65 Years of Making Parks Count

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) turns 65 this year. That's 65 years of making connections with our many neighbors, friends and supporters; educating generations of kids about nature, history and how to play sports, swim, and golf, keeping adults of all ages active and preserving open space and historic places. That is why parks count and it's something we can all celebrate!

FCPA Offers More Than 1,400 Summer Day Camp Experiences

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) offers more than 1,400 summer day camp options at over 100 locations. Camps held at RECenters, historic sites, lakefront parks and schools offer a variety of camp formats throughout Fairfax County. Children will find plenty of fun and build friendships.

Rec-PAC: Offering Convenient, Affordable Summer Fun for Kids

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children) is an affordable, quality summer recreation program for Fairfax County children in first through sixth grade. Sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority, Rec-PAC is available at 48 Fairfax County elementary school locations beginning June 29 through August 6, 2015.

Park Access Not Impacted By Road Closure

Beginning Monday, April 13 and continuing through September 1, 2015, Walney Road will be closed for construction between Westfields Boulevard and Mariah Court. This closure will not affect access to Walney Visitor Center, Cabell's Mill, or Walney Pond within Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

USDA Grant Provides Access to Fruits, Vegetables at Farmers Markets

Local Farmers Markets are well-known for their tempting, fresh produce. Now through a federal matching grant program more residents in Fairfax County will be able to purchase those fruits and vegetables. Earlier this week, the Fairfax County Park Authority's Green Spring Gardens was notified that $4,170 was received from the USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Program (FINI). This funding will be used to support increased access to fruits and vegetables for the food insecure of Fairfax County, while also benefitting small and mid-sized farmers in the region.

Huntley Meadows Park Marks 40th Anniversary

One of the most significant parks in Fairfax County is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. On April 26, 1975, Fairfax County dedicated land as Huntley Meadows Park, and that park has grown to become one of the signature expressions of county dedication to the environment and quality of life.

First Week of May Brings Opening of Fairfax County Farmers Markets

Spring is here and the 11 Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Farmers Markets are gearing up for the 2015 season! All markets open the first week of May, providing residents with fresh food options until late fall.

Combo Classic Golf Tournament Seeks Players, Sponsors

Playing golf is a pastime enjoyed by countless individuals seeking the pleasures of the game as well as a pastoral setting in which to spend a morning or afternoon. Players often take these opportunities for granted, unless they are tested by a disability and find that playing golf can be challenging. The 2015 Combo Classic, Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 2015, is for paired golfers where one or both have a disability and sets a new standard for competition, amenities and fun.

Volunteer Opportunities Abound at Sully Historic Site

It's not often that you can go to one place and be offered so many paths to show off your talents. Whether you enjoy gardening, working with children, learning new recipes and cooking methods, or just like to be around interesting people, Sully Historic Site in Chantilly has a volunteer opportunity for you.

Parks Count Survey Released to 15,000 Households

An important park needs survey is being mailed to 15,000 randomly selected Fairfax County households. This survey is a key element of the Parks Count study being conducted by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Park Authority Seeks To Recognize Outstanding Volunteers

More than 2,000 volunteers contribute time, talent and expertise to the Fairfax County Park Authority each year. Recognizing the value and accomplishments of these dedicated individuals is critical to maintaining that important volunteer workforce. With that in mind, the Park Authority is now soliciting nominations for the 2015 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards. Nominations must be received by Friday, June 19, 2015.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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