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Healthy Strides 5K/10K Race is Coming to Burke Lake Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority's Take 12 Steps for Health program is hosting the fourth annual Healthy Strides Community 5K/10K Race at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, April 25, 2015. This event sold out last year so register soon!

Restoration Complete at Colvin Run Mill

What goes around comes around. And Colvin Run Mill, going around for over 200 years, has come around to its glory days. After several months of repairs and restoration, the historic mill will be grinding again this spring. The Restoration Celebration takes place on April 19, 2015. There will be an official grand re-opening ceremony open to the public at 1 p.m.

Park Authority Offers Hands-on Fun at SpringFest 2015

Participate in free environmentally-focused, family-friendly activities at SpringFest 2015 on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. This annual celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day will be bigger and better than ever. SpringFest features entertainment, games, activities and learning opportunities appropriate for all ages.

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.

Civil War Lecture Series at Sully Commemorates Sesquicentennial

As the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War draws to a close, Sully Historic Site presents an evening lecture series this spring. Each evening, historians present a look at different aspects of the final year of the war. On Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Charles Teague will give insights into President Abraham Lincoln's last days in April 1865.

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.

Head To Southern Maryland And See History Up Close

Join Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for the Historic Homes & Sites of Southern Maryland tour. Come out on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The tour leaves from Walney Visitor Center to explore the historic homes and sites of our eastern neighbor.

Culmore Multicultural Day Returns in April

Fairfax County is a melting pot of cultures from around the globe. The diversity of ethic backgrounds found here is special and something to be celebrated. And that's exactly what's planned for Saturday, April 18, 2015. Culmore Multicultural Day is an annual community building event that fosters understanding and acceptance of different cultural heritages.

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.

The Bluebells Are Coming to Riverbend

The bluebells are coming to Riverbend Park. It's a harbinger of spring's arrival and a sure sign that winter is on the decline! Spring ephemerals are getting ready to put on their annual show and soon the floodplains of Riverbend Park will be carpeted in blue. Bluebells and Bloodroots program is April 4 and the Bluebells at the Bend Festival is Saturday, April 11.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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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