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Audrey Moore RECenter to Close September 6 for Maintenance

Audrey Moore RECenter will close its doors on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and reopen the next morning, September 7 at 5 a.m. The temporary closure, will allow for much needed maintenance on the facility’s boilers, which are being replaced, as well as the building’s air conditioning system.

Taste Hand-Cranked Ice Cream Sprinkled with History

Don’t let summer slip away without an old-fashioned family outing for ice cream – topped with a little sprinkle of history. Come to Historic Huntley on Saturday, August 27, 2016, to make and taste hand-cranked ice cream the way Huntley’s Harris family may have done decades ago.

We’re Going on a Bug Hunt at ECLP

The meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is buzzing with bugs, but there’s nothing to fear. Go on an adventure to capture and release the amazing insects and arthropods that call ECLP their home and learn the secrets of this special meadow habitat. Participants can join the meadow bug hunt on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Enjoy Sticky Fingers and S’mores at Park Campfires

Stories, stars, and s’mores are on the agenda in a pair of campfire programs at Fairfax County parks on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Make a Lush Autumn Container Garden at Green Spring

Think beyond the classic mum this fall and create a unique autumn garden container with help from the folks at Green Spring Gardens during the Lush Autumn Container Workshop on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Soak in the Scenery on a Nature Hike at Scott’s Run

Get away from it all on a three-mile hike through a beautiful nature preserve along the Potomac River. Join a naturalist at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve on Sunday morning, August 28, 2016, for a hike over moderate terrain that highlights the preserve’s natural features and scenic overlooks and the Scott’s Run waterfall.

Master Gardeners Share Tips on Bulbs, Native Plants and Fall Color

Make plans to spend some Friday afternoons with the Master Gardeners of Green Spring to learn how to jazz up your fall garden and expand your knowledge of bulbs, native plants and perennials.

FCPA Employee Wins National Interpretive Award

Kylie A. Starck of Arlington, Virginia, has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Outstanding New Interpreter award from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). Starck is the senior interpreter at Huntley Meadows Park.

Park Authority Schedules Public Hearing on Land Exchange

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, the Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public hearing to receive public comment on the exchange of property in the Sully District. The hearing on the Halifax Point District Park property will take place in the ninth floor Park Authority Board meeting room in the Herrity Building.

Summer Park Performance Series Rolls On

Even though the end of summer is in view, the Summer Entertainment Series is still running strong. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to see a free performance appropriate for the entire family on Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26.

The 31st Annual Begonia Show and Sale Coming Soon

Green Spring Gardens’ Annual Begonia show and sale will be held on Saturday, August 27 and again on Sunday, August 28. If you love begonias, you will love this event.

Hidden Oaks Volunteer Wins Elly Doyle Youth Service Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Hidden Oaks Nature Center volunteer Will MacDonald the 2016 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Student Honoree. The annual Elly Doyle awards recognize individuals and organizations that contribute outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority, and one student honoree is named each year.

Conn’s Ferry Crossing Historic Marker to be Dedicated

If you love history join us as we dedicate an historic marker and tell the story of Conn’s Ferry Crossing. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County History Commission and the Fairfax County Park Authority Board invite you to Riverbend Park to remember a time in history when our nation was in peril and our president on the run. The brief dedication is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Virginia Indian Festival Comes to Riverbend Park

Northern Virginia’s premier celebration of Native American lifestyles is coming to Riverbend Park. This fall’s Virginia Indian Festival is set for Saturday, September 10, 2016.

Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Awardee Selected

Noted historian, educator and author Mary Lipsey is this year's recipient of the Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board announced her selection at its meeting on July 27, 2016.

Construction Begins on Clubhouse, Amenities at Burke Lake

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work to construct a new 4,000 square foot clubhouse, a two-story driving range structure, a parking lot expansion and preparations for future expanded practice short game areas at the Burke Lake Golf Center.

Board Announces 2016 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Winners

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board has named two organizations and one individual as recipients of the 2016 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards. These awards recognize outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority and are the agency's top honor for volunteer service.

Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award Announced

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board has named Harry Glasgow the recipient of the 2016 Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award. Glasgow has a long and impressive track record of environmental stewardship that includes leadership positions in local organizations, a personal commitment to stewardship education as evidenced in his weekly bird walks at Huntley Meadows Park, as well as his ongoing and effective advocacy for the protection of natural resources.

Park Authority Employee Named Director of Park Operations

Effective August 6, 2016, Todd Brown, a 24-year employee with the Fairfax County Park Authority, will begin service as the Director of the Park Operations Division.

Get to Know Critters at Hidden Pond and Frying Pan

Put down Pokémon and see some real animals! Whether you’re at the farm or in the woods, animals are everywhere. Check out some of our events this summer that allow you to get up close with a variety of critters and creatures.

Cool Off With Ice Cream in the Parks

Stop chasing the ice-cream man and come down to one of the Park Authority’s summer adventures featuring ice cream. This summer, we are hosting events that celebrate that sweet treat on August 7, 12 and 26.

Women Invited to “Unplug” at Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park is hosting Women Unplugged on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4, 2016. It is a chance for women to step outdoors and experience the excitement of Riverbend Park. You know how good this would be for you!

Family Golf Days Set For Pinecrest and Oak Marr Golf Courses

Spend time with family and enjoy a game of golf at two of Fairfax County’s golf courses. In August parents pay for their 9-hole round of golf and accompanying kids and teens (ages 8-17) will receive their round for no charge.

Huntley Meadows Park Among NACPRO Award Winners

The wetlands restoration project at Huntley Meadows Park will be among the honorees this weekend when the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) holds its summer meeting in Long Beach, California. It has been selected as a winner of a NACPRO Environmental/Conservation Award.

Cooking, Nutrition Demos Offered at Farmers Markets

Join us at your local farmers market to learn a new quick and easy farm-to-table recipe! The Virginia Cooperative Extension's Master Food Volunteers will be presenting demonstrations on selected days through August, serving up quick and healthy recipes.

Escape your Saturday Chores with Fun Programs at Green Spring

Take a break from those Saturday errands and chores and try something new at Green Spring Gardens in August. Nothing says summer like flowers and ice cream. Enjoy both on August 13 and wrap up the month on August 27 with a Begonia Topiary Standard Workshop.

Go to the Drive-in at Starlight Cinema

Come join Starlight Cinema and the Fairfax County Park Authority as we relive a tradition that was gone too soon. The big screen, the cool air and your choice of sitting in the comfort of your own car or under the night sky. Come to the drive-in movies, bring your chairs and blankets and sit outside free of charge to enjoy Minions, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Home.

Inauguration Day Fashion in Lincoln’s Day on artiFACTS

What might a well-dressed American man have worn to Abraham Lincoln’s first presidential inauguration in 1861? Hint: It was several inches tall, stood straight up and made from the finest silk! Learn how men made a fashion statement in Lincoln’s time by clicking on the Fairfax County Park Authority’s artiFACTS website.

Park Foundation Announces 2016 Eakin Award Winners

The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF), a charitable organization which supports the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), has named three winners of its 2016 Eakin Philanthropy Awards: Rachel Harris of Let’s Help Kids, Northop Grumman and The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust. These annual honors go out to individuals or organizations for their efforts in support of county parks.

Park Authority Wins National Stewardship Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has been named the winner of the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) 2016 Barb King Environmental Stewardship Award, which recognizes a parks and recreation agency that has achieved excellence in environmental stewardship. This national recognition pays tribute to the Park Authority’s growing commitment to protection of natural resources in Fairfax County.

Three Construction Projects at Lake Fairfax Ready to Start

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work at Lake Fairfax Park on a stream restoration project, a bridge replacement project, and the ADA replacement of bathhouse “C” and restroom “B” project.

Park Board Approves Grant for Trailside Park Improvements

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant request from Central Springfield Little League at the board’s June 22, 2016 meeting.

McLean High Park Gets New Name and Classification

McLean High Park has a new name. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board renamed and reclassified the park at its meeting on May 25, 2016, at the request of members of the community.

FCPA’s Virginia Swims Garners NACo Award

For its lead role in developing the Virginia Swims learn-to-swim curriculum, the Fairfax County Park Authority will receive a 2016 Achievement Award next month at the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition. NACo’s annual awards program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs, and the Virginia Swims program is being honored in the Parks and Recreation category.

Sewer Line Construction to Begin at Burke Lake Park

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.

Summer Camp on a Farm? It’s the Perfect Place.

Explore the workings of Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Va., during a variety of camps this summer. Frying Pan’s many other camp topics include photography, animals, chess, history, sewing, science, zoology, horses, and a variety of art topics. Camps at the farm run through August.

Explore Local Waters with Fishing and Nature Camps

Wanna play hooky while school is out? Learn to fish at Riverbend Park’s Freshwater Fishing Fun Camp. Younger kids can check out Reptile Rangers Camp at Huntley Meadows Park. For youth who want to learn more about a very important ecosystem, the Wetlanders Camp at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Huntley Meadows, or Riverbend Park lets campers get wet in streams catching salamanders, crayfish and more.

Park Authority Wins Seven NAGC Communication Awards

The Fairfax County Park Authority received seven awards at the annual meeting of the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) held last week in Washington, D.C.

School’s Ending, but Learning is Going Strong at Fairfax County Parks

From tadpoles to turtles to quill pens, start your child’s summer off with a hands-on learning experience at Fairfax County parks. At Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, meet a naturalist by Walney Pond on June 22, 2016 to learn about pond life; children can say good-bye to smart boards and hello to slate boards at Sully Historic Site’s program on 19th Century School Days, Thursday, June 23, and again on Thursday, June 30; Hidden Pond Nature Center hosts a Flora-Fauna series with a naturalist on Thursdays this summer for children age three to six.

Work Getting Underway on New Synthetic Field at Pine Ridge Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority is asking residents to "pardon our dust" as work begins on improvements to Field #6 at Pine Ridge Park in Annandale, Virginia.

Come On Down to the Farm and Lend a Hand at Frying Pan

Kids who don't want to clean their rooms will jump at the chance to do chores when it means helping out on the farm at Frying Pan Farm Park. The whole family can get into the act on Thursdays in June, July and August by registering for one or more days of Junior Farmer Family Fun.

REI Presents Sixth Grant to Park Foundation

REI, Inc., has found something of value to believe in inside the Fairfax County Park Authority. For the sixth time, the outdoor equipment company is partnering with the Park Authority to support the agency's Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program. REI recently presented the Fairfax County Park Foundation with a $5,000 grant for IMA, a volunteer program designed to reduce invasive plants and increase biodiversity on parkland.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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