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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.

Naturalists Share Knowledge at Campfire Programs in Parks

Dusk arrives early at this time of year and with it chilly autumn air. Fall is perhaps the best season for gathering around a crackling campfire and experiencing a park after dark. This November, Fairfax County Park Authority naturalists will feed you fun facts and sticky s'mores at campfire programs held throughout the county. Bring your family and sense of adventure to one of these exciting, outdoor events under the stars.

Rock N' Blades Returns to Mount Vernon REC Ice Arena

On Friday, November 7, 2014, 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

Sully's 18th Century Adventures Highlight Revolutionary War

On Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sully Historic Site hosts Colonial Day highlighting the Revolutionary War years, 1775 and 1783. At this family-friendly event leave the 21st century behind and return to a time when western Fairfax County was the frontier.

Help Make History at the Olander and Margaret Banks Park Cleanup!

A community clean-up will take place at the Olander and Margaret Banks Community Park on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9 a.m. until noon. The cleanup is sponsored by the Friends of Olander Banks.

 Halloween Fun Found Throughout County Park System

With Halloween fast approaching, now is the time to plan for fun! Throughout the Fairfax County park system various sites and locations are getting ready for the annual visitations of those in search of ghoulishly spooktacular adventure.

Fall 2014 Trout Program Announced at Lake Fairfax Park

If you love to fish for trout join in the fun of the 2014 Trout Program at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston. The temperatures are perfect for fall fishing and the season begins October 11 and runs through November 9, 2014.

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. Please join us on October 29, 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.

Fractured Shaft Halts Grinding at Colvin Run Mill

Crack! Not a sound a miller wants to hear. Grinding with the main stones at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site has come to a stop for at least the next few months. Miller Mason Maddox earlier this month found a crack in the main axle of the site's water wheel, which catches the water flowing through the millrace and powers the mill. Although the mill's main stones cannot grind grain until the shaft is replaced, tours and interpretation of the historic site will continue.

Experience E.C. Lawrence Park's House of Reptiles, Night Ride

Halloween has almost arrived, and with the scariest of holidays comes fun-filled events for families, such as Ellanor C. Lawrence Park's All Hallows Eve House of Reptiles and Night Ride on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., families are invited to test their courage and challenge their fears and phobias as they meet and touch creepy-crawly creatures in darkened rooms decorated for the season. This campfire program concludes with a wagon ride through a moonlit meadow and s'mores.

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.

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.

Second Annual Huntley Harvest Festival Set for November 1

The second annual Huntley Harvest Festival will take place Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 1 to 4 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy autumn-themed games, crafts, and activities at both Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley. Refreshments will be available, and kids can collect prizes at educational stations.

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.

Playground Resurfacing Set to Begin at Clemyjontri Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will replace the rubber surface on the playground at Clemyjontri Park, in McLean, Va., this fall. Phased construction will begin after Labor Day and continue through the end of November 2014. During this time the majority of the playground will be open for play; however, portions of the playground will be closed for improvements. 

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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