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Historic All Hallows' Eve Celebration at Sully

Treat yourself to Halloween fun and facts by heading to Sully Historic Site for the annual Historic All Hallows' Eve celebration which is ongoing from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2015. It's a family-friendly event designed to shed light on centuries-old customs that evolved into the holiday traditions of today.

Huntley Harvest Festival Showcases Wetlands, Historic Villa

Fall is fast approaching so come celebrate the season at Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley. Historic Huntley is Fairfax County Park Authority's beautifully restored Federal period summer villa. The Huntley Harvest Festival is only $10 per person and will be held Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mason Neck West Park Grows Through Donation

Fairfax County Park Authority holdings continue to expand adding further acreage to the 23,310 acres already owned by the agency. Roughly 2.4 acres of land were recently donated to Mason Neck West Park on Old Colchester Road in Lorton by members of the Frink family.

Tours Resume at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

The wheels are turning and the tours have resumed at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. The historic site is open every day of the week and mill tours are offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on Tuesdays, when park facilities are closed. The final two grinding demonstrations of the year will take place at the park from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 4 and Sunday, October 18, 2015.

Park Board Elects Secretary

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted unanimously at is meeting on September 21, 2015, to appoint Springfield District Park Authority Board Representative Michael Thompson to serve as Board Secretary. Thompson fills the position vacated by Kala Quintana, who recently retired from the Park Board. The term is one year.

Young Park Poets Recite from Atop the Soapbox

Breezes, birds, flowers and trees - and other wonders found in our local parks - inspired young poets across Fairfax County to enter the Why I Love Parks Poetry Contest. Our youngest voices remind us of the essential role our parks play in our families' - and our community's - health and happiness.

Park Authority Weather Closures No Longer Tied to Schools

Effective November 1, 2015, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will no longer follow the closing schedule of public schools during inclement weather. Instead, in response to customer concerns about the number of closures and weather-related cancellations of classes and programs, the Park Authority will follow Fairfax County Government closures.

Seniors Can Venture into Volunteering at Volunteer Fair

Fairfax County's older residents have a wealth of experience and wisdom to share and the Fairfax County Park Authority is joining with others to encourage seniors to "Venture into Volunteering."

Two Trout Stockings Planned at Lake Fairfax Park

The fall trout season opens at Lake Fairfax Park on October 10, 2015 and runs through November 8. A total of 2,000 pounds of rainbow trout will be added to the 20-acre lake in Reston during two stockings, and fishing hours will be dawn to dusk.

Harvest Up Some Fall Fun at Frying Pan Park

Stop by on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, October 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and watch the cider press in action, try your hand at milking a goat or a cow, shell corn, peel apples and meet the farm animals.

Dress up for a BOO-stravaganza at Frying Pan Park

Get a jump on some Halloween fun with BOO-stravaganza at Frying Pan Farm Park on Thursday evening, October 15, 2015. Children three to eight years old are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes and visit the Indoor Arena Barn anytime between 6 and 8 p.m.

Don't Miss the Fall Carnival Down on the Farm

Carnivals aren't just for summer. It's not too late to take a spin on some rides or feast on some fairground foods. Come out and enjoy the Fall Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon for four days - running from October 15 to October 18, 2015.

Meeting Set to Discuss Trail Improvements at Wakefield Park

In response to recommendations and suggestions offered by community members and trail users, the Fairfax County Park Authority is planning trail improvements of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail at Wakefield Park in Annandale, Va. A public meeting to discuss the project will be held on October 15, 2015.

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.

Benefits Increase for Park Volunteers

There are new benefits and new opportunities for Fairfax County Park Authority volunteers. Although many people volunteer for the sheer satisfaction, a few perks for those who give unselfishly of their time and talent is a gesture worthy of note.

Park Authority Director Elected to VRPS Board

Kirk Kincannon, Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority was elected as a member of the 2016 Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) Board of Directors. His term begins in January and runs for three years.

Burke Lake Tour Boat Back In the Water

After 15 Years Lake Tours Return. It was more than 15 years ago that tour boats guided guests around Burke Lake, a 218-acre body of water that offers wonderful opportunities for fishing. These guided tours allowed Fairfax County Park Authority staff to share with park patrons the beautiful shoreline, information about wildlife and native fauna, as well as panoramic vistas from the water. This weekend, on September 5, 2015, the tours start anew! Tours will run on weekends until the end of October.

Oak Marr RECenter Renovation Wins Design Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority and Hughes Group Architects received a 2015 Fairfax County Exceptional Design Honor Award for recreational design excellence. This award recognizes the renovation of Oak Marr RECenter in Oakton, VA that was completed in 2014. The finished project includes an updated lobby and administration area, a new entrance to improve facility access and security and a two-story, 5,500 square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment.

65 Things to Do in Parks: Find Your Favorite Now!

With summer days on the wane, it's time to take advantage of every last moment and do great things with family and friends. To that end, the Fairfax County Park Authority has listed 65 things you can do in parks; a tribute to our ongoing 65th Anniversary celebration!

Chairman Bulova Fills At-large Vacancy on Park Board

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova appointed Walter Alcorn to the Park Authority Board on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, filling a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Kala Quintana who left due to a government appointment.

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