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Park Authority Welcomes Visitors to Parks for Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, Fairfax County will be treated to a partial solar eclipse. The Park Authority welcomes visitors to view the Eclipse from any park in our Gold Medal Award-winning park system. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and stay alert during the Eclipse.

Dog Daze and Wagfest Join Forces for a Doggone Good Cause

The Water Mine will go to the dogs this September with an expanded season-ending event benefitting the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Dogs and dog lovers are invited to join us on Sunday, September 10, 2017 when the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax Park will open for dogs-only swimming.

Comment Sought on Draft Parks and Recreation System Master Plan

The Fairfax County Park Authority has published the Draft Great Parks Great Communities Parks and Recreation System Master Plan. You can learn more by visiting the project webpage or joining us for a public input meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Green Spring Gardens

Experience Plants in Containers at Green Spring Gardens

There is always something exciting to do at Green Spring Gardens. On Saturday, August 26, 2017, bring the outdoors inside with a workshop on how to create a beautiful, tabletop terrarium. Begonia enthusiast Johanna Zinn will discuss this versatile genus and teach techniques for creating the perfect terrarium.

Explore Creatures in the Parks this September

If you love animals, the Fairfax County Park Authority has several programs you may really enjoy. Seasonal changes draw us back to the woods and our nature centers for new adventures on September 5, 2017 at Hidden Pond and September 8 at Riverbend Park.

Summer Ends, But Park Adventures Continue

Summer may be closing but the fun in our parks is still underway. Bring the whole family out for a great time while the weather lasts. Here are some approaching programs on September 1, 2, and 3, 2017 that are affordable, convenient and even offer some educational aspects.

Nottoway Park Stream Restoration Project to Begin

Restoration work on two stormwater outfalls at the northern end of Nottoway Park adjacent to Courthouse Road is set to begin immediately. Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division and Utility Design and Construction Division have contracted with Environmental Quality Resources, LLC for the work which will start early this month.

Take Flight with Bird, Butterfly and Dragonfly Programs

There are lots of winged critters flitting through the air at local parks. See how many you can spot them in programs at Riverbend and Huntley Meadows Parks. Jump on a wagon ride at Riverbend Park on Sunday, August 13 or August 27, 2017. At Huntley Meadows Park, the focus is on dragonflies and damselflies. On August 13, venture to the wetlands to observe these acrobatic fliers in action.

Put a Little Elbow Grease in your Ice Cream this Summer

Eating ice cream used to require a little more effort than a stroll through the freezer aisle at your local store. See how ice cream was made years ago and sample a hand-cranked version of this summer treat in two park programs on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Bee There as Green Spring Gardens Celebrates Honeybee Day

Where would we be without the honeybee? Help to celebrate this amazing insect when members of the Northern Virginia Beekeeping Association come to Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Virginia Indian Festival Returns to Riverbend Park

The Virginia Indian Festival will be held at Riverbend Park in Great Falls on Saturday, September 9, 2017. This popular day-long, annual event includes a variety of activities appropriate for the entire family. The festival features Native American tribes from Virginia, including dancing and drumming by the Rappahannock Tribe.

COWntless Activities Await at Sully’s Dairy Days

Have a taste of 18th century life during Dairy Days at Sully Historic Site – now with even more activities than before. Dairy Days are Friday, August 18; Saturday, August 19; and Saturday, September 2, 2017. Ice cream making is on the hour and other activities are ongoing.

Colvin Run Mill Marks Historic Anniversary

Colvin Run Mill Historic Site marks the 40th anniversary of its entry into the National Register of Historic Places this summer. The application for the historic mill was submitted on August 16, 1977, and the site will celebrate its listing on Sunday afternoon, August 20, 2017.

Hidden Pond Volunteer Wins Elly Doyle Youth Service Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Hidden Pond Nature Center volunteer Jennifer Ochs of Springfield, Va., the 2017 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.

Fairfax County Golf Courses Host Club Championships for All Ages

Calling all golfers looking to showcase their skills, meet fellow players and engage in friendly competition in our Summer Club Championship, one-day, individual stroke-play tournaments.

Athletic Council and NCS to Share Park Authority Partnership Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named the Fairfax County Athletic Council and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) winners of a 2017 Elly Doyle Park Service Award. The groups will share honors as recipients of the 2017 Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award, which recognizes the value and importance of teamwork and cooperation.

Norma Hoffman Honored by Fairfax County Park Authority Board

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board has named Norma Hoffman the recipient of a 2017 Elly Doyle Park Service Award. Hoffman will be honored posthumously with the Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations whose actions embody the spirit and values of stewardship and result in tangible environmental benefits.

Take a Bite out of History with Dessert at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Desserts have been bringing meals to a happy end for years and years. See what treats folks were eating 160 years ago in a program on historic desserts at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Party with Turtles and Cozy Up to Riverside Campfires at Riverbend

Looking for some free fun in the sun? Come to a Turtle Pool Party held on Fridays afternoons in August at Riverbend Park. Later in August, join us for riverside campfires on Friday evenings.

Combine History, Art and Nature on a Sketch Hike at Historic Huntley

History, art and nature come together in a program at Huntley Meadows Park on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Wear comfortable shoes, bring your questions about the past and engage your artistic side.

Great Falls Nike Park Synthetic Turf Field #7 Installation

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin making improvements to Great Falls Nike Park. Project work will include the conversion of the existing grass Field #7 to a synthetic turf field, a trail, storm drainage facilities, landscaping, field lighting, and related improvements.

Park Foundation Announces 2017 Eakin Award Winners

The Fairfax County Park Foundation, a charitable organization which supports the Fairfax County Park Authority, has announced that Jean and Ric Edelman, Volkswagen of America, the Chantilly Youth Association, and Timber Ridge at Discovery Square are winners of its 2017 Eakin Philanthropy Awards. These annual honors go out to individuals or organizations for their efforts in support of county parks.

Laurel Hill Golf Club Hosts Middle Atlantic Amateur Championship

Laurel Hill Golf Club is proud to host the upcoming Middle Atlantic PGA Junior Tour Championship, August 10 and 11, 2017 and the Middle Atlantic Amateur Championship, September 21 through September 24.

It’s Time for the Annual Begonia Show and Sale at Green Spring

The 32nd Annual Begonia Show and Sale takes place at Green Spring Gardens the weekend of August 26-27, 2017 – and admission is free!

The Daily Grind Takes on New Meaning in Demo at Colvin Run

See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. Colvin Run’s water-powered mill was a technological marvel when it was built in the early 1800s. It’s been restored to its glory days, and the mill is offering grinding demonstrations on August 6 and August 20, 2017, so you can see how grains were milled in years past.

Discover Useful and Edible Plants Growing All Around

Native plants and trees have the power to help when you’re hungry or hurting. Come to Burke Lake Park to learn what these plants in the wilderness or your own backyard can do for you. This program is being offered two times in August – Wednesday, August 16 and Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

Enjoy a Campfire and Take a Closer Look at the Moon and Stars

Enjoy a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Look through a telescope at the moon and learn to identify the visible constellations at the Summer Astronomy Campfire on Friday, August 18, 2017.

What does your Coffee Mug say about You?

Years from now, your favorite coffee mug or that set of China from your wedding may provide future archeologists and historians clues about your lifestyle. In this month’s edition of artiFACTS, you can see how stoneware from decades past is helping today’s researchers learn about those who once used it.

Rainforest Puppets Offer Family Fun

Explore the magical rainforest through a puppet show at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This show features a trio of lizards and their friends. Enjoy rainforest activities such as bird watching, puddle jumping, and a chameleon craft as well. The program will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Learn American Indian Culture at Huntley’s Powhatan’s People

Discover some elements of the Algonquian culture of the Powhatan and Tauxenet Indians such as crafting stone tools, hunting, and farming. This program at Historic Huntley is on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Fairfax County Park Authority Adds Another Acre to Land Holdings

The Fairfax County Park Authority has added another acre to its land holdings, filling a gap in Bren Mar Park and adding acreage to the existing 26.3-acre site in the Mason District.

Tee off with Fairfax Family Golf Month

Spend time with family and enjoy nine holes of golf at three Fairfax County golf courses. Have fun at Jefferson, Oak Marr and Pinecrest facilities. In August, parents pay for their 9-hole round of golf and accompanying kids and teens (ages 8-17) will receive their round at no charge.

Explore New Worlds at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Camps

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is offering wildlife exploration camps this summer for budding naturalists. The park’s summer nature camps include Wild Bird Camp starting July 24, 2017 and Wildlife Rangers starting August 21.

Park Authority Wins Three NAGC Communication Awards

The Fairfax County Park Authority received three awards at the annual meeting of the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) held in St. Louis June 13-15, 2017.

Grant Awarded for Development of Dog Park at Monticello Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a $10,000 Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program request at its meeting on June 28, 2017. The Braddock Dogs group requested the grant to develop a dog park in Monticello Park at 320 Beverley Drive in Alexandria, Virginia.

Grant Money Will Help Provide Shade at Clemyjontri Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant request for $16,845 from the McLean Community Foundation (MCF) and the Rotary Club of McLean (RCM). The grant money, approved at the Park Board’s meeting on June 28, 2017, will be used for development of a shade structure/picnic area at Clemyjontri Park.

See Artistry in Nature and on Display Inside at Green Spring

There's beauty to be seen inside and out at Green Spring Gardens. The next time you visit the gardens, be sure to stop inside the Horticulture Center and Historic House to enjoy a series of art exhibits now through the fall.

Go ‘Doll Crazy’ with Tours and Programs at Sully Historic Site

Sully Historic Site is now displaying dolls from all over the world through August. Sully staff and volunteers are sharing their unique dolls collected over the years and from various parts of the country. Doll Crazy is included in the guided house tour.

Prepare for the Eclipse through Programs in Fairfax Parks

It’s time to plan for the astronomical event of the year. A total solar eclipse crosses the United States on August 21, 2017, and Fairfax County residents will see about 80 percent of the sun shadowed by the moon. The Fairfax County Park Authority has several programs designed to make your eclipse experience safe and memorable.

Fairfax County Park Authority Holdings Are Growing

The Fairfax County Park Authority continues to add acreage to the county’s nationally-acclaimed park system. In March, the agency received 4.95 acres of parkland known as Holladay Field and new property that connects Halifax Point District Park to Poplar Ford Park in Sully District.

Park Authority Debuts Innovative Way to See Parks

There is a new way to tour some of your local parks, and it likely will spur you to visit places you’ve never seen. The Fairfax County Park Authority has created a web-based Story Map guide to several of its featured history and nature sites.

Parks Employee Wins Volunteer Administration Award

Shawna Levins, volunteer manager at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) Spring Hill RECenter, has been awarded the Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA) Sandra Lee Fitch Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award.

See Artwork “Inspired by Nature” at Huntley Meadows Park

Local artist-photographer Nina Tisara will share some of her mosaic work in an exhibit entitled “Inspired by Nature” at the Huntley Meadows Park Nature Center. The exhibit will run from June 2 through August 31, 2017, with an opening reception and artist’s talk on Sunday, June 4.

Discovery Trail Marks Milestones in Fairfax County History

Fairfax County Park Authority Discovery Trail Map 2017 celebrates the 275th anniversary of Fairfax County. Instructions for participating in the activity are included on the map. The promotion runs from Saturday, May 27 through Monday, September 4, 2017.

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