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Green Spring Historic House Closing Temporarily for Paint and Repairs

The historic house at Green Spring Gardens will be closed to the public January 25 to 27, 2017, as needed, to allow for some fix-up work inside. It’s time for some new paint and plaster work, as well as updated carpeting.

Park Authority Long Range Master Planning Efforts Underway

The Park Authority is ramping up long range planning efforts to align existing plans and current initiatives with agency goals for the future. This comprehensive park system master planning effort builds on the findings from the Parks Count Needs Assessment that was completed in spring 2016.

Use Twitter to Connect with Fairfax Golf in 2017

There’s a new way to access timely, relevant information about all that the Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) eight golf courses have to offer. Just follow @GolfFairfax on Twitter.

Enjoy Hikes, Campfires and S’mores by the Light of the Silvery Moon

Bask in the light of the full moon in February with nighttime programs at Burke Lake Park, Hidden Pond Nature Center and Huntley Meadow Park.

Don’t Go ‘Round in Circles. Learn Orienteering and Geocaching.

Learn to find your way around using a compass or GPS unit with classes at Burke Lake Park on Sundays in February. Workshops in orienteering and geocaching are being offered on February 12 and 26, 2017 for participants age eight to adult.

Celebrate World Wetlands Day with Activities at Huntley Meadows

Join in this year’s celebration of World Wetlands Day by visiting Fairfax County’s unique urban wetlands area at Huntley Meadows Park. Saturday, February 4, 2017, the park will be showcasing the importance and beauty of wetlands.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Traditional English Tea for Two (or more)

Celebrate the day of love and flowers with an elegant afternoon tea at Green Spring Gardens on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2017,

Beat the Bedtime Battle with an Animal PJ Party at Hidden Oaks

There will be no fighting over pajama time when you bring the kids to the Animal PJ Party at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Friday, February 10, 2017.

Learn About African-American History at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

This year, commemorate Black History Month by participating in a one-hour walking tour about the many African-Americans who contributed to the history of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The tours take place on February 11, 2017 and again on February 19.

Plant a Garden that Helps Birds and Native Insects Thrive

Do your part to help native fauna survive by providing food, shelter and water for visiting wildlife. Let Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens show you how when you join in the garden talk on Friday, January 27, 2017.

Hackman Reappointed to Park Authority Board

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors reappointed Dranesville District Representative Tim Hackman to a four-year term on the Fairfax County Park Authority Board.

Get a Groundhog’s Insight into the Weather at Fairfax County Parks

Punxsutawney Phil isn’t the only groundhog with weather forecasting ability – or is he? Dig into Groundhog Day tradition at two programs in Fairfax County parks on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Learn How an Agate Contributed to History in artiFACTS

You may have heard of a Grange Hall, but do you know what role these buildings played in our past? Find out in this month’s artiFACTS as we look at a special agate and its contribution to farming many decades ago.

Wander to Hear Sweet Yonder Perform in Bluegrass Barn Series

It’s ladies night at Frying Pan Farm Park on Sunday, February 12, 2017, as Sweet Yonder bring their mix of folk, bluegrass and Americana to the park’s Bluegrass Barn music series.

Fight the Winter Doldrums -- Turn Your Thoughts to Beautiful Gardens

Green Spring Gardens is offering four lectures to make your green thumb happy in February. Join gardening experts on Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for the popular Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series.

Annual Fee Meeting Set: Public Comment Welcomed

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold its annual public comment meeting on the agency’s proposed fee adjustments. Members of the public are invited to share their perspectives on the proposals with the Park Board either at the meeting, via correspondence or by email. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

Let Them Eat Cake at a Birthday Party at Sully Historic Site

Sully Historic Site will be celebrating the 255th birthday of Richard Bland Lee on Saturday, January 21, 2017, and everyone’s invited. During your house tour, learn about Lee’s impressive political career and how he demonstrated his concern for the future of our nation. Join us for birthday cake and play Sully’s Preamble Scramble.

Hone Your Skills with Watercolors in Workshops at Green Spring Gardens

Learn tips for painting shiny objects and painting orchids in watercolor workshops at Green Spring Gardens this winter. With careful observation, you can learn how to make glass and silver look shiny and reflective in watercolor. Find out how on Saturday, January 28, 2017. On Saturday, March 4, the topic is orchids.

Jump-start your Weekend with Storytelling or a Wagon Ride

Get a jump on the weekend fun with a Friday evening of storytelling or a brisk wagon ride through a park on January 27, 2017. Sit back and enjoy as an expert storyteller spins tales of Native American lore at Riverbend Park. At Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, you can enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley and a hot dog dinner cooked over the campfire.

Gear up for Gardening with the Washington Gardener Seed Exchange

Planting time will be here sooner than you think. Get ready for spring in the midst of winter with Washington Gardener Magazine’s annual Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens. The 12th annual seed exchange at Green Spring takes place on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

Discover the Secret to Ice Cream Making at ECLP

Folks didn’t always get their ice cream from the freezer at the local grocery store. Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Saturday, January 28, 2017, and learn how much work used to be involved in creating this frozen treat.

Crow about the Year of the Rooster at Hidden Oaks

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional games and stories at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

Know Which Holiday Gifts Are Welcome in the Parks

Fairfax County households are overflowing with new toys and other gifts at this time of year. While it is fun to head outside to try them out, it’s important to know the rules before bringing unwelcome holiday gifts into the parks.

First Hike Fairfax Offers Healthy Steps for a Happy New Year

Start the year off right by getting a jump start burning off those extra holiday calories. Take a hike – literally – with First Hike Fairfax. On New Year’s Day, the Fairfax County Park Authority is joining with America’s State Parks and Virginia State Parks First Day Hike Programs to get you outside and on the trail. Last year thousands of people rang in the New Year throughout the country by taking hikes.

Park Authority Prepares for the Future with Master Planning Effort

The Park Authority Board established guiding principles for the Park Authority Master Plan at its regular December 14, 2016 meeting. This comprehensive park system master planning effort builds on the findings from the Parks Count Needs Assessment that was completed in spring 2016. With a 10- to 20-year time horizon, the Park Authority Master Plan will guide the agency in meeting community needs for today and the future.

Lake Fairfax Park Construction Projects Updated

From January 1 through March 31, 2017, the campground, skate park and access to the upper half of Lake Fairfax Park, including fields and trailheads, will be closed. The Fairfax County Park Authority is not accepting field use reservations or camping reservations during these dates.

Whooo’s Ready for a Family Owl Outing at Huntley Meadows?

Be wise as an owl and sign up now for the Family Owl Outing at Huntley Meadows Park on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Pop Over to Hidden Oaks for a Pooh-Style Tea Party

Families can enjoy honey, tea and cookies at a Pooh Bear-style tea party at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Munch S’mores by a Crackling Campfire at Burke Lake Park

Don’t let the cold keep you inside this winter. Cozy up to a lakeshore campfire at Burke Lake Park on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Look for Your Lucky Star with a Telescope at Burke Lake Park

Soak up the star shine in an evening stroll along the shore at Burke Lake Park as you learn about the twinkling skies. On Saturday, January 21, 2017, Burke Lake hosts a campfire program with a focus on stargazing.

The Perfect Gift Arrives This Summer

Don’t know what to get this holiday season? How about an amazing experience trying a new activity or maybe a week of engaging in a new sport or perhaps going on incredible weekly adventures! Give your child or grandchild the “Gift of Summer Camp” by purchasing a Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA)* gift card at your local RECenter or Nature Center.

Follow Maps and Search for Hidden Treasures at Burke Lake

Navigate by map or GPS to explore Burke Lake Park and its hidden treasures this winter. On two Sundays, January 15 or January 29, 2017, give orienteering or geocaching a try.

Catch a Falling Star in the Winter Meteor Class at Turner Farm

Falling stars have nothing to do with stars and everything to do with meteors. Learn all about them in the Winter Meteor Astronomy class at Turner Farm Park, starting on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

Become an Inventor with the Afternoon Innovators Program

Be an engineer at the park! Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s 18th-century resident, James Machen, made inventions and used technology to make his life easier. On three special afternoons this winter, January 16, February 16 and March 18, build prototypes for farm inventions, take engineering challenges, and have fun inventing during Afternoon Innovators.

Significant Changes Approved for Patriot Park North

Patriot Park North Park, formerly known as Lincoln Lewis Vannoy Park, will be getting a new look. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) for the park at its regular meeting on December 14, 2016.

Compare Holiday Traditions of the 19th and 21st Centuries at ECLP

Get a glimpse of what holidays were like for farm families of the 1850s with a special temporary exhibit at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. “Holidays at Walney Farm” showcases events in the lives of the Machen family who moved to Walney in 1843 and lived on the property until the 1900s. The holiday exhibit will be on display until the end of January.

Colvin Run Mill Spins Something New Out of the Old

Just in time for the holidays, Colvin Run has done a limited run of milled grains that the site doesn’t normally offer. Roasted Cornmeal, Buckwheat Flour, Rye Flour, and Organically Grown Hard Wheat Flour are available at the park’s country store. These new grains are in addition to the site’s core products, which are also available while supplies last.

Fairfax County Park Promotional Efforts Win VRPS State Awards

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) was honored for its promotional efforts at the 62nd Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) in Roanoke, Virginia, last week. FCPA’s 2015 Strategic Plan Report won kudos as the Best Promotional Effort-Traditional and a 15-second video promotion for the Park Authority’s Annual RECenter Membership Sale was honored as the Best Promotional Effort-Specialty.

VRPS Honors go to Spring Hill RECenter and the Water Mine

Two major facility renovation and expansion projects by the Fairfax County Park Authority were honored last week at the 62nd Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) in Roanoke, Virginia. Spring Hill RECenter and the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole received Best New Renovation/Addition awards in areas with a population greater than 100,000.

FCPA Wins VRPS Award for Best New Program: FootGolf

The Fairfax County Park Authority received the state-wide award for Best New Program at the 62nd Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) last week in Roanoke, Virginia. Pinecrest Golf Course’s FootGolf program was honored in the category of areas with a population greater than 100,000.

Stempson House Applications Sought For Resident Curator Program

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is accepting applications for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the historic Stempson House, located on Furnace Road, in Lorton, Va. The deadline for submitting applications for Stempson House is February 17, 2017.

Huntley Meadows Volunteer Wins State Award

Catherine Ledec, the President of the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park (FOHMP) in Alexandria, Va., has received this year’s Distinguished Volunteer Service Award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS).

New Lee District Representative Appointed to Park Authority Board

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter to the Park Authority Board on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, filling a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Lee District Board Member Edward R. Batten, Sr.

Calendar Set for 2017 Fairfax County Park Authority Board Meetings

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has published its 2017 meeting schedule. The Park Board holds public meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (except during the August recess and in November and December).

Park Board Approves Distribution of Telecommunications Revenues

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the distribution of $605,109 in telecommunications revenues at its meeting on October 26, 2016. In 2014, the Park Board decided to utilize revenues from cell towers in parks countywide. The bulk of the funds will be used in the supervisory district in which the telecommunications facility is located.

Parks Plan Snow Day Camps to Ease Storm-related Care Issues

Heavy snows can close schools and present challenges for families where both parents work. Snowzilla brought more than 20 inches of snow and left parents who had to get to the office with limited choices and difficult decisions. In response, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has created a pilot program at four RECenters, that beginning next month will provide Snow Day Camp for school-age children.

Park Board Approves Mastenbrook Matching Fund Grants

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved Mastenbrook Matching Fund Grants at its meeting on October 13, 2016. The funds will be used to improve athletic fields and parks, develop trails and tackle invasive plants.

New Native Plant Garden Sprouts at Hidden Oaks with Student Help

A new native plant garden is springing to life at Hidden Oaks Nature Center through the combined efforts of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Habitat Partners Program© (VDGIF), a team of dedicated volunteers, and local seventh graders.

Join the E. C. Lawrence Park Master Plan Revision

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking your input. As the Park Authority continues the process of revising the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Master Plan, it is important to learn what matters most to residents of Fairfax County. Your opinions matter to us.

Park Authority Board Adopts One Fairfax Social Equity Policy

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to adopt the One Fairfax Resolution at its meeting on September 28, 2016. This resolution directs the development of a social equity policy to ensure all individuals in Fairfax County have an opportunity to reach their highest level of personal achievement.

Park Authority Publishes 2016 Strategic Plan and Annual Report

Learn about past achievements and what lies ahead for county parks in the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Fiscal Year 2016 Strategic Plan and Annual Report, which is now available online.

Resident Curator Applications Now Available for Turner Farm

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is now accepting applications for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the historic Turner Farm property, located at 10609 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Va. The deadline for submitting applications for the Turner Farm property is February 12, 2017 (extended). An open house is scheduled on October 15, 2016.

Burke Lake Golf Center Renovations and Upgrades Progressing

The Fairfax County Park Authority Burke Lake Golf Center renovations and upgrades are now underway. Effective October 3, 2016 the driving range will be closed. Golfers are invited to visit one of the other FCPA ranges at Laurel Hill, Twin Lakes or Oak Marr golf courses this fall/winter.

Cub Run Extending Water Playground Hours on School Holidays

Cub Run RECenter will open its leisure pool and water playground earlier on Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) teacher workdays and student holidays, beginning this October. The move is designed to accommodate more groups and age ranges on those days students are out of school.

DPWES Wins 2016 Harold L. Strickland Partnership Award

Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) has been selected to receive the 2016 Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award. At its meeting on September 14, 2016, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to honor DPWES for a long list of storm water projects it has completed in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) for the benefit of the community.

Get Info for the 50+ Crowd at the Park Authority’s 50+ Web Portal

The Fairfax County Park Authority has launched a website specifically for residents age 50 or older. The 50+ Engage-Connect-Play portal provides one-stop shopping for information on Fitness & Wellness, Arts & Learning, Gardening & Adventure, Giving Back, and more that’s geared toward Baby Boomers and active seniors.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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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