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Army Blues Jazz Ensemble Brings Big Band Sound to Lake Accotink Park

Experience a part of American musical history at Lake Accotink Park on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The United States Army Blues ensemble will perform a special concert as part of the Braddock Nights summer concert series. Don't miss this exceptional free performance!

Bluegrass Band Seldom Scene Back in Summer Entertainment Series

Back by popular demand, the Seldom Scene will perform two free concerts during Fairfax County Park Authority's Summer Entertainment Series. The group will be at Nottoway Park on Thursday, August 28, 2014 and Grist Mill Park on Friday, August 29, 2014. Both one-hour shows will start at 7:30 p.m.

A Master Iranian Musician Performs at Mason District Park

Hear Kayhan Kalhor, an internationally acclaimed Iranian kamancheh player and master of classical Persian music, during the Fairfax County Park Authority's free Spotlight by Starlight Summer Concert Series. The performance will be held Friday, August 22, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park.

Park Authority Receives Acclaim from GFOA for Financial Reporting

For the sixth 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). The award recognizes the Fiscal Year 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

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.

Ceremony Planned for New Visitor Center at Sully Historic Site

A ribbon cutting ceremony marking the completion of a new visitor center at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Va., is scheduled for Saturday, September 6, 2014. The event starts at 2 p.m., and the public is invited to attend.

Children Rock Out to Rocknoceros at Arts in the Parks

Starting August 2, 2014, Rocknoceros is coming to Fairfax County parks! As part of the Arts in the Parks Summer Concert Series, Rocknoceros provides family fun for children of all ages. Their concerts are free, exciting and nearby!

Green Spring Gardens Offers More Than Just Flowers and Trees

Green Spring Gardens is known throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its stunning demonstration gardens and nationally recognized historic mansion. But the Fairfax County Park Authority property located in Alexandria, Va., also provides extensive educational programming for visitors of all ages. Two examples that illustrate the range of classes offered at the park include a summer reading puppet show for young children and a workshop that teaches techniques for drawing butterflies. Green Spring Gardens has a little something for everyone this summer.

REI Grant Funds Invasive Removal Program in Parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the outdoor recreational equipment company REI, Inc. are extending their partnership to help county residents take back their forests. REI awarded the Park Authority's Invasive Management Area (IMA) program a $10,000 grant to support the agency's Take Back the Forest program that is scheduled for April and May of 2015.

New Audio Tour Benefits Parks, History and ADA

The Fairfax County Park Authority has completed a pilot project that produces benefits for park and history buffs, and that also supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2010. The agency has installed its first audio recording that makes interpretive signage at a park more accessible to users with visual disabilities. The recording is now active at Freedom Hill Fort Park, not far from Tysons.

Ribbon Cutting Set for Sully Highlands Park

Western Fairfax County now offers state-of-the-art athletic facilities with the official opening of Sully Highlands Park located at 13808 Wall Road in Herndon, Va. This park was established through a partnership between government, the athletic community and local developers. Ribbon cutting ceremonies are set for Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to join in the celebration as these amenities open for play.

66th Annual 4-H Fair and Carnival at FPFP

Come join the old-fashioned, country fun at the 4-H Fair July 31 through August 3, 2014. Bring the whole family to enjoy plenty of carnival games, rides, and fair exhibits. In addition, watch the 4-H exhibitors get their farm animals show ready, visit exhibit booths, try farm chores, see an underwater robotics demo, watch dog and horse shows and visit the Park Authority's Fun Tent! An antique tractor pull begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Vietnamese Culture Night Returns to Ossian Hall Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased to announce the third annual Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Night at Ossian Hall Park in Annandale, Va. This 90-minute performance celebrating Vietnamese culture starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Kids Get Hooked on Fishing at Hidden Pond

Northern Virginia youngsters have a chance to tackle the sport of fishing and practice with an enthusiastic mentor on Saturday evenings. Fishing with Owen is one of several new class series at Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield, Va., and one of more than a dozen Fairfax County Park Authority summer programs and camps that feature fishing.

Laugh and Enjoy Family Entertainment at the 2014 Arts in the Parks

Put some more laughter and excitement in your life by exploring the fascinating world of performance with Arts in the Parks summer programming! These programs are enjoyed by families and children of all ages. Find out about a performance coming to a park near you. It's free, it's fun, and it's nearby!

Lake Accotink Hosts Wilderness Survival Camp

Two Fairfax County Park Authority parks are teaming up to offer kids an opportunity to be part of an adventurous camp in Springfield this summer. Hidden Pond Nature Center Naturalist Kyle Hughes-Segroves is taking his talent for fun and adventure to Lake Accotink Park to lead 8-to-12 year-olds through Wilderness Survival Camp, July 28 - August 1.

Master Planning Starts for Ruckstuhl Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority has started the public master planning process for Ruckstuhl Park, located at 1745 Idylwood Rd, in Falls Church, Va. The park planning process will begin with a public meeting set for Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Park Authority Recognized by National Recreation and Park Association

The Fairfax County Park Authority has been selected by the National Recreation and Park Association to receive the 2014 Excellence in Inclusion Award. This prestigious award recognizes and honors an agency that has embraced implementation of inclusive practices and processes.

Dairy Days at Sully are a Tasty Window to the Past

Get a taste of 18th century life by making ice cream and butter the old-fashioned way at Dairy Days on select Fridays in July and August at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Va. Children will get to churn butter, hand-crank ice cream, and play historic games.

Park Authority Board Approved Three Mastenbrook Grants

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved three Mastenbrook grants, a program which provides up to $20,000 in matching funds for individual volunteer projects in Fairfax County. These grants will enable three organizations including West Springfield Little League (WSLL), Chantilly Youth Association (CYA), and Fort Hunt Little League (FHLL) - to improve three different parks, Byron Avenue Park, Sully Highlands, and Hollin Hall Park, respectively.

Project to Repair Wakefield Tennis Courts Starts This Month

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on the tennis courts at Wakefield Park in Annandale, Va.

Park Authority Wins Prestigious National Marketing Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority has been selected by the National Recreation and Park Association to receive the 2014 Kudos Marketing Award, which is presented annually to a park and recreation agency that increases the public's awareness through marketing and communications.

Trail Improvements to Begin at Pine Ridge Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will start construction of 1,200 linear feet of asphalt multi-use trail connecting Chivalry Road and Pine Ridge Park. This project consists of improvements to a portion of an existing footpath currently used by residents through the woods in Pine Ridge Park to the athletic fields.

Sully Offers Unique Children's Summer Programs, Morning Camps!

Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA is offering entertaining and educational morning camps for children in August. The History of Science Camp, and the Sully Sleuths: Mission in History Camp are a great way to keep kids learning and having fun this summer.

Draft Resident Curator Implementation Study To Be Posted in July

A draft implementation study supporting the establishment of a Resident Curator Program (RCP) in Fairfax County has been completed and will be available online for review and comment the week of July 7.

Watch Summer Movies Under the Stars at Free Drive-In Movie Theater

Enjoy what was once an icon of American social life as Starlight Cinema revives the drive-in movie theater with films every Saturday night. Starting August 2, 2014, the fun begins before the opening credits roll with music, food and children's activities from 6 to 8 p.m. The movie begins at dark.

Park Authority Wins Four National Communications Awards

The Fairfax County Park Authority earned four national awards in this year's Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition sponsored by the National Association of Government Communicators. The awards were announced during a reception and banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on June 12, 2014.

Take the 5 Days of Iron Challenge at Lee District RECenter

"Are you ready to TRI?" That's what Lee District RECenter staff members want to know. From July 28 through August 1, 2014, the RECenter in Franconia, Va., is hosting the 5 Days of Iron Challenge, an event in which participants will bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles, and swim 2.4 miles in five days - the total of an Iron Man Triathlon.

Everything Out is In During Park and Recreation Month

Rock OUT! Cook OUT! Wipe OUT! Everything OUT is IN during this year's Park and Recreation Month. From hanging out at a mini-golf course with friends to cookouts with family, the Fairfax County Park Authority is encouraging residents to get out and make summer memories in their parks this July.

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.

Enjoy Campfire Saturdays at Royal Lake and Lake Accotink

What better place for a campfire than on a lake? Join Hidden Pond naturalists for excursions into the wilds of our neighborhood gems. Explore with nets, find animals and listen for the call of the wild critters as the full moon rises and nocturnal hunters do their aerial acrobatics over the lake. Topics this summer include reptiles and amphibians, bats, nocturnal predators, flying squirrels, owls, stargazing and more!

Frying Pan has a Wagon Load of Summer Camps

What's the first thing you think about when you think of Frying Pan Farm Park? Art! Robots! Chess! Time Travel! And geocaching! There's more going on at Frying Pan Farm Park this summer than farming. The park is host to dozens of summer camps for "tweens" and other youngsters on a variety of topics.

Construction to Begin on Ashgrove Lane Trail

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin construction on a project to repair, replace, and resurface approximately 465 linear feet of the Ashgrove Lane Trail in Old Courthouse Spring Branch Stream Valley Park.

Trail Improvements at Jefferson Park to Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin construction on a project to repair, replace, and resurface approximately 1,200 linear feet of multi-use asphalt trail at Jefferson District Park.

Our Special Harbor Spray Ground Seeks Summer Volunteers

If watching children of all abilities splash and play together sounds like a fun way to spend a summer day, then the Fairfax County Park Authority has a volunteer opportunity for you. Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed at Our Special Harbor spray ground this summer. This is a great way for students to fulfill their community service requirements.

Green Spring Master Gardeners Answer Plant Questions

For gardening questions this spring, look no further than Green Spring Gardens. Residents are always welcome to bring a photo or plant sample to the horticulture center to be examined by a gardener on duty. Green Spring Master Gardeners will be located outside under a tent every Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. through September. Master Gardeners are specially trained to help answer questions.

Park Authority Board Approves Tobacco-Free Play Zones

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board established Tobacco-Free Play Zones in local parks and agreed to post signage notifying the public of this new designation and thanking residents for their voluntary cooperation.

Rec-PAC Provides Summer Memories in Safe Environment

Parents looking for an exciting, affordable, and convenient summer camp program for their children should consider the Fairfax County Park Authority's Rec-PAC, a structured six-week summer program with a different theme each week.

PNC Supports Arts In The Parks Through $15,000 Grant

Arts in the Parks is perhaps the most popular venue for children's entertainment in Fairfax County. This free program attracts thousands of children and their families to local park amphitheaters where they are introduced to live, quality entertainment all summer long in an outdoor setting.

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.

Double Your Fun at Lake Fairfax This Summer

Hit the pool and hitch a ride this summer at Lake Fairfax Park. Combine a trip to the Water Mine with a ride on Engine #62 of ResOURces Railroad. The Fairfax County Park Authority's trackless train will be running at Lake Fairfax Park on the second weekend of June, July and August. It will also make special runs at the park May 31, June 1, and July 4. Rides will be $3 per person.

Free Summer Concert Series Gets New Sponsor

The Fairfax County Park Foundation is honored to announce that TD Bank is a Presenting Stars sponsor of the Fairfax County Park Authority's 2014 Summer Entertainment Series for Hunter Mill Melodies, Nottoway Nights and Spotlight by Starlight.

Fairfax County Farmers Markets Open

Let's play word association. If you hear "Farmers Market," you think "Fresh." Once again, the first week of May brings "fresh" and Farmers Markets to Fairfax County. The kickoff for the season is May 1, 2014, at three sites. There are 11 markets across the county, and all of them will be open by May 7.

New Boats Expand Adapted Programs at Parks

Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Va., will have new boats this year that will jumpstart the park's adapted recreation programs thanks to a $5,000 grant made through the Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) from the Take Me Fishing program of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Volunteers Needed to Help Take Back The Forest

You can see the difference immediately. That's one of the benefits of volunteering for the Fairfax County Park Authority's 2014 Take Back the Forest initiative. The Park Authority's national award-winning Invasive Management Area (IMA) program seeks volunteers to help Take Back the Forest this spring.

Volunteer Opportunities Abound at Sully Historic Site

It's not often that you can go to one place and be offered so many avenues to show off your talents. Whether you enjoy gardening, working with children, learning new recipes and cooking methods, or just like to be around interesting people, Sully has a volunteer opportunity for you on both weekdays and weekends.

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