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First New Fields in Tysons Open at Jones Branch Park
First New Fields in Tysons Open at Jones Branch Park

The official opening of Jones Branch Fields and Arbor Row Stream Valley was held this past Saturday and brought out a crowd of enthusiastic players, youngsters, community planners and local officials.  The project marks the completion of the first of many new recreational amenities that will help redefine Tysons.  By 2050, Tysons will be transformed into a walkable, sustainable urban center that will be home to 100,000 residents.

Cityline Partner’s Arbor Row development included the dedication of an eight-acre vacant parcel of land that was improved with two lighted, synthetic turf athletic fields and a restored stream valley at a cost of $5 million. 

Pictured on either side are members of the Traveling Players Ensemble, (from left to right) players from Vienna Youth Soccer; Jennifer Marsh, Tim Marsh, DPWES Tysons Coordinator, Fred Selden, Director, Fairfax County Planning and Zoning;Rich Gunney, Technical Director, Vienna Youth Soccer; Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Tom Fluery, Executive Vice President, Cityline Partners LLC; David Bowden, Director, Planning and Development, Fairfax County Park Authority; Tasso Flocos, Senior Vice President, Cityline Partners LLC; Andi Dorlester, Senior Park Planner, FCPA; Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director/COO, FCPA and Ken Quincy, Vice Chairman and Providence District Rep, Fairfax County Park Authority Board.   

Stratton Woods Racquetball/Handball Courts Open
Stratton Woods Racquetball/Handball Courts Open

The enthusiasm was contagious as athletes and officials gathered this weekend at Stratton Woods Park in Reston to officially open the newly completed Racquetball/Handball Court Complex. The celebration marked completion of the $644,000 project which included the installation of a lighted racquetball and handball court complex, relocation of the volleyball court, demolition of one basketball court, as well as site improvements and landscaping. Funding for this project was primarily supplied by fees from the site’s monopole and park bonds. 

Pictured amid local athletes are (second from the right) Mark Baron, President of the Virginia Racquetball Association, Bill Bouie, Chairman, Fairfax County Park Authority Board, David Bowden, director, Park Planning Division, Regina Bouie, Area Manager Wayne Brissey, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Mary Cortina, At-large Member of the Park Authority Board, State Delegate Ken Plum, State Senator Janet Howell, Deputy Director/COO Sara Baldwin.

Players, Coaches and Officials Gather to Dedicate Jennings Field
Players, Coaches and Officials Gather to Dedicate Jennings Field

There were dozens of players from Springfield/South County Youth Club who gathered with officials, coaches, community members as well as representatives from Springfield Toyota to dedicate Jennings field at Loisdale Park.  The dedication held this past weekend was an opportunity to celebrate the successful partnership between the private sector and government.

This new public facility valued at $1.1 million was recently transferred to the Fairfax County Park Authority.  Local athletes are among the first players to enjoy this new facility located on the east side of Loisdale Road and west of the CSX Railroad tracks adjacent to the park.  This property was rezoned from a residential to commercial district which allowed the development of the new Jennings Toyota Dealership.  An agreement between all parties stipulated that a rectangular synthetic turf field with lighting and additional parking be developed.

Members of the Springfield /South County Youth Club (SYC) and coaches join with Chris Speara, President of SYC to join the ribbon (left of center.)  Pictured at center is Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay, (left to right) Michael Jennings, President Springfield Toyota; Lee District Park Authority Board Representative Ed Batten; Park Authority Board Member Mike Thompson, Springfield District Rep; Park Authority Board Vice Chairman Ken Quincy; Lisa MicKey, Lee District representative to the Fairfax County Athletic Council and Kirk Kincannon, Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority.  Pictured in the second row is David Bowden, Director of the Park Planning Division.

Colonel John R. Byers Park Dedicated in Mount Vernon
Colonel John R. Byers Park Dedicated in Mount Vernon

Friends and family of John R. Byers gathered this weekend to unveil a sign marking the renaming of Williamsburg Manor Park in honor of this civic-minded citizen who worked tirelessly as a member of the Fairfax County Planning Commission and other committees and commissions for more than 40 years.  Pictured from the left are Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland, Park Authority Board Member Linwood Gorham, Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon, Ms. Susan Byers and other members of the Byers family. More than two dozen people attended the ceremony and several spoke warmly of the late Mr. Byers contributions and personality.

For more than two decades John Byers served as the Mount Vernon District Representative to the Planning Commission.  During his tenure, he was instrumental in shaping land use policies.  His ideas about preservation of environmentally sensitive land, the need to dedicate and construct community and regional parks, and the value of historic preservation and interpretation became codified in the Comprehensive Plan.

With these good works in mind, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board renamed the park on November 13, 2013.

Colvin Run Mill Celebrates Completion of Site Restoration
Colvin Run Mill Celebrates Completion of Site Restoration

What’s old is new again at Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls.  The 200 year old mill is back in operation and grinding once more, a tribute to the site’s recently completed restoration. Colvin Run Mill is one of the few all-brick mills remaining in Virginia, and it represents the many water-powered mills that served Fairfax Count the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Restoration was accomplished in part through funding provided by the 2013 Partners in Preservation contest, which was sponsored by American Express via the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The $75,000 grant helped restore the mill, making it fully operational.  Additional funding and support was provided by the Friends of Colvin Run Mill, Park Bonds, and the Fairfax County Park Foundation.  

Officials and members of the community gathered on Saturday, April 19, 2015 to mark the occasion.  Pictured from left to right are Sarah Nucci, Maria Grenchik, Roberta Longworth, executive director, Park Foundation; Kirk Kincannon, director, Fairfax County Park Authority; Mike Henry, site manager; Grace Han Wolf, Park Authority Board Member, Dranesville District; Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust; David Bowden, director Park Planning Division; Aimee Vosper, Deputy Director, Park Authority; State Senator Barbara Favola; Delegate Kathleen Murphy; Mitch Filipowicz and Rich Ruckman from Hitt; Heather Lynch, project manager and Kala Quintana, at-large member of the Park Authority Board.  In the window are millers Tom Milton, Steve Golobic and Master Miller Mason Maddox.

For more information about Colvin Run Mill visit online at Colvin Run Mill

Great Falls Celebrates Enhanced Accessibility at the Grange
Great Falls Celebrates Enhanced Accessibility at the Grange

Members of the Great Falls community and local officials turned out to celebrate the completion of a project that now provides enhanced accessibility at the Great Falls Grange, the de facto community center owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA).  The project, while not a full renovation, included the addition of an ADA compliant unisex bathroom, vertical platform wheelchair lift installation and associated electrical upgrades as well as improvements to the parking lot and walking routes around the historic structure.

Pictured from left to right are Grace Han Wolf, Dranesville District Representative, FCPA; Kathleen Murphy, President and Market Master, Great Falls Historical Society and Great Falls Community Farmers Market; Delegate Kathleen Murphy, Virginia House of Representatives, District 34; Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Senator Barbara Favola, Virginia State Senate, District 31; Elly Doyle, former Chairman of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board; Eric Knudsen, President, Great Falls Citizens Association; David Bowden, Director, Park Planning and Development, FCPA; Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director/COO, FCPA and Cecil Hardee, Project Manager, FCPA.  Troops and their scout masters from Great Falls Boy Scout Troop 673 led the Flag Ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance and stand with the officials.

For more information, call the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Ceremony Marks Official Reopening of Spring Hill RECenter
Ceremony Marks Official Reopening of Spring Hill RECenter

Fairfax County officials joined Fairfax County Park Authority Board members, staff, and members of the community on Saturday, January 10, 2105, to celebrate the completion of the Spring Hill RECenter expansion project. Attendees assembled in the new fitness center to hear brief remarks and to recognize the project team. A ceremonial red ribbon was cut, marking the official reopening of the RECenter located in McLean, Va.

The project increased the size of the facility, adding a two-story fitness center, a gymnasium with an elevated running track, and new office space. Substantial renovations throughout the facility include improvements to the locker rooms and upgrades to shower areas and five, family-changing rooms and utility upgrades. Following the conclusion of the ceremony, attendees toured the new and improved RECenter.

The $10 million expansion project was funded by the 2008 and 2012 Park Bond programs. On December 14, 2012, the Park Authority Board approved the FY 2013-FY 2015 Financial Sustainability Plan which included this project as a business growth initiative. The final phase of the project, converting the old fitness room into three multipurpose spaces and renovating the lower hallway area, will be completed by March 2015. Spring Hill RECenter opened in 1988.

For more information contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662. Site information can be found online at Spring Hill RECenter.

Pictured in the photo from left to right are: Jane Edmondson, Dranesville District Supervisor's Office; Irv Auerbach, Lewinsville Coalition; Wayne Hughes, Hughes Group Architects; Grace Han Wolf, Dranesville District representative, Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB); (front row) Marcellous Cooper, manager, Spring Hill RECenter; (behind Cooper) Adam Kimmett, Hughes Group Architects; Monica Phillips, fitness and wellness manager, Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA); (behind Phillips) Dave Bowden, planning and development division director, FCPA; Amado Fernandez, Hughes Group Architects; (front) Chairman Sharon Bulova, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS); Melissa Emory, project manager, FCPA; Isabel Villarroel, engineer, FCPA; Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust; Gregory Beckwith, Dranesville representative, Fairfax County Athletic Council; Joel Stillman, president, McLean Youth Athletics; Mary Cortina, at-large member, PAB; Ken Quincy, Providence District representative, PAB; and Tony Vellucci, Braddock District representative, PAB.

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