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Park Foundation Presents More Than $500K to Park Authority

Park Foundation Presents More Than $500K to Park Authority
6/29/16

There were several impressive check presentations at last week's joint meeting of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and the Fairfax County Park Foundation's Board of Directors, but the largest by far was a contribution from the Park Foundation itself. Bruce McLeod, Board Chair and directors of the Fairfax County Park Foundation, presented a check in the amount of $562,744 to Park Authority Board Chair, Bill Bouie, other Park Authority Board members and key staff.

This check represents generous support from individuals, businesses and foundations transferred in Fiscal Year 2016 to enrich Fairfax County parks and outreach programs. The Foundation supports the Fairfax County Park Authority by raising private funds, obtaining grants, and creating partnerships that supplement tax dollars to meet our community's needs for park land, facilities and services. Visit the Park Foundation online at www.fairfaxparkfoundation.org or call them at 703-324-8582.


World Police & Fire Games Contribute Proceeds

World Police & Fire Games Contribute Proceeds
6/29/16

There were great memories of a terrific sporting event at last week's joint meeting of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and the Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors. Kevin Reynolds, Board Chair of Fairfax 2015, presented a $15,000 contribution from proceeds of the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) to Bruce McLeod, Board Chair of the Park Foundation for the Youth Sports Scholarship Program. Chris Leonard, Director of Neighborhood & Community Services, expressed appreciation for this donation, which will help youth from low-income families to participate in Fairfax County sports programs.

Also present were representatives from the following organizations: Fairfax County Park Authority (Bill Bouie, Chair, Board Member and Kirk Kincannon, Director); Fairfax County Park Foundation (Board Directors and Bobbi Longworth, Executive Director); Fairfax 2015 WPFG (Bill Knight, CEO); Neighborhood & Community Services (Karen Avvisato, Director of Athletic Services); Fairfax County Athletic Council (Mike Thompson, Jr., Springfield District & FCPA Representative); Fairfax County Police Dept. (First Lieutenant James Krause); Fairfax County Sheriff's Office (First Lieutenant Tony Shobe); Fairfax County Fire & Rescue (Assistant Fire Chief Garrett Dyer); Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships (Vance Zavela, Partnership Developer); and Visit Fairfax (Barry Biggar, President & CEO and Eric Kulczycky, National Sales Manager).

Visit the Park Foundation at www.fairfaxparkfoundation.org or call them at 703-324-8582.


Cricket Team Presents Check to Support Scholarships

Cricket Team Presents Check to Support Scholarships
6/29/16

Park Authority Board Member At-Large, Faisal Khan, presented a $1,000 check to Bruce McLeod, Chair of the Fairfax County Park Foundation with Park Authority and Foundation board members and key staff. The presentation was made at a joint meeting of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and the Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors. Funds represent proceeds won by The Comets Cricket Club team in the DC Metro Area Cricket League Spring 2016 tournament. The money will provide scholarships for classes offered at Oak Marr RECenter.

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


Eakin Trust Supports Local Parks; New Picnic Shelter Funded

Eakin Trust Supports Local Parks; New Picnic Shelter Funded
6/29/16

Tim Eakin Walsh presented a check on behalf of the Eakin Park Trust in the amount of $69,795.15 to Bruce McLeod, Chair of the Fairfax County Park Foundation, Park Authority and Foundation board members and key staff. The presentation was made during the joint meeting of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and the Park Foundation Board of Directors held last week.

This gift will fund a new 20-foot-by-30-foot picnic shelter pavilion at the Tobin Road entrance of Eakin Community Park near the ball fields. The timing of this generous family contribution is quite fitting as this marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Eakin Park Trust fund formed by 'Daddy Roy' (LeRoy Eakin, Sr.) in June 1966. The Eakin family members hope to encourage other families to leave a legacy in Fairfax County parks.


South County Middle School Field Opening Celebrated

South County Middle School Field Opening Celebrated
6/22/16

On June 18, 2016, a ribbon cutting was held for the new synthetic turf field at South County Middle School. This $2.6 million project was completed in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority and Fairfax County Public Schools. The project was conceived to replace an existing 90-foot diamond field in the community and resulted in the development of a lighted synthetic turf 90-foot diamond and a separate full-sized lighted synthetic turf rectangular field.

Pictured with the young members of the Barca Futebol Clube are, left to right: Aimee Vosper, Deputy Director of the Park Authority; Supervisor Daniel G. Storck, Mt. Vernon District; School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders, Mt. Vernon District; Brian Robertson, President of the Barca Futebol Clube; Supervisor Pat Herrity, Springfield District; Park Authority Board Member Linwood Gorham, Mt. Vernon District.


Ribbon Cut at Gum Springs Outdoor Fitness Gym

Ribbon Cut at Gum Springs Outdoor Fitness Gym
6/22/16

Members of the community joined Park Authority representatives, project team members, as well as officials at a ribbon cutting for the new Outdoor Fitness Gym at Gum Springs Community Center on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

Outdoor fitness gyms provide high-quality exercise equipment similar to what is found in an indoor fitness center, but the equipment is located outdoors and is free for the public to use during daylight hours. Equipment is grouped together and designed to make exercise fun and social to encourage users to work out longer and more often to improve their fitness and health.

This new fitness spot in Gum Springs was built by the Fairfax County Park Authority in partnership with the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Partial funding was provided by a grant submitted by the Fairfax County Park Foundation from Greenfields Outdoor Fitness.

Pictured, along with other members of the community, from left to right: Sharon Arndt, Director of Community Health Development & Preparedness at the Fairfax County Health Department; Mike Slifer with Metro Recreation; Katina Matthews, Service Area Manager for Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; Dawn Lucas, Vice President of the Gum Springs Advisory Board; community member Yvonne Little-Walton; Chris Leonard, Director of the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services;  Evan Braff, Regional Manager for Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; Andrea Dorlester, Park Authority Project Manager; Aimee Vosper, Deputy Director of the Park Authority; Mt. Vernon District Supervisor Daniel G. Storck; community member Betty Graves; Pallas Washington, Regional Manager for Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; and Park Authority Board Member Linwood Gorham, Mt. Vernon District.


Ribbon Cut at Lincolnia Park Outdoor Fitness Gym

Ribbon Cut at Lincolnia Park Outdoor Fitness Gym
6/8/16

Members of the community joined Park Authority representatives, project team members, as well as officials at a ribbon cutting for the new Outdoor Fitness Gym at Lincolnia Park on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Outdoor fitness gyms provide high-quality exercise equipment similar to what is found in an indoor fitness center, but the equipment is located outdoors and is free for the public to use during daylight hours. Equipment is grouped together and designed to make exercise fun and social to encourage users to work out longer and more often to improve their fitness and health.

The outdoor gym at Lincolnia Park is designed to be used by park visitors ages 14 and older and is suitable for all fitness levels. This outdoor fitness equipment provides a complete workout to build muscle strength, improve flexibility and balance, enhance core strength and provide cardio benefits. It can be used by several people at a time to encourage a social atmosphere and allow families to exercise together. The facility also includes equipment that is specially adapted for wheelchair users.

Lincolnia’s new outdoor gym replaces 30-year old fitness trail equipment in the park and was financed in part by a grant submitted by the Fairfax County Park Foundation from Greenfields Outdoor Fitness.

In the picture, local residents are joined by (from left to right) Mike Slifer, with Metro Recreation, Project Manager Mark Holsteen (back), Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross (center), Area Manager Mark Plourde, FCPA Director Kirk Kincannon, Park Authority Board Member Frank Vajda, Health Department Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Park Planning Director David Bowden (rear), Aviv Avishat with Greenfields Outdoor Fitness and FCPA staff member Bob Stevenson.


National Trails Day® Celebrated on Cross County Trail

National Trails Day® Celebrated on Cross County Trail
6/8/16

Local officials, staff and members of the public celebrated the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® on Saturday, June 4, 2016, with brief remarks by local officials and a short hike in Lake Accotink Park on recently completed improvements to the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail (GCCCT).

Supervisor John C. Cook (Braddock), Park Board Member Anthony Vellucci (Braddock) and Lakefront Parks Supervisor Chris Goldbecker spoke of the importance of our trail network and about the recent work done on the GCCCT. A recent Needs Assessment survey found that residents consider trails to be the most important recreational facility provided by the Park Authority. This GCCCT project included paving 5,840 linear feet of gravel trail, replacement of ten existing corrugated metal pipe culverts, removal of an existing wooden bridge and the replacement of that bridge with a durable fiberglass model, as well as invasive plant management for areas that were disturbed during the construction.

Pictured (left to right): Park Authority Board Member Ken Quincy (Providence), Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon, Project Manager Bill Boston, Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook, Lakefront Parks Supervisor Chris Goldbecker and Park Authority Board Member Anthony Vellucci (Braddock)


New Walkway Improves Pedestrian Access to Spring Hill RECenter

New Walkway Improves Pedestrian Access to Spring Hill RECenter
4/28/16

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on April 21, 2016, to celebrate completion of a new walkway across the traffic island located at the intersection of Spring Hill Road and Lewinsville Road in McLean, Virginia.

The intersection is one of the busiest in McLean -- blocks from Tysons and abutting both the Spring Hill RECenter and Spring Hill Elementary School -- and the absence of a walkway on the traffic island has long been a safety obstacle. The traffic island was previously owned by Dominion Virginia Power. It deeded the property to Fairfax County without compensation, allowing the new walkway to be built.

“Completion of the new trail connection is a wonderful improvement that provides safe pedestrian access to the RECenter from the surrounding communities,” said Marcellous Cooper, Manager of the Spring Hill RECenter.  

Pictured from left to right are: Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust; Carolyn Moss and Tim Sargeant, Representatives, Dominion Virginia Power; Irv Auerbach, President, Lewinsville Coalition; and Marcellous Cooper, Manager, Spring Hill RECenter.


Earth Day Ceremony Marks Unveiling of LEED Designation

Earth Day Ceremony Marks Unveiling of LEED Designation
4/28/16

On Earth Day, Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth, Park Authority Board Vice Chairman Ken Quincy, and Director of Park Planning and Development David Bowden joined with RECenter staff to unveil the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Silver Designation plaque at Oak Marr RECenter in Oakton, Va. This achievement caps one of the Park Authority’s newest building expansions, and highlights the agency’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship in all aspects of our growing park system.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy numerous environmental prerequisites.

The 12,500 square-foot addition at Oak Marr features such sustainable design elements as:

  • A white-colored roof membrane, energy efficient and controllable HVAC equipment, energy efficient building insulation, low emissive glazing and LED lighting combined with occupancy sensors that contribute to an approximate 22 percent energy usage reduction.
  • Water-efficient landscaping through the use of native or adaptive species that save water by requiring no additional irrigation once established.
  • A bio-retention facility that cleans storm water runoff.

In addition, approximately 20 percent of the materials used in the project came from recycled components. These features not only preserve natural resources and promote energy efficiency and conservation, they also yield cost savings to county taxpayers through reduced operating costs.

Pictured holding the blue cloth, from left to right: Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (Providence), Oak Marr RECenter Manager Kirt Chase and Park Board Vice-Chairman Ken Quincy (Providence). Others in the photograph include, from left to right: Terra Bazemore, Lauren Geigan, Delia Valentine, Cathy Kahill, Eric Inman, Megan Beadencup, Tom Buckley, Robert Arguinzoni, and Melanie Champ.


Exceptional Volunteers Honored at Ellanor C. Lawrence

Exceptional Volunteers Honored at Ellanor C. Lawrence
3/2/16

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park honored three of its volunteers with a reception at the Walney Visitor Center on February 26, 2016.

Volunteer beekeeper and Chantilly resident David Gnilka received the Donald F. Early Award for his year-round efforts to help maintain the park’s hive and keep the bees healthy. As a boy, Gnilka helped his father keep bees. He renewed his interest in beekeeping at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (ECLP) after his retirement. Gnilka purchased his own veil, hive tools and smoker, and has pitched in by cleaning, repairing and painting, donating his own paint and sander. When the hive was producing, he even helped fill and label the park’s very own honey bears to sell in the gift shop. The award was named for Donald F. Early, who had been a volunteer beekeeper at the park from 1988-1992.

Jill Chestnut of Chantilly and Amanda Kronimus of Centreville received Very Important Volunteer honors. Chestnut, who was unable to attend the ceremony, was credited with growing the park’s Kid’s Korner program and praised for maintaining high quality school programs. Kronimus, a student volunteer, was praised for her work as an animal caregiver and junior park naturalist. She was cited for her dedication and a can-do attitude. Sully District’s new representative to the Park Board, Maggie Godbold, was on hand to congratulate the volunteers and thank them for their efforts.

Pictured from left to right are: Amanda Kronimus, winner, Very Important Volunteer Award; Maggie Godbold, Sully District Representative, Park Authority Board; David Gnilka, winner, Donald F. Early Award.


Groundbreaking Celebration Held at McNaughton Fields

Groundbreaking Celebration Held at McNaughton Fields
02/4/16

About 50 people, many proudly sporting Woodlawn Little League (WLL) ball caps, attended the groundbreaking ceremonies on Saturday, January 30, 2016 for the major renovation of the baseball fields at McNaughton Park in Alexandria, Virginia.

Next to towering mounds of snow, public officials, little league players, parents and coaches raised steaming cups of coffee and hot chocolate to celebrate the impending upgrade of fields that have been used by Woodlawn Little League since the 1960s. Speakers included Mount Vernon District Supervisor Daniel G. Storck, Park Authority Board Member Linwood Gorham (Mount Vernon), President of the Woodlawn Little League Dennis Dunn, and Virginia State Senator Scott A. Surovell.

Work will include the demolition of the four existing fields and facilities, site re-grading and construction of four new lighted and irrigated diamond fields – a 90-foot diamond, one 60/70-foot diamond with a grass infield, one 60/70 diamond with a skinned infield and one 60-foot diamond with a skinned infield. Amenities will include covered dugouts, bullpens, batting cages, bleachers and fencing. A 173-space parking lot will also be added.

Utility connections will also be provided for future restrooms and a concession stand. This will allow for a Park Authority partnership with WLL for construction of these additional facilities when funding becomes available. Work is expected to be completed by December 2016 with the fields reopening for play in April 2017.

Pictured (adults holding shovels, left to right): Park Authority Board Member Linwood Gorham (Mount Vernon), Virginia State Senator Scott A. Surovell, President of the Woodlawn Little League Dennis Dunn, Administrator for Virginia District 9 Little League John Donaldson and Mount Vernon District Supervisor Daniel G. Storck.


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