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Ribbon Cut on Danbury Forest Drive Trail in Springfield

Ribbon Cut on Danbury Forest Drive Trail in Springfield
11/4/16

On Saturday, October 29, 2016, officials and community members cut the ribbon on the Lake Accotink Park Danbury Forest Drive Trail in Springfield, Virginia. This new $104,000 trail is part of the very popular Lake Accotink Loop trail and is designed to enhance safety for users. The eight-foot-wide asphalt trail runs for 270 linear feet and replaces an old trail that was narrow, steep and in extremely poor condition. The Fairfax County Park Authority project was designed in cooperation with the Danbury Forest Community Association and built by McGee Civil Construction, LLC, of Purcellville, Virginia. Funding was provided by the 2012 Park Bond. Required easements for the project were provided by the Danbury Forest Community Association.

Pictured among the community members, left to right: Sean Roberts, Danbury Forest Civic Association; Anthony Vellucci, Braddock District Representative, Fairfax County Park Authority Board; Kelly McGee, Owner, McGee Civil Construction, LLC; Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; David Bowden, Director of Planning and Development, Fairfax County Park Authority; Frank Divita, President, Danbury Forest Civic Association; Ed Richardson, Area 4 Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; Kirk Kincannon, Director, Fairfax County Park Authority; John C. Cook, Braddock District Representative, Fairfax County Park Authority Board; Meghan Walker, President, Friends of Lake Accotink Park.


Ribbon Cut on Upgraded Baseball Complex at Trailside Park

Ribbon Cut on Upgraded Baseball Complex at Trailside Park
10/27/16

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, Central Springfield Little League (CSLL) organizers, public officials, players and members of the public gathered at Trailside Park to celebrate the recent improvements to the baseball complex, which now meets the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as current athletic field standards. 

The $370,860 improvement project included demolishing existing dugouts and bleacher pads and the construction of new accessible dugouts and bleacher pads at the diamond fields. Fencing and backstops also were replaced to meet ADA requirements. In addition, the project included repaving of the asphalt drive lanes and parking areas to ensure accessibility to the park facilities and correction of the drainage problems.

CSLL, the park’s primary user group, provided $39,200 which included a $19,200 grant from Little League Baseball to help fund the upgrades. The Park Authority provided a $20,000 Mastenbrook Grant to match the funds contributed by CSLL for the project.

Pictured, among the many Central Springfield Little League players and coaches: Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director, Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA); Jeff McKay, Lee District Representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Marc Dolphin, President, Central Springfield Little League; David Bowden, Director of Planning and Development, FCPA.


Local Players Head to the U.S. National FootGolf Championship

Local Players Head to the U.S. National FootGolf Championship
10/21/16

The American FootGolf League (AFGL) U.S. National Championship held its Virginia Regional Championship Tournament at Pinecrest Golf Course earlier this month.

The tournament was made up of the top 30 percent of players who played in the Virginia Regional Qualifier in August, also held at Pinecrest, attracting nearly 70 registrants – making it one of the largest in attendance nationwide.

Father and son duo John and Stephen Jordan from Fairfax County took the first place titles in the Men’s and Senior divisions in the tournament and will move on to represent the Virginia Region at the AFGL U.S. National Championship, held in November at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California.

“Soccer and golf are two of my all-time favorite sports, the combo lends itself to fun with family and friends,” said John Jordan.

FootGolf, which is played on a traditional golf course, involves the kicking of a soccer ball down the fairway of the course, with the intention, similar to golf, of reaching the hole in as few “strokes” (kicks) as possible. In FootGolf, the hole is increased to 21” in diameter in order to accommodate a regulation soccer ball.

The hybrid sport is growing in popularity across the nation, “AFGL has worked for the last four years to create a network of nearly 500 FootGolf courses in the United States,” said U.S. National Championship Director Julia Barajas, “and the National Championship is the next logical step in the growth of the sport and its integration into the competitive sports landscape.”

FootGolf is available at Pinecrest Golf Course, Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 1:30 p.m.

For more details on FootGolf, the American FootGolf League, and the U.S. National Championship, please visit www.footgolf.us or call Julia Barajas at 760-501-0100 ext. 135.

Pinecrest Golf Course is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. For more info or to reserve a tee time, visit online at Pinecrest FootGolf or call 703-941-1061. Pinecrest Golf Course is located at 6600 Little River Turnpike in Alexandria, Va.


Discovery Trail Map Winners Receive New Bikes and Park Passes

Discovery Trail Map Winners Receive New Bikes and Park Passes
10/19/16

On October 7, 2016, the grand prize winners of the Fairfax County Park Authority's 2016 Discovery Trail Map contest received new bicycles and a prize pack full of tickets to park amusements.

Discovery Trail Maps encourage children to visit multiple parks throughout the Fairfax County park system each summer. Those who get stamps from eight or more of the 12 sites featured on the maps may be entered into the bicycle drawing. In this presidential election year, the map highlighted park sites with a connection to the nation’s presidents.

This year’s grand prize winners were selected in a drawing from 657 finalists. The prize-winners pictured left to right are Luke Ewell, 10, of Washington, D.C.; Orson Matheson, 3, of Falls Church; and Maya Raza, 10, of Springfield. They are posing with Joseph Chaale, manager of Spokes, Etc. in Fairfax, which donated the bicycles and safety helmets through the Fairfax County Park Foundation. The ticket prize packs for park amusements are valued at $93.


'The Pines' Honored at Historic Marker Dedication

"The Pines" Honored at Historic Marker Dedication
10/19/16

Community members, officials and families who once called “The Pines” home came together to unveil a historic marker at Pine Ridge Park on Saturday, October 15, 2016. “The Pines” was once a close-knit African-American community in Annandale. The 1960s brought significant social change to Fairfax County, and when this land was purchased through eminent domain to provide property for a school, members of this community were scattered. Today, many from “The Pines” still remain connected to the land.

The marker stands at the entrance to Pine Ridge Park located at 3401 Woodburn Road in Annandale. This popular Fairfax County Park Authority facility provides gardens and athletic fields for countless residents’ use. The park’s 42 acres provide a recreational oasis of sorts in a busy neighborhood. However, for some African-American families, “The Pines” brings back both warm family memories from their youth and a sense of loss at the dissolution of their community. The Johnson, Robinson, Sprigg and Collins families were the first to purchase lots, and they cleared pine trees to enable truck farming and saw mill operations. Residents created a vibrant community and many worshiped at First Baptist Church of Merrifield, taking part in school functions and social gatherings. Next to the park is the Liberty Lodge Cemetery, where church members are buried.

The new marker chronicles the history of the land noting, “In the 1960s, during a period of school desegregation and population growth, the public school system purchased land through eminent domain, which displaced numerous families living in The Pines. A school was never built.”

Pictured: (Seated right to left, front row) Avonjeanette Hill and Shirley Robinson, former residents of “The Pines.”

Also pictured among many friends and family members connected to The Pines: Penelope A. Gross, Board of Supervisors, Mason District; Frank Vajda, Park Authority Board, Mason District; Naomi Sokol Zeavin, Fairfax County History Commission (FCHC), Mason District; Marion J. Dobbins, Historian; Mike Henry, Manager, Colvin Run Mill; Reverend Martin T. Pickett, First Baptist Church of Merrifield; Carol Herrick, Chair, FCHC


New Bicycle Facility Opens at Lake Fairfax Park

New Bicycle Facility Opens at Lake Fairfax Park
10/13/16

On Saturday, October 8, 2016, local officials, community members and biking enthusiasts gathered at Lake Fairfax Park to cut the ribbon on the Fairfax County Park Authority’s newest bicycling facility – a pump track. Bikers of all ages will enjoy this new amenity, which is a small looping bicycle trail system that riders navigate by pumping with their arms and legs, rather than pedaling.

The track was developed and funded by the non-profit Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE, Inc.), with significant contributions from The Bike Lane, and was designed and constructed by Elevated Trail Design, LLC. The project is also supported by the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Pictured in the back row, left to right: Larry Cautilli, Virginia Advocacy Manager, MORE, Inc.; Aimee Vosper, Deputy Director, Fairfax County Park Authority; Frank Raiti, Lake Fairfax Trails Liaison, MORE, Inc.; William G. Bouie, Chairman, Park Authority Board; Ernie Rodriguez, President, MORE, Inc.; Dan Grulke, Manager, Lake Fairfax Park; Timothy B. Hackman, Dranesville District Representative, Park Authority Board.


New Window to the Skies Celebrated at Observatory Park

New Window to the Skies Celebrated at Observatory Park
10/5/16

Local officials, donors, staff and members of the public gathered in Great Falls, Va. on Saturday, October 1, 2016 to celebrate the opening of the new roll-top observatory at Observatory Park at Turner Farm. Despite the rain, a ribbon was cut outside the new facility, which will offer the public a chance to explore the night sky through permanently mounted telescopes.

Initiated in 2007 in collaboration with the Analemma Society, the million-dollar facility was funded in part by the 2008 and 2012 Park Bonds, telecommunications funds, Mastenbrook grant money and a generous donation provided by Jean and Ric Edelman through the Fairfax County Park Foundation. The facility was designed by Shaffer Wilson Sarver & Gray of Herndon, Va. and constructed by Brown and Root of Arlington, Va.

Pictured (left to right):

From left to right, Mary Cortina, At-Large Member, Park Authority Board (PAB), Ken Quincy, Vice Chairman, PAB; Alan Figgatt, Analemma Society member; Cecil Hardee, Project Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA); David Bowden, Director, Planning and Development Division, FCPA; Roberta Longworth, Executive Director, Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF); Steve McKeon, Diamond Bay Construction; Tim Eakin Walsh, FCPF Board; Jean and Ric Edelman, donors; David Bierlein, Brown and Root Services (behind the Edelmans); Charles Olin, Founding President, Analemma Society; Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust; Ace Walsh; Jacque Olin; Tim Hackman, Dranesville District Rep, PAB; Kirk Kincannon, Director, FCPA; Kathleen Murphy, Virginia Delegate, 34th District; Steve Thormahlen, Chairman, FCPF; Evelyn and Gale Alls, Northern Virginia Power and Sail Squadron. 


County Residents Celebrate National Public Lands Day

County Residents Celebrate National Public Lands Day
9/29/16

Volunteers from the community and county officials turned out at Nottoway Park to mark National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Following brief remarks, the group removed invasive plants from the park, part of an event on the calendar of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Invasive Management Area (IMA) program. Hundreds of volunteers have given thousands of hours to IMA this year to protect parks.

National Public Lands Day works to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health. Tens of thousands of people work on projects throughout the nation. Projects include pulling invasive species, maintaining trails, picking up trash, and many others.

Pictured left to right among the volunteers are:

Erin Stockschlaeder, ecologist at the Fairfax County Park Authority and IMA manager;  longtime IMA volunteers Vivian Morgan Mendez and Fernando Mendez; (at center) Ken Quincy, Providence District Representative on the Park  Authority Board; Sara Baldwin, Park Authority Deputy Director; Linda Smyth, Providence District Supervisor on the County Board of Supervisors; and Mark L. Keam, Virginia Delegate for the 35th District.


Fairfax History Celebrated at Oak Hill Mansion

Fairfax History Celebrated at Oak Hill Mansion
9/29/16

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, community members, local historians and public officials met at Oak Hill Mansion in Annandale to celebrate Fairfax County history. The annual open house drew a large crowd eager to walk the grounds, tour the privately-owned home, see reenactors, and listen to brief remarks.  Historic Oak Hill is an 18th-century Georgian-style home, and is all that remains of the Ravensworth Tract – once totaling more than 22,000 acres – dating from the 1670s. The house itself was built in 1790 by Richard Fitzhugh, the great grandson of William Fitzhugh, who originally established the tract. The landscaping of the property features 200-year-old boxwoods which line what was the original drive to the house.

In 2004, a historic and conservation easement which protects the property and the house was agreed to by Seville Homes, the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. As part of the agreement, the owners open the property and the first floor of the home up to the public on occasion.

Pictured, left to right: Todd Blincoe, descendent of Richard Fitzhugh; Braddock District Supervisor John Cook; Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Sharon Bulova; Bernice Watt Montgomery, who was born at Oak Hill in 1925; and Amanda and David Scheetz, current owners of Oak Hill Mansion.


Ribbon Cutting Marks Replacement of Fitness Equipment at Royal Lake Park

Ribbon Cutting Marks Replacement of Fitness Equipment at Royal Lake Park
9/14/16

Members of the community joined Park Authority representatives, project team members, as well as officials at a ribbon cutting for the new fitness equipment at Royal Lake Park on Saturday, September 10, 2016. After the ribbon cutting, a community barbeque was held at the park.

The Friends of Royal Lake, working with both the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation, raised nearly $14,000 to have the new outdoor fitness equipment installed, replacing aging equipment that had fallen into disrepair. This effort supports both the county’s Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax (PFHF) and the Aging In Place program for seniors. The new equipment includes chin-up bars, parallel bars, a rock climbing wall and more.

Pictured, along with other members of the community, from left to right:

Glen Erickson-Bell, President, Friends of Oak Hill Park; Margaret Thaxton, Director of Development, Fairfax County Park Foundation; Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director, Fairfax County Park Authority; Ted Teogashi, Friends of Royal Lake; Jamie Gallagher, CrossFit Burke; Paul Hardy, Project Manager, Friends of Royal Lake; Erin Gallagher, CrossFit Burke; John Cook, Braddock District Representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Paul Gross, Incoming President, Friends of Royal Lake; Anthony Vellucci, Braddock District Representative, Fairfax County Park Authority Board; Mark Patton, Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 1508; Daniel Rice, Eagle Scout, Troop 1508; NoraAnn Farrell, Lakepointe Homeowners Association; Timoney Dunlap, Friends of Oak Hill Park.


Conn's Ferry Crossing Historic Marker Dedicated on Aug. 27

Conn's Ferry Crossing Historic Marker Dedicated on Aug. 27
8/31/16

This past weekend, a crowd gathered on the bank of the Potomac River at Riverbend Park to mark the anniversary of President James Madison’s river crossing at Conn’s Ferry during the War of 1812. Local officials and members of the public dedicated a new historic marker on the river’s edge honoring this important moment in our nation’s history.

Following the defeat of American forces at Bladensburg, Maryland on August 24, 1814, a small British force marched into the capital city and set it ablaze. President Madison, his wife Dolley, and Secretary of State James Monroe escaped into the Virginia countryside, each taking different routes. Eventually, after a raging river and thunderstorms delayed the President’s crossing of the Potomac River, he rode the ferry back to the Maryland side on August 26th.

Pictured (left to right): Esther McCullough, History Commission (HC) Member; Park Authority Board Member Timothy B. Hackman (Dranesville District); Robert Beach, HC Member; Carole Herrick, HC Chairwoman; Fairfax County Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon; U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (10th District); Fairfax County School Board Member Ryan McElveen (Member-at-Large), Naomi Zeavin, HC Member; Riverbend Park Visitor Services Manager Julie Gurnee; Barbara Naef, HC Member; Page Shelp, HC Member; and Sallie Lyons, HC Member.


Rec-PAC Donates 1,000 Pounds of Food to Charity

Rec-PAC Donates 1,000 Pounds of Food to Charity
8/16/16

Terri Kelly, Food Pantry Coordinator at Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM), received almost 1,000 pounds of canned and boxed food donated by the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Rec-PAC participants as a part of Rec-PAC Gives Back Week. WFCM shelves are often a little bare in August and the donations from Rec-PAC kids and families, many from low-income homes themselves, provides much-needed support to families in need in Fairfax. Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children) is a six-week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children. For more information, visit Rec-PAC Summer Program.


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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