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Colvin Run Mill Celebrates Completion of Site Restoration
Colvin Run Mill Celebrates Completion of Site Restoration
04/22/15

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
03/11/15

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
01/14/15

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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