Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-8702 | TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director

Fairfax County Park Authority

WHAT WE DO

The Park Authority Mission is to set aside public spaces for and assist citizens in the protection and enhancement of environmental values, diversity of natural habitats and cultural heritage to guarantee that these resources will be available to both present and future generations. To create and sustain quality facilities and services which offer citizens opportunities for recreation, improvement of their physical and mental well being, and enhancement of their quality of life.

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Fairfax County Parks Add Acreage Near Loisdale Park

Fairfax County’s parkland is growing again with the acquisition of eight acres of land near Loisdale Park in Springfield, VA. The two parcels, one 7.6 acres and the other 0.4 acres were a donation from L and F Darby Lane LLC.  The properties are considered an addition to Loisdale Park and will remain vacant until or unless they are included in a future master plan. These parcels were originally included in the Loisdale Estates subdivision in 1956 and approved for ten residential lots. They are accessible from Darby Lane in the Lee District.  The Park Authority continues to acquire land throughout Fairfax County via purchases, donations and a host of other mechanisms. Currently, the Park Authority owns or cares for more than 23,000 acres, or approximately nine percent of the open space in Fairfax County. Over half of all FCPA land holdings remain in their natural state. For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.  

Return to the Land of the Dinosaurs in a Puppet Show

Dinosaurs once roamed all the earth, places far and near. How do we know that they were here? Children can find out through activities and a puppet show at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Learn about dinosaurs and pick up some fun fossil facts. There will be two, one-hour programs that day at 1:30 and 3 p.m. This event is designed for kids age three to seven, and the cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register for Dino Puppet Show & Activities Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA. For more information, call 703-941-1065 or visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

It’s Happening Once in a Blue Moon at Riverbend Park

January’s a super month to see a supermoon. If the supermoon on January 1, 2018, caught your eye, plan for some great viewing of the next supermoon in the dark skies at Riverbend Park on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. It will be the third supermoon in a row, and because it’s the second full moon in one month, that also makes it a blue moon. You know… something that only happens once in a blue moon! Supermoons look super because the moon is closer to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear larger and brighter than usual. And if that’s not enough lunar excitement for you, there will also be a total lunar eclipse as the month ends. Learn all about these moon topics at Riverbend’s observation session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This program is designed for participants age three to adult, and the cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at the visitor center at Riverbend Park. Don’t miss out. The next full moon won’t come until March. Sorry, February. Register for Once in a Blue Moon Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA. For more information, call 703-759-9018 or visit Riverbend Park.

How Good are Groundhogs at Predicting the Weather?

Can groundhogs really predict the weather? Find out at the Groundhog’s Day Out program at Frying Pan Farm Park on Sunday, January 28, 2018. You can visit a groundhog burrow, learn cool groundhog facts, play games, make a groundhog friend to take home and enjoy some hot chocolate. This program is designed for family members age two to adult and runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register for Groundhog's Day Out (2-Adult) Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2709 West Ox Rd, Herndon, VA. For more information, call 703-437-9101 or visit Frying Pan Farm Park.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Flowers, Poetry and Tea

Green Spring Gardens has you covered for Valentine’s Day. On Saturday, February 10, 2018, Green Spring is offering a workshop on Victorian flowers. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, explore the sentimental Victorian era in which every flower held a symbolic meaning. From 9:30 to 11 a.m., create a fashionable flower arrangement in this romantic style with the help of designer Chuck Mason. Use the techniques you learn to try more arrangements at home. The cost of the workshop is $38 per person, plus a $25 supply fee. Please register for both. The Historic House at Green Spring will host a special Valentine’s Tea on Wednesday, February 14. Warm your heart with an afternoon tea accompanied by a reading of ancient and modern love poems that speak to everyone. Join in a prize drawing and take home a beautiful favor bag. The cost is $32 per person for the program and tea.To make reservations for traditional English tea from 1 to 3 p.m., call Historic Green Spring at 703-941-7987. Register for Floral Design: Victorian Flowers Register for Valentine's Day Tea Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA. For more information about the workshop, call 703-642-5173 or visit Green Spring Gardens.

Groundbreakings and Openings

Patricia Strat photo of Riverbend Park

Patricia Strat’s wintry photo of Riverbend Park was named the winner in the 2018 First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest. Despite the frigid weather on January 1, 2018, the Park Authority received more than 130 photo entries from people who hiked one of five designated Fairfax trails to celebrate the new year. After Park Authority staff narrowed the entries down to ten, Facebook users were asked to select favorites by “liking” photos. More than 1,134 likes were received with Ms. Strat’s photo garnering 289 votes. As the winner, she received a four-month RECenter pass valued at up to $300. A one-month RECenter family pass was also awarded to runner-up Jane Durrett for her photo of David Durrett and Harvey Durrett experiencing the joy of Cub Run Stream Valley Park. Media Note: Click image to Download. See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/sets/72157690292000901

Park Authority and Pathways Sign Partnership Agreement

The Fairfax County Park Authority signed an agreement with ServiceSource's Pathways to Careers initiative on December 13, 2017, in an effort to provide adults with disabilities internship opportunities in programs and activities operated by FCPA. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to provide competitive employment opportunities for qualified individuals in some of the more than 10,000 programs offered annually by the Park Authority. ServiceSource's Pathways to Careers initiative supports integrated and customized work opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the DC metro region. For more information about Pathways to Careers, please contact Pathways to Careers Employer Relations Coordinator John Gyourko at 571-249-9468 or john.gyourko@servicesource.org.  Pictured from left to right in the front row are: Sara Baldwin, Acting Executive Director, Park Authority; John Gyourko, Pathways to Careers Employer Relations Coordinator, ServiceSource; Second row: Kasey Kahmann, SourceAmerica; Ken Crum, Regional Executive Director, ServiceSource; and Jennifer Cardona-Kellett, Pathways to Careers Program Manager, ServiceSource.

A New Birthday Party Shelter is Coming to Clemyjontri Park

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, December 8, 2017, for a new birthday party shelter at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Virginia. The shelter is being fully funded thanks to grants from the McLean Community Foundation, the Rotary Club of McLean, Friends of Clemyjontri and individual gifts to the Fairfax County Park Foundation. The $80,000 project is scheduled for completion by spring 2018. Pictured from left to right are: From the Rotary Club of McLean: Vance Zavela, President of McLean Rotary Club Foundation; Thamir Al’Hashimi, Rotarian; Michael Arietti, Rotarian; Bob Jansen, President of Rotary Club of McLean; Gene Durman, Rotarian; Jan Auerbach, Rotarian; and Carol Stone, Rotarian. From the Fairfax County Park Foundation: Bobbi Longworth, Executive Director. From the Friends of Clemyjontri Park: Julie Clemente, Board Director; Dan Clemente, Board Director; and Rachel Georgelas, President. From the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors: John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor. From the McLean Community Foundation: Janet Tysse, President; Amy Swaak, Trustee; Julie Warin, Trustee; and John Schell, Trustee

UPCOMING EVENTS

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10:00AM, (0-5 yrs.) Join us inside the Visitor Center Auditorium at Frying Pan…

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10:00AM, (1-3 yrs.) You and your toddler join our naturalist in the classroom…

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4:00PM, (13-18 yrs.) Get hands-on experience and information about the daily…

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10:00AM, (3-6 yrs.) Preschoolers explore nature or history once a month at…

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1:30PM, (2-12 yrs.) Fight the winter blues at Sully Historic Site with a day of…

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9:30AM, (Adults) Join us as we work off holiday calories with a quick hike in…

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11:00AM, (6-Adult) In this workshop at Huntley Meadows Park, you can learn how…

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1:00PM, (14-Adult) How do you ID a tree when the leaves and fruit are gone?…

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