Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia



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

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director

Fairfax County Park Authority


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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Find Hidden Treasures at the at Burke Lake Park

Become a modern-day pirate and search for hidden treasures at the at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Instead of following a map, students age eight to adult will learn to use hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units to locate hidden treasure caches within the park. After learning how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS, students will follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container or unique geological feature. The geocaching lesson will run from 1 to 3 p.m. and costs $22 per person. Bring your own GPS if you can. A limited number will be available to borrow from the instructor at class. Register for Geocaching Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA. For more information, call 703-323-6600 or visit Burke Lake.

Fireflies in the Meadow

From fireflies to amphibians, there’s a lot happening in county parks as night falls. On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, there are two programs from 8 to 9 p.m. that will give you a glimpse of park life after people go home for the day. At Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, join the “Fireflies in the Meadow” program to watch the meadow light up with fireflies as dusk descends. This program is for participants age two to adult and costs $6 per person. Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and then release the lightning bugs. Dress in long pants, socks and closed shoes. Flashlights and insect repellent are useful. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-631-0013 or visit Ellanor C. Lawrence. Register for Fireflies in the Meadow At Lake Accotink Park, assist park naturalists with a calling amphibian survey in “Amphibians After Dark.” Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as you explore pools and ponds at the park. This program for participants age seven to adult costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered for the program. Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA. For more information, call 703-569-3464 visit Lake Accotink. Register for Amphibians After Dark

Grow Herbs in Programs

Bring the family out to churn butter or leave the kids at home and learn about culinary herbs in park programs on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Head to Dairy Days where family members age five to adult can churn butter, crank ice cream, milk a fake cow and play 18th century games. It’s a day to experience the products of a historic dairy at Sully Historic Site. Dairy Days activities run from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is recommended. You can sign-up for times at 1, 2 or 3 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tour the historic house for an additional fee. Register for Sully Dairy Days Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-437-1794 or visit Sully Historic Site. Green Spring Gardens is offering a program for adults called “Plants & Design: Herbs-A Baker’s Dozen.” In this class, Herb Society of America member and horticulturist Peggy Riccio will discuss how to grow 13 common culinary herbs. She will also give you creative ways to use them in your kitchen. Learn about cultural requirements, harvesting, preservation, propagation methods, resources and recipes. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and the cost is $18 per person. Register for Herb: Baker’s Dozen Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-642-5173 or visit Green Spring.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge

Why wait for the weekend to have some evening fun? Enjoy a Wagon Ride at Riverbend Park on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Bring the family for a wagon ride through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Participants age two to adult will have fun in this wagon ride program that runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The cost is $7 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult registered for the program. Register for Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA. For more information, call 703-759-9018 or visit Riverbend.




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Groundbreakings and Openings

Sully Historic Site Hosts Children’s Naturalization Ceremony

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Washington Field Office held a Children's Citizenship ceremony at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA. More than two dozen children recited the oath of citizenship and received certificates at the event, now in its 10th year at the site. Visitors celebrated with the children as they received their certificates. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at:

Ribbon Cut on New Playground at Alexandria’s Bucknell Manor Park

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 for the new playground at Bucknell Manor Park in Alexandria, Va. Bucknell Manor Park now features two play areas to appeal to children of different ages. In addition to the play structures, the facility includes new borders, subsurface drainage, child safety fencing and an asphalt trail – all designed to meet ADA standards. The $100,000 project was financed through the 2016 Park Bond as part of a plan to install new playground equipment at aging parks to bring them into compliance with today’s safety and ADA standards. Members of the community, both young and old, were joined by (left to right, in back): Linwood Gorham, Park Authority Board Rep, Mount Vernon District; Philip Hager, Park Authority Area Manager; Daniel Storck, Board of Supervisors, Mount Vernon District; Kirk Kincannon, Park Authority Executive Director; Dave Bowden, Director of Planning & Development, Park Authority. Media Note: Click image to download. See more photos at:

County Leaders Celebrate Opening of Government Center Farmers Market

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, County leaders gathered to celebrate the opening of the Government Center Farmers Market in Fairfax, Virginia. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova rang the bell to mark the market’s official opening at its new location in the grassy median near the entrance to the Fairfax County Government Center. The Government Center market is open Thursdays through October 25 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. The only exception is June 7, to allow for Celebrate Fairfax set up. Pictured in the photo, from left to right: Lindsey Martin, Government Center Market Manager; Margaret Thaxton, Director of Development, Fairfax County Park Foundation; Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Kiel Stone, Braddock District Rep, Park Authority Board; Bryan Hill, Fairfax County Executive; Chelsea Roseberry, Farmers Market Coordinator, Park Authority; and Mary Olien, Resource Management Division Operations Manager, Park Authority. Media Note: Click image to download. See more photos at:
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