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 enrich quality of life for all members of the community through an enduring park system that provides a healthy environment, preserves natural and cultural heritage, offers inspiring recreational experiences, and promotes healthy lifestyles.

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Park News

Watch the Moon Disappear at Observatory Park at Turner Farm

A total lunar eclipse is coming, and the timing couldn’t be better. Let the kids stay up late Sunday night, because there’s no school the next day. Register for the “Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Night” program at Observatory Park at Turner Farm on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Experience the lunar event from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. as you enjoy a campfire, marshmallow roasting and constellation viewings. Get close-up views of the moon, Mars and the stars from the roll-top observatory. The park will stay open until the end of the eclipse. This viewing program is designed for participants age six to adult, and the cost is $10 per person. For more information, visit Analemma Society. Due to the nature of this event, it may be canceled because of weather and cloud conditions. Register for Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Night Turner Farm is located at 925 Springvale Road, Great Falls, VA. For more information, call 703-324-8618 or visit Turner Farm.

Branch out and Give the Gift of Topiary this Valentine’s Day

Go out on a limb and try something new for Valentine’s Day this year. Make a topiary arrangement with assorted flowers and Valentine trim. Come to Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, February 9, 2019, for the “Floral Design Workshop: Valentine Topiary.” Floral designer Chuck Mason will lead you through this fun, floral project that you can keep for yourself or give away. The workshop runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and is designed for participants age 16 to adult. The cost is $39 for the program, plus $30 for supplies. Register for Floral Design Workshop: Valentine Topiary Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-642-5173 or visit Green Spring Gardens.

Navigate the Old-Fashioned Way in an Orienteering Workshop

Put down your GPS and challenge yourself to get around the old-fashioned way. Register for the “Orienteering Workshop” at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass. It’s easy to learn but always presents challenges. Participants in this program will learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. A compass is required. The program is designed for participants age eight to adult. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $31 per person. Register for Orienteering Workshop Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA. For more information, call 703-323-6600 or visit Burke Lake Park.

Put a Little STEAM in your Winter with Tiny Nature Artists

Give your youngsters a taste of science and art in the “Tiny Nature Artists” program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center this winter. Over six sessions, children age three to five will be inspired by nature as they observe plants, animals and the weather. Their projects will include collage, sculpture, printing and painting. The program runs from 10 to 11 a.m. for six weeks beginning on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. The cost of the series is $54 per child. Adults are expected to stay with their child. Register for Tiny Nature Artists 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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12:00PM, (6-Adult) Students explore Virginia’s ecosystem in this nature series…

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1:00PM, (4-Adult) Learn the different ways squir¬rels and their Sciuridae…

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12:30PM, (8-Adult) Explore the lives of the men and women who passed along…

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1:30PM, (Adults) What was that insect I saw in the garden last summer? Why didn…

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3:00PM, (4-Adult) Take a walk through our winter wonder¬land at Riverbend Park…

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5:30PM, (6-Adult) Enjoy nature’s tranquil beauty and winter’s bright skies…

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9:30PM, (6-Adult) Come experience a total lunar eclipse at the Turner Farm…

 
 

Groundbreakings and Openings

Diane Willen’s sunrise photo of Burke Lake Park was named the People’s Choice Winner in the 2019 First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest. More than 1,250 people voted on the 15 finalists in the People’s Choice category. Willen’s photo received 209 votes, earning her 16 percent of the total vote.   Fairfax County Park Authority also named Brian W. Knight the Judges’ Choice Winner. Judges felt that his photo of fiancée Christy Wahle striking a pose at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve perfectly captured the spirit of the annual First Hike initiative.   Hundreds of people rang in the new year by taking a hike on Fairfax County Park Authority trails  and nearly 280 of them submitted photos for this year’s contest – more than triple that of last year. This year’s contest was expanded to encourage more park-goers to get outside and explore Fairfax County parks and trails.  Photo eligibility was expanded from five trails to the entire Park Authority trail system and voting was expanded to include more than just Facebook users. Both winners will receive a four-month RECenter pass valued at up to $300. For more info on First Hike Fairfax, visit First Hike. Media Note: Click photos to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157704058540691

Colvin Run Mill Friends Group Signs Agreement with FCPA

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Friends of Colvin Run Mill (FOCRM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, to govern the group’s efforts at the historic mill in Great Falls, Virginia. The document was signed with a quill at the 1810 miller's house. FOCRM is a non-profit organization that provides financial and volunteer support for programs and activities at Colvin Run Mill. Among its many activities, the group has paid for and developed new interactive tour tablets, purchased barrels for the mill and funded popular programs such as Santa at the Mill. An MOU establishes a framework for a productive working relationship between organizations in order for mutual support to continue and prosper. Friends Group MOUs cover issues ranging from services offered to finances to governance and administration. Pictured are (left to right): Colvin Run Mill Manager Mike Henry, Fairfax County Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon, and Friends of Colvin Run Mill President Gene Bacher. For more information about the Park Authority, visit online at Parks. Media Note: Click photo to download

FROGS Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Green Spring Gardens

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday, January 4, 2019, at Green Spring Gardens. FROGS was established in 1993 with the sole mission of supporting Green Spring Gardens. Over the last 25 years, it has provided more than $2 million in funding for the public garden and historic site in Alexandria, Virginia. An MOU establishes a framework for a productive working relationship between organizations in order for mutual support to continue and prosper. Friends group MOUs cover issues ranging from services offered to finances to governance and administration. Pictured are (left to right): FCPA Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer Sara Baldwin, FROGS President Sarah Munroe, and Green Spring Gardens Site Manager Nicole Conners. Susan Voss, who was not present in the photo, was instrumental in the MOU process for FROGS and the Federation of Friends Groups that support FCPA. For more information about the Park Authority, visit online at Parks. Media Note: Click photo to download
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