Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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703-324-8702 | TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director

Fairfax County Park Authority

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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

Construction Impacts Parking at Jefferson District Golf Course

Customers and visitors to Jefferson District Golf Course and Park may be inconvenienced as construction gets underway. A portion of the golf course parking lot will be temporarily impacted from an upcoming water line construction project. The Fairfax Water Authority will soon start work on the Lee Highway Transmission Main project that runs through a portion of the parking area of Jefferson District Golf Course. The golf course is located at 7900 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA. More information on the project can be found at the Fairfax Water Authority. Fairfax Water and its contractors will be mobilizing on site toward the later part of October. The project will impact golf course and park patrons availability to utilize the parking area shown in the map attached, however golf course and park closure is not anticipated due to this upcoming work. For more information about this project, please contact Project Manager Yudhie Brownson at yudhie.brownson@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-8511.

Backlick Park Set to Officially Re-Open on Saturday, November 17

Rainy weather slowed construction but some things are just worth the wait, and the renovations at Backlick Park are one of them. Ribbon cutting ceremonies will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. The public is invited for brief remarks, and light refreshments. This $1 million-dollar project, funded by the 2016 Park Bond, brings new life to this 8.9-acre park located at 4516 Backlick Road in Annandale, VA. Construction includes the installation of a new shelter and picnic tables, a new playground, a new fitness area, renovation of the tennis courts, new tennis court lighting and the repaving of the trails and parking lot. Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross said of the improvements, “Neighbors of Backlick Park joined together with Park Authority Board and staff to renovate a much-used, and much-loved neighborhood park. The newly-refurbished park demonstrates once again how the community treasures its parkland, and recognizes that stewardship of the environment is a responsibility of all of us, working together.” The park was master-planned in 1978 and most of the original facilities were constructed in the early 1980’s. The project scope was approved by the Fairfax County Park Authority Board on January 24, 2018.

Fall into Fun at Lake Accotink Park’s Annual Fall Festival

Have a spook-tacular time at Lake Accotink Park when it hosts its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Come to the park’s marina for carnival games, a creepy tractor ride, miniature golf, tasty foods and a bonfire on the beach. For animal lovers, don’t miss the special talk at 2 p.m. on those Halloween-themed birds – crows. Join park naturalists to learn about crows and visit with some special feathered guests. To further put you in the Halloween spirit, stick around for a talk at 4 p.m. on bats. All games and activities will run from 1 to 7 p.m. Ticket amounts vary per activity. Buy a single ticket for $2; 25 tickets for $25; or 50 tickets for $50. View Event Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA. For more information, call 703-569-3464 visit Lake Accotink Park.

Ribbon Cutting Set for Monticello Park

On Saturday, November 17, 2018 official ribbon cutting ceremonies will be held at Monticello Park located at 5313 Guinea Road in Burke, VA. The much-anticipated event marks the completion of construction and brings new recreational amenities to this neighborhood including an obstacle course/playground, off-leash dog park, multi-use area and trails. Supporting infrastructure including park buffers, storm water management improvements, a parking lot, walkways, fencing and related site work were completed as well. The $1.5 million-dollar project was funded via voter-approved Park Bonds. The public is cordially invited to join in the celebration with Braddock District Supervisor John Cook and members of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. The 3 p.m. ceremonies that will include brief remarks, followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to enjoy the new amenities. Braddock District Supervisor John Cook said of Monticello Park, “Doggonnit. Dogs are people too! Now there is a park for our furry friends. Come celebrate the opening of Braddock’s newest park.” For more information please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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6:00PM, (3-Adult) Join our naturalist on a family-friendly hike at Lake Fairfax…

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6:00PM, (4-Adult) Families can bring a small pumpkin to decorate at Ellanor C.…

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7:00PM, (3-Adult) Join us for a night of campfire, s’mores and more at Lake…

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8:00AM, Are you interested in birding?  Come see the colors and hear the sounds…

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9:30AM, (Adults) Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers…

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10:00AM, Bring the family out to Lee District RECenter on October 20 from 10…

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1:00PM, Fall into some fun at Lake Accotink Park’s annual Fall Festival on…

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1:00PM, (5-Adult) What stories can skulls, spines and teeth tells us about the…

 
 

Groundbreakings and Openings

National Bike Your Park Day Brings Folks Out

The Fairfax County Park Authority joined with Bike Fairfax on September 29, 2018, for National Bike Your Park Day festivities. This celebration invites novice and experienced bicyclists out to local and regional trails for a day of biking. In this case, participants near the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail enjoyed a roundtrip ride from Audrey Moore RECenter to Lake Accotink Park. Over the past couple of years, more than 20,000 people in all 50 states and 10 countries participated in this event. There were ten rides organized in Fairfax County this year and 50 across Virginia. The event was coordinated by the Adventure Cycling Association. Pictured from left to right are Steven Foster, Chris Wells, Congressman Gerry Connolly, Mackenzie Jarvis, Howard Albers, Jim Angel, Park Authority Board Member Ken Quincy, Sonya Breehey, and other bicycling enthusiasts. For more information call 703-877-5625. Media Note: Click photo to download

Parks Sign MOU with Friends of Pimmit Barn

It’s now official; the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Friends of Pimmit Barn are working together to preserve this community landmark and allow neighbors to enjoy activities at the site. On October 9, 2018, representatives from the Friends group and Park Authority leadership came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that clarifies responsibilities and opportunities and lays the groundwork for continued collaboration. Plans are already underway for a host of community activities. Pimmit Barn, located at 1845 Cherri Drive in Falls Church, VA, is a reminder of the agricultural roots in Fairfax County. The structure once served as a dairy barn on the Smith family farm. The building, constructed in 1937, is more than 75 years old. Eventually the farm was sold for development and the barn was used to house a community well. In 1997, the property was transferred to the Fairfax County Park Authority from the Fairfax County Water Authority. The Park Authority leased it to McLean Youth Athletics for storage of sports equipment. However, in 2011, the Park Authority proposed divesting this property. The Park Board and Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust agreed that the barn is worth preserving. Today, Pimmit Barn continues to serve as a gathering spot, a community space, a reminder of our farming history and another green pocket of the Pimmit Hills neighborhood. The Friends of Pimmit Barn have organized outdoor movie nights, barn cleanup days, and fall festivals. Last year’s fall festival brought more than 300 neighbors and local businesses together to enjoy pumpkin painting, a costume contest, cake walk, story time and more. An official MOU was signed on October 9, 2018 between the Park Authority and the Friends of Pimmit Barn. Pictured left to right are Russell Arrington, Area Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; Connie Cordovilla, President of the Friends of Pimmit Barn; Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director, Fairfax County Park Authority; and Julie Tahan, Community Support Specialist, Fairfax County Park Authority. Media Note: Click photo to download

Winners Selected in 2018 Discovery Trail Bike Drawing

Park lovers from infants to octogenarians participated in this year’s Fairfax County Park Authority Discovery Trail Map summer activity, and four lucky visitors whose names were selected in a trail-ending drawing will soon receive a new bicycle and safety helmet donated by Spokes, Etc. and Trek through the Fairfax County Park Foundation.  The winning entries were selected by Fairfax County Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon and Park Foundation Board Chair John Osborne. The winners are Mati Lamb, 2, of Burke; Hyorin Choi, 9, of Vienna; Paula Reyes, 17, of Falls Church and the adult winner, Sharlene Ash of Alexandria.  The winners were among more than 1,300 people who qualified for the drawing by visiting eight of the twelve featured sites on this year’s Discovery Trail Map.  The winners will be presented their grand prizes at the Spokes, Etc. Fairfax location later this month. This year’s animal-themed Discovery Trail Map led to more than 20,000 park visits, a 38 percent increase in the number of park visits stemming from the 2017 map. Though only four bicycle grand prizes were awarded, all participants who visited at least eight featured park sites received a prize packet valued at $93, which included tickets to park amusements such as camping, mini-golf and boat, train and carousel rides.  (From left to right) Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon and Park Foundation Board Chair John Osborn take turns selecting winning entries in the 2018 Discovery Trail Map bicycle drawing while Foundation Executive Director Roberta Longworth assists. The drawing took place on September 18, 2018. Media Note: Click photo to download
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