Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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

703-324-8700 | 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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On Saturday, February 8, 2020, students from the Oakton High School Environmental Club spent two hours removing invasive shrubs from Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton, VA. The students removed 15 bags of Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) as part of the Fairfax County Park Authority Invasive Management Area (IMA) program. The Fairfax County Park Authority’s IMA program encourages restoration and tree preservation through the removal of non-native invasive species. There are roughly 60 IMA sites throughout Fairfax County dealing with various invasive species. To find out more information about IMA and sign up for future workdays visit our Invasive Management Area web page. For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County parks, visit the Park Authority volunteer web page. Pictured in photo: On Saturday, February 8, 2020, students from the Oakton High School Environment Club removed 15 bags of invasive species from Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton, VA.   Media Note: Click photo to download

Volunteers Clean Up Lake Accotink Park on MLK Day of Service

More than 30 volunteers bundled up and braved the cold to help Lake Accotink Park on this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.   Friends of Lake Accotink Park (FLAP) sponsored the volunteer clean-up on Monday, January 20, 2020, at the park’s marina. FLAP board members Jim Hickey and Dave Gibson met the volunteers, provided trash bags and led the group to a successful day of giving back and making a difference. Volunteers filled dozens of trash bags with garbage collected in the park. FLAP holds monthly volunteer clean-ups at several Lake Accotink Park locations. For more information about FLAP events, visit Friends of Lake Accotink Park. For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County parks, visit the Park Authority volunteer page. Pictured in photo:  Brian, Tatiana and Thomas Lisle of Springfield, Virginia, participate in the Friends of Lake Accotink Park volunteer clean-up event on Monday, January 20, 2020. Media Note: Click photo to download

Volunteers Spend Day Off Cleaning Up Rabbit Branch Park

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Braddock Supervisor James Walkinshaw, along with the Royal Lake Park Volunteer Team (aka Friends of Royal Lake) engaging more than 60 volunteers, honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a day of service at Rabbit Branch Park in Fairfax, Virginia. The group braved frigid temps all morning to clean up the park, stream and surrounding wooded areas, removing 18 large bags of trash. They also gave the park sign a refresh by carefully hand-painting the faded lettering and touching up worn spots. The Park Authority provided the paint and supplies and provided project oversight. Photo: Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw and Royal Lake Park Volunteer Team Lead Sarah Lennon are joined by more than 60 volunteers for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service event at Rabbit Branch Park in Fairfax. Media Note: Click photo to download

picnic area

An expansive new picnic shelter location is open and ready to host your family gatherings, staff meetings, parties and more at Laurel Hill Central Green. This $3 million project included construction of three picnic pavilions, an accessible asphalt loop road, parking, trails and supporting infrastructure to include storm water management facilities and related site work. Funding for the project was provided through voter-approved Park Bonds. Central Green is located southeast of the Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia, and has a large lawn area suitable for activities, such as races, kite flying and special events. Within walking distance of the shelters is the Barrett House Historic Property and Giles Run Meadow Disc Golf course. The area also offers easy access to the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail. Depending on which shelter you choose, there is seating capacity for 120 to 168 people and room for 160 to 215 people. Prices range from $150 to $335, depending on the shelter and day of the week. The site accepts full-day reservations only. Laurel Hill Central Green is located at 8780 Lorton Road, Lorton, Virginia. For more information, visit the Park Authority's Picnics web page, or email FCPAPicnics@fairfaxcounty.gov. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

marble

Children can be easily overlooked in history, but this month’s addition to the artiFACTS website provides a glimpse into the lives of kids in Fairfax County more than 100 years ago. Learn what archeologists discovered hiding under a brick floor on the historic Ash Grove property that was once owned by a member of the family that gave Fairfax County its name. A restoration project took an unexpected turn when a popular toy of the early 1900s was found buried in sand. Turn to artiFACTS this month to get the full story. If you ever played with a shooter, cat’s eye or aggie, you might discover your own connection to the past. The Park Authority’s collections include more than 5,000 historic objects, such as quilts, chairs, baskets, machines, and clothing; thousands of archival items, such as photographs, letters, maps, and other documents; and upwards of 3 million artifacts that include archaeological finds, such as spear points and pottery. All come with their own stories to tell. artiFACTS allows us to showcase a small sampling of these treasures to educate, enlighten and entertain. For more information about the Park Authority’s Museum Collections, contact Heritage Resource Specialist Megan Leining at 703-631-1429 or at megan.leining@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Salamander

Help a naturalist with a forest salamander survey and search for salamanders in the streams at Riverbend Park on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. During the “Salamanders Undercover” program, learn about the secret lives of these important amphibians through hands-on discoveries. The program runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and is designed for children age 7 to 12. The cost is $10 per child. Register for Salamanders Undercover Individuals age 2 and older are required to wear a mask or face covering when indoors at Park Authority facilities. Masks or face coverings are required for outdoor programs when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Exceptions will be made for health reasons or for activities such as eating or exercising. Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls, Virginia. For more information, call 703-759-9018; or visit Riverbend Park.

huntley meadows

Bring Virginia history to life for your fourth-grade student with the “Taux Trek at Huntley.” Discover how forest and wetland provided food, clothing, shelter, and transportation for the Tauxenent and Powhatan peoples. During this program on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, participants will grind corn, play a game, and examine artifacts from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. Register for Taux Trek at Huntley The Taux Trek is just one of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s new “Field Trips for All” programs that give parents a unique opportunity to supplement their child’s education with real experiences and application of the concepts required in the Virginia standards of learning. Search “American Indians in Virginia History” at Parktakes online and discover more history programs geared toward students in first and sixth grade. Registration is limited in all of these programs to allow for social distancing. All attendees, parents and students, must register to control group size. Register for American Indians in Virginia History Individuals age 2 and older are required to wear a mask or face covering when indoors at Park Authority facilities. Masks or face coverings are required for outdoor programs when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Exceptions will be made for health reasons or for activities such as eating or exercising. Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, call 703-768-2525; or visit Huntley Meadows Park.
 
 
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