Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia



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


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

Park Foundation Board Selects New Officers

The Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors has elected officers to lead as the fundraising arm for the Park Authority from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022 at its May 19, 2020 annual meeting.    Michael Gailliot was elected as Chair for the new term. He is a real estate professional with Century 21 New Millennium in Alexandria, Virginia. Gailliot has volunteered with and supported the Park Foundation for many years prior to election.  Anita Herrera is the Vice Chair. Herrera is the General Counsel for Nodal Exchange, LLC and Nodal Clear, LLC and has over 20 years of legal experience. She has been a resident of Fairfax County for more than 20 years. She is a golf enthusiast and enjoys the Fairfax County golf courses.   Rich Harpe will be the new Treasurer of the Board. He is a Private Client Services Tax Senior Director at BDO and has more than 29 years of knowledge and experience handling complex tax issues. Harpe lives in Oak Hill with his family who enjoy visits to Frying Pan Farm Park.  Amy Sonderman was elected to serve as Secretary. She is the Director of Convention and Global Stakeholder Engagement at U.S. Pharmacopeia, where she oversees alliance development with the public health community. Sonderman and her family are frequent users of Clemyjontri and other Fairfax County parks.   “I’m honored to join fellow Park Foundation board officers and directors to enrich Fairfax County’s 427 parks, which are critical to the physical and mental health of our community,” stated Chairman Gailliot. “Donations help fund local camps and classes, which aligns with the One Fairfax Policy affirming that all deserve an equal opportunity to succeed.”  The Fairfax County Park Foundation supports the Fairfax County Park Authority by raising private funds, obtaining grants, and creating partnerships that supplement tax dollars to meet our community’s needs for park land, facilities, and services. Visit the Park Foundation  or call them at 703-324-8582.  ### 

Apply for Farmers Market Jobs at Green Spring Gardens

The Fairfax County Park Authority has two job openings at Green Spring Gardens for applicants with a passion for farmers markets and public gardens. Green Spring is currently accepting applications for a Farmers Market Coordinator to coordinate the operation of 10 seasonal farmers markets throughout Fairfax County and oversee special events, such as Farmers Market Week and Fall Harvest Days. The Farmers Market Coordinator recruits vendors, hosts meetings about the market program, processes applications, and coordinates the vendor selection process. Other duties include maintaining administrative records for the program, monitoring the markets for compliance with market rules, and assisting with the recruitment, training and management of the volunteer Market Managers. Green Spring is also seeking a Marketing and Outreach Coordinator to assist with the park’s communications, event planning and administrative duties. Duties would include generating a monthly e-newsletter, creating promotional flyers and informational boards, assisting with a farmers market marketing plan, and creating and implementing social media marketing strategies on Instagram. The Marketing and Outreach Coordinator also assists in planning and organizing vendor and market manager meetings, collecting and organizing vendor payments and documents, and helping to recruit, train and manage market volunteers. Both positions are approximately 30 hours per week with weekend and occasional evening work requirements. Employees would be eligible for limited benefits. Find details at Green Spring Gardens. To apply: Contact Pamela Smith, Community Horticulture Coordinator, Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-0128. Submit resumes by email to Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA. For more information about the park, call 703-642-5173 or visit Green Spring Gardens.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on July 8

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, this is a virtual meeting. You can watch the meeting here or listen by calling 855-925-2801 and entering the access code: 8081. The Board will recess for closed session during the meeting and will return to take action. If you wish to provide comments, you can do so by emailing them to Please note PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE PAB in the subject line to better identify the emails. You may also send written comments to 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927, Fairfax, VA 22035, or contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662. The final PAB agenda will be posted online, along with the Board items, at the Park Authority’s Board meetings site. Please send an email to, or call 703-324-8662 if you have any questions or need additional information.

July is Park and Recreation Month around the nation, and this year’s theme from the National Park and Recreation Association is “We Are Parks and Recreation.” In keeping with the theme, this month the Fairfax County Park Authority will be shining a spotlight on some of the many staff members who provide vital services in our community and deserve credit for helping the agency earn its Gold Medal status. We will be saluting these valuable workers on our social media sites – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – as the Park Authority celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2020. In Fairfax County, the Park Authority manages 427 parks, nine RECenters, eight golf courses, more than 300 miles of trails, nature centers, historic sites, and a working farm. These parks benefit the community in many ways, from promoting health and fitness, to preserving and protecting natural and cultural resources, to generating economic activity and enhancing property values. As our county grappled this year with the shutdowns caused by COVID-19, park trails provided a respite to visitors searching for a safe way to enjoy the outdoors. With pandemic restrictions easing, park facilities are reopening to provide camp experiences, family programs, fitness workouts and a host of classes on nature, history and the arts. Find them in Parktakes Online. In addition, the agency has instituted a new online reservation system to help eliminate lines and enhance the safety of activities such as train and carousel rides, mini-golf and boat rentals. Search for amusements and book online on the Popular Activities page. Join us in celebrating throughout the month by sharing your park and recreation story using the hashtag #WeAreParksAndRec. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or send an email to
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