Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia



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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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Park News

Go Ape Later than Ever with Extended Hours at South Run Park

Zip line under the moon and stars this summer at the Go Ape adventure course at South Run Park. Go Ape is now offering extended hours for its Treetop Junior course, allowing guests to experience the thrill of zipping through a forest at night. Nighttime adventures include tree to tree obstacles and zip lines safely lit from the forest floor. Go Ape Treetop Junior is a one-hour introduction to a high ropes activity. The all-ages adventure costs $28 per person. Go Ape is a partner of the Fairfax County Park Authority. It promotes its mission of inspiring everyone to live life adventurously by revenue sharing with its partners, leading stewardship events in the park, and enabling an inclusive experience for the community through ticket donations. Check the Go Ape website for the extended hours for night climbing and to book an adventure. Go Ape does recommend booking in advance. South Run Park is located at 7550 Reservation Dr., Springfield, VA. For more information about Go Ape, contact Suzanne Coblentz of Go Ape Treetop Adventure at 410-245-7279.

Two FCPA Farmers Markets to Close on 4th of July

The Fairfax County Park Authority has canceled two Farmers Markets on Independence Day. The Oak Marr Farmers Market and the Wakefield Farmers Market will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The McCutcheon/Mount Vernon market will remain open that day; all other markets will be held as scheduled that week.   The Oak Marr Farmers Market is located at 3200 Jermantown Rd. in Oakton, VA.  The Wakefield Farmers Market is located at 8100 Braddock Rd. in Annandale, VA.  For more information on Fairfax County Park Authority Farmers Markets, visit Farmers Markets or contact the Community Horticulture Office at 703-642-0128.

Enjoy Sunday in the Park with a Sundae and Woodland Walk

What’s better than a woodland walk? How about taking that walk while enjoying a vanilla ice cream sundae! Hidden Oaks Nature Center is scooping up fun for family members age two to adult with “Sundaes in the Park” on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Bring the family for a Sunday-sundae stroll around the nature center. Sundaes are $2 each. The woodland walk and visit to Nature Playce are free. Registration in advance is preferred but not required. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Register for Sundaes in the Park 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.

Take a Swing at the Beach Party Range Social at Burke Lake

Make your practice time a time for fun at the Burke Lake Golf Center Driving Range this summer. Come to the “Saturday Beach Party Range Social” on Saturday, July 21, 2018, and enjoy the new double-decker driving range by night. From 7 to 10 p.m., there will be unlimited range balls, snacks, soft drinks, music, games, prizes and drawings. This adults-only social event costs $30 per person. Registration is limited to the first 50 people who sign up. Register for Saturday Social at Burke Lake Golf Burke Lake Golf Course is located at 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA. For more information, call 703-323-1641 or visit Burke Lake Golf Course.




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Groundbreakings and Openings

Ribbon-cutting Marks Completion of Family Recreation Area

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Chessie’s Trail at Lee District Family Recreation Area was held on June 16, 2018, as officials, project team members and local children celebrated the completion of the project. Chessie’s Trail was the last component of a robust capital improvement program at the site that includes a fully-accessible carousel, treehouse and playground, as well as a spray ground known as Our Special Harbor. This multi-phase, multi-year, multi-million dollar effort to renew a once underdeveloped and dilapidated area of the park is unique in its use of funding from individual and organizational donors, Park Bond dollars, grants and in-kind contributions made to the Park Authority and Park Foundation. The project serves as a model for other collaborative efforts to provide new, much-desired and needed recreational amenities not funded by tax dollars. Pictured with local children are (left to right) Roberta Longworth, Executive Director, Fairfax County Park Foundation; John Osborn, Chair, Fairfax County Park Foundation; Fairfax County Park Authority Board Members Dr. Abena Adoo and Dr. Cynthia Carter; Project Manager Tom McFarlane; Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay; Civil Designer Matt Tauscher, Bowman Consulting; Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon, Lee District RECenter Manager Dan Peters and Mason District Park Board Member Ron Kendall. For more information about Lee District Park amenities, visit online at Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at:

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:
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