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

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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FCPA Signs MOU with Friends of Frying Pan

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Thursday, February 21, 2019, to help guide the group’s efforts at the farm in Herndon, Virginia. The signing took place in the park’s visitors’ center. The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park is a non-profit organization that provides significant financial and volunteer support for programs and activities at Frying Pan Farm Park. The group has held and supported numerous events, such as Spring Farm Day, Farm Harvest Day, the concert series and the annual 4-H Fair. The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park financially support the park in many ways, providing veterinary care and feed for the animals, crops for interpretation and supporting equestrian activities through fundraising horse shows and programs. 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, governance and administration. The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Friends of Frying Pan continue to work together to preserve this community landmark and allow neighbors to enjoy activities at the site. Pictured at the recent signing are, seated at the table from left to right: Jack Pitzer, President, Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park; Ann Marlow, Vice-President; Yvonne Johnson, Frying Pan Farm Park Manager; and Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director, FCPA. Back row from left to right are: David Walters, Board Member; Nicole Stroud, Treasurer; Betty Holman, Board Member; Margaret Wergley, Board Member; Marion Scaffidi, Secretary; Anne Pearson, Board Member; Dick Hoffmann, Board Member; and Mary Olien, Park Management Specialist, Resource Management Division, FCPA. Media Note: Click photo to download

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

Tee Off the Season with Golf Spring Pass Savings

Celebrate the beginning of prime golf season with the Golf Fairfax Spring Pass savings spectacular, March 25 through May 12, 2019. It pays to play with savings of up to 25% when you purchase multi-round passes at Burke Lake, Greendale, Jefferson, Oak Marr, Pinecrest and Twin Lakes golf courses. Weekend and weekday options available. Whether you are stocking up for leagues, casual play or outings with the family, visit a golf course pro shop near you to buy your passes and get in the swing of things. Juniors and seniors receive 15 rounds for the price of 14 when you purchase a junior or senior pass for any course including Laurel Hill Golf Club. To learn more about the Fairfax County Park Authority’s public courses, sign up for the Golf Fairfax e-news, filled with news, promotions, renovations, classes/lessons, events and more, at Golf Fairfax E-News. Burke Lake Golf Center, Greendale Golf Course, Jefferson District Golf Course, Laurel Hill Golf Club, Oak Marr Golf Complex, Pinecrest Golf Course and Twin Lakes Golf Course are owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. For more information visit online at Park Authority Golf or call 703-324-8678.

Discover if You Have What It Takes to be a Spy

Spies don’t exist just in the movies. Some have been active in your local parks. On Thursday, April 4, 2019, explore the world of “Spy Craft” in a program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Learn about the lives of the men and women who passed along secrets and information in dangerous times. You can try your hand at a little spy craft to take home, too. This program is designed for participants age seven to adult. It runs from 1 to 2 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. Register for Spy Craft Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-631-0013 or visit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Enjoy a Cheesy Salute to National Grilled Cheese Month

Experience the cheesiest event of the year at Frying Pan Farm as the park celebrates National Grilled Cheese month on Saturday, April 6, 2019. “You Gouda Brie Kidding!” will feature cooks frying up sandwiches, and you can learn about the diverse cultural takes on our favorite melted cheese treat, too. There will be a variety of cheeses to sample and demonstrations to show you how easy it is to make fresh cheese at home. This program is designed for participants age three to adult. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the cost is $3 per person. Register for You Gouda Brie Kidding Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA. For more information, call 703-437-9101 or visit Frying Pan Farm Park.

Explore Lake Fairfax Park with a Naturalist

Learn about the flora and fauna that give Lake Fairfax Park its character on the “Lake Fairfax Nature Walk” on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Gain a better appreciation of the park as you explore its ecosystem with a naturalist from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This program is designed for participants age three to adult, and the cost is $8 per person. Please dress for the weather. Register for Lake Fairfax Nature Walk Lake Fairfax Park is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA. For more information, call 703-471-5414 or visit Lake Fairfax Park.
 
 
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