Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

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

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 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

Enjoy Burke Lake Golf Center’s Cinco de Mayo Driving Range Social

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo under the stars Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 7 to 10 p.m., at the new double-decker driving range at Burke Lake Golf Complex. This event welcomes golfers of all levels, adults looking for a fun, social experience and taco enthusiasts alike! Festivities include unlimited range balls, taco bar, soft drinks, water, music, games, contests, prizes, giveaways and more – all for $30. Advance registration is required and limited to the first 50 people. For more information or to register, visit Saturday Social at Burke Lake Golf. Save the date for upcoming Burke Lake range social events this year including July 21, 2018 (Beach Party) and September 22, 2018 (Burketoberfest). Burke Lake Golf Center is located at 6915 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA and is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking public comment on its new Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2023. As the Park Authority nears completion of its FY14-FY18 Strategic Plan on June 30, 2018, development of its new five-year strategic plan is underway. The FY19-FY23 Strategic Plan is a key tool to guide agency staff in the implementation of the 2017 Parks and Recreation System Master Plan, and the agency wants input from the public. The strategic plan strives to leverage the strengths of staff and partnerships in order to further community priorities based on the findings from the Parks Count! Needs Assessment that was completed in spring 2016. It is also an essential part of ensuring the Park Authority achieves world class standards as required for re-accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Read the draft strategic plan, share what you think, and learn more about how the master plan and strategic plan connect by checking out the Parks and Recreation System Master Plan. The draft strategic plan is available for public review now until May 25, 2018. Submit comments via Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or on the project website. For more information please contact Samantha Hudson at samantha.hudson@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-8726.

Public Meeting to Discuss Lahey Lost Valley Potential

The Fairfax County Park Authority is hosting a Public Information Meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Westbriar Elementary School located at 1741 Pine Valley Drive in Vienna, VA.  The meeting will take place in the cafeteria.   The meeting will be used to provide an overview of the Fairfax County Resident Curator Program (RCP) administered by the Park Authority, and to discuss the use of the historic Lahey Lost Valley house as a Resident Curator property.  The meeting will provide an opportunity for public questions and comments. The Resident Curator Program is designed to preserve Fairfax County’s historic buildings by offering long term leases, without charge, to private citizens or organizations in exchange for their financial commitment to rehabilitate and maintain the property in accordance with established preservation standards.  To find out more about the Resident Curator Program and Resident Curator properties, please visit the Resident Curator Program. For more information contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Enjoy a Stunning Sunset Tour for a Dose of Local History

Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It’s a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. On Friday, May 11, 2018, you’re invited to a special after-hours tour of the historic property to see the house in a different light. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments. The tour program from 7:30 to 8:30 is designed for adults, and the cost is $5 per person. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Register for Twilight Hilltop Tour Historic Huntley is located at 6918 Harrison Lane, Alexandria, VA, near the entrance to Huntley Meadows Park. For more information, call the park at 703-768-2525 or visit Historic Huntley.

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1:00PM, (Adult) Tour the glorious springtime demonstration gardens with a…

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5:00PM, (3-Adult) Learn about insects at Hidden Pond Nature Center and…

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9:30AM, (2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Garden at Frying Pan Farm Park to…

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7:00PM, (7-Adult) Assist park naturalists with a calling amphibian survey.…

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9:00AM,   (2-Adult) Join naturalists and ecologists for a fun-filled family…

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11:00AM, (6-Adult) What are meteorites and where do they come from? What can…

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1:00PM, (3-Adult) Did you ever want to pet a skunk? Come to Hidden Oaks Nature…

 
 

Groundbreakings and Openings

Student Poets “Celebrate the Senses” in Springfest Poetry Showcase

Winners of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s “Celebrate the Senses!” youth poetry contest were honored on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the SpringFest Fairfax celebration at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA. In recognition of National Poetry Month in April, the Park Authority invited children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade to write poems inspired by what they see, touch, taste, smell and feel in Fairfax parks. Two winners in each age category were selected from 115 entries. The six winners received $100 parks prize packs and were invited to read their poems at Springfest Fairfax. The contest was supported in part by the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Back Row (left to right): Roberta Longworth, Fairfax County Park Foundation Executive Director; Lane Brooks, Fairfax County Park Foundation Board Treasurer; Sagar Gupta, eighth grader at Rachel Carson Middle School; Jasmine Carlos, eighth grader at Holmes Middle School; Kate Schlageter-Prettyman, fifth grader at Fairhill Elementary School; Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority; and Cristin Bratt, Deputy Public Information Officer of the Fairfax County Park Authority. Front Row (left to right): Kenzy Abdelmoneim, first grader at Medina Montessori School; Zoya Quraishi, kindergarten homeschool student; and Lubabah Qazzaz, fourth grade homeschool student. For more information on the poetry contest and showcase, visit the Poetry Contest. Media Note: Click image to download. See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157692950870792

Parks, REI celebrate new directional signs on the Cross County Trail

On Friday, April 13, 2018, Braddock District Supervisor John Cook, Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon and Park Foundation Executive Director Roberta Longworth joined REI Regional Partnership and Philanthropy Manager Matt Liddle as new wayfinding signs were installed along the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail. REI funded these trail improvements, which included the addition of 15 new signs. Park Authority, Park Foundation and REI staff members gathered near a sign located in Americana Park in Annandale, Virginia to celebrate their installation. Media Note: Click image to download.

Springfield Athletic Field Renamed in Honor of Longtime Soccer Coach

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority renamed South Run District Park Athletic Field #5 in honor of Jack Nolan, a longtime coach, leader and advocate of youth soccer in the Springfield District. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mr. Nolan served as a coach for several soccer teams in the Springfield Youth Club (SYC). His success on the field led to leadership roles with SYC, the Fairfax County Soccer Council and the Athletic Council. He was instrumental in the development of a rectangular field allocation policy. Pictured in the photo, from left to right: Delegate Kathy Tran, Virginia House of Delegates; Michael Thompson, Fairfax County Park Authority Board, Braddock District Representative; Jack Nolan, Honoree; Pat Herrity, Braddock District Supervisor; and Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director, Fairfax County Park Authority Executive Director. Media Note: Click image to download See more photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157667906535368.
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