Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

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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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

Rehabilitated Bald Eagle Released at Burke Lake Park

On January 12, 2020, more than 500 people gathered at Burke Lake Park in Springfield, VA, to witness the release of a rehabilitated bald eagle. The bird was recovered by the Fairfax County Police Department on December 12, 2019, after a community member saw the bird on a trail near Burke Lake, unable to fly.  Dr. Belinda Burwell, D.V.M., of Wildlife Veterinary Care, facilitated the rehabilitation of the bird, who suffered from a shoulder injury and lead poisoning. After a few jumps on the ground, the eagle headed towards the lake. Photo: Hundreds of onlookers watched as a rehabilitated bald eagle was released at Burke Lake Park on Sunday, January 12, 2020.  Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157712652985167

Burke Lake Golf Center Honored as Top 50 Public Range

For the second year running, Burke Lake Golf Center's driving range was recognized as one of the Top 50 Public Ranges by Golf Range Magazine, a publication of the Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) and the Professional Golf Association (PGA). Each year GRAA recognizes the teaching professionals, public, private and stand-alone ranges whose achievements stood out. GRAA considers the number of range visitors, new social celebrations, events for women, marketing campaigns and available event space for private rentals. Noted in the recognition: Burke Lake Golf Academy's dedication to growing the game through programs for all player levels including juniors and women. LPGA Head Professional Kate Via’s leadership role with the local chapter of LPGA Girls Golf and development of new classes and summer camps to attract new user groups to the facility.  Burke Lake Golf Center's double-decker, fully renovated range featuring 64 lighted station driving range and 24 covered and heated stations, open year-round. Burke Lake Golf offers a variety of lessons, classes and social events, invites beginner, seasoned and social golfers alike. You can rent the range for private parties and special events as well For more information, visit Burke Lake Golf Center. Burke Lake Golf Center is located at 6915 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA , and is owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Don’t Let the Cold Keep You and Your Camera Indoors

Winter can be a beautiful time of year to take photos in Fairfax County parks, and the January issue of the Snapshots e-newsletter offers some tips on how to get you and your camera ready for a cold or snowy day. Get inspired by the winners of the annual First Hike photo contest and see some award-winning nature photos shot at Huntley Meadows Park in the fall. Learn about an upcoming photo contest that will let you showcase your talents while admiring the beauty of Green Spring Gardens in its 50th anniversary year. If a new camera was among your holiday gifts, discover some local classes that will help you make the most of it and venture beyond the automatic settings. If you already have some park photos to share, find information on how to get them to our social media team. To become a Snapshots subscriber, be sure to hit the subscribe button at the bottom of the newsletter so you don’t miss out on future issues.  For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or write to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Be Prepared with Wilderness Survival and Fire-Building Skills

Learn basic wilderness survival skills, cook a meal over a campfire or study the art of fire-building in outdoor programs on Sunday, February 15, 2020, in county parks. Huntley Meadows Park is offering “Wilderness Survival Skills 101” to get you ready for your next venture into the wild. In this program, learn how to build a fire, read a compass and set up a tent for shelter. The class for adults runs from 2 to 4 p.m., and the cost is $9 per person. Register for Wilderness Survival Skills 101 Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-768-2525 or visit Huntley Meadows Park. At Riverbend Park, learn the science and art of building a fire and test your skill with primitive fire bows and modern fire-making techniques. Reward yourself with fire-roasted s’mores. “To Build a Fire” runs from noon to 1 p.m. and is designed for participants age four to adult. The cost is $8 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register for To Build a Fire Later in the day at Riverbend Park, prepare a winter meal with your family around the campfire using colonial and indigenous cooking techniques. Food and drink are provided. The “Klondike Campfire Cookout” is designed for family members age five to adult. It runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and the cost is $15 per person. Register for Klondike Campfire Cookout Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA. For more information, call 703-759-9018 or visit Riverbend Park.

Wander through Winter on a Waterfowl Hike at Riverbend Park

Some water birds stick around all winter and others merely pass through our region. Go on a “Winter Waterfowl Hike” at Riverbend Park on Friday, February 7, 2020, and see what birds you can find. Bird lovers age 14 to adult are invited to hike with a naturalist to search for winter waterfowl along the Upper Potomac River. Participants should bring binoculars and spotting scopes. The program runs from 9 to 11 a.m., and the cost is $8 per person. Register for Winter Waterfowl Hike Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA. For more information, call 703-759-9018 or visit Riverbend Park.
 
 
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