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Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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703-324-8700 | TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Jai Cole, Executive Director

Fairfax County Park Authority

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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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Healthy Strides 2022

There were hundreds of race participants and well-wishers at the Healthy Strides 5K, 10K and Kids Dash at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, April 30, 2022. The race returned from being a virtual event due to COVID-19 to live and in person. More than 300 runners and walkers had the opportunity to enjoy beautiful spring weather, heart-pumping group warmups, cool green commemorative 10th anniversary T-shirts, a finisher medal and even a celebratory cupcake at the finish line. Healthy Strides is so much more than just a race; it’s a fun way to stay healthy and to encourage your friends and family to join in the experience with you. It is an event for novice and expert runners alike, and it also welcomes wheelchair runners, strollers and even dogs. This year’s race was sponsored by Giant, with generous support from the Fairfax County Park Foundation and Park Authority Rec Centers. Media Note: Click on the image to download.  See more photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzQdnz.

Kehrer Field

On Saturday, April 16, 2022, the Fairfax County Park Authority joined the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Annandale-North Springfield Little League (ANSLL) to rename the Pine Ridge Park baseball facilities to the Kehrer Baseball Complex in Annandale, Virginia. The change was made to honor two longtime ANSLL volunteers Darryl and Dawn Kehrer. At the request of ANSLL, the Park Authority Board voted to name the park’s baseball area the Kehrer Baseball Complex at Pine Ridge Park at its meeting on May 26, 2021. The late Darryl Kehrer served as an ANSLL and Annandale High School Boosters volunteer for a combined 29 years and served three years as ANSLL president. During his presidency, he led the ANSLL Board in a contentious fight against a long-term private effort to acquire the fields for commercial usage, helping to save ANSLL’s Pine Ridge Park flagship complex. The successful fight preserved Pine Ridge for local youth as a baseball and soccer complex. On behalf of ANSLL volunteers, Kehrer co-accepted the prestigious 1997 Fairfax County Park Authority Elly Doyle Award for outstanding service to the park. His wife Dawn volunteered for three decades as well and could often be found painting dugouts or doing other facility improvements alongside her husband. Pictured from left to right are: Dawn Kehrer; Paul Kehrer, son of Darryl and Dawn Kehrer; Ron Kendall, Mason District Representative, Park Authority Board; Don Pedersen, President, Annandale-North Springfield Little League; Alan Kehrer, son of Darryl and Dawn Kehrer; James Walkinshaw, Braddock District Representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; and Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director/COO, Fairfax County Park Authority. See more photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzLb4n. Media Note: Click on the photo above to download.     

Fishing

Youth with autism and their families celebrated World Autism Awareness Day at Lake Fairfax Park with a day of fishing on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Anglers with Autism is for families to learn how to fish together and identify a variety of accessible fishing opportunities the Park Authority has to offer. The Park Authority welcomed several anglers with autism who participated in a basic fishing lesson and a guided fishing opportunity, with all equipment provided. The inaugural event drew a nice crowd according to organizers. Monica Klock, Adapted Program Specialist for the Park Authority noted, “It was a wonderful opportunity to bring so many different families together to learn a new skill like fishing on World Autism Awareness Day. The memories made and the smiles on everyone’s faces solidified for us that we will be bringing this event back in April 2023.” Lake Fairfax Park is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, Virginia. For more information about this event or other inclusive events, please call Monica Klock at 703-324-8565. Media Note: Click on the photo to download. See more photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzJjHT.  

Water Mine Life Guard

The Fairfax County Park Authority is hiring staff to support summer facilities and programs. We’re excited to announce new benefits for summer employees.* These benefits include: $100 net sign up bonus* $100 net retention bonus* Free summer access to all nine Rec Centers with fitness centers, pools and more -- valued at over $100 *FCPA will provide a $100 net sign up and $100 net retention bonus for any summer seasonal employees who work from Memorial Day or the start of the program through Labor Day or the end of the program. The Water Mine, located at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, is hosting two pop-up open hire events. Stop by on the dates below to apply, interview, and if offered a position, complete hire paperwork on the spot. For details, visit the Water Mine job opportunities webpage. Wednesday, June 1, 2022, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Water Mine Monday, June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Water Mine Rec-PAC summer camp is also hosting two open hire events. Stop by on the dates below to apply, interview, and if offered a position, complete hire paperwork on the spot. For details, visit the Rec-PAC job opportunities webpage. Friday, June 3 anytime between 4 and 6:30 p.m. at Providence Rec Center Friday, June 10 anytime between 1 and 3:30 p.m. at Providence Rec Center To view all available employment opportunities and to apply, visit our jobs and internships webpage. All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

Wakefield Skate Park Renovations

The Fairfax County Park Authority is excited to announce a facelift coming soon to the Wakefield Skate Park! Demolition of the old skate park is about to get underway.  The design of the park is the result of a collaborative effort between local input and professional designers and caters to all skill levels of skateboarders, BMX riders and other wheeled athletes. The new park will feature a competition-style bowl, multilevel jump line, hips galore, mini ramp, spine, A-frame, ledges, euro and much more. The $1.2 million project is funded via Park Bonds. A phased renovation of the skate park is envisioned to include a new layout design, demolition of the unsalvageable equipment and installation of new equipment. The new layout will be designed to create better flow within the skate park. Construction of the original skate park was completed in April 2004. The average lifespan for a wooden skate park at that time was 15 years. The skate park has been repaired several times, but due to the age and makeup of the facility, it is no longer feasible or safe to prolong the use of the original equipment. Further information regarding the construction schedule and plans for a grand reopening will be announced in the coming months. The skate park is located at Wakefield Park at 8100 Braddock Blvd., Annandale, Virginia. For more information, visit Wakefield Skate Park. 

Adventure Pass

Correction: A previous version of this news article contained an incorrect description of the validity of the Family Adventure Pass. It has been corrected. The Fairfax County Park Authority wants everyone to have fun in the parks this summer. This June, when you buy an annual or month-to-month membership at any of our nine Rec Centers, you’ll be given a Family Adventure Pass. This pass is designed to give your family a taste of many of the exciting experiences the Park Authority has to offer. The Family Adventure Pass is valid for up to eight people for a single visit and expires on Sept. 5, 2022. The pass includes complimentary admission to: Camp sites Carousel rides Rec Center general admissions Pedal boats Train rides Miniature golf courses Bucket of golf range balls Rec Center memberships can be purchased at the Rec Center Membership and Daily Admission webpage or at any Rec Center front desk.

Lewinsville Park

Lewinsville Park in McLean, Virginia, is used by local youth sports leagues and residents. To better serve park users at the park, construction of a permanent restroom facility is being proposed to replace the portable toilets. The restroom facility would be in the same area as the existing portable toilets. It is anticipated to have approximately 1,000 square feet for women’s and men’s restrooms. The estimated project cost is $670,000 and the project is anticipated to be completed in 2025. In collaboration with the Dranesville District Supervisor’s Office, the Park Authority will hold a virtual public meeting on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 7 p.m. A brief presentation will be made, followed by a facilitated comment period during the meeting. Comments on the proposal will be accepted until July 16, 2022. For information about the potential project and how to participate in the meeting via phone or email, visit the Lewinsville Park New Restroom Facility Project webpage. Comments can be emailed to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. Lewinsville Park is located at 1659 Chain Bridge Road, Lewinsville, Virginia. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.
 
 

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