Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Sara Baldwin, Acting 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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New Waterwheel & Flume Opened at Colvin Run Mill

  Members of the community and local leaders gathered at Colvin Run Mill on Sunday, May 2, 2021, to celebrate the official opening of the new waterwheel and flume. Following remarks that celebrated the mill’s rich history, attendees counted down for miller Stephen Golobic to officially open the flume, release the water and allow the great wheel to start turning. Special guests on hand included descendants of Goldie Millard, who was the first of the Millard children born in Virginia (March 5, 1884). The Millards owned and operated the mill from 1883-1934.  The mill is the sole surviving example of a 19th century mill in the D.C. area. The renovation project included removal of the mill’s old wood wheel and the wood flume that carried water to the wheel. Both had deteriorated after years of use, and a new wood wheel and flume were fabricated and installed. The $382,000 project was funded through voter-approved Park Bonds.   Pictured from left to right are: Sarah Oberther, Acting Manager, Colvin Run Mill; Mary Olien, Operations Branch Manager, FCPA Resource Management Division; Heather Lynch, Project Manager, FCPA Planning & Development; Carole Herrick, Dranesville Representative, Fairfax County History Commission; Jane Edmondson, Chief of Staff, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust; Gene Bacher, Friends of Colvin Run Mill; Kathy Hummer, family of Goldie Millard; Ed Hummer, family of Goldie Millard; Timothy Hackman, Dranesville District Representative, Park Authority Board; Dan Dyke, President, Friends of Colvin Run Mill; Mike Henry, Former Colvin Run Mill Manager and member of Friends of Colvin Run Mill; Maggie Godbold, Sully District Representative, Park Authority Board; Sara Baldwin, FCPA Acting Executive Director; Stephanie Leedom, FCPA Director of Planning & Development; Kelly Millard, family of Goldie Millard.  A livestream of the event may be found on the Park Authority’s Facebook page.  Media Note: Click the photo to download. See more photos at the Park Authority's Flickr page.

Ribbon-cutting

Members of the community and local leaders gathered at Lake Accotink Park on Saturday, April 17, 2021, to celebrate the official opening and ribbon-cutting of the Margaret Kinder Education and Pollinator Garden. The ribbon was cut on the new garden following remarks by members of the Board of Supervisors and Friends of Lake Accotink Park (FLAP). Ms. Kinder’s plaque was previously installed to recognize her decades of service as an educator, naturalist, gardener and volunteer at Lake Accotink Park and the Ravensworth Farm community. A new interpretive sign high-lighting Ms. Kinder’s contributions to the park was also unveiled. Pictured from left to right are: Jim Hickey, FLAP Secretary and Past President; Jeff McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Karen Roos, FCPA Land Program Supervisor; Megan Walker, FLAP Past President; Mary Keeser, FLAP President; Margaret Kinder, honoree; Yasmine L. Marrero, Young FLAPers Committee Director; and James Walkinshaw, Braddock District Representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Media Note: Download photo at the Groundbreakings and Openings webpage.  See more photos at the Park Authority's Flickr page.

Burke Farmers Market

Despite the weather being less than ideal, more than 1,200 people made their way to Burke Farmers Market on its opening day, April 10, 2021. Market customers browsed a variety of fresh, unique products, including seasonal produce, breads, cheeses, pasta, microgreens, seafood, pre-pared meals, desserts and more. Vendors also offered beautiful flowers and vegetable seedlings that can be planted directly into your garden. When you make purchases at Fairfax County Farmers Markets you are supporting local businesses. This is because our farmers and producers all come from within a 125-mile radius of Fairfax County and may only sell what they raise on their farms or make from scratch. The Farmers Markets are operating with the safety of customers, market staff and volunteers in mind. Shoppers are asked to comply with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s safety guidelines, which includes wearing masks, social distancing and limiting groups to no more than four people. Vendors are asked to frequently disinfect tables/keypads, have access to alcohol-based hand sanitizer, offer touchless means of payment and are not allowed to provide samples. McCutcheon/Mount Vernon Farmers Market opened on April 21 running from 8 a.m. until noon. Herndon Farmers Market opens April 22, running from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Another seven Fairfax County Park Authority-run markets will open in May. For information, including locations and directions for each market, go to the Farmers Markets website; or contact the Community Horticulture Office at 703-642-0128. Follow us on Instagram @fairfaxfarmmarkets for updates.

Board Meeting

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to jointly meet with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 3 p.m. For additional information about the joint meeting, visit the Board of Supervisors Meetings and Committee Meetings website. The PAB is also scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 5 p.m. for a regularly scheduled meeting. Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, this is a virtual meeting. You can watch the meeting at https://publicinput.com/A776, or listen by calling 855-925-2801 and entering the access code 8081. The Board will recess for closed session during the meeting and will return to complete the meeting. If you wish to provide comments, you can do so by emailing them to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. Please note PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE PAB in the subject line to better identify the emails. You may also send written comments to 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927, Fairfax, VA 22035; or contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662. The final PAB agenda will be posted online, along with the Board items. Please send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-324-8662 if you have any questions or need additional information.

Do your Part to Preserve Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

Visitors flock to Scott’s Run Nature Preserve each spring and summer to see its abundant wildflowers and hike to its beautiful waterfall, and the Park Authority wants to remind all visitors to share in the efforts to preserve this unique preserve by following park rules and regulations. That includes such basics as staying on trails, resisting the urge to go swimming and leaving any alcohol at home. Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is one of only a few nature preserves in the county park system and holds a wide variety of remarkable and rare plant species. They can be found growing along precipitous cliffs, in steep valleys and throughout a mature, hardwood forest that comprises large oak and beech trees, ancient hemlock and wild cherry trees that stand as tall as the oaks. The preserve’s beauty can be deceptive, however. Its waters can harbor dangerous currents, and submerged rocks can combine with those currents to make entering the water a deadly decision. Water quality is also a concern. For those reasons, no swimming, wading or boating is allowed at Scott’s Run. In the past, some visitors have tried to turn the preserve into a party spot, especially around the waterfall area. Alcohol and waterfalls don’t mix. The Park Authority will have security onsite this year to enforce the ban on alcohol and help keep everyone safe in Scott’s Run. To keep crowds in check and allow for all visitors to have the best experience at the preserve, parking is limited to 50 cars in the designated parking areas. No parking is permitted in adjacent neighborhoods or along the roadway leading to the park. Be part of the effort to make Scott’s Run a unique destination for families and visitors of all ages who want to connect with nature’s beauty. Please follow the preserve’s posted rules and regulations. For more information, please visit Scott's Run Nature Preserve; or contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

McLean Central Park

The public is invited to attend a public information meeting about the McLean Central Park Development Concept on Monday, May 24, 2021, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held online so that members of the public can participate safely and conveniently from their own homes. You can watch the meeting at www.publicinput.com/McLeanCentralPark, or listen by calling 855-925-2801 and entering the access code 2881. Preregistration is optional and not required. McLean Central Park, located at 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., is a 28-acre public park adjacent to the McLean Community Center and Dolley Madison Library. This popular park contains a variety of natural spaces and active recreation areas, including tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, and trails to serve the community. In 2013, after an extensive planning and public engagement process, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a revision to the McLean Central Park Master Plan. Park Master Plans are long-range documents that provide a conceptual vision for a park and how it serves the community. Now that funding is available, the Park Authority plans to develop new facilities at the park in conformance with the 2013 Master Plan Revision. As guided by the 2013 Master Plan, potential facilities at the park include an amphitheater, parking lot, a dog park, passive seating areas, a bridge replacement and improvements to the park’s trail network. A timeline for construction will be developed later in the design process. Park Authority staff will present a development concept and will be available to answer any questions from the public. For more information, please visit the project webpage; or contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or via Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Hannah P. Clark House

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month this May with a look at an ongoing preservation effort right here in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Park Authority will host a watch party for the premiere of a virtual open house video for the Hannah P. Clark House – one of the historic properties in the county’s Resident Curator Program. This video will highlight the history and unique architectural features of this resident-curator-occupied property and reveal recent improvements the curator has made. The Hannah P. Clark House is a two-story, cross-gable vernacular farmhouse which sits on Old Colchester Park and Preserve. Features include vertical-peeled-log framing construction and a living room with exposed ceiling beams. The period of significance for the house is 1876 to 1925, the period during which Hannah Potter Clark constructed, expanded, moved and resided in the house. The Hannah P. Clark/Enyedi property is located at 10605 Furnace Road, Lorton. The watch party will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10 a.m. Join the watch party below on May 15. The Park Authority’s Resident Curator Program provides a unique opportunity for individuals, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to secure long-term lease agreements for historic properties without charge in exchange for efforts to rehabilitate these underutilized properties. The program requires reasonable public access to these historic resources, which occurs in the form of an annual open house. This year, the open houses are being presented in a virtual format. For additional information about the Resident Curator Program, please visit the Resident Curator Program website.
 
 
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