Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon, 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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Sully Historic Site Volunteer Wins Elly Doyle Youth Service Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Sully Historic Site volunteer Olivia Lamm of Herndon, Va., the 2018 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Student Honoree. The annual Elly Doyle awards recognize individuals and organizations that contribute outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority, and one student honoree is named each year. Lamm has been a volunteer at Sully for three years, assisting with programs such as summer camps, Historic All Hallows Eve and Candlelight tours. She was praised for her hard work, dedication and enthusiasm as a member of the special events team and in her role as a camp counselor. Lamm serves as a role model who loves working with children of all ages, and her personality was described as “infectious.” She was named the student honoree for going above and beyond the call of duty and for her inspiring, positive attitude during her 125 volunteer hours in the nomination year. The Elly Doyle Park Service Award program was established by the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1988 in recognition of former board member and Chair Ellamae Doyle’s years of outstanding service. Awards will be presented at the Elly Doyle Park Services and Outstanding Volunteers Award ceremony in November. For additional information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Board Announces 2018 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Winners

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board has named two individuals and one organization as recipients of the 2018 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards. These awards recognize outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority and are the agency’s top honor for volunteer service. This year’s recipients are Laurel Hill Park volunteer Michael Applegate, Hidden Oaks Nature Center volunteer Marilyn Schroeder and Turner Farm Events. Applegate was praised for putting more physical labor into his volunteer work at the park than most people put into their yards. He regularly maintains and improves the grounds and mountain bike trails in a large portion of Laurel Hill Park by mowing, trimming trees, inspecting and fixing storm damage, improving trail surface and drainage, building ramp curves and moguls to enhance mountain biking, supervising contractors and scout projects, and working with staff on trail improvements. Applegate works an average of 30 hours per week on the five-mile, single-track trail network. Schroeder has been a role model for staff and volunteers at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for 12 years, serving as a program leader, working with the Invasive Management Area program and serving as the FCPA liaison for Fairfax Master Naturalists. She specializes in the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience and other school outreach programs, has represented Hidden Oaks at programs at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Museum, and interpreted natural history stewardship with groups such as Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect, Rec-PAC summer camp programs, and Earth Day events at a large senior center. Turner Farm Events (TFE) is a non-profit organization that promotes, supports and protects equestrian events at Turner Farm Park. The group was founded in 2011 to raise funds for equestrian facilities so the Park Authority would not have to charge riders a user fee in the park. It now hosts six popular horse shows each year that help to raise funds to support the park. Throughout the years, it has taken on increasing responsibility for the development and upkeep of the equestrian section of the park and has purchased new jumps as needed, maintained the ring surface, purchased mounting blocks for handicapped riders, and identified and funded repair of holes and other hazards on the cross-country course. Elly Doyle Special Recognition awards will also go to: Debbie Billodeaux, who launched the Frying Pan Bluegrass Jam program 20 years ago and continues to support this additional way for visitors to enjoy Frying Pan Farm Park. Stephen Brooks, a lab and sometimes field volunteer for the County Archaeological Research Team who has helped to recover and process thousands of archaeological artifacts. Anthony Consumano, the driving force behind the Cub Run Stream Valley Volunteer Team that helps to clean up and maintain the stream valley. Wesley Palmer, a four-year volunteer at Greendale Golf Course who has filled roles such as Starter, Ranger and Tee Starter. William Tuceling, a five-year volunteer at Green Spring Gardens who has served as a Volunteer on Duty, Special Event Volunteer and Coordinator of Art in the Garden. The Elly Doyle Park Service Award program was established by the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1988 in recognition of former board member and Chair Ellamae Doyle’s years of outstanding service. Awards will be presented in November at an evening ceremony. The awards program is sponsored in part by the Fairfax County Park Foundation. For additional information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Renovated Valis Golf Training Center to Open; Donors Honored

There are lots of golfers who would love to improve their game.  With that in mind, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Pinecrest Golf Course in Alexandria will open a newly-renovated indoor training facility known as the Valis Family Golf Learning Center.  The center is named for Wayne and Angela Valis who provided funding for the center’s new TrackMan 4 Golf Simulator.  The updated facility’s expanded hitting bays and golf simulator allow for enhanced, year-round practice and play opportunities. Additional upgrades include improved lighting and more natural light via skylights and windows. The project was funded through a variety of sources, including Park Bonds, grants, and private donations. According to Fairfax County Park Foundation Director Roberta Longworth, “The Valis family has a strong connection to this course and a history of generosity in terms of donations and volunteer service over many years.  We are so pleased with this latest example of giving back to the community.” The public is invited to celebrate at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Pinecrest Golf Course located at 6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA. Following brief remarks, guests can tour the facility and try their hand at the simulator. Refreshments will be served. Due to limited parking, please plan to carpool, if possible.  For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested by September 10 at 703-324-8702 or to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov  For more information please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Watch August Slip into the Sunset on the Twilight Hilltop Tour

As the sun sets on another August, spend some time relaxing on the “Twilight Hilltop Tour” for adults at Historic Huntley. This historic site 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. Join this special after-hours tour to see the house in a different light. Light refreshments will be served afterward. The program runs from 8 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018. The cost is $5 per person. 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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Groundbreakings and Openings

New Trackless Train, Picnic Pavilion Dedicated at Clemyjontri Park

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board, the Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) and members of the McLean community gathered on July 28, 2018 for the “inaugural” ride on a new trackless train at Clemyjontri Park, as well as a ribbon cutting for a new picnic pavilion. The celebration noted the funding and support from community organizations and individuals. This popular park in McLean, VA hosts more than 80,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy the fully accessible features which include an enormous playground, carousel, swings and now these new amenities as well. Everything is designed to enable children of all ability to play side-by-side. Friends of Clemyjontri Park funded the new trackless train and a forthcoming “train station.” The new picnic celebration pavilion was made possible thanks to contributions from McLean Community Foundation, Rotary Club of McLean, and the Friends of Clemyjontri Park. Other contributors include Amy and Jeff Sonderman, and the friends and family of Sue Rowell, a longtime contributor to the park. Partnership recognition was also extended to McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) and Wheat’s (park landscaping). Pictured from left to right near the new train are: Jan Auerbach, Treasurer, Rotary Club of McLean; Ryan McElveen, Member, Fairfax County Public School Board and daughter; Deb Bissen, Director of Community Outreach, McLean Project for the Arts (MPA); Bobbi Longworth, Executive Director, FCPF; Nancy Sausser, Exhibitions Director, MPA; Christina Girardi, Artist/Education Programs Director, MPA; Margaret Thaxton, Director of Development, FCPF; Debbie Frank; Patrick Frank; Madison Frank; Jeff Sonderman; David Hyman; Janet Tysse, President, McLean Community Foundation; Gene Durman, President, Rotary Club of McLean; Amy Sonderman, Board Director, FCPF and daughter; John Osborn, Board Chair, FCPF; Barbara Favola, Virginia State Senator; John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor; Aimee Burgoyne, Board Member, McLean Community Foundation; Dan Clemente, Board Member, Friends of Clemyjontri; Tim Hackman, Dranesville District Rep., Park Authority Board; Rachel Georgelas, President, Friends of Clemyjontri; Amy Brennan Swaak, MPAartfest Director; Derrick Swaak, Board Chair, MPA; Lisa Rowell and Andrew Edelman, Manager, Clemyjontri Park. Clemyjontri Park is located at 6317 Georgetown Pike in McLean, VA. For more information visit online at Clemyjontri Park. Media Note: Click photo to download

Bryce Harper All-Star Complex Opened at Fred Crabtree Park

On Monday, July 16, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority joined Major League Baseball, the Nationals and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, plus local players, coaches and dignitaries to dedicate the Bryce Harper All-Star Complex at Fred Crabtree Park in Herndon, Va. Washington Nationals outfielder and 2018 MLB All-Star Bryce Harper and his family were on hand to celebrate the complex, home to the Reston Herndon Little League. The field renovation project expanded overall play after enlarging one of the fields, which will accommodate various age levels. The improvements also include laser grading of the field being expanded, an extended irrigation system as well as additions of new scoreboards, covered dugouts, bleachers with shade structures, and enhancements to a storage shed, fencing, batting cages, bullpens, a concession stand and restrooms. Pictured left to right Timmy Jones, Reston Herndon Little League player; Bill Bouie, Chair, Fairfax County Park Authority Board; Cathy Hudgins, Hunter Mill District Supervisor, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Sheri and Ron Harper, Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals, Kayla Harper, Congressman Gerry Connolly, 11th District; Josh Peoples, Scotts Vice President and General Manager; Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, Principal Owner, Washington Nationals, and Chair, Nationals Dream Foundation; Chris Young, Vice President, On-Field Operations, Initiatives & Strategy, Major League Baseball; and Colin Cestero, Reston Herndon Little League player. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157699204773955

Park Foundation Presents More Than $800K to Park Authority

At the June 27, 2018 joint board meeting between the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and the Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors, representatives of the Park Foundation presented a check in the amount of $811,803.04 to Park Authority leadership. This check represents generous support from individuals, businesses and foundations transferred in Fiscal Year 2018 to enrich Fairfax County parks and outreach programs. The Foundation supports the Fairfax County Park Authority by raising private funds, obtaining grants and creating partnerships that supplement tax dollars to meet our community's needs for park land, facilities and services. Visit the Park Foundation online at Fairfax County Park Foundation or call them at 703-324-8582. Pictured front row, left to right – Rich Harpe, FCPF Board member; Dr. Abena A. Aidoo, FCPA Board member; Lane Brooks, FCPF Secretary; Maggie Godbold, FCPA Board member; Bobbi Longworth, FCPF Executive Director. Back row, left to right – Cameron Mayer, FCPF Board member; Amy Sonderman, FCPF Board member; Margaret Thaxton, FCPF Director of Development; John Osborn, FCPF Chair; Stephen Thormahlen, immediate past Chair; Ken Quincy, FCPA Vice Chair; Kirk Kincannon, FCPA Executive Director; Linwood Gorham, FCPA Board member; Gary Kirkbride, FCPF Board member. Media Note: Click photo to download.
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