Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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703-324-8702 | TTY 711

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 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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South Run Field to be Named in Honor of Jack Nolan

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to name an athletic field at South Run Regional Park in honor of Jack Nolan, a longtime leader and supporter of youth soccer in the Springfield District. At its meeting on February 14, 2018 the Park Board voted to change the name of Athletic Field 5 to Jack Nolan Field. A public ceremony is scheduled for mid-May to mark the event. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Nolan served as a coach for several soccer teams in the Springfield Youth Club (SYC). Club participants benefited from his philosophy of developing players and “letting players play.” His success on the field led to a leadership role as the Vice President of Operations and his appointment as Fairfax County Soccer Council SYC Representative. Nolan also served as the Fairfax County Soccer Council President and as a member of the Athletic Council. In addition, Nolan was instrumental in the development of a rectangular field allocation policy, and he helped raise awareness of the financial needs of many players. Scholarship subsidies are still in place due to his efforts. For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or via Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.  

Construction to Begin on New Wakefield Park Playground

The Wakefield Park playground will close temporarily on March 12, 2018, to make way for new playground equipment. Wakefield Park’s play area was originally installed in 1994; it now exceeded its life expectancy and no longer meets current playground safety guidelines. In March, work will begin on a new playground. The project calls for the design and layout of replacement equipment, demolition of the existing equipment and related features, and installation of the new equipment, safety surface, border, subsurface drainage and related amenities. The accessible route from the existing sidewalk will also be improved, and a new perimeter fence will be installed. The playground is expected to reopen in mid-April. The $100,000 project is funded by the 2016 Park Bond. This is part of a broader FCPA initiative to replace outdated playgrounds across the park system – subject to available funding. Wakefield Park is a District Park located near the intersection of Braddock Road and I-495 Capital Beltway in Annandale, VA. Download image For more information about the playground project, please contact Project Manager Mohammad Mahboob at 703-324-8744 or Mohammad.Mahboob2@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Plan Graduations, Celebrations with Golf Fairfax

Looking for a unique venue for your spring celebration? Par-tee with Golf Fairfax and enjoy unique and affordable dining and entertainment options for your guests. Four golf courses offer venues that include beautiful golf scenery, flexible dining options and enjoyable entertainment options: Laurel Hill Golf Club 8701 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA Laurel Hill Golf Club’s 9,400-square foot clubhouse offers plenty of space for you and your guests to celebrate a job well done or special occasion. This venue offers in-house catering options such as a buffet or a plated four-hour reception including a variety of menu choices. Twin Lakes Golf Course 6201 Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA Twin Lakes Golf Course has a 3,300-square foot room with an outdoor terrace to fulfill your indoor and outdoor plans. This venue comfortably accommodates up to 200 guests and invites the licensed caterer of your choice. Additional amenities are also available such as a dance floor and a portable bar to dance the night away. Burke Lake Golf Center 6915 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA Outdoorsy? Rent the new double-decker, fully-renovated, heated and covered, golf range at Burke Lake Golf Center. This all-weather option offers rental packages with reserved bays, unlimited buckets of balls, and food and beverage options. Pinecrest Golf Course 6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA Kick off your festivities with the ever-popular new sport, FootGolf at Pinecrest Golf Course. Take advantage of group rates and food and beverage packages including lunch of your choice and ball rental! Find out more about our facilities for your graduation or celebration at Park Authority Golf page. Burke Lake Golf Center, Laurel Hill Golf Club, Pinecrest Golf Course and Twin Lakes Golf Course are operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Catch a Wave with Paddleboard Yoga at South Run RECenter

South Run RECenter is putting a new twist on yoga. Challenge yourself with yoga on the water in a Paddleboard Yoga class. Paddleboard Yoga combines traditional yoga poses with the unstable surface of the RECenter’s pool for a challenging balancing act that takes yoga to a new level. Students dress in athletic wear and exercise on top of a floating training platform called a FITMAT, which feels similar to standing on a Bosu ball. Platforms are anchored to the pool’s lane dividers. Beginners use four anchors to provide greater stability. Advanced students challenge themselves by using just two anchors. Register for Paddleboard Yoga South Run RECenter is located at 7550 Reservation Dr., Springfield, VA. For more information, call 703-866-0566 or visit South Run.

Search for Egg-cellent Egg Hunts and Egg-citing Activities in County Parks

Egg-citing activities are breaking out at parks throughout Fairfax County in March. On Sunday, March 18, 2018, join the Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill. Children age two to nine can hunt for eggs and make egg-cellent crafts to take home. Bring your own basket. The cost is $8 per person. At Hidden Pond Nature Center, children age 3 to 12 can create a spring mobile of favorite pond animals from plastic eggs. All materials will be provided. The cost is $6 per child. Hidden Oaks Nature Center is hosting a Woodland Wildlife Egg Hunt for children age three to eight. Meet costumed woodland characters along a trail, collect eggs with non-candy treats and discover how different animals raise their young. The cost is $8 per child. On Saturday, March 24, children age one to six are invited to the Easter Eggstravaganza at Frying Pan Park to hunt for eggs that contain treats and prizes and visit with farm animals. Activities are for children age one to six, and the cost is $8 per child. Add a wagon ride for $2 per person. On both Saturday and Sunday, March 25, stop by the Easter Egg Hunt at Sully. The historic site is offering an egg hunt, egg-related games and an Easter craft for children age one to eight. The cost is $8 per child. Wagon rides cost another $2 per person. Also on Sunday, March 25, Lake Fairfax Park will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for children age one to six. The cost is $8 per child. Hidden Oaks Nature Center is running a Dinosaur Egg Hunt on March 25, 29, 30, 31 and April 1. Enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland in Nature Playce. The program is for children age two to eight, and the cost is $8 per child. On Saturday, March 31, Burke Lake Park is hosting a day of fun called Baskets and Bunnies. There will be egg hunts, carousel and train rides, crafts and games. Passes are $12 per person in advance; $16 the day of the event. Clemyjontri Park is offering an Easter Egg Hunt, crafts and photo ops with the Easter Bunny for children age one to nine. The cost is $7 per child. Add a carousel ride for $2. Register for Easter Egg Hunts There’s also an Egg Hunt that day at Nottoway Park. Register at the picnic shelter for egg hunts for children age one to nine. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the first hunt starts at 10:30 a.m. for the youngest age group. The cost is $10 per child – cash only. There is no pre-registration for this event. View Nottoway Easter Egg Hunt Event

Groundbreakings and Openings

Patricia Strat photo of Riverbend Park

Patricia Strat’s wintry photo of Riverbend Park was named the winner in the 2018 First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest. Despite the frigid weather on January 1, 2018, the Park Authority received more than 130 photo entries from people who hiked one of five designated Fairfax trails to celebrate the new year. After Park Authority staff narrowed the entries down to ten, Facebook users were asked to select favorites by “liking” photos. More than 1,134 likes were received with Ms. Strat’s photo garnering 289 votes. As the winner, she received a four-month RECenter pass valued at up to $300. A one-month RECenter family pass was also awarded to runner-up Jane Durrett for her photo of David Durrett and Harvey Durrett experiencing the joy of Cub Run Stream Valley Park. Media Note: Click image to Download. See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/sets/72157690292000901

Park Authority and Pathways Sign Partnership Agreement

The Fairfax County Park Authority signed an agreement with ServiceSource's Pathways to Careers initiative on December 13, 2017, in an effort to provide adults with disabilities internship opportunities in programs and activities operated by FCPA. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to provide competitive employment opportunities for qualified individuals in some of the more than 10,000 programs offered annually by the Park Authority. ServiceSource's Pathways to Careers initiative supports integrated and customized work opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the DC metro region. For more information about Pathways to Careers, please contact Pathways to Careers Employer Relations Coordinator John Gyourko at 571-249-9468 or john.gyourko@servicesource.org.  Pictured from left to right in the front row are: Sara Baldwin, Acting Executive Director, Park Authority; John Gyourko, Pathways to Careers Employer Relations Coordinator, ServiceSource; Second row: Kasey Kahmann, SourceAmerica; Ken Crum, Regional Executive Director, ServiceSource; and Jennifer Cardona-Kellett, Pathways to Careers Program Manager, ServiceSource.

A New Birthday Party Shelter is Coming to Clemyjontri Park

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, December 8, 2017, for a new birthday party shelter at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Virginia. The shelter is being fully funded thanks to grants from the McLean Community Foundation, the Rotary Club of McLean, Friends of Clemyjontri and individual gifts to the Fairfax County Park Foundation. The $80,000 project is scheduled for completion by spring 2018. Pictured from left to right are: From the Rotary Club of McLean: Vance Zavela, President of McLean Rotary Club Foundation; Thamir Al’Hashimi, Rotarian; Michael Arietti, Rotarian; Bob Jansen, President of Rotary Club of McLean; Gene Durman, Rotarian; Jan Auerbach, Rotarian; and Carol Stone, Rotarian. From the Fairfax County Park Foundation: Bobbi Longworth, Executive Director. From the Friends of Clemyjontri Park: Julie Clemente, Board Director; Dan Clemente, Board Director; and Rachel Georgelas, President. From the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors: John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor. From the McLean Community Foundation: Janet Tysse, President; Amy Swaak, Trustee; Julie Warin, Trustee; and John Schell, Trustee

UPCOMING EVENTS

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12:00PM, (Adults) Learn about owls up close at Huntley Meadows Park. Speakers…

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24

2:00PM, (6-Adult) In this interactive walking tour through Ellanor C. Lawrence…

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25

12:00PM, Sunday, February 25 from 12 - 2 p.m. (3-Adult) The sap is rising and…

Feb

25

1:30PM, (Adults) 1:30 p.m. Water harvesting involves strategies to manage and…

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25

2:00PM, (7-Adult) Flock to Frying Pan Farm Park to make a birdhouse out of…

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25

7:00PM, Nothin' Fancy is one of the most entertaining bands in the bluegrass…

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9:45AM, Mondays, February 12 & 26, (2-5 yrs.) Come to the Visitor Center at…

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9:30AM, (Adults) Join us as we work off holiday calories with a quick hike in…

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