Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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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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On January 1-3, 2021, the Fairfax County Park Authority joined America’s state parks including Virginia State Parks to encourage everyone to start 2021 with a hike. In Fairfax County, it’s a great way to appreciate more than 450 miles of trails and to set the bar for a new year of fitness and outdoor activity. This year’s contests included special prize amounts of $70 to commemorate the Park Authority’s 70th anniversary. Nearly 200 hikers submitted photos as part of the First Hike Fairfax 2021 Photo Contest presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. The Park Authority Executive Director, a panel of Park Authority judges and a public vote have determined the following winners: Mike Crosby, Huntley Meadows Park People’s Choice: $70 Park Authority Gift Card OR a 6-Month FCPA RECenter Pass More than 1,000 people voted on the People’s Choice Winner. With 167 votes, this photo of the Huntley Meadows boardwalk received 16 percent of the vote, making it the most popular of the 30 finalists selected by the judges. Elaine Starr, Huntley Meadows Park Judges’ Choice: $70 Park Authority Gift Card OR 25-visit FCPA RECenter Pass A panel of judges thought the photographer did an excellent job of clearly capturing the detail of this action shot from a goose at Huntley Meadows Park. They felt like the photo transported them to the Huntley wetlands – home to so many beautiful birds and animals. Jack Ledgerwood, Folly Lick Stream Valley Park Director’s Choice: $70 Park Authority Gift Card Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon chose this photo of a woman with a mask and her dog using a fair-weather crossing to cross a stream, saying “This photo perfectly showcases the fact that so many people are using our parks and trails to stay healthy and have fun during a challenging year.” Heather Rabinowitz, Cross County Trail at Accotink Best in Show (Scenery/Landscapes): $70 Park Authority Gift Card Judges enjoyed this refreshing perspective of park trails. The tall,towering trees offer peace and protection to the trail users below – a stunning reminder of how grand and powerful nature can be. Living and fallen trees and an inclined landscape beautifully frame the photo. Sherry Schellenger Parker, Green Spring Gardens Best in Show (People): $70 Park Authority Gift Card Judges thought this photo highlighted how beautiful and peaceful parks can be in all types of weather. They thought the photo was framed nicely and that the umbrellas offered a fun pop of color on an otherwise dreary day. Nancy McDonough, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Best in Show (Wildlife): $70 Park Authority Gift Card Judges selected this photo because they loved how the colors of the bird matched the colors of the berry. The photo is pretty enough for a holiday card and reminds us how fortunate we are to share our parks and trails with so many beautiful creatures. First Hike Fairfax kicks off a new year of Healthy Strides activities for the whole family. For more fresh ideas, visit the Healthy Strides web page and sign up for the e-newsletter with monthly tips to get you and your family energized. Find out more about how easy it is to support local parks by visiting the Park Foundation. For more information on First Hike Fairfax, visit the First Hike Fairfax web page Media Note: Click the photo to download See all First Hike Fairfax 2021 photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157717789997173

Laurel Hill Park Volunteers Honored by Virginia House of Delegates

  Pictured from left to right are Delegate Tran and Team Leader Susan Laume   The Laurel Hill Park Volunteer Team (PVT) has been honored by the Virginia House of Delegates for its service work on behalf of parks. Delegate Kathy Tran proposed a resolution to honor the group for receiving the Park Authority’s Elly Doyle Service Award in 2019, and she presented it to the Laurel Hill PVT in a ceremony at the park on December 12, 2020.   House Joint Resolution No. 257 was offered on February 18, 2020, as an expression of the General Assembly's “ardent appreciation for their contributions to Fairfax County and the Commonwealth.” It commends the Laurel Hill PVT for being one of the first groups to collaborate with the Fairfax County Park Authority through the Park Volunteer Team Program and helping the county refine its model for coordinating park maintenance efforts between county employees and volunteers.  Members of the PVT conduct service activities throughout the year such as trash clean-ups, invasive plant removal and trail maintenance. The work is part of group’s mission to make Laurel Hill Park as beautiful and inviting as possible and to protect the park's pristine nature, wildlife, birds and plants.    For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.      See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157717472667816    Media Note: Click photo to download

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, students from the Oakton High School Environmental Club spent two hours removing invasive shrubs from Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton, VA. The students removed 15 bags of Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) as part of the Fairfax County Park Authority Invasive Management Area (IMA) program. The Fairfax County Park Authority’s IMA program encourages restoration and tree preservation through the removal of non-native invasive species. There are roughly 60 IMA sites throughout Fairfax County dealing with various invasive species. To find out more information about IMA and sign up for future workdays visit our Invasive Management Area web page. For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County parks, visit the Park Authority volunteer web page. Pictured in photo: On Saturday, February 8, 2020, students from the Oakton High School Environment Club removed 15 bags of invasive species from Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton, VA.   Media Note: Click photo to download

Board Meeting

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5 p.m. for a special meeting. Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, this is a virtual meeting. You can watch the meeting at https://publicinput.com/N618, or listen by calling 855-925-2801 and entering the access code 8081. The Park Board will immediately go into a two-hour closed session to discuss a personnel matter during the meeting and will return to complete the meeting at the conclusion. No other business is on the agenda. The final PAB agenda will be posted online at the Park Authority’s Board meetings web page. Please send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-324-8662 if you have any questions or need additional information.

camps

Can’t wait for summer? You don’t have to wait. Registration for spring break and summer camps is now underway. Voted as one of Northern Virginia Magazine’s Best Summer Camps for several years in a row, the Fairfax County Park Authority offers more than 1,000 summer day camp options at dozens of convenient locations. Camps held at RECenters, nature centers, historic sites, lakefront parks, golf courses and schools offer a variety of camp formats throughout Fairfax County. These camps feature plenty of fun, friendship building and provide a safe summer experience for children ages 3 to 17. Last summer, more than 1,000 kids enjoyed virtual summer camps from home. This summer we are looking forward to returning to in-person camps, plus continuing our virtual camps. From traditional crafts and games to high-tech fun, the Park Authority has something for everyone including swimming, sports, golf, fishing, boating, biking, STEM, chess, sewing, cooking, business or leadership. New, exciting camps available in 2021: Eco Warriors, Natural Scientists, Roblox Coders, YouTube Content Creators, ACTION!, Aloha Adventure: Theater camp, Crazy Chemworks, NASA Academy of Future Space Explorers, Pirates Cove STEAM Camp, Summer Games 2021, Money Matters, e-Sports and Agility & Strength Training. Safety is our top priority and all of our camps follow guidelines established by the local Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Virginia governor’s orders. You will notice some changes to the daily camp routine to promote safety for everyone. Camp sizes are limited so children stay with the same group throughout the day. Children are to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings and frequently wash their hands. Staff members clean surfaces and equipment throughout the day. Likewise, our virtual camp providers maintain the same high standards of their traditional camps with a focus on industry standards in online safety and privacy protection. Visit our Camps website to explore camps with the 2021 FCPA Spring and Summer Day Camps Guide. Or download the Summer Camp Spreadsheet to quickly sort by location, age of children, and type of camp. Then copy the Catalog ID to the My Summer Camp Planner Sheet. In-person camp spaces will be limited this summer, so registering early is recommended. Early-bird registrants for summer camps by May 14, 2021, and for Spring Break camps by Feb. 19, 2021, receive $8 off each camp session. For more information, call the registration hotline at 703-222-4664 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can register with confidence knowing that should camp offerings change due to a change in COVID-19 restrictions, you can receive a full refund for any camp.

Golf range

Two of Golf Fairfax’s renovated ranges were recognized in 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). Oak Marr Golf Complex’s newly renovated range, featuring 78 lighted stations, 30 covered and heated stations, was honored for the first time; and this is the third year running that Burke Lake Golf Center has been honored for its fully renovated facility. Both are owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. Each year GRAA recognizes the teaching professionals, public, private and stand-alone ranges that have stood out. GRAA considers the number of range visitors, new social celebrations, special events, marketing campaigns, and this year, adaptation and operation during a pandemic. Noted in the recognition: State-of-the art facilities and amenities that allow for year-round play. Dedication to growing the game through safe, socially distanced outdoor programs for all player levels, including juniors and women. Effective community outreach efforts and cross promotion. Successful marketing campaigns, including email marketing and targeted, paid social media campaigns, promotion of Park and Play Safety guidelines, and efforts to attract new golfers. Also recognized were promotions of the Black Friday pass sale, resulting in an 85% increase in pass sales. The ranges welcomed a record number of golfers in 2020. Burke Lake and Oak Marr Golf offer golf instruction and practice opportunities for all levels of play. Visit the Park Authority Golf Practice Facilities website for more information. Burke Lake Golf Center is located at 6915 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia. Oak Marr Golf Complex is located at 3136 Jermantown Road, Oakton, Virginia.

Horses

Fairfax County Park Authority officials are warning visitors against feeding the farm animals who live at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia. “We’re alarmed by an increase in visitors trying to feed farm animals. This is dangerous for the farm animals, and can lead to illness, disease and death,” Frying Pan Farm Park Manager Yvonne Johnson said. The park is home to some 100 animals. The park has a working farm that includes live horses, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and goats. Visitors are invited to observe the animals through the fences and near the barns that house them. However, park staff have noticed more visitors ignoring the many signs posted around the farm that warn against feeding the animals. Farmer Paul Nicholson said, “It’s a myth that pigs and goats can eat anything. There are a number of everyday plants that can kill them, or make them very, very sick. Even with certain proteins that are common for other animals to eat, it’s actually illegal to feed them to goats or pigs.” Park officials said that the farm’s cows, sheep and horses are also at risk of being harmed by visitors. “Animals don’t have the same digestive systems as humans,” Johnson said. “Some foods that are harmless to you and me can clump up in the animal’s intestines and cause blockages that lead to illness and death.” “Even foods that are natural for the animals to eat can become a problem if the animals are overfed,” Nicholson said. Frying Pan has one of the last working farms in Fairfax County. It’s one of the most popular sites of the more than 400 parks operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. Before the pandemic, the park attracted more than 700,000 visitors per year. Even during the pandemic, thousands of families have found Frying Pan to be a quiet getaway, where they can experience nature on a 135-acre historic property. “This farm has been a treasure to generations of residents throughout the region, and we want to keep it that way,” Johnson said. “We need the public to help. We’re asking guests to respect the animals and leave their feeding to the professionals trained to care for them.” Please help us keep all the animals at Frying Pan Farm Park safe and healthy by following Fairfax County Park Regulation 1.05 C. Feeding Domestic Animals: No person shall feed any domestic animal, other than an animal under his or her own care, within a park unless such feeding is expressly authorized by the Park Authority by a posted sign or in writing. Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. There is no charge to visit the farm or explore the park. For more information, call 703-437-9101; or visit Frying Pan Farm Park. 
 
 
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