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 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

Volunteers Clean Up Lake Accotink Park on MLK Day of Service

More than 30 volunteers bundled up and braved the cold to help Lake Accotink Park on this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.   Friends of Lake Accotink Park (FLAP) sponsored the volunteer clean-up on Monday, January 20, 2020, at the park’s marina. FLAP board members Jim Hickey and Dave Gibson met the volunteers, provided trash bags and led the group to a successful day of giving back and making a difference. Volunteers filled dozens of trash bags with garbage collected in the park. FLAP holds monthly volunteer clean-ups at several Lake Accotink Park locations. For more information about FLAP events, visit Friends of Lake Accotink Park. For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County parks, visit the Park Authority volunteer page. Pictured in photo:  Brian, Tatiana and Thomas Lisle of Springfield, Virginia, participate in the Friends of Lake Accotink Park volunteer clean-up event on Monday, January 20, 2020. Media Note: Click photo to download

Volunteers Spend Day Off Cleaning Up Rabbit Branch Park

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Braddock Supervisor James Walkinshaw, along with the Royal Lake Park Volunteer Team (aka Friends of Royal Lake) engaging more than 60 volunteers, honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a day of service at Rabbit Branch Park in Fairfax, Virginia. The group braved frigid temps all morning to clean up the park, stream and surrounding wooded areas, removing 18 large bags of trash. They also gave the park sign a refresh by carefully hand-painting the faded lettering and touching up worn spots. The Park Authority provided the paint and supplies and provided project oversight. Photo: Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw and Royal Lake Park Volunteer Team Lead Sarah Lennon are joined by more than 60 volunteers for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service event at Rabbit Branch Park in Fairfax. Media Note: Click photo to download

Best of Virginia 2020

The votes are in and once again, the Fairfax County Park Authority has been named among the top in Virginia Living Magazine’s Best of Virginia 2020 competition. Six FCPA facilities were named to uppermost slots with category sweeps in the Best Playground and Best Park categories. One Farmers Market made the list, as well. Voting in Virginia Living’s Best of Virginia 2020 took place in January and included categories under Food and Drink, Living and Recreation, Shopping, and Services in all five Virginia regions: Central, Eastern, Northern, Shenandoah Valley and Southwest. Some 55,000 votes were cast. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Best of Virginia 2020 issue was delayed and hit newsstands in mid-July. Taking top honors in the Best Park category were Burke Lake with a first-place win, Frying Pan Park in second place, and Riverbend Park in third place. Each one of these facilities offers visitors unique recreational experiences, has some of the highest visitation rates in the entire park system, and is open with some restrictions during the pandemic. Burke Lake in Fairfax Station offers an iconic train, fishing, camping and beautiful lakeside picnic pavilions and loop trails. Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon features Kidwell Farm, a favorite with families who love to visit the animals, enjoy wagon rides, visit the blacksmith, or tour a farmhouse. Riverbend Park along the Potomac River in Great Falls offers kayaking, a shoreline trail system, nature and history programs, and a rare combination of geology, plant life, wildlife, isolation and beauty. The Park Authority also swept the Playground category with Clemyjontri Park winning first place, Burke Lake Park taking second place honors, and Chessie’s Big Backyard in third place. Playgrounds across the park system are among the most popular amenities. Clemyjontri Park in McLean features a unique playground where children of all abilities play side-by-side. This park is a place where children who use wheelchairs, walkers or braces, or who have sensory or developmental disabilities, can have a parallel playground experience of fun and exploration. It features a carousel and picnic pavilion, as well. Chessie’s Big Backyard in the Lee District Family Recreation Area in Franconia is a popular spot -- with accessible treehouse, trail of exploration, a carousel, and playground area near reservable picnic shelters. Many features in the parks may be reserved ahead of time. Also recognized by Virginia Living readers was the Reston Farmers Market, receiving third place honors as a top farmers market in the region. This producer-only market at Lake Anne Village Center operates Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. through Dec. 5. Shoppers are asked to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and adhere to other coronavirus health and safety measures that are in place to protect customers and staff. You can find out more about these guidelines and how you can preorder your purchases at the Park Authority’s Farmers Market website. For more information about pandemic closures, safety guidelines or other information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

RECenter Pass sale

There’s never been a better time to get fit at a Park Authority RECenter. Take advantage of the pass sale that’s going on now through Sept. 30, 2020. Whether you’re a new or returning customer, you can purchase a 60-day pass for $30 per person. The pass is good for 60 consecutive days from the date of purchase. Passes are on sale in-person at any of the county’s nine RECenters and may be used for visits to pools, fitness centers, indoor basketball and racquetball courts, and public ice skating sessions. Amenities vary by location and may be limited for pandemic-related safety reasons. Get the details on the RECenter membership.  New safety measures are in place at all the RECenters. These measures include enhanced cleaning protocols, more sanitizing stations, and new fitness center layouts to allow for social distancing. An advance reservation system is in place, and there is a non-contact check-in system. To ensure that the RECenters are safe for everyone, please remember to: Stay home if you are sick or if you had contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 within the past 14 days. Wear a face covering or mask. Practice social distancing. Wipe down fitness equipment before and after use. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Follow marked footprints and other directional signs to help ensure safe distances from others. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Hooes Road Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority in partnership with Springfield/South County Youth Club (SYC) will soon begin Field #3 lighting installation at Hooes Road Park. The contractors, Musco Sports Lighting, of Richmond, Virginia, and electrical contractor R.E. Lee, of Lorton, Virginia, will be mobilizing on site during the first week of August 2020. Weather permitting, we anticipate project completion in early September 2020. The project includes poles and LED lighting fixtures for soccer Field #3. Total project costs are approximately $400,000. For more information, please contact the Project Manager Som Govender at somanathan.govender@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-2464.

Margaret Kinder

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has voted to name a pollinator garden at Lake Accotink Park in honor of lifelong educator, naturalist, gardener and community volunteer Margaret Kinder. At its meeting on July 22, 2020, the Board voted to name the garden the Margaret Kinder Education and Pollinator Garden. Kinder is widely considered a park icon known for her love of parks, especially Lake Accotink Park; and her support for the park and neighboring communities has spanned more than three decades. As a member of the Ravensworth Farms Civic Association Green Thumb Garden Club, Kinder tended the pollinator garden at Lake Accotink Park for years. She could be found in the traffic circle weeding, hoeing and nurturing milkweed during the semi-annual cleanups. She recruited other volunteers, and she instilled enthusiasm as she taught about native plants and invasive species. When a decision was made to relocate the pollinator garden from the traffic circle to a safer location, Kinder could be found digging holes for the new plants and teaching others about how to create a sustainable garden. She has cultivated young plants and young minds so that, together, they can grow and prosper. In light of her dedication to community and education, the Board deemed it appropriate to name the education and pollinator garden in Kinder’s honor. Park staff will work with Friends of Lake Accotink Park to plan a public ceremony to celebrate the naming of this facility. For more information, call 703-324-8662, or send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.
 
 
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