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

Jai Cole, 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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Martin Luther King, Jr. ribbon-cutting ceremony

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) – in collaboration with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Neighborhood and Community Services, New Gum Springs Civic Association, Gum Springs Advisory Board and the Fairfax County Park Foundation – cut the ribbon on a new playground at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Alexandria, Va. The celebration was held on Saturday, November 20, 2021. The $212,000 playground replacement project included demolition of the existing playground, design and installation of a new playground that meets all current safety standards, installation of new safety surfacing, drainage, benches and fencing, plus the creation of an accessible route to the playground from the parking lot. The playground features two modular structures for children ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, swing sets including two expression swings, one ADA swing and three belt swings, free-standing units, including a balance beam, interactive panels, a wrinkle wall, beat club, single tower, surfboard and music ball.  Pictured from left to right: Isabel Villarroel, FCPA Project Manager; Roberta Longworth, Fairfax County Park Foundation Executive Director; Joe Cox, Cunningham Recreation; Lloyd Tucker, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services Director; Dawn Lucas, Gum Springs Advisory Board President; Linwood Gorham, Park Authority Board Mount Vernon Representative; Melissa Emory, Special Projects Branch Manager; Shirley Short, volunteer; Dan Storck, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Mount Vernon Representative; Queenie Cox, New Gum Springs Civic Association President; Jai Cole, FCPA Executive Director; Bo Machayo, Northern Virginia Regional Director, Office of Senator Mark Warner; Zeena Saliba, Outreach Coordinator, Office of Congressman Don Beyer; William Douglas, FCPA Park Operations Area 3 Manager; Michael Gailliot, Fairfax County Park Foundation Board Chair; Richard West, maintenance worker; Tom Manuel, motor equipment operator; Andres Marquez-Rivera, FCPA Maintenance Crew Chief; Latishma Walters, Neighborhood and Community Services Regional Manager. Media Note: Click on the photo to download.  See all event photos on the Park Authority's Flickr page.   

Ribbon-Cutting

The Fairfax County Park Authority, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and McLean Youth Soccer Association (MYS), held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of Holladay Field in McLean, Virginia. The celebration was held on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. This is a unique project with several key partners, each instrumental in helping to make this project possible and providing funding for this synthetic turf field conversion. Funding for the $1.56 million project came through voter-approved Park Bonds, as well as contributions from MYS, the Embassy and Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba of the United Arab Emirates, and Roger Krone, CEO of Leidos. Private contributions tallied $725,000. The project included the design of a full-sized rectangular soccer field with options to use the field for football, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, field hockey and mini soccer. The project also included landscape improvement, two underground stormwater management facilities, a bleacher pad, and access trail. The MYS also donated a bench to honor the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and Leidos for their very generous donation that helped build the field. Pictured from left to right: Ian Harper, MYS Board member; Dima Alfaham, Chief of Staff to Ambassador Al Otaiba; Keith Tabatznik, former Georgetown University men's soccer coach; Roger Krone, CEO, Leidos; Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates; Louise Waxler, MYS Executive Director; Tim Hackman, Dranesville District Representative Park Authority Board; Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Jai Cole, FCPA Executive Director, Aimee Vosper, FCPA Deputy Director; Som Govender, FCPA Project Manager; Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Olympic Gold Medalist; Jessica Long, Paralympic Gold Medalist; Nancy McGuire Choi, MYS Board Member; Paul Shirey, FCPA Project Management Branch Manager; Andrew Miller, FCPA Building Branch Manager; Chris Rodriguez, MYS Board member; and Dr. Matthew Shank, MYS Board member. Media Note: Click on the photo to download. See all event photos at the Park Authority's Flickr page.

National Public Lands Day

Volunteers gathered across the nation to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Locally, volunteers spent time weeding, watering pollinator gardens, picking up trash and removing nonnative plants at Laurel Hill Park in Lorton. Officials and volunteers spoke to the virtues of the effort to protect and manage open space and to the importance of connecting to nature. Among the speakers were Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Park Authority Executive Director Jai Cole; Julie Tahan, Park Authority Community Support Specialist; and Susan Laume, Laurel Hill Park Volunteer Team (PVT) Leader and VA Master Naturalist. The workday and celebration represent the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. Pictured at work are (from left): Fairfax County Park Foundation Executive Director Roberta Longworth, Park Authority Executive Director Jai Cole, PVT Team Leader Susan Laume and Volunteer Blake Cambey. The event was livestreamed and can be viewed below: Media Note: Download the photos at the Park Authority's National Public Lands Day Flickr page. 

Elly Doyle Awards

The Fairfax County Park Authority will honor its outstanding volunteers during a virtual presentation of the annual Elly Doyle Park Service Awards on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at 7 p.m. We invite you to join in the celebration as we honor these amazing individuals plus dozens of others who, despite the challenges of COVID-19, have returned to continue their selfless service in support of local parks. Hear from county and Park Authority officials and be inspired by the work of these volunteers who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and strong dedication to county parks through their actions. Learn about the invaluable contributions individuals, organizations and businesses have made to Fairfax County’s Gold Medal park system. Click here to RSVP for the Virtual Awards Ceremony. Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at 10 a.m. to ensure we can send you the appropriate program links. All attendee RSVPs will receive an email with details on how to access the virtual ceremony. If you require an alternative format for submitting your RSVP and require more information, please send an email to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-8700. For additional information about the Elly Doyle Awards Ceremony, visit the Elly Doyle Awards website.

Pickleball courts

The Park Authority is responding to the growing popularity of pickleball in Fairfax County with the opening of two dedicated pickleball courts at Wakefield Park in Annandale, Virginia. Some finishing touches still need to be added, but courts 12 and 13 are now open for pickleball games. In addition, tennis courts 9 and 10 have been marked with yellow lines for pickleball, along with the white lines for tennis. As of now, there are no portable pickleball nets on site. Players can use the tennis nets until new pickleball nets arrive. Work continues on the construction of paths to provide ADA access to the new courts. In spring, two additional color coats will be added to the court surfaces and any minor court imperfections will be corrected. The courts are in Wakefield Park, near the Audrey Moore Rec Center at 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale, Virginia. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Braddock Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a revision to the Braddock Park Master Plan at its meeting on Nov. 10, 2021. The revised plan retains Braddock Park’s character as a primary destination for adult softball, leverages the findings of the 2020 Study of Sports Tourism Opportunities in Fairfax County, and plans for new facilities to balance out the variety of uses in the park. Those facilities include a concessions/refreshments service, a central plaza to serve as a focal area for the park to include family gathering and child-age play areas, a one-mile walking loop, a pickleball court complex, and a potential dog park or community gardens to address the preferences of park users. The draft Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) provides new recreational and sports tourism capacity, while retaining environmental stewardship goals and protecting Resource Protection Zones established in prior master plans. This latest master plan was proposed following public meetings and a public survey. Among the 980 park users who responded to the survey, adult softball, running and walking, and batting practice all ranked high among current activities. Braddock Park, located in the Springfield Supervisory District, comprises 61 acres of land adjacent to the Park Authority’s Twin Lakes Golf Course and Centreville High School. The park’s original master plan was approved in 1981 and revised in 1997. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Audrey Moore Rec Center

The Park Authority is about to embark on a major renovation of the Audrey Moore Rec Center in Annandale, Virginia, and is launching a survey to gather public input on the project. What improvements would you like to see? The survey will open on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, and must be completed by Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. It takes about 10 minutes to complete. Information about the project and the survey form can be found at the Audrey Moore Rec Center Renovation and Expansion Project. This renovation and expansion project is being planned by Park Authority planning staff in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) Building Design and Construction Division. An informational meeting about the project will be held in early 2022, once the survey results on facility usage and desired improvements have been compiled. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.
 
 
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