Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-8702 | 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 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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Healthy Strides Calendar cover

The new year has so much promise. In fact, 2018 is shaping up to be the best year yet for Healthy Strides, the Park Authority’s recently-renamed community wellness program. Healthy Strides, formerly Take 12 Steps for Health, began in 2010 with the basic premise that better health can be achieved by reaching small goals, one per month, for the whole year. Healthy Strides takes a holistic approach to wellness by including not only healthful eating, physical activity, and sleep in its monthly goals, but also sees sleep, social interaction, relationships, safety, volunteerism and outdoor recreation as key parts of a healthy lifestyle. Each monthly step can be found in the Healthy Strides 2018 wall calendar, which is available for download online or at various Fairfax County locations (RECenters, Community/Senior Centers, Libraries), while supplies last. These calendars are free. There are so many ways to participate in the Healthy Strides program this year! Start by grabbing a Healthy Strides calendar and complete the monthly steps – this is your guide for making simple, impactful changes to your own health! Get informed when you visit Healthy Strides online filled with articles and tips for the month. Answer the monthly Trivia Question to be in the running for a cool wellness prize! Get Social and show us what healthy stuff you’re up to in Fairfax County with #HealthyStrides on Facebook (@fairfaxcountyparks), Twitter (@fairfaxparks) and Instagram (@fairfaxparks). Read the wellness book of the month and share your thoughts at the Healthy Strides Wellness Book Club, which meets monthly at rotating Fairfax County Library locations. Subscribe to the e-newsletter to stay updated with latest Healthy Strides events, information. Attend free wellness workshops and events at various FCPA RECenter locations. For more information, visit Healthy Strides. You may also contact the Wellness Coordinator and Healthy Strides Program Manager, Elizabeth Ittner at elizabeth.ittner@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Frozen Lake Accotink

Take a hayride to Accotink Creek along the Cross County Trail on Friday, January 19, 2018. Spend an evening outdoors with the family on a hayride adventure. Enjoy a campfire, hot dogs and s’mores, too. The Cross County Trail Hayride is designed for family members age two to adult and runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register for Cross County Trail Hayride Meet at the Lake Accotink Park trestle lot. Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA. For more information, call 703-569-3464 visit Lake Accotink Park.

the Art of the book

In honor of Huntley residents who loved both books and art, Historic Huntley is offering three classes this winter that delve into different aspects of book making. The series kicks off on Sunday, January 28, 2018, with a class on calligraphy. Explore the art of beautiful writing with a variety of pens and brushes from 1 to 2 p.m. Calligrapher Mary Teichman calls calligraphy “a great antidote to modern life.” In February, the focus is on the paper used in book making. This session runs from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 11. The series wraps up on Saturday, March 17, with a session on book bindings from 10 to 11 a.m. Each session costs $7 per person. Register for one, two or all three. Register for The Art of the Book 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 .

Tea Party

Sip warm tea while learning about animals that like winter’s chill. Come to the All Things Frozen Tea Party at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Join a naturalist as she shares stories about animals such as penguins and polar bears that enjoy winter’s cold, and learn how other cold-weather creatures just manage to cope with the chill. Come dressed as your favorite frozen friend and enjoy a sit-down tea with china cups, treats and crafts. The tea party runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and the cost is $15 per person. This program is designed for participants age four to adult. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Please contact the nature center one week prior to the event with any dietary restrictions. Register for All Things Frozen Tea Party Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA. For more information, call 703-941-1065 or visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Sip warm tea while learning about animals that like winter’s chill. Come to the All Things Frozen Tea Party at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Join a naturalist as she shares stories about animals such as penguins and polar bears that enjoy winter’s cold, and learn how other cold-weather creatures just manage to cope with the chill. Come dressed as your favorite frozen friend and enjoy a sit-down tea with china cups, treats and crafts. The tea party runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and the cost is $15 per person. This program is designed for participants age four to adult. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Please contact the nature center one week prior to the event with any dietary restrictions. Register for All Things Frozen Tea Party Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA. For more information, call 703-941-1065 or visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Globes

Discover your place in the universe with an astronomy program this winter at the roll-top observatory at Turner Farm. Observatory Park offers programs geared toward family members age nine to adult. The classroom seminars and nighttime observing sessions focus on a variety of astronomical subjects. Topics may include planets, comets, open clusters, double stars, stellar color spectrum, globular clusters, galaxies and nebulae. If the weather allows, telescopes will be used during the program to view the objects discussed in the classroom. This winter, the Astronomical Seminar and Telescope Viewing program is being offered on Wednesday, January 17 and Wednesday, March 14, 2018. The program runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. Check the Analemma site for topics. Register for Astronomical Seminar & Telescope Viewing Turner Farm is located at 925 Springvale Road, Great Falls, VA. For information, call 703-324-8618 or visit Turner Farm .

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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9:45AM, (1-3 yrs.) Explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch with…

Jan

17

4:30PM, (3-6 yrs.) Learn about nature by meeting live animals and exploring the…

Jan

17

7:30PM, (9-Adult) Come to Observatory Park at Turner Farm for classroom…

Jan

18

12:00PM, (2-6 yrs.) Enjoy cupcakes and fruit punch or tea while hearing Beatrix…

Jan

19

4:00PM, (3-Adult) Join us at Riverbend Park as we learn about winter folk tales…

Jan

19

6:00PM, (3-Adult) Enjoy a campfire with s’mores, animals and more at Hidden…

Jan

20

9:30AM, This is a free Healthy Strides Wellness Event. Start your new year off…

Jan

20

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

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