Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Jai Cole, Executive Director

Fairfax County Park Authority

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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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Wanda Rixon Field

Despite the chilly weather, dozens of friends, soccer players, officials and family members came out to witness the unveiling of a new sign, as Field #6 at Pine Ridge Park was named in honor of Wanda Rixon, a longtime advocate for women’s soccer and the establishment of Pine Ridge Park. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to name the rectangular field in honor of Rixon at the request of the Fairfax Women’s Soccer Association (FWSA) on July 13, 2022. Rixon has been involved in the development and administration of FWSA since 1978 and has served in many capacities, including head commissioner on the executive board. She lobbied for the creation of Pine Ridge Park as a permanent public park and has helped in the improvement of facilities at the site, as well as creation of opportunities for women soccer players of all ages and abilities. From left: Teresa Steinhilber, head commissioner, Fairfax Women’s Soccer Association; Del. Vivian Watts, 39th District, Virginia House of Delegates; Wanda Rixon, FWSA; Supervisor Penny Gross, Mason District Representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; and Ron Kendall, Mason District Representative, Fairfax County Park Authority Board. Media Note: Click on the photo to enlarge and download. To see more photo, visit the event's Flickr page.

Lorton Playground

Hundreds of enthusiastic residents and visitors turned on out Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, for the opening of the Lorton Community Center, Library and a beautiful renovation to the existing Lorton Park. Park Authority leadership and staff collaborated with the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and the community from the initial site planning through construction to deliver a refreshed 1.7-acre park, which includes a new playground, fitness area, plaza space with seating, an open field, and a trail loop. The playground is one of the largest in the Mount Vernon Supervisory District. The Park Authority also contributed significant funding to provide a gymnasium within the Community Center. Park Authority Executive Director Jai Cole was one of numerous speakers to congratulate officials and the project team on completion of this vital new community amenity. See a video of the event below. For photos from the event, visit the Photos and Video website.

Lewinsville Pickleball

It was a great day for local pickleball enthusiasts as new, dedicated pickleball courts were officially opened. The Fairfax County Park Authority hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lewinsville Park in McLean, Virginia, on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. Enthusiasts from across the community turned out to celebrate the new facilities. The celebration marks completion of new dedicated pickleball courts and improvements to tennis and basketball courts, as well. Court improvements at Lewinsville Park include conversion of one tennis court into four dedicated pickleball courts, creation of one dual-use court with both tennis and pickleball lines, reconstruction of the surfacing, and fencing for the five remaining tennis courts and two basketball courts. Project costs were $650,000. Pictured in the center is Jai Cole, Executive Director of the Park Authority. She is joined in the crowd of pickleball players and enthusiasts by other speakers, including Timothy Hackman, Dranesville District Representative, Fairfax County Park Authority Board; Helen White, Fairfax County Advocates for Pickleball; and Eileen Culligan, Pickleball advocate and organizer for the Dranesville District. These improvements align with recommendations in the recently completed Pickleball Study and are an effort to introduce a greater variety of court sports to accommodate the diverse users across the county. Interest in pickleball locally and countywide is growing quickly, and the introduction of pickleball at these locations will address the need for additional facilities for this emerging sport. Media Note: Click on the picture above to enlarge and download.  See all photos on the Lewinsville Ribbon-Cutting Flickr page.

Earth Day 2023

Fairfax County’s largest Earth Day celebration returns on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! This year’s celebration, hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority, will be a fantastic, fun family-friendly event packed with entertainment, activities, food vendors, Touch-A-Truck, prizes and more. Applications are now being accepted from vendors, exhibitors and food vendors who are looking for opportunities to reach thousands of county residents in a single day with a booth at Earth Day Fairfax. Earth Day Fairfax 2023, formerly known as Springfest, will take place at Sully Historic Site, located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, Virginia. For event details, access to vendor/exhibitor information, and to submit your application to be a part of the area’s largest Earth Day gathering, visit the Earth Day Fairfax website. Once your application is received and reviewed, you will receive notice of acceptance. If accepted for the event, your fee payment will be due by March 1, 2023, to secure a spot. This event has historically seen an average attendance of 5,000; it is an excellent opportunity for vendors and exhibitors to reach residents across the county. For additional information or assistance, please contact Britta Stratford at FCPAParkPermits@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Families, friends and neighbors gathered for the first Lunar New Year celebration at Burke Lake Park. The inaugural event drew an impressive crowd with children and adults of all ages having a fantastic time playing games, making crafts, setting New Year’s resolutions and enjoying traditional treats from many different cultures. “The Lunar New Year was a wonderful event for guests of all ages to experience a variety of cultures that celebrate Lunar New Year,” said Wangin Bang, one of the program’s organizers. “The support from our community and the way this event was received is a real tribute to how we value and celebrate our diversity.” The celebration was a collaboration between the Fairfax County Park Authority and Community Art for Everyone (CAFÉ). Watch a video of the event below. Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia. For more information, visit Burke Lake Park or call 703-323-6600.

Market Manager

Are you looking for a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity that supports your local community? Join the Fairfax County Farmers Markets team as a Volunteer Market Manager! The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is currently recruiting volunteers to help manage the 10 Fairfax County Farmers Markets. The FCPA Farmers Market program provides residents access to locally grown products and create market opportunities for area farmers and food producers. Volunteer Farmers Market Managers help manage the day-to-day operations of the market by setting up market supplies, supporting customers and vendors, explaining market rules, and assisting with outreach and vendor selection. This is a great volunteer position for anyone that enjoys the outdoors, supports local farmers and food producers, and wants to help bring fresh and local produce to the Fairfax community. Markets are open April through December, Wednesdays through Sundays at the locations listed below. Volunteers can create a flexible schedule that fits their availability. WEDNESDAYS McCutcheon/Mount Vernon April 19 – Dec. 20 | 8 a.m. - noon Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane Oak Marr May 3 – Nov. 8 | 8 a.m. - noon Oak Marr Recreation Center, 3200 Jermantown Road Wakefield May 3 – Oct. 25 | 2 - 6 p.m. Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road THURSDAYS Annandale May 4 – Nov. 2 | 8 a.m. - noon Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike Herndon May 4 – Nov. 9 | 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Old Town Herndon, 700 Block of Lynn St., By the Red Caboose FRIDAYS McLean May 5 – Nov. 17 | 8 a.m. - noon Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road Kingstowne May 5 – Oct. 27 | 3 - 7 p.m. In the Giant parking lot, 5870 Kingstowne Towne Center SATURDAYS Burke April 22 – Dec. 16 | 8 a.m. - noon VRE parking Lot, 5671 Roberts Parkway Reston April 29 – Dec. 2 | 8 a.m. - Noon Lake Anne Village Center, 1609-A Washington Plaza SUNDAYS Lorton May 7 – Nov. 19 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. VRE parking lot, 8990 Lorton Station Blvd. Please visit the Farmers Market website to learn more these volunteer opportunities. For additional information, contact Fairfax County Farmers Market Staff at FCPAFarmMarkets@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-642-0128.

Rec-PAC

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is looking for dedicated individuals who enjoy working with kids to “lead the PAC” this summer! Rec-PAC is a six-week structured recreational program for elementary school children, which operates during the Fairfax County Public Schools summer break. Come make a difference and have fun while doing it! FCPA is looking to hire Rec-PAC camp counselors, camp directors and area supervisors. Full position descriptions, lists of job duties and qualifications can be found at the Rec-PAC Program jobs webpage. Pay is competitive for both inexperienced and experienced staff. Camp Counselors: $16 to $19 per hour, depending on experience, education and certifications Camp Directors: $19 to $22.25 per hour, depending on experience, education and certifications Area Supervisors: Starting at $20 per hour, depending on experience, education and certifications Applications are currently being accepted at the Rec-PAC Program jobs webpage. Additionally, interested applicants may begin to register for a virtual interview session held via Zoom. Sessions are scheduled for March 8 and April 5, 2023. Job seekers attending a virtual interview session will have an opportunity to hear from Rec-PAC staff about what working for Rec-PAC entails and to ask questions. Preregistration is required using the links below, and applicants are encouraged to sign up in advance. All interviewees must be present at the meeting beginning at 5 p.m. Register for the Zoom session on Wednesday, March 8, 2023  Register for the Zoom session on Wednesday, April 5, 2023  FCPA will also host several in-person open hire sessions in May and June. Information on these interview options will be available at the Rec-PAC Program jobs webpage as details are finalized. For information, contact the Park Authority at FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-5933.
 
 

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