Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia



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Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Jai Cole, Executive Director

Fairfax County Park Authority


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.

Park News

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has changed the name of two parks and one Rec Center. The three name changes were taken in response to recent actions by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, which renamed Lee District to Franconia District to remain synonymous with the community and to eliminate any association to the Confederacy. The Park Board unanimously approved the following changes: Renaming Lee High Park to Lewis High Park. Renaming Lee District Rec Center to Franconia Rec Center. Renaming Lee District Park to Franconia Park. All references in documentation, signage and on the Park Authority website have already or will be transitioning to the new names shortly. For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Linway Terrace

The Park Authority has received a proposal from McLean Little League to fund the conversion of the grass baseball diamond at Linway Terrace Park to synthetic turf. The 10.7-acre park is utilized by local youth sports leagues and residents. Amenities include a synthetic turf soccer field, a grass baseball diamond, multiple tennis and basketball courts, and a playground. In collaboration with the Dranesville District Supervisor’s Office, the Park Authority will hold a virtual information meeting to provide the community with a brief presentation on the scope of the proposal, followed by a facilitated question and answer period. The meeting is for informational purposes only; the decision to approve will not be undertaken at this meeting. The virtual meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, at 7 p.m. Members of the public may join the meeting through the designated link on the Linway Terrace Park Synthetic Turf Field Conversion Project webpage. Following the meeting, there will be a 30-day public comment period to receive additional feedback before a recommendation is presented. Presentation materials and instructions for providing additional feedback during the comment period will be provided on the project webpage after the meeting has concluded. Linway Terrace Park is located at 6246 Linway Terrace, McLean, Virginia.

Ron Kendall

Mason District Representative Ron Kendall was recently reappointed to the Fairfax County Park Authority Board by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for another four-year term. Kendall was first appointed to the Park Authority Board in March 2017, then reappointed to the Park Board in November 2018 to a four-year term. Kendall served 30 years in the federal government. He served two years as a volunteer in Haiti with the Peace Corps and six years at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. He also worked for 22 years at the Environmental Protection Agency's Washington headquarters in the Office of Pesticide Programs. While with the Park Board, Kendall served as a member of the Green Team advocacy group, as the Board’s trails representative, as well as Vice Chair on the Park Authority Awards Committee. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board is appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. These 12 appointees comprised one representative from each of the nine magisterial districts, plus three at-large members. The board sets policy and establishes priorities for the park agency. For more information, on the board, visit the Park Authority Board website.

Green Spring Gardens

Are you dreaming of next year’s garden? Are you looking for tips and suggestions to make your landscape really pop? If so, join us on Sunday afternoons in January and February in 2023 and learn from the experts through Green Spring Gardens’ annual Winter Lecture Series for home gardeners. This popular series, sponsored by the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS), includes a wonderful lineup of virtual and in-person presentations by authors, garden designers, scientists and garden enthusiasts on the cutting edge of horticulture. All programs run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. Registration is required; enrollment is $12 per person.  This year’s programs will include: “Backyard Pollinator Oasis” (Jan. 15, 2023) Join pollinator expert Heather Andrews for a discussion on how to create a sustainable organic oasis that will invite an army of good bugs to reduce pest pressure and improve your veggie and fruit yield. (Virtual Event) Register for Backyard Pollinator Oasis “Making Green Spring Greener” (Jan. 22, 2023) Green Spring Gardens site manager Judy Zatsick and horticulturist Adam Bucher will showcase how contributions from the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) are put to use and will highlight new and exciting updates to the Green Spring Gardens site coming in the fall. (In-Person Event) Register for Making Green Spring Greener “Tropicals for Temperate Landscapes” (Jan. 29, 2023) Using five memorable categories from her new book “Tropical Plants and How to Love Them,” author Marianne Willburn will focus on incorporating some spectacular examples of tropical plants in containers and beds. (In-Person Event) Register for Tropicals for Temperate Landscapes “A History of Hedges” (Feb. 5, 2023) From rural hedgerows to classic garden design features, Green Spring historian Debbie Waugh will explore the fascinating history of hedges and consider their practical, ecological and ornamental value. (In-Person Event) Register for History of Hedges “A History of American Gardening” (Feb. 12, 2023) Wambui Ippolito, celebrated landscape designer and winner of the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show “Best in Show,” will explore the “History of American Gardening” through the lens of the immigrants who helped cultivate practices and plant life that are still used today. (Virtual Event) Register for History of American Gardening “Stress-less Gardening” (Feb. 19, 2023) Keep gardening healthy for us and for the environment. Join landscape architect Preston Montague for a virtual discussion on how to avoid common gardening practices that cause unnecessary stress and reduce the ecosystem potential of our landscapes. (Virtual Event) Register for Stress-less Gardening Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, visit Green Spring Gardens or call 703-642-5173.

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