Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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703-324-8700 | TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Sara Baldwin, Acting 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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Bicycle Skills Ribbon-Cutting

Bicycling enthusiasts gathered June 12 to cut the ribbon and officially open the Brookfield Park Bicycle Skills Area located at 7417 Floyd Ave. in Springfield, Virginia. Lee District Supervisor Rodney Lusk was joined by representatives from the Park Authority Board, sponsoring organization TrailsforYouth.org, the Springfield Civic Association, several bicycling organizations, representatives from two local business sponsors The Bike Lane and Advanced Auto Tech, as well as dozens of young riders and their families. The project is the culmination of more than a year of planning, coordination and fundraising. This new installation surrounds an existing pump track and is suitable for bicyclists of all ages. It includes six professionally built, low-maintenance wood and steel features that provide new cycling challenges and opportunities. Pictured are Bruce Waggoner, Springfield Civic Association; Julie Childers, Executive Director, TrailsforYouth.Org; Julie Tahan, Park Authority; Rodney Lusk, Lee District Representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Charles Childers; Ernie Rodriquez, Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE); Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter; Lee District Representative, Fairfax County Park Authority Board; Peggy Flexmore, MORE. They were joined by additional MORE members, TrailsforYouth.org participants and neighborhood children. Media Note: Click the photo above to download. See all Brookfield Park Bicycle Skills Area photos at the Brookfield Park Bicycle Skills Area Flickr page.

Smokewood Bridge ribbon-cutting

On Saturday, June 5, 2021, members of the community and local leaders celebrated National Trails Day by cutting the ribbon on the new Smokewood Bridge in Long Branch Stream Valley Park of the Braddock District. The new fiberglass structure pedestrian bridge replaces a damaged steel bridge that was removed earlier this year. The $62,000 project was funded via a combination of tax dollars and proffer funding. The trail provides recreational opportunities for the community, as well as commuter connections to Olde Creek Elementary School and Woodson High School. American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is a celebration of America’s magnificent trail system, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June.   Pictured from left to right are: Sara Baldwin, FCPA Acting Executive Director; John Davis, community leader; Melissa H. Miller, Principal, Olde Creek Elementary School; James Walkinshaw, Braddock District Representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Megan McLaughlin, Braddock District School Board Representative, Fairfax County Public Schools; Sue Murray, community organizer; and Kirsten Reddish, Hayley Smerke-Hochberg and Whitney Smerke-Hochberg, community members. Media Note: Click photo above to download. See more photos at Smokewood Bridge Ribbon-Cutting | Flickr.

New Waterwheel & Flume Opened at Colvin Run Mill

  Members of the community and local leaders gathered at Colvin Run Mill on Sunday, May 2, 2021, to celebrate the official opening of the new waterwheel and flume. Following remarks that celebrated the mill’s rich history, attendees counted down for miller Stephen Golobic to officially open the flume, release the water and allow the great wheel to start turning. Special guests on hand included descendants of Goldie Millard, who was the first of the Millard children born in Virginia (March 5, 1884). The Millards owned and operated the mill from 1883-1934.  The mill is the sole surviving example of a 19th century mill in the D.C. area. The renovation project included removal of the mill’s old wood wheel and the wood flume that carried water to the wheel. Both had deteriorated after years of use, and a new wood wheel and flume were fabricated and installed. The $382,000 project was funded through voter-approved Park Bonds.   Pictured from left to right are: Sarah Oberther, Acting Manager, Colvin Run Mill; Mary Olien, Operations Branch Manager, FCPA Resource Management Division; Heather Lynch, Project Manager, FCPA Planning & Development; Carole Herrick, Dranesville Representative, Fairfax County History Commission; Jane Edmondson, Chief of Staff, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust; Gene Bacher, Friends of Colvin Run Mill; Kathy Hummer, family of Goldie Millard; Ed Hummer, family of Goldie Millard; Timothy Hackman, Dranesville District Representative, Park Authority Board; Dan Dyke, President, Friends of Colvin Run Mill; Mike Henry, Former Colvin Run Mill Manager and member of Friends of Colvin Run Mill; Maggie Godbold, Sully District Representative, Park Authority Board; Sara Baldwin, FCPA Acting Executive Director; Stephanie Leedom, FCPA Director of Planning & Development; Kelly Millard, family of Goldie Millard.  A livestream of the event may be found on the Park Authority’s Facebook page.  Media Note: Click the photo to download. See more photos at the Park Authority's Flickr page.

Board Meeting

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 5 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, this is a virtual meeting. You can watch the meeting at https://publicinput.com/A881, or listen by calling 855-925-2801 and entering the access code 8081. The Board will recess for closed session during the meeting and will return to complete the meeting. If you wish to provide comments, you can do so by emailing them to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. Please note PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE PAB in the subject line to better identify the emails. You may also send written comments to 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927, Fairfax, VA 22035; or contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662. The final PAB agenda will be posted online, along with the Board items, at the Board and Committee Meetings website. Please send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-324-8662 if you have any questions or need additional information.

Conservation Month

Fairfax County will celebrate the Hispanic community’s love for the outdoors during the month of July. Modeled after the Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Conservation Week, the Fairfax County Park Authority, together with the Providence District Supervisor, Defensores de la Cuenca, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, and Audubon Naturalist Society, will provide free bilingual (English/Spanish) conservation-themed programs and activities and recreational opportunities to those registered for events featured throughout the month. Three FCPA sites will be highlighted for events -- Nottoway Park on July 10, 2021, Lake Fairfax Park on July 17, 2021, and Frying Pan Farm Park on July 24, 2021. Other FCPA parks will also offer programs embracing Latino Community Month themes. Check out the Park Authority Calendar of Events website for details regarding programming. More details on programs will be added soon. 

Master Gardeners

Their goal is one ton. Two thousand pounds. Green Spring Gardens Extension Master Gardeners are hoping to donate 2,000 pounds of produce they are growing in the Green Spring Edible Garden. Last summer, in the middle of the pandemic, the Master Gardeners donated 1,000 pounds of food to the Reston Bible Church food pantry and to the Annandale Christian Community for Action’s food pantry. The gardeners are growing a variety of crops, including tomatoes, cabbage, bok choi, dragon peppers, bell peppers, leeks, onions, spinach, broccoli, peas, beans, three types of potatoes, herbs, delicata squash, summer squash, zucchini and Swiss chard. They plan to harvest additional fruits, such as figs, cane fruits, persimmons, paw paw, hardy kiwi and more. The 25 Master Gardener volunteers work through Green Spring and the Fairfax County Park Authority to meet a commitment to helping the community and giving donations to Food for Others. The effort meets the Master Gardeners’ goals of working with the public to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management. They have a strong commitment to educate and improve the community through horticulture. The Master Gardener project garden is open to the public. Visitors can explore the Green Spring grounds and stop by the Edible Garden. It’s the site’s only garden with a fence to keep out the deer. Entry to Green Spring Gardens is free. Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, call 703-642-5173; or visit Green Spring Gardens.

Park Maintenance

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work to construct the Patriot Park North Athletic Field Complex located at 5425 Willow Springs School Road, Fairfax, Virginia. This anticipated complex will serve as a baseball tournament facility and will support league use. Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity noted, "The Patriot North Athletic Field Complex will provide a state-of-the-art facility with increased capacity for the community, while also providing the county with significant sports tourism revenue and jobs for our restaurants, hotels and retail businesses." The Park Authority acquired the property in 2014 and received Master Plan approval in 2016 with the intent to develop the diamond field complex. There are currently three grass diamonds developed and used by Southwestern Youth Association, which will be upgraded and rebuilt in order to facilitate the new development. The contractor, Grunley Construction Company Inc., will be mobilizing on site shortly with active construction activities beginning in July. This project includes the construction of six synthetic turf diamond fields, lighting, parking lot, stormwater management and other field amenities per the Master Plan approved in 2016. Active construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of December 2022. Residents should expect construction traffic entering and exiting the park via Willow Springs School Road. This $22 million project is funded via developer proffers and also by the voter-approved 2016 and 2020 Park Bonds. For more information, please contact Project Manager Melissa Emory at Melissa.Emory@fairfaxcounty.gov or at 703-324-8752.
 
 
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