Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

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 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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Pop-Up Park Pops Up in Annandale for Season of Fun

Annandale welcomed a pop-up park on Saturday, June 29, 2019, on what was formerly a bare concrete patch. This innovative approach to providing recreational access in urban landscapes was sponsored by the Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross, the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Development, Community Revitalization Section and the Fairfax County Park Authority. The 1,200-square-foot space is part of the county-owned land that is currently leased to a local nonprofit and has been transformed into a temporary community gathering spot with tables and chairs, game tables, landscaping, and an outdoor piano painted by Community Art For Everyone (CAFE) artists. Park patrons enjoyed visits with animals from Hidden Oaks Nature Center, gardening tips from Green Spring, golf tips from Pinecrest Golf, games, and a scavenger hunt and more. The community gathering space and adjacent parking lot will host flexible, family-friendly pop-up programming about once a month through October 5, 2019. Events include Arts Day on July 27, Fitness & Fun Day on August 24 and Taste of Annandale & Community Day on October 5. The goal is to eventually transform this temporary civic and park space into a permanent, more than half-acre park. Pictured at the outdoor piano: Mason District Supervisor Penelope Gross; left to right in back row are Laura Baker, Revitalization Program Manager, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Development, Community Revitalization Section, and Aimee Vosper, Deputy Director/Chief of Business and Development, Fairfax County Park Authority. For more information, visit the pop-up park’s webpage or contact Laura Baker, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Development, Community Revitalization Section, 703-324-9300, TTY 711. For more information about the Park Authority, visit Parks. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157709387932296

Recreation and Parks Month Proclaimed For July

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed July Recreation and Parks Month in Fairfax County at their regular meeting held Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The designation encourages residents to get their “Game On” and enjoy more than 425 parks, hundreds of miles of trails, athletic fields and open spaces, to name just a few systemwide amenities. The correlation between robust, healthy park systems, and healthy communities was mentioned as a prime reason to support the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA). In fact, recent studies conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that local parks or picnic areas are among the favorite outdoor places Americans visit to experience the health benefits of nature — such as reduced stress and increased energy levels. FCPA joined with the National Recreation and Park Association to celebrate the health benefits, the pleasure and the increased access to parkland and park amenities. Parks provide a connection to nature, which studies demonstrate relieves stress levels, tightens interpersonal relationships and improves overall mental health. Moreover, 26 percent of park and rec agencies nationwide offer nature centers where people of all ages can experience nature hands-on. Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors join with members of the Park Authority Board, Park Authority leadership and staff to mark the beginning of month-long activities, many of which are free. For a list of 31 things to do for free in area parks visit Game On.

Quantum Field Ribbon Cutting Brings New Turf to Tysons

Quantum Field officially opened last weekend and players will soon get the chance to enjoy this lighted, state-of-the-art synthetic turf rectangular field. Quantum Field and the adjacent parking lot were the result of a proffer agreement between the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Park Authority and The Meridian Group. Meridian designed and constructed the athletic field on a surface parking lot owned by Element Critical. The Fairfax Water Authority was a key player, assisting in the accommodation of nearby water mains. The field accommodates five sports on a 180’ by 360’ surface. The project also includes black vinyl perimeter chain link fencing, concrete walkways, bleacher pads, athletic field and parking lot lighting, sound containing walls and landscaping. Pictured from left to right are: David Gill, Wire Gill LLP; Cathy Lewis, Fairfax County Planning Division; Nora Mallett; Stephanie Pankiewiecz, LandDesign; Jim Holben, Marketing Manager, Element Critical; David Gelfond, Managing Director, The Meridian Group; Roger Wimmer, Operations Director, Vienna Youth Soccer; Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth; Russell James, Vice President, The Meridian Group; Providence District Park Authority Board Rep Ken Quincy; Dave Bowden, Director, Park Planning and Development Division; Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon; and Andi Dorlester, Planner, FCPA Park Planning Division. For more information contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157709234432626

Auditors Present FCPA With Financial Reporting Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority is the recipient of a 2018 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, presenting by the Government Finance Officers Association. “This award is the highest recognition in government accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment,” according to GFOA Director of Technical Services Michele Mark Levine. The award is the result of a wide-ranging review of the Park Authority’ s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story. An additional award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to Senior Fiscal Administrator Janet Burns, and her team who prepare the reports and manage the Park Authority finances and budget. “I am very proud of Janet and her team. This is very detailed work that must be accurate. Our finances are complex and require good leadership and understanding. Our finance team is a strong team with great skill,” stated Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon. The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association serving the needs of over 20,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Life’s a Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park in August

Carnivals bring out the kid in everyone. Enjoy some old-fashioned family fun at the 71st Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park. There will be carnival games, rides and tempting foods for four days – Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 4, 2019. Stretch your dollars on Thursday or Friday with free parking and discount tickets for unlimited rides. For those who purchase early, passes start at $16 per person for unlimited carnival rides between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. In the evening, ride tickets cost $1, and most rides take three to five tickets. Friday also features the free Big Truck Night event from 5 to 8 p.m. Carnival One Day Unlimited Rides Tickets The fair and carnival kick into high gear over the weekend when carnival rides open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t miss the Tractor Pull at 4 p.m. on Saturday and stop by the 4-H Fair throughout the weekend as exhibitors display their winning entries and get their farm animals ready to show. Try your hand at farm chores, watch stage entertainment and enjoy dog and horse shows. Admission to the 4-H Fair and Carnival is free, but there is a $10 per car parking fee on Saturday and Sunday. Get all the details at 4-H Fair and Carnival. Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA. For more information, call 703-437-9101 or visit Frying Pan Farm Park.

Public to Hear Resident Curator Proposals for Ellmore Farmhouse

The Resident Curator Evaluation Team for applications for Ellmore Farmhouse will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday July 31, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Hunter Mill District Supervisor's Office located at 1801 Cameron Glen Drive in Reston, VA. The meeting will be held in Community Room A. This meeting provides an opportunity for applicants to present their proposal to the evaluation team in a public forum. This will be the evaluation team’s opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback to the applicants, and to receive public comment on each proposal. Additional meetings of the evaluation team will be held on Wednesday July 24 at 9 a.m., Thursday, September 5 at 9 a.m. and Thursday, September 12 at 9 a.m. in the Park Authority Board room on the 9th floor of the Herrity Building, located at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA. While these meetings are open to the public, there will be no opportunity for public comment. Members of the public are asked to submit comments in writing to the project manager via parkmail@fairfaxcouny.gov by Friday September 6, 2019. The Ellmore Farmhouse is a two-story, 3,300-square-foot property located on West Ox Road in Herndon, VA. The farmhouse was constructed principally of yellow pine in 1891 for Mrs. Mary W. Ellmore and her two children. Members of the Ellmore family occupied the property for more than 50 years, operating a productive dairy farm there through 1945, when the property was sold. William Ellmore, who ran the property as a dairy farm, was a prominent local politician, serving on several boards including the County Board of Supervisors until his death in 1935. The successive owners continued to operate a dairy farm until selling the farm in 1954. In February 2001, the Fairfax County Park Authority purchased the property for inclusion in Frying Pan Farm Park. For additional information visit Resident Curator Program. Or please contact Stephanie Langton, manager of the Resident Curator Program at 703-324-8791.

Resident Curator Slates Lahey Lost Valley Open House

The Fairfax County Park Authority has re-opened the application period for the historic Lahey Lost Valley property, located at 9750 Brookmeadow Drive in Vienna, VA for the Resident Curator Program (RCP). The deadline for submitting applications for this property is now Monday, August 12, 2019. The Resident Curator Program provides a unique opportunity for individuals, non-profit and for-profit organizations to secure long-term lease agreements in beautiful public park settings such as Lahey Lost Valley in Fairfax County. The curator leases are without charge in exchange for a financial commitment towards approved rehabilitation of the Park Authority’s underutilized historic properties. Curators are determined through an open and competitive application process, based on several criteria, including a formal proposal, demonstrated experience, competency in historic preservation techniques, financial capabilities, and the incorporation of public benefits. An open house for Lahey Lost Valley will be hosted on Saturday, July 27, 2019, from noon until 3 p.m., and will provide an opportunity to tour the house and its grounds. Parking will be available on site. Lahey Lost Valley Park is a densely wooded park north of Vienna, Virginia. The house is on approximately 22 acres set within a single-family home development with one acre lots. The house sits on a rise above a small stream valley. The Lahey Lost Valley House is a mid-eighteenth-century brick hall-parlor house with a 1940s brick addition. The house is located on land that was granted to William Gunnell in 1730. His son Henry Gunnell, together with Henry’s wife Catherine, built a working plantation on the site by 1760. The Gunnell family were leaders in Fairfax County throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The family continued to own the property through the 1930s. In 1940, the house and 45 acres were sold to Richard and Carlotta Lahey. The Laheys moved a wood-framed kitchen addition off the brick house and used it as a freestanding building for an artist studio. In its place the Lahey’s constructed a two-story brick addition. Between 1990 and 1991, Carlotta Lahey arranged with the Park Authority a bequest to be included in her will to donate the house, furnishings, and 22 acres of land. The Park Authority took possession of the property after Mrs. Lahey passed away in 1999. For additional information visit Resident Curator Program. Or contact Stephanie Langton, manager of the RCP at 703-324-8791.
 
 
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