Park Authority

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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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At its July 16 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed the month of July as Park and Recreation Month in Fairfax County. The county joins jurisdictions from across the nation in commemorating National Park and Recreation Month, celebrating the role of parks and recreation in building strong, vibrant and resilient communities and recognizing park and recreation professionals that serve our community. Representatives from the Fairfax County Park Authority, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and the McLean Community Center and Reston Community Center were in attendance to accept the proclamation hallmarking Fairfax County’s collaborative approach to providing exceptional experiences for individuals and families at every stage of their lives. Collectively and in their own unique and creative ways, these organizations combine to provide facilities, amenities, services and programs to promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual wellbeing and access to cultural, natural and historical experiences throughout the county. “Parks and recreation play a vital role in our community – impacting nearly every area of our individual and collective prosperity,” said Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority. “I am proud to be joined today by a host of Fairfax County professionals who dedicate every day of their careers to bringing enjoyment, adventure and fun to residents of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and interests.” The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Where You Belong.” Whether you’re visiting a park, nature center, rec center, community center, teen center, center, golf course or any of the county’s open spaces, staff work to foster a culture of welcome and belonging. Throughout the month, each of these agencies extends the invitation for residents to come and explore the wealth of enriching experiences and opportunities that are available. Visit the National Park and Recreation Month website for more information about how the Fairfax County Park Authority is marking the month.   
Twin Lakes Golf Course
Twin Lakes Golf Course is pleased to announce an upcoming enhancement project that will bring significant improvements to the driving range. From July 15 to July 26, the driving range will be closed to undergo renovations focused on upgrading the grass tees. The putting green and chipping area will remain open to golfers during this time. The renovation includes replacing the current bentgrass with Bermuda grass. Bermuda grass is renowned for its durability and ability to endure heat, ensuring a superior practice surface that will benefit golfers throughout the year. With the installation of the Bermuda grass, Twin Lakes anticipates offering grass tees to golfers up to five days a week, weather permitting. “We are excited for this renovation as it will allow our customers greater access to grass tees in the coming years,” said Will Harrison, assistant general manager at Twin Lakes Golf Course. “Golfers understand the importance of real practice conditions, and offering a highly desired practice surface more often will add significant value in separating Twin Lakes from other daily fee courses.” Currently, the driving range and practice areas are operational daily, opening at dawn and closing 30 minutes before sunset. Please note that the range is closed Monday afternoons through Tuesday mornings for maintenance. Twin Lakes Golf Course is located at 6201 Union Mill Road in Clifton. For more information, please contact the Twin Lakes Pro Shop at 703-631-9099 or email FCPATwinLakesGC@fairfaxcounty.gov.
New Officers
The Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors has elected officers to lead the fundraising arm for the Fairfax County Park Authority from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2026 at its annual meeting on May 21. Laura Eakin Erlacher was elected as the Chair. She is the Director of Government Affairs & Policy for GE Vernova. Erlacher was the first member to represent the Eakin Family, donor of the first land that became a Park Authority park. She continues the family tradition through voluntary contributions, including active board service. "I’m honored to join fellow Park Foundation board officers and directors to enrich Fairfax County’s 420 parks, which are critical to the physical and mental health of our community,” stated Chair Erlacher. “Donations help fund the Wonder Wagon Mobile Nature Center; Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center; Summer Entertainment Series, access to Park Authority camps and classes, and programs which align with the One Fairfax Policy affirming that all deserve an equal opportunity to participate and succeed. Appreciation is extended to the immediate past Foundation Board Secretary, Robin Walker, whose service continues as a Board Director.”  Anita Herrera will be the Vice Chair. Herrera is the General Counsel Emerita for Nodal Exchange, LLC and has more than 30 years of legal experience in financial transactions. Herrera is a golf enthusiast, who enjoys the Fairfax County golf courses with fond memories of rounds with her father at Jefferson District. Rich Harpe, CPA, will be the Treasurer of the Board. He is a Principal at Matthews, Carter & Boyce CPAs and Advisors, with more than 30 years of diversified experience in tax consulting and compliance engagements. His expertise has helped the Park Foundation to establish long-term investments to endow future Park Authority parks. Harpe lives in Oak Hill with his family and they enjoy biking and visits to Frying Pan Farm Park.  Michael Gailliot was elected as Secretary and also serves as the Foundation’s Compliance Officer.  He is a real estate professional with Century 21 New Millennium in Alexandria, Virginia. Gailliot supports Franconia District Park through his family business Hilltop Sand & Gravel Company, as it has for several generations. His areas of interest include woodworking and family. The Fairfax County Park Foundation supports the Park Authority by raising private funds, obtaining grants, and creating partnerships that supplement tax dollars to meet our community’s needs for park land, facilities, outreach programs and services. Visit the Park Foundation website, or call 703-324-8582 for additional information. 
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At its meeting on July 10, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a resolution honoring 23 individuals as outstanding volunteers. These peer-nominated individuals were recognized for their dedication to their community and their invaluable service to the Fairfax County park system: Kate Anderson, Farmers Market Volunteer at Green Spring Gardens Kenneth Braswell, Golf Course Maintenance Assistant at Greendale Golf Course Dave Cox, Play Assistant Manager at Twin Lakes Golf Course Elizabeth Eisenberg, General Support Assistant at Oakmont Rec Center Howard Eisinger, Gardener at Sully Historic Site Yuki Ellis, Horticulturalist and Extraordinary Planer and Gardener at Burke Lake Golf Center Marijke Gate, Nature Program Volunteer at Riverbend Park Geri Herai, Gardening and Landscaping Volunteer at Spring Hill Rec Center Steven Johnson, Fitness Room Monitor at Audrey Moore Rec Center Karin Lehnigk, IMA Site Leader at Oakton Community Park Wayne Lynch, Golf Course Marshal at Pinecrest Golf Course Peggy Martz, Front Desk Associate at South Run Rec Center Kim Munshower, Assistant Program Leader at Hidden Oaks Nature Center Sue Myracle, Adapted Aquatics Assistant at South Run Rec Center Sam Nehman, General Support Assistant at Providence Rec Center Bob Ochs, Roving Naturalist and Duck Box Monitor at Huntley Meadows Park Nicholas Pece, General Support Assistant at George Washington Rec Center Robin Rueger, Trail Volunteer at Franconia Rec Center and Park Irma Ruiz, Front Desk Associate at Cub Run Rec Center Kate Scheuer, Tea Host and Flower Arranger at Green Spring Gardens and Historic House Christine Seigo, Assistant Park Educator at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Vijay Singh, Golf Course Starter and Marshal at Laurel Hill Golf Club Maureen Wolford, Native Plan Gardening Park Volunteer Team Leader at Hidden Pond Park and Nature Center More than 9,700 volunteers contributed to the operation, preservation and conservation of Fairfax County parks in Fiscal Year 2024. They contributed 110,777 hours of volunteer service and their work is valued at over $3.7 million. The Park Authority could not function without the support and commitment of our volunteer force. “Our volunteers are the backbone of our efforts to create a more just, and accessible park system, making important changes in the field, through programs and outreach as opportunities arise. We ask a lot of our volunteers, and they gladly deliver,” said Park Authority Executive Director Jai Cole. The Park Authority, joined by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay, will honor all of its amazing volunteers with a special evening of music and celebration at the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Night taking place on Thursday, July 18 as part of the Government Center’s Evenings on the Ellipse Summer Concert Series. The evening will kick off at 5:20 p.m. with a welcome and words of appreciation for our Outstanding Volunteers from McKay and Cole. Following the opening remarks, enjoy a memorable performance by The United States 257th Army Band. The Evenings on the Ellipse series takes place on the lawn in the ellipse area directly behind the Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax). The venue is outdoors on a grassy area, so attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chairs to comfortably enjoy the performance. If there is any concern regarding weather on the night of the concert, please call the Park Authority’s hotline at 703-324-SHOW (7469) one hour prior to the start of the concert for a status update.
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Enjoy an evening of golf and local craft beer at Pinecrest Golf Course. The Tap Takeover event will take place on Friday, July 12 from 5 to 7 p.m., when Fair Winds Brewing Company takes over our taps and brings its craft beer to the course! Fair Winds Brewing Company, an award-winning local brewery, will be providing their top brews and a variety of fresh, local and flavorful craft beers for guests to sample and enjoy. Golfers can also compete in a longest drive contest on our TrackMan4 golf simulator and in a putting contest on our practice green to win exciting prizes. Tickets for the event are $35 per person and include four tasting tickets, two full-sized beer tickets and snacks. Attendees must be 21 or older with a valid ID. Registration is nontransferable, and the event will take place rain or shine. To register, visit the Pinecrest pro shop or call 703-941-1061. Pinecrest Golf Course is located at 6600 Little River Turnpike in Alexandria. For more information about this and other Golf Fairfax events, please visit the Golf website. View the Tap Takeover flyer

 

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