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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Riverbend Park Dedication

Members of the project team, Riverbend Park staff, agency leadership and members of the Friends of Riverbend Park (FORB) gathered on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, to officially cut the ribbon at the new Riverbend Park maintenance shop in Great Falls. Pursuant to the approved master plan, the former manager’s house was demolished, and a new maintenance facility was built. The facility includes a fenced maintenance yard for equipment and vehicle storage, interior space for equipment, vehicles and a work area. A new septic field was installed, as well as a public shared unisex restroom. Total project cost was $1.3 million funded via 2012 Park Bonds. Of particular interest to the project team was the ability to limit removal of trees initially, estimated at 100 trees to be removed. In the end, in collaboration with Urban Forestry and Land Development Services, only two were removed. Rain barrels and a cistern were also installed to collect rainwater. From left: Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director, FCPA; Nancy Waugh, FORB member and park neighbor; Laura Grape, Resource Management Division Director; Kylie Starck, Visitor Services Manager, Riverbend Park; Casey Pittrizzi, Natural Resources Manager, Riverbend Park; John Callow, Park Manager, Riverbend Park; Matt McNeal, Maintenance Crew Chief, Riverbend Park; Hugh Morrow, FORB President; Jai Cole, Executive Director, FCPA; Cindy Gersony, FORB Board Member; Tim Hackman, Dranesville District Representative, Park Authority Board; Mary Olien, Operations Branch Manager, Resource Management Division; Matt Tauscher, Bowman Consulting; Zeena Al-Nasser, SWSG; Aimee Vosper, Deputy Director, FCPA; Maria Harwood, Urban Forestry; Toni Woods, Urban Forestry; Heather Lynch, Project Manager, Planning & Development; Sayonara Aguilera, Planning & Development. Media Note: Click on the photo above to download. 


There were dozens of pickleball enthusiasts who attended this weekend’s ribbon cutting and pickleball exhibition at Wakefield Park Pickleball and Tennis Complex. The $410,000 project was paid through dedicated funding from Fairfax County for renovations of parks and facilities, as well as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) funding aimed at providing full accessibility to the courts. Improvements included reconstruction of tennis courts 9 and 10, practice tennis courts, removal of two platform tennis courts, and installation of two pickleball courts. Additional improvements include construction of ADA-compliant walkways and installation of bench pads. Players from across the county turned out for the event with a few notable project staff and speakers identified in the front row: At left, Construction Project Manager Karen Devor; one over Adam Wynn, Park Planner; at center Mike Perel, Braddock District Representative on the Commission for Aging and a member of Fairfax County Advocates for Pickleball; Kiel Stone, Braddock District Representative, Fairfax County Park Authority Board; Supervisor James Walkinshaw, Braddock District Representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; and Helen White, District Ambassador, USA Pickleball. Media Note: Click on photo above to download. See more photos on our Flickr page.

Healthy Strides 2022

There were hundreds of race participants and well-wishers at the Healthy Strides 5K, 10K and Kids Dash at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, April 30, 2022. The race returned from being a virtual event due to COVID-19 to live and in person. More than 300 runners and walkers had the opportunity to enjoy beautiful spring weather, heart-pumping group warmups, cool green commemorative 10th anniversary T-shirts, a finisher medal and even a celebratory cupcake at the finish line. Healthy Strides is so much more than just a race; it’s a fun way to stay healthy and to encourage your friends and family to join in the experience with you. It is an event for novice and expert runners alike, and it also welcomes wheelchair runners, strollers and even dogs. This year’s race was sponsored by Giant, with generous support from the Fairfax County Park Foundation and Park Authority Rec Centers. Media Note: Click on the image to download.  See more photos at

Fairfax County will highlight and celebrate the Latino community’s love for the outdoors during Latino Conservation Week, which takes place July 16 to July 24, 2022. Modeled after the Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Conservation Week, the Fairfax County Park Authority, in collaboration with Providence District Supervisor Dahlia Palchik, Defensores de la Cuenca, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, the Fairfax County Park Foundation and other community partners, are hosting a family-friendly celebration at Justice Park on Sunday, July 24, 2022 from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy educational demonstrations, kid’s activities, giveaways, music and a chance to make community connections. Interact with animals or take a bird walk. The festival will be held rain or shine at Justice Park located at 3312 Peace Valley Lane in Falls Church, Virginia. To find more details on all the events planned for Latino Conservation Week, please visit the Latino Conservation Week webpage.

Dranesville Tavern Chimney

One of Fairfax County’s oldest and most interesting buildings is undergoing repairs to address termite damage that has affected its log structure. Historic Dranesville Tavern, built in the 1830s, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 9, 1972. The structure will benefit from a $191,000 project, which includes demolition and investigation of the affected areas, materials sourcing and reassembly. The project is expected to be completed in November 2022. The earliest portion of Dranesville Tavern was erected in the third decade of the 19th century to serve the needs of the wagon trade that supplied the Piedmont section of Northern Virginia. As it stands today, the tavern is the product of three distinct phases of construction, and it offers an interesting insight into the evolution of local construction styles. The Tavern, is located at 11919 Leesburg Pike in Herndon, Virginia. Over the years, the Fairfax County Park Authority has utilized it as a historic rental for social events and FCPA programs. It is cared for under the auspices of the Resident Curator Program at this time. Scaffolding will be erected on the exterior gable end of the building’s chimney. Siding will be removed and replaced up to the attic floor level. Rotten wood will be removed and replaced as needed. The contractor is working on sourcing appropriate replacement logs using rot-resistant wood, such as walnut or sapele that may be harvested out of state. At the time of its construction, Fairfax was evolving from a remote frontier into settled farmland. The tavern stands as a significant vestige of the social and commercial history of the region. Its association with the turnpike trade is an interesting chapter in its history. The rapid growth of these roads in the general area of Dranesville was spurred by the rivalry between the cities of Georgetown and Alexandria for the valuable resources of the Shenandoah Valley. Dranesville Tavern was frequented by those who traveled between these eastern towns and Leesburg. For more information, contact David Buchta at 703-324-8586 or at

Lake Accotink Park

Come celebrate six decades of excellence at Lake Accotink Park. It was Aug. 26, 1962, when the park first opened. A daylong event will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, for the 60th anniversary of Lake Accotink Park. Members of the public are invited from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. for special cost-free activities. Bring your family for classes, demonstrations, historical guided experiences and much more. Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, Virginia. Learn about all this 493-acre park has to offer. The celebration begins with remarks from local officials, including the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Park Authority Board and members of the Friends of Lake Accotink Park (FLAP). The day will be filled with fun and adventure for all. Consider playing miniature golf, a ride on the paddle boats or historic carousel, taking a fishing lesson or a walk on the trails. Start the day with remarks from local officials as they retell the story of the park’s creation, its importance to the community and why it’s an invaluable environmental resource. Enjoy food, adventure, discoveries and nature walks. Explore pollinators and the pollinator garden; learn how trees, water, contaminates and other items affect our environment. For more information about the Lake Accotink Park 60th Anniversary celebration, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or send an email to For more information about the park, visit Lake Accotink Park or call 703-569-3464.


It’s back better than ever! Here comes the fair and carnival, one of summer’s most iconic events and popular family traditions, returning Thursday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Join in the celebration brought to you by the Fairfax County Park Authority, Frying Pan Farm Park, The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park, the Park Foundation, Fairfax County 4-H, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Neighborhood and Community Services. You and your friends and family can enjoy carnival rides, games and food trucks on the farm! Learn about the Fairfax County 4-H Youth Development program and more. Over the next few weeks, more details will be released about wristband sales and discounts, the Big Truck Night and farm demos, plus a list of food vendors that make this such a delicious event. Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2709 West Ox Road in Herndon, Virginia. For more information, visit the farm’s 4-H webpage. You can also visit Frying Pan Farm Park or call 703-437-9101.

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