Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-8700 | 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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On Saturday, February 8, 2020, students from the Oakton High School Environmental Club spent two hours removing invasive shrubs from Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton, VA. The students removed 15 bags of Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) as part of the Fairfax County Park Authority Invasive Management Area (IMA) program. The Fairfax County Park Authority’s IMA program encourages restoration and tree preservation through the removal of non-native invasive species. There are roughly 60 IMA sites throughout Fairfax County dealing with various invasive species. To find out more information about IMA and sign up for future workdays visit our Invasive Management Area web page. For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County parks, visit the Park Authority volunteer web page. Pictured in photo: On Saturday, February 8, 2020, students from the Oakton High School Environment Club removed 15 bags of invasive species from Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton, VA.   Media Note: Click photo to download

Volunteers Clean Up Lake Accotink Park on MLK Day of Service

More than 30 volunteers bundled up and braved the cold to help Lake Accotink Park on this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.   Friends of Lake Accotink Park (FLAP) sponsored the volunteer clean-up on Monday, January 20, 2020, at the park’s marina. FLAP board members Jim Hickey and Dave Gibson met the volunteers, provided trash bags and led the group to a successful day of giving back and making a difference. Volunteers filled dozens of trash bags with garbage collected in the park. FLAP holds monthly volunteer clean-ups at several Lake Accotink Park locations. For more information about FLAP events, visit Friends of Lake Accotink Park. For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County parks, visit the Park Authority volunteer page. Pictured in photo:  Brian, Tatiana and Thomas Lisle of Springfield, Virginia, participate in the Friends of Lake Accotink Park volunteer clean-up event on Monday, January 20, 2020. Media Note: Click photo to download

Volunteers Spend Day Off Cleaning Up Rabbit Branch Park

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Braddock Supervisor James Walkinshaw, along with the Royal Lake Park Volunteer Team (aka Friends of Royal Lake) engaging more than 60 volunteers, honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a day of service at Rabbit Branch Park in Fairfax, Virginia. The group braved frigid temps all morning to clean up the park, stream and surrounding wooded areas, removing 18 large bags of trash. They also gave the park sign a refresh by carefully hand-painting the faded lettering and touching up worn spots. The Park Authority provided the paint and supplies and provided project oversight. Photo: Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw and Royal Lake Park Volunteer Team Lead Sarah Lennon are joined by more than 60 volunteers for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service event at Rabbit Branch Park in Fairfax. Media Note: Click photo to download

Help Keep Parks, Yourself and Others Safe

Observe  s o c i a l   d i s t a n c i n g  while you’re being sociable in parks. Although park facilities are closed, parks are open, and the Fairfax County Park Authority is asking you to observe government guidelines to limit your group size to fewer than 10 people during the current world pandemic. One of the key tactics to limiting the spread of coronavirus is social distancing, and one definition of the word social is “pertaining to public welfare.” So, when you are asked to observe social distancing, you’re being asked to be sociable for the public good. The guidelines to staying safe and keeping others safe during the current coronavirus pandemic are: Avoid large group activities Keep a safe distance from others (at least 6 feet apart) Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth Cover your cough with a tissue or your sleeve No hugs or handshakes Stay home if you are sick More information may be found at Social Distancing. Parks are open, but park indoor facilities and Kidwell Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park are closed until further notice. Please observe the closures, keep a respectable distance from others while using trails or visiting parks, and keep parks, yourself and others safe. For local information about COVID-19, click here.  For information pertaining to the Park Authority’s COVID-19 response click here. 

The Lake Accotink Master Plan Revision community meeting at Cardinal Forest Elementary School scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and the community meeting at the large waterfront pavilion in Lake Accotink Park on Saturday, April 18, 2020, are postponed indefinitely, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety precautions.  Public input continues to play a big role in developing a vision for how this park will serve the community for years to come. Please check the Park Authority webpage on Lake Accotink in the upcoming weeks for rescheduled meeting dates. For current updates on the County’s coronavirus response, please click here. For more information, contact Adam Wynn at adam.wynn@fairfaxcounty.gov, the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) plans to construct approximately 2,200 linear feet of eight-foot wide asphalt trail as the next segment of the Pohick Stream Valley Trail. The project will connect the existing trail network within Burke Station Park to Hillside Road near Old Keene Mill Road and provide  increased access to recreational facilities within Burke Station Park and the Virginia Railway Express Rolling Road station. The project is identified in the Countywide Trail Plan in the Transportation section of the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan, and shall be designed and constructed to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and Fairfax County Public Facilities Manual (PFM) standards. It will serve both pedestrians and cyclists and create approximately two (2) miles of fully accessible continuous stream valley trail from Burke Lake Parkway to Hillside Avenue for persons of all abilities.  The trail will be constructed on FCPA property and extend through the floodplain on the northern side of Pohick Creek. Minor impacts to wetlands and waters of the U.S. are anticipated as part of the proposed trail construction, including crossing an unnamed tributary with a fiberglass bridge, and all required Section 404/401 Permits will be obtained prior to construction. Confirmation of the trail construction as a permitted use within the FEMA-regulated floodplain has been obtained for the project. No cumulative and/or indirect impacts associated with the project have been identified. The Fairfax County Park Authority has applied for federal funding assistance from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which is administered by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Detailed project information, including plans and environmental analysis documentation pertinent to compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is available for review at the project website or in hardcopy from the Fairfax County Park Authority in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 421, Fairfax, VA 22035. Interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit written comments on this application. The public comment period for this application will close on April 19, 2020, and all comments must be received by this date in order to be included in the official public record that will be sent to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Comments can be emailed to: Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov . Written comments should be directed to Amy Linderman, Planning & Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 421, Fairfax, VA 22035. For more information, contact Amy Linderman, FCPA Project Manager, at 703-324-8629.

Park Authority Postpones Resident Curator Meetings

The Fairfax County Park Authority has postponed two public meetings of its Resident Curator Program Evaluation Team for the Lahey Lost Valley property in Vienna, Va. As a result, the period for public comment on a resident curator application for the Lahey Lost Valley site has been extended. The postponed meetings were set for Monday March 23, 2020, and Monday, March 30 in the Park Authority Board room at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA. Both meetings will be rescheduled.  The public comment period will be extended to a later date that will be determined after a new meeting schedule is established. Public comments can be submitted to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. The Lahey Lost Valley House is a mid-18th-century brick hall-parlor house with a 1940s brick addition. The house is located on land 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 18th and 19th 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 artist studio. In its place, they constructed a two-story brick addition. Between 1990 and 1991, Carlotta Lahey arranged with FCPA a bequest to be included in her will to donate the house, furnishings, and 22 acres of land. FCPA took possession of the property after Mrs. Lahey passed away in 1999. For information visit Resident Curator Program. Or contact Stephanie Langton, manager of the Resident Curator Program, at 703-324-8791.
 
 
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