Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon, 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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Park News

Burke Lake Golf Center Named Top 50 Public Range

Burke Lake Golf Center's driving range was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Public Ranges by Golf Range Magazine, a publication of the Golf Range Association of America (GRAA). Each year GRAA recognizes public, private, and stand-alone ranges whose achievements stand out as well as golf teaching professionals. GRAA considers the number of range visitors, new social celebrations, events for women, and available event space for private rentals.  Noted in the recognition was: Burke Lake Golf Academy's dedication to growing the game through programs for all player levels including kids and juniors. Burke Lake Golf Center's double-decker, fully-renovated range featuring 64 lighted station driving range and 24 covered and heated stations.  As the weather warms up Burke Lake Golf will feature Get Golf Ready classes, junior classes and camps, as well as private and group lessons.  Find out about the Afternoon Drive special Monday through Thursday, now through February. All buckets of balls are $2 off from 4 until 8 p.m. You can also visit Mulligan's Grill for upgraded food and drink options like wraps, wings, chicken fingers, beer and wine. Visit Burke Lake Golf Center for a host of new programs, special outings and events and opportunities for golfing fun. Burke Lake Golf Center is located at 6915 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA and is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

The Fairfax County Park Authority has added another 36.9 acres of parkland to its holdings through a donation from Jennings Business Park LLC in December 2018. The wooded land is an addition to Loisdale Park and is intended for recreational use, including hiking, biking and walking trails. It can be found on Tax Map 90-4 ((1)) 6 B. Loisdale Park is located at 7419 Loisdale Road in Springfield. The Park Authority continues to acquire land throughout Fairfax County via purchases, donations and a host of other mechanisms. Currently, the Park Authority owns or cares for more than 23,500 acres, or approximately nine percent of the open space in Fairfax County. Over half of all FCPA land holdings remain in their natural state. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.   

Archaeologists Grapple with a Metallic Mystery in artiFACTS

Sometimes, what you don’t know can be as revealing as what you do know. That’s the case with the items featured in this month’s edition of artiFACTS, a website feature from the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Archaeology and Collections Branch. County archaeologists let you in on a mystery they’ve been trying to solve regarding some small pieces of metal recovered from a site in Fairfax County. Turn to artiFACTS, and discover how staff have been trying to piece together the story of these pieces of metal from historic records, old-fashioned spinning practices, and knowledge about the enslaved community who once lived in Fairfax County. Visit the artiFacts webpage. Each month, artiFACTS highlights an item from the Park Authority’s vast collection of historic treasures. The collection includes more than 5,000 objects, such as quilts, chairs, baskets, machines, and clothing; thousands of archival items, such as photographs, letters, maps, and other documents; and upwards of three million artifacts that include archaeological finds, such as spear points and pottery. From glass fragments, to clothing to furniture, the items tell the story of our region’s past. For more information about the Park Authority’s Museum Collections, contact Heritage Resource Specialist Megan Leining at 703-631-1429 or at megan.leining@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Meet, greet, learn and earn. The Fairfax County Park Authority is hosting a Meet & Greet for its Historic Sites Volunteer Corps (HSVC) on January 31, 2019.  Park Authority staff will be there to talk about the things the Corps has done and will be doing in the coming year.   In the past, Corps volunteers have helped clean up historic sites that are part of the county’s Resident Curator Program. Their work has opened the way for residents to partner with the county to save select historic structures. HSVC is a marvelous opportunity to use household and construction skills to care for cultural resources and historic properties and to protect Fairfax County’s history. Volunteers for HSVC learn the specifics of caring for buildings with historical importance and earn the pride of knowing they’ve done something that will have an impact for decades and, perhaps, generations.  The Meet & Greet will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at Hunter House inside Nottoway Park at 9537 Courthouse Road in Vienna, Va. For more information or to RSVP for the gathering, contact Margaret.Canilang@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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9:00AM, (5-9 yrs.) Pack up your favorite doll for the morning and explore the…

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9:00AM, (13-Adult) Hike with a naturalist at Riverbend Park to search for…

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12:00PM, (8-12 yrs.) This workshop at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the…

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10:00AM, (7-Adult) Come to Frying Pan Farm Park and learn how easy and…

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11:00AM, (8-Adult) Students learn to use hand-held Global Positioning System (…

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12:00PM, (6-Adult) Students explore Virginia’s ecosystem in this nature series…

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1:30PM, (3-8 yrs.) Dinosaurs once roamed all the Earth, places far and near.…

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4:00PM, (10-Adult) Hone your fishing skills with this hands-on workshop at Lake…

 
 

Groundbreakings and Openings

Diane Willen’s sunrise photo of Burke Lake Park was named the People’s Choice Winner in the 2019 First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest. More than 1,250 people voted on the 15 finalists in the People’s Choice category. Willen’s photo received 209 votes, earning her 16 percent of the total vote.   Fairfax County Park Authority also named Brian W. Knight the Judges’ Choice Winner. Judges felt that his photo of fiancée Christy Wahle striking a pose at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve perfectly captured the spirit of the annual First Hike initiative.   Hundreds of people rang in the new year by taking a hike on Fairfax County Park Authority trails  and nearly 280 of them submitted photos for this year’s contest – more than triple that of last year. This year’s contest was expanded to encourage more park-goers to get outside and explore Fairfax County parks and trails.  Photo eligibility was expanded from five trails to the entire Park Authority trail system and voting was expanded to include more than just Facebook users. Both winners will receive a four-month RECenter pass valued at up to $300. For more info on First Hike Fairfax, visit First Hike. Media Note: Click photos to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157704058540691

Colvin Run Mill Friends Group Signs Agreement with FCPA

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Friends of Colvin Run Mill (FOCRM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, to govern the group’s efforts at the historic mill in Great Falls, Virginia. The document was signed with a quill at the 1810 miller's house. FOCRM is a non-profit organization that provides financial and volunteer support for programs and activities at Colvin Run Mill. Among its many activities, the group has paid for and developed new interactive tour tablets, purchased barrels for the mill and funded popular programs such as Santa at the Mill. An MOU establishes a framework for a productive working relationship between organizations in order for mutual support to continue and prosper. Friends Group MOUs cover issues ranging from services offered to finances to governance and administration. Pictured are (left to right): Colvin Run Mill Manager Mike Henry, Fairfax County Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon, and Friends of Colvin Run Mill President Gene Bacher. For more information about the Park Authority, visit online at Parks. Media Note: Click photo to download

FROGS Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Green Spring Gardens

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday, January 4, 2019, at Green Spring Gardens. FROGS was established in 1993 with the sole mission of supporting Green Spring Gardens. Over the last 25 years, it has provided more than $2 million in funding for the public garden and historic site in Alexandria, Virginia. An MOU establishes a framework for a productive working relationship between organizations in order for mutual support to continue and prosper. Friends group MOUs cover issues ranging from services offered to finances to governance and administration. Pictured are (left to right): FCPA Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer Sara Baldwin, FROGS President Sarah Munroe, and Green Spring Gardens Site Manager Nicole Conners. Susan Voss, who was not present in the photo, was instrumental in the MOU process for FROGS and the Federation of Friends Groups that support FCPA. For more information about the Park Authority, visit online at Parks. Media Note: Click photo to download
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