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

Park Authority Joins National Bike Your Park Day Celebration

The Fairfax County Park Authority joins with Bike Fairfax to welcome cyclists to the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail on Saturday, September 29, 2018, as part of National Bike Your Park Day festivities. The ride will begin at Audrey Moore RECenter (in Wakefield Park) at 10 a.m. and feature welcoming remarks from Congressman Gerry Connolly and other officials. Audrey Moore RECenter is located at 8100 Braddock Road in Annandale. Following this brief ceremony, Bike Fairfax will lead a six mile family ride from Wakefield Park to Lake Accotink and back. Managing over 23,000 acres of land, the Park Authority is the leading provider of active and passive recreational facilities in the region. Trails provide one of the primary means for citizens to enjoy the many oases of green in the County, with hundreds of miles of trails in the County park system alone. While trails are used for a variety of recreational purposes, they also serve the community by providing connectivity as transportation corridors between homes, businesses, schools and parks. The Park Authority's trails are shared by bike riders, walkers, joggers and horseback riders alike. To find out about trails in Fairfax County, please visit Trails. Find out more about trail development here. Check out Trail Buddy here. In the past two years, more than 20,000 people in all 50 states and 10 countries participated in Bike Your Park Day. There are currently 10 rides being organized in Fairfax County, and nearly 50 across Virginia. The event is being coordinated by the Adventure Cycling Association. For more information visit Bike Your Park Day. Download Flyer To register for the Bike Fairfax Ride, email bikefairfax@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-877-5625.

Hear an Exploration of Laurel Hill’s Past and Present

Engage in history, golf and delicious food on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 8 a.m., for a limited engagement, retrospective conversation of the vision and creation of Laurel Hill Golf Club. The event was planned in conjunction with the release of a 12-page biography featured in The Golfer’s Journal, that profiles and illustrates the transformation of Laurel Hill and explores the land’s past series of dramatic uses that “inextricably link the area with American history,” including a nuclear missile facility, anti-aircraft missile site and a penitentiary. Bill Love, legendary golf course designer and the architect who created Laurel Hill, will lead the conversation and give an in-depth view from his initial reaction of seeing the land, to the construction of Laurel Hill’s championship golf course.  “We didn’t move much dirt, and we didn’t clear many trees. Our goal on nearly every project is to identify and highlight the natural features of the site and allow the golf course to reveal itself,” stated architect Love. Also joining the panel is Brian Kington, onsite lead architect, and Joshua Stueve, journalist and author of The Golfer’s Journal article. "Laurel Hill has an incredible story to tell," said Joshua Stueve, writer for The Golfer's Journal. "It's rich history includes connections to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, President Teddy Roosevelt and women's suffrage, the Cold War and nuclear missiles, and to an extremely violent maximum security prison. Unquestionably, Laurel Hill has experienced a remarkable evolution over the last 230-plus years, with it's latest claim to fame being that it is home to one of the top municipal golf courses in the country. This rich and complex story was perfect for The Golfer's Journal, which captures the heart and soul of the game by shining a sophisticated light on the culture, history, places, and characters that define the golf’s unique personality and undeniable allure." This exclusive event is $100 per person ($50 for Laurel Hill members) and includes a continental breakfast, walking tour on the course, lunch, panel discussion and Q&A, followed by 18 holes of golf with a cart and a commemorative gift. For more information or to register, visit Laurel Hill Golf Club. The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Laurel Hill Golf Club is located at 8701 Laurel Crest Drive in Lorton, VA.

Fall Harvest Celebration Comes to Three Local Markets

As we embrace the first autumn breezes of the season, the Fairfax County Farmers Markets will be hosting a Fall Harvest Celebration at three market locations. Fall marks one of the most abundant times of the year.  Fall favorites like pumpkins and apples will start rolling into season. Kids are invited to paint pumpkins, play fall harvest bingo, and show off their costumes. In celebration of the bountiful fall season, we will have a free gift basket raffle and host healthy cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Join in the tasty fun at Park Authority farmers markets! Thursday, October 25 Annandale Farmers Market Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, 8 a.m.-noon Friday, October 27 Kingstowne Farmers Market In the Giant parking lot, 5870 Kingstowne Towne Center, Kingstowne, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 31 Wakefied Farmers Market Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. This activity is free and open to the public, but supplies are limited. Our markets are strictly producer-only meaning that our vendors must grow or make from scratch everything they bring to market. This gives customers the unique opportunity to ask farmers directly about their growing methods, animal welfare practices, and more. For a Produce Guide of harvest times please click here.   For information, including locations, directions and a list of vendors go to Farmers Markets or call the  Community Horticulture Office at 703-642-0128.

Volunteer in a Park on National Public Lands Day

The Fairfax County Park Authority is marking National Public Lands Day with multiple activities across the county on multiple days. The 25th Annual National Public Lands Day, a designated day for outdoor lovers to give back to nature, is Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Local parks are celebrating the occasion on more than one single day. Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Va., opens the weekend with a group cleanup at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve on Friday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. Call Riverbend at 703-759-9018 to reserve a spot. There will be a watershed cleanup at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (ECLP) in Chantilly, Va., from   9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. Contact ECLP at 703-631-0013 for details. The Park Authority’s Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program will hold four work sessions on Sept. 22 at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site in Great Falls, Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Va., Blake Lane Park in Oakton, Va., and Royal Lake Park in Fairfax, Va. To join one of those workdays, see the IMA Calendar at or call 703-324-8661 or 703-324-6525.  More information about the parks and the volunteer opportunities around National Public Lands Day can be found here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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9:30AM, (2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Vegetable Garden to explore what’s…

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1:30PM, (16-Adult) Learn how to select trees and shrubs that thrive in Northern…

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5:00PM, (6-12 yrs.) Explore the world of geology as we experiment, test rocks…

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7:30AM, (13-Adult) Paddle Lake Accotink’s tranquil waters with a naturalist…

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8:00AM, (7 - adult) 8 a.m. – noon, Burke Lake Golf Center, 703-323-1641. Teams…

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10:00AM, (2-Adult) Let one of our naturalists give you a live introduction to…

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1:00PM, (All Ages) Nature Playce and the environmentally-friendly parking lot…

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2:00PM, (6-12 yrs. & 13-Adult) Students explore Virginia’s ecosystem in…

 
 

Groundbreakings and Openings

Valis Family Golf Learning Center Opened at Pinecrest Golf

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Valis Family Golf Learning Center at Pinecrest Golf Course in Annandale, Va. The expanded facility was named in recognition of Wayne and Angela Valis’ generous donation of a new TrackMan 4 Golf Simulator. The center offers year-round practice and play opportunities. Pictured in the photo, from left to right: Penny Gross, Mason District Rep, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Wayne and Angela Valis along with members of the Valis family; Steve Thormahlen, Board of Director, Fairfax County Park Foundation; Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director, Fairfax County Park Authority; Dave Bowden, Planning & Development Director, Fairfax County Park Authority; Bobbi Longworth, Executive Director, Fairfax County Park Foundation; Todd Johnson, Golf Enterprises Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; Sarah Oberther, Pinecrest Golf Course Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; and others golf enthusiasts. Media Note: Click photo to download.   See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157698268347262

Celebration Honors Partnership with Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Foundation and the Fairfax County Park Authority celebrated the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund’s (JPMF) 20th Anniversary with a Family Fun Day Celebration at Our Special Harbor in Alexandria, VA.  Located in Lee District Family Recreation Area, Our Special Harbor is a fully accessible sprayground inspired by Joey Pizzano’s love of the Chesapeake Bay. In 2009, JPMF donated the turnkey design and construction of Our Special Harbor. Earlier this year, JPMF donated a gift in excess of $40,000 to the Fairfax County Park Foundation to mark the 20-year anniversary. Their generosity funded four wheelchairs for Fairfax County Park Authority’s adapted aquatics programs at Audrey Moore, Lee District, Oak Marr and South Run RECenters. It also funded four new features at Our Special Harbor in honor of the organization’s 20th anniversary. Pictured in the photo, from left to right: Supervisor Jeff McKay, Lee District Rep, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Heather Lynch, Our Special Harbor Project Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; Paola and Bob Pizzano, the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund; and Dave Bowden, Director, FCPA Planning and Development. Media Note: Click to download photo. See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157671408630307

New Turf Field Upgrades Dedicated at Nottoway Park

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority cut the ribbon on a newly renovated synthetic turf field at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Va. Local officials and field users gathered to celebrate the completion of Field #4. This field was closed this past spring to allow for the reorientation and enlargement of the rectangular field. This multi-sports field is now 360’ by 220’ and can be used for field hockey, football, boys and girls lacrosse and soccer. The $1.7 million project also included the installation of a synthetic turf surface, storm drainage, storm water management facilities and LED sports lighting. Pictured from left to right are: Members of the public and Area 1 Maintenance Crew Members along with David Pedersen; Park Authority Board Member Ken Quincy; Area Manager Russell Arrington; Vivian Morgan Mendez, Friends of Nottoway Park; Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth; Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon; Nottoway field users Madeline Seminaro, Noor Chaudhury and Max Seminaro; Michael Seminaro, Vienna Youth Soccer (VYS) Treasurer; Dave Bowden, Director, FCPA Park Planning and Development; Fernando Mendez, Friends of Nottoway Park; Park Volunteer John Hopkins; and Robert Lesjack, VYS President. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157701481402595
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