Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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703-324-8702 | 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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Park News

First Hike Fairfax 2019: More Hikes and Photo Contest Prizes

Start the new year off right by exploring trails in Fairfax County! The Fairfax County Park Authority’s First Hike Fairfax returns with expanded hike options and photo contest prizes for your New Year’s Day hike. On January 1, the Fairfax County Park Authority is joining with America’s state parks and Virginia State Parks for First Day Hike Programs to encourage everyone to start 2019 with an outdoor hike. Last year, thousands of people rang in the New Year with hikes throughout the country, including right here in Fairfax County. It’s easy and fun. Visit any Fairfax County Park Authority trail on January 1, 2019. Pick your favorite photo to enter into the Fairfax County Park Authority’s First Hike Photo Contest by January 2. All photographers will receive two free RECenter guest passes and will be eligible to win one of two prizes: Park Authority staff will select a “Judges’ Choice” and the general public will vote on a “People’s Choice” winner. Both winners will receive a free four-month RECenter pass valued at up to $300. We’ve picked five family-friendly starter hikes at some really great parks in Fairfax County. Visit First Hike Fairfax for more info. This year, you’re also invited to head outside to any other Fairfax County Park Authority trail for your hike. Information on Fairfax County trails may be found at Trail Buddy. The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. Limit one photo entry per person. Photos must be JPG, JPEG or PNG format. Entrants may be asked to verify that the hike took place on a Fairfax County Park Authority trail on January 1, 2019. Full contest rules and a link for photo submission will be available at First Hike no later than December 28, 2018. First Hike Fairfax kicks off the Park Authority’s Healthy Strides 12 Steps for a Healthier 2019, a year of healthy living ideas for you and your family. For more fresh ideas, visit Healthy Strides and sign up for the e-newsletter with monthly tips to get you and your family energized.

Gorham Reappointed to Park Board for Mount Vernon District

Mount Vernon Supervisor Daniel G. Storck has reappointed Linwood Gorham to the Fairfax County Park Board as the representative of the Mount Vernon District. Action came at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Gorham was first appointed to the Park Board in 2011 by then Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerald Hyland. He was elected Treasurer of the Park Board in 2017 and currently serves on the Executive Committee, as well as holding multiple leadership positions: Chair, Park Operations Committee Vice Chair, Park Services and Golf Committee Vice Chair, Diversity and Succession Committee Vice chair, Resource Management Committee Member, Planning and Development Committee Linwood Gorham is a longtime resident of Lorton and lifelong resident of Fairfax County. He has served with regional and state park systems to promote and improve services and facilities, as well as being an important part of community events such as parades and festivals. Fairfax County Park Authority Board members are appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and set policy and establish priorities for the park agency. The 12-member Park Board has members representing each magisterial district, as well as three at-large members. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. */ /*-->*/

Come to Winter Fun Days and then Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Don’t worry about cabin fever this winter. There’s lots to do when it’s cold and snowy outside. Register your kids for “Winter Fun Days” at Sully Historic Site and find ways to keep everyone entertained when going outside isn’t a great option. During the program, children age 6 to 12 will discover fun games and learning activities they can do at home the next time everyone is snowed in. Participants will make a historic craft to take with them and warm up with hot cider. Winter Fun Days runs on Sunday, January 13, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $8 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register for Winter Fun Days Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-437-1794 or visit Sully Historic Site.

Open the World to your Little Tyke with the Parktykes Program

Youngsters have a natural fascination with the world around them. Give them new worlds to explore with the “Parktykes” program at Lake Accotink Park. At Parktykes, you and your toddler will join a Lake Accotink naturalist in the classroom and outdoors to discover the wonders of the natural world. This program is designed for budding explorers age one to four. It runs from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, and the cost is $9 per child. Meet at the park’s visitor center. Register for Parktykes Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA. For more information, call 703-569-3464 visit Lake Accotink Park.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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8:00PM, (6-Adult) Take advantage of this unique opportunity and stay out late…

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5:00PM, (2-Adult) The Campground at Lake Fairfax Park is being transformed into…

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6:00PM, (5-12 yrs.) Kids Only. No parents allowed. Join us at Riverbend Park…

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7:00PM, (3-Adult) Join us for a night of campfire, s’mores and more at Lake…

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2:00PM, (2-Adult) Make your own seasonal wreath out of vines decorated with…

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4:00PM, (5-Adult) Come to Sully Historic Site and enjoy seasonal music, cider…

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5:00PM, (2-Adult) The Campground at Lake Fairfax Park is being transformed into…

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2:00PM, Come to Spring Hill RECenter on December 16 from 2 - 4 p.m. to learn…

 
 

Groundbreakings and Openings

Supervisors Honor Park Authority for National Accreditation

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors honored the Fairfax County Park Authority at its meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2018, for its re-accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Becoming accredited is one of the highest benchmarks of excellence that an agency can attain. Park and recreation agencies across the United States turn to CAPRA Accreditation as a credible and efficient means of achieving their goals of providing high quality services and experiences. Accreditation also provides assurance to the public that an agency meets national standards of best practice. This is the Park Authority’s third accreditation by CAPRA. The agency achieved its re-accreditation in 2018 by meeting all 151 national standards set by CAPRA. Pictured are members of the Board of Supervisors and Park Board, and Park Authority staff. For more information about the Park Authority, visit online at Parks. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157704324618305

Park Bench Dedication Held for Former Park Director

Parks and recreation icon William “Bill” Beckner, who passed away earlier this summer, was remembered fondly and honored on Saturday, November 17, 2018 with a park bench dedicated in his memory at Huntley Meadows Park. Beckner joined the Park Authority in 1977 as the agency’s chief naturalist. Eight years later, he led the agency’s detailed strategic planning process, and in February of 1989, he was named the Park Authority’s director. He served in that post until December 1993, when he left the FCPA to establish his own consulting business. Friends, family and colleagues joined together for the occasion including (from left to right) Harry Glasgow, former Park Authority Board member; Paul Baldino, former Park Authority Director; Lynn Tadlock, former FCPA Planning Division Director; Jean Van Devanter White, former Director, Park Foundation; Connie Weyant, former assistant to Bill Beckner; Jack Weyant, Director, Fairfax County Code Compliance; Nancy Magill, Bill Beckner’s life partner; Susan Allen, former member FCPA Conservation Division; Tim White, former Acting Director, FCPA; Annemarie and Rob Gremminger; Mona Enquist Johnston, former FCPA employee and volunteer; Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director, FCPA; Cindy Messinger, former Director, FCPA; Carolyn Gamble, former Huntley Meadows Park employee and volunteer, Nancy Vehrs, Prince William Native Plant Society. A post detailing Beckner’s contributions to the field of recreation and parks can be found at our blog. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157673719370177

Monticello Park Dedication Highlights Dog Park, Other Amenities

Members of the community, local officials and plenty of pooches gathered this past Saturday to celebrate the Fairfax County Park Authority’s official opening and ribbon cutting at Monticello Park located at 5315 Guinea Road in Burke, VA. The just-completed park features a challenge course, off-leash dog park, multi-use space and trails. The $1.5 million project was funded by the 2016 Park Bond. Pictured from left to right are: Members of the community and their canine companions, Kiel Stone, Braddock District Rep, Park Authority Board; John Cook (center), Braddock District Rep, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Tony Vellucci, former Park Authority Board Member; Margaret Thaxton, Director of Development, Fairfax County Park Foundation; Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director, Park Authority, Dave Bowden, Director of Planning and Development, Park Authority; Kelly Davis, Project Manager, Park Authority; and Mohammad Mahboob, Construction Manager, Park Authority. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157675880757098
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