Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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

703-324-8702 | 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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Capital One Team Offers Service at Pine Ridge Park

A dozen employees from Capital One in Tysons offered their services to the Fairfax County Park Authority (FPCA) on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, to do some cleanup work at Pine Ridge Park in Annandale, Virginia. The volunteers spent four hours gathering trash and filled 14 trash bags. The group contacted the FCPA’s Park Operations Division Community Support Specialist to volunteer through the agency’s Cleanup Blitz Program. The program finds volunteer projects at county parks for groups, organizations and businesses that want to provide community service or engage in team-building activities. To learn more about the Cleanup Blitz Program, contact Julie Tahan at Julie.Tahan@fairfaxcounty.gov. For more information about the Park Authority, visit online at Parks. Media Note: Click photo to download

Improved Oak Marr Driving Range Officially Cuts the Ribbon

An open house and official ribbon cutting were just part of the fun last week at Oak Marr Golf Complex. Officials, golfers, site staff and project team members gathered to mark the official re-opening of the recently renovated driving range. More than 20 years after first opening its doors in 1998, the Oak Marr Golf Complex received a well-deserved upgrade. The $2 million capital improvement project, funded via voter-approved park bonds, has significantly improved and updated the Oak Marr Golf Complex driving range. The new and improved double-decker driving range is fast becoming a destination for family fun and a social mecca with programs, clinics, and lessons, as well as casual events for golfers of all skill levels. In 2012, the Park Authority hired the National Golf Foundation (NGF) to perform a financial and operational analysis of the Park Authority’s seven golf courses. NGF recommended upgrading the Oak Marr driving range to include regrading for improved drainage and ball collection, replace the irrigation system, increase the number and quality of the target greens, improve lighting and switch to token-less dispensers. The project includes some unique elements: 11 acres of Bermuda grass sod was put down as part of this project. The driving range features LED lights with ball tracker technology—instant-on, no warming up required—that will result in reduced energy and maintenance costs. Lots of folks gathered for the ribbon cutting photo including (left to right) golfers and site staff members, golf instructors, Roberta Korzen, Golf Marketing Specialist, Andy Elkins, Oak Marr Golf Complex Manager, Ken Quincy (center) Park Authority Board Representative, Providence District; Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; David Bowden, Director, Park Planning and Development Division; Architect Brian Kington, Love & Kington Golf Course Design, Todd Johnson, Director, Golf Enterprises, and Chairman Bill Bouie, Fairfax County Park Authority Board. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157680288890958

SpringFEST Poetry Showcase Highlights Student Poetry Winners

Winners of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s “Game On!” youth poetry contest were honored on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the SpringFEST celebration at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA. In recognition of National Poetry Month in April, the Park Authority invited children in kindergarten through eighth grade to write poems inspired by the fun, joy and excitement of parks. Three winners in each age category were selected from 132 entries. The nine winners received $50 Park Authority gift cards and were invited to read their poems at the festival on Saturday.The contest and showcase were presented by the Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. The poets were joined on stage by Natalie Potell, Fairfax County Firefighter and the 2018-2020 Prince William County Poet Laureate. Inspired by the SpringFEST theme of Healthy Planet-, Healthy People, Ms. Potell wrote and shared an original poem entitled “In Winter.” Back Row (left to right): Ken Quincy, Providence representative, Park Authority Board; Natalie Potell, Prince William County Poet Laureate; Cristin Bratt, Deputy Public Information Officer, Park Authority; Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director, Park Authority; Harry Glasgow, Fairfax County Park Foundation Board member; Lane Brooks, Fairfax County Park Foundation Board Treasurer; and Ashley Chon of Vienna, sixth grader at Colvin Run Elementary School. Front Row (left to right): Elias Rhee of Fairfax, fifth grader at Mantua Elementary School; Naomi Rucker of Springfield, fifth grader at West Springfield Elementary School; Bianca Volociuc of Fairfax, fourth grader at Fairhill Elementary School; Aabaq Gaffar of Vienna, sixth grader at Mosby Woods Elementary School; Zoya Quraishi of Ashburn, kindergarten homeschool student; Lauren Miller of Chantilly, first grader at Lees Corner Elementary School, and Emma Davis of Alexandria, kindergartener at Mount Eagle Elementary School. Not pictured: Betty Schlageter-Prettyman of Vienna, sixth grader at Fairhill Elementary School. For more information on the poetry contest and showcase, visit Park Authority Poetry Contest. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157708193730085

Parking Just Got Easier for Visitors to Idylwood Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority has wrapped up an improvement project at Idylwood Park in Falls Church, Virginia, that will make parking easier and the park more accessible. The project included fully paving the parking lot, which had been comprised of compacted gravel that presented maintenance and accessibility issues. Contractors from Southern Asphalt improved the parking lot and drive to comply with ADA accessibility requirements. Additional striped parking spaces were added by reconfiguring the overall layout to be more efficient. The allocation of money for the $309,732 project was provided through the county’s infrastructure project fund. Park neighbors were invited to a site meeting last year to discuss the proposed improvements. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Burn Calories Without Burning Through Your Wallet

There’s never been a better time to get in shape and take advantage of all that Fairfax County Park Authority RECenters have to offer. Memberships are on sale now through June 15. RECenters are more than just a gym. The county’s nine RECenters offer drop-in group fitness classes, cybex and free weights, cardio machines, saunas, spas, pools, indoor tracks, indoor basketball and racquetball courts, and even ice skating. Amenities vary by facility, and one membership grants access to all nine RECenters spread throughout the county. First-time members get a series of three coaching sessions, a body composition analysis and special RECenter rewards valued at $165. Find the membership that’s right for you. Prices vary for single, two-person and family memberships, and as well as for youth and seniors. Memberships can be purchased at all Park Authority RECenters and online at Membership Sale. Act by June 15 to save 15 percent on all 4-month and 12-month memberships. See the Membership Sale Flyer for details. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Summer Entertainment Series Salutes Cultures Around the World

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s 2019 Summer Entertainment Series honors the rich musical heritage of people around the world with Cultural Heritage Nights at Ossian Hall Park. This free international music and dance series promote awareness of the county’s cultural diversity. The Saturday evening shows put out the welcome mat for neighbors, introducing everyone through the sharing of cultures. June 15 -- Enjoy the exotic and diverse beauty of Taiwanese culture, dance and music with the “Taiwan Cultural Heritage Night ‘Hai Hua Community Center.” June 22 -- Journey with the Silk Road Dance Company to discover the rich dance traditions of the old Persian Empire and modern-day Iran at the "Iranian Persian Cultural Heritage Night.” June 29 -- Travel to China with the “China Cultural Heritage Night 'Hai Hua Community Center.’” Celebrate Chinese cultural heritage with dance and music. July 6 -- On “Korean Cultural Heritage Night,” come and experience the varied beauties of Korean culture, a gift to your eyes and your ears. July 13 -- The beauty and grace of traditional Central Asian dance comes to the stage with “Uzbekistan Cultural Heritage Night.” The award-winning Silk Road Dance Company celebrates traditional women’s dances of Uzbekistan. July 20 -- Enjoy traditional Bolivian music and dance at “Bolivia Cultural Heritage Night ‘Tradiciones Bolivianas.’” Tradiciones Bolivianas was formed by artists and tradition bearers to preserve and share the culture, music, dance and traditions of Bolivia. July 27 -- Celebrate Peru’s cultural heritage with dance and music. Come to “Peru Cultural Heritage Night 'Centro Cultural Peru.’” August 3 -- It’s time for “Indonesia Cultural Heritage Night 'Santi Budaya.’” This show is co-led by the music director of the of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C. August 17 -- Celebrate Irish traditions with the “Irish Cultural Heritage Night 'Irish Breakfast Band,’” featuring fiddles and flutes, piano and hammered dulcimer, cello, guitar, vocals, mandolins, banjo, bouzouki, bass, bones and bodhran (Irish drum). All performances are held at Ossian Hall Park, located at 7900 Heritage Drive in Annandale, Virginia. Show times are 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find more details at Performances. Concerts and movies are held outdoors and may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469) one hour prior to the start of the show for updates.

Park Board Approves Trail Remaining at Lake Fairfax Park

The Park Authority Board recently voted to rename Trail #8 as the Marc Genberg Trail at Lake Fairfax Park. The naming of this popular trail was proposed by the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, commonly known as MORE to honor Mr. Genberg, a long-time trail supporter and MORE volunteer. Mr. Genberg, who passed away in 2017 contributed significantly to the development and maintenance of multiple trail systems within Lake Fairfax Park over many years. He was well-known to the entire mountain bike and general trail user community. His countless volunteer hours included trail planning, trail building and trail maintenance. This action was taken in compliance with Park Policy 304, Naming of Parks and Facilities. A brief ceremony and sign unveiling in his honor is planned for June 1, 2019 at 10 a.m. June 1 is National Trails Day, a nationwide celebration of trails and their enjoyment. The ceremony will be held near the entrance to the Lake Fairfax Park Pump Track. Follow the signs to the event site and look for the awning. Parking is available between fields #5 and #6. Lake Fairfax Park is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive in Reston, VA. For more information contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.
 
 
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NOTICE: May 26, 2019 Due to mechanical issues, the carousel at Clemyjomtri Park will be closed tomorrow. However, the train will remain operational.

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