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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Volunteers Turn Out for Clean-up at Historic Ash Grove

Volunteers pitched in on October 26, 2019, to help clean up around the historic Ash Grove house in the Tysons area. Their activities included trimming bushes, removing invasive plants, clearing vines from the building, and removing deadfall. The result was about 15 cubic yards of material removed from the property. Their efforts were part of the Volunteer Fairfax Volunteer Fest. Ash Grove is one of the few 18th century Virginia houses built by the Fairfax family that are still standing today. In 1747, Thomas, sixth Lord Fairfax, moved from England to Virginia to manage the Northern Neck Proprietary, land he inherited from his mother Catherine Culpeper Fairfax. It included more than five million acres of land in northern Virginia. The Ash Grove house is part of the Park Authority’s Resident Curator Program. Under this program to preserve historic properties, qualified tenants live rent-free in exchange for rehabilitating and maintaining these historic resources in accordance with established preservation standards. Pictured from left to right are: John Hopkins, Julie Herlands, Everett Herlands, Sophie Shayne, Kameela Lemma, Beth Barns. For more information, visit Resident Curator Program: Ash Grove Media Note: Click photo to download

New Richard Bland Lee Sign Unveiled at Sully Historic Site

A new interpretive sign commemorating Richard Bland Lee’s government achievement in the late 18th century was unveiled at Sully Historic Site on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. The sign was developed in a partnership between the Park Authority and the Richard Bland Lee Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists (NSDAC). It is located close to a Civil War Trails sign that is near the gazebo at Sully. Members of the Daughters of American Colonists - Richard Bland Lee Chapter, Fairfax County Dignitaries, and Sully staff were on hand for the celebration. The house at Sully, built in 1794, was the country home of Richard Bland and Elizabeth Collins Lee. The new sign highlights Lee’s impact on early American life, including his time in the Federal Congress, as a commissioner supervising the reconstruction of buildings in Washington, D.C., after the War of 1812, and his service in the Virginia House of Delegates. Pictured left to right: Noreen McCann, Retired Visitor Services Manager, Sully Historic Site; Lee Hubbard, Vice Chair, Sully Foundation, Ltd.; Michael Frey, Sully Foundation Board; Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Kathy Smith, Sully District Representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director, Fairfax County Park Authority; Carol McDonnell, Sully Historic Site Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; and Tammy Higgs, Sully Historic Site Historian, Fairfax County Park Authority. Sully Historic Site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, Va. For more information about the historic site, call 703-437-1794. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157711660183458

For nearly one hour, this past Saturday, friends and family joined with local officials and Park Authority staff members to share remembrances and honor the work of two site volunteers -- Marjorie and Robert Lundegard. The honors extended to renaming the Colvin Run Barn, now known as the Marjorie and Robert Lundegard Education Center. The naming recognizes the couple’s longtime advocacy for parks, education and history in Fairfax County, especially at Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls, VA. The Lundegards spent much of their retirement volunteering and spearheading preservation efforts at the mill. Following Mr. Lundegard’s death this past May, he was hailed as a park icon and a dedicated and visionary leader. It was his wife, Marjorie, an acclaimed author and Fairfax County educator who first introduced Robert to the passion of mills. Over the years, the Lundegards traveled to other mills, bringing back their historic stories which were published with proceeds supporting Colvin Run Mill. Pictured from left to right at the unveiling of the new sign are Cindy Walsh, director of the Park Services Division, Paul Lundegard, Marjorie Lundegard, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, Site Manager Mike Henry, Dranesville District Park Authority Board District Rep Tim Hackman, State Senator Barbara Favola and Gene Bachman, president of the Friends of Colvin Run Mill. For more information about this unique historic site and operating mill, visit Colvin Run Mill. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157711537864991

Put a New Twist in Drinking Style with artiFACTS

When Colonists of the 1700s ordered a drink with a twist, the meaning was a bit different than it is today. Discover the popular twist that gave drinkware a new look in the mid-18th century and learn how economics played a part in the design. Visit artiFACTS to learn about this stylish glassware import and find where county archaeologists raised a glass from the past. The Park Authority’s collections include more than 5,000 historic 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. All come with their own stories to tell. artiFACTS permits us to showcase a small sampling of these treasures to educate, enlighten and entertain. 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.

Park Authority Deputy Appointed to NACPRO Board

The National Association of County Park and Recreational Officials (NACPRO) announced the recent appointment of Fairfax County Park Authority Deputy Director and Chief of Business and Development Aimee Vosper to the Board of Directors. NACPRO is a non-profit professional organization which advances official policies that promote county and regional park and recreation issues. NACPRO provides members with the opportunity to network, exchange ideas and best practices, and enhance professional development. In her role as Deputy Director, Ms. Vosper oversees the Planning and Development Division, Resource Management Division and Automated Services Branch. She also serves as the liaison to the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Previous to her work with the Park Authority, she worked with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission as Director of Environmental Programs, and with the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, where she served as Division Chief in Planning and Development. Ms. Vosper is a licensed Landscape Architect. For more information please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Simplify your Holiday Shopping with Park Authority Gift Cards

This holiday season give the gift that’s always a perfect fit. Treat everyone on your list to a Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Gift Card they can customize to suit their own style. FCPA gift cards can be used for camps, classes, workouts or a day at the water park. The cards can help keep kids busy or help adults with their New Year’s fitness resolutions. Recipients can use the cards to learn a new skill or pursue a familiar passion. Gifts cards make a great stocking stuffer or present for that person who seems to have everything. You can purchase FCPA gift cards at all RECenters and Nature Centers in amounts ranging in value from $20 to $999. They can be used to purchase RECenter passes, FCPA classes and camps, admission to the Water Mine, and rounds of miniature golf at all courses except Jefferson District. For the golfer in your life, golf gift cards are available at all FCPA golf courses in amounts starting as low as $25. One card is good for all seven golf courses. The cards can be used for greens fees, range fees, food and beverages, and merchandise at pro shops. These golf cards are not valid at RECenters, pools, fitness rooms, parks and nature centers, or for trips and tours. Find all the details at Gift Cards. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

The Fairfax County Park Authority is conducting an in-depth study of Off-Leash Dog Areas (i.e. dog parks) in Fairfax County. The community is asked to share its insights through the project’s public survey. The survey will be open through December 15, 2019 and is available on the project’s website at Dog Park Study. The purpose of the study is to assess current and future needs and priorities for dog parks throughout the county. Based on community input, spatial analysis, and a review of national trends in dog park planning, the Park Authority will adopt strategies for long-term planning, development, and management of dog parks. The areas of evaluation of this study include county-wide needs and accessibility, design and site placement guidelines, maintenance and operations, rules and etiquette, and sponsorship and volunteer groups. Comments on the study will be received by the Park Authority until December 15, 2019. Written comments should be directed to Project Manager Adam Wynn, Planning & Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 406, Fairfax, VA 22035. Email comments may be sent to: Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. For more information contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or via parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.
 
 
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9:00AM, (18 years and older) 9 a.m. (Shotgun Start), Greendale Golf Course.…

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10:30AM, (10-Adult) Get an insider’s look at historic Colvin Run Mill, and see…

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1:00PM, (16-Adult) Fruits and vegetables make beautiful features in floral…

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7:00PM, (3-5 yrs.) Preschoolers are full of questions about the world around…

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1:00PM, (Adults) Pie is an American tradition and the history of pie is rich in…

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1:00PM, (3-Adult) Discover Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with our historians or…

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1:00PM, (5-Adult) See Sully behind the scenes as never before -- completely…

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