Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

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

703-324-8700 | 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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On Saturday, February 8, 2020, students from the Oakton High School Environmental Club spent two hours removing invasive shrubs from Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton, VA. The students removed 15 bags of Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) as part of the Fairfax County Park Authority Invasive Management Area (IMA) program. The Fairfax County Park Authority’s IMA program encourages restoration and tree preservation through the removal of non-native invasive species. There are roughly 60 IMA sites throughout Fairfax County dealing with various invasive species. To find out more information about IMA and sign up for future workdays visit our Invasive Management Area web page. For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County parks, visit the Park Authority volunteer web page. Pictured in photo: On Saturday, February 8, 2020, students from the Oakton High School Environment Club removed 15 bags of invasive species from Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton, VA.   Media Note: Click photo to download

Volunteers Clean Up Lake Accotink Park on MLK Day of Service

More than 30 volunteers bundled up and braved the cold to help Lake Accotink Park on this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.   Friends of Lake Accotink Park (FLAP) sponsored the volunteer clean-up on Monday, January 20, 2020, at the park’s marina. FLAP board members Jim Hickey and Dave Gibson met the volunteers, provided trash bags and led the group to a successful day of giving back and making a difference. Volunteers filled dozens of trash bags with garbage collected in the park. FLAP holds monthly volunteer clean-ups at several Lake Accotink Park locations. For more information about FLAP events, visit Friends of Lake Accotink Park. For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County parks, visit the Park Authority volunteer page. Pictured in photo:  Brian, Tatiana and Thomas Lisle of Springfield, Virginia, participate in the Friends of Lake Accotink Park volunteer clean-up event on Monday, January 20, 2020. Media Note: Click photo to download

Volunteers Spend Day Off Cleaning Up Rabbit Branch Park

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Braddock Supervisor James Walkinshaw, along with the Royal Lake Park Volunteer Team (aka Friends of Royal Lake) engaging more than 60 volunteers, honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a day of service at Rabbit Branch Park in Fairfax, Virginia. The group braved frigid temps all morning to clean up the park, stream and surrounding wooded areas, removing 18 large bags of trash. They also gave the park sign a refresh by carefully hand-painting the faded lettering and touching up worn spots. The Park Authority provided the paint and supplies and provided project oversight. Photo: Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw and Royal Lake Park Volunteer Team Lead Sarah Lennon are joined by more than 60 volunteers for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service event at Rabbit Branch Park in Fairfax. Media Note: Click photo to download

nutcrackers

Did you ever wonder where the craze for collecting nutcracker dolls came from? Nutcrackers have a fascinating history, and they can be found in many parts of the world. During the “Age of Elegance” private tour of the 1794 house, not only will you learn about how Christmas was celebrated by the families who lived in the historic home, you can also catch a glimpse of the display case featuring nutcrackers and learn more about their history. Safe, walk-through private tours are offered from Dec. 3, 2020 until Jan. 3, 2021, Thursdays through Sundays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., with a 5 p.m. tour available on Saturday. The 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. tours include candlelight! Each private tour session is reserved for one family group or pod. Each tour time slot is 45 minutes. At the end of your tour, take home a special wrapped treat to enjoy. Admission is $25 for 1-2 people, $45 for 3-9 people. Guests are asked to arrive 10 minutes early to allow time for temperature checks and a short health screening questionnaire. Register for the Age of Elegance Tour Sully, the home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first congressman, will be decorated for the holiday season, including the Christmas tree trimmed according to the memories of an 1885 visitor. Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, Virginia. Please call 703-437-1794 for more information, or visit Sully Historic Site.  

golf gifts

Golf has been growing in popularity as a safe way to enjoy the outdoors while having fun and getting fit. If you have a new golfer in the family, or a game veteran, tuck a Golf Fairfax gift card in their stocking or put a bow on some new equipment for them this holiday season. Golf Gift Cards can be purchased at all of the county’s golf courses and pro shops in amounts starting as low as $25. Buy them at the Burke Lake Golf Center, Greendale Golf Course, Jefferson District Golf Course, Laurel Hill Golf Club, Oak Marr Golf Complex, Pinecrest Golf Course and Twin Lakes Golf Course. They can be used for greens fees, buckets of balls at a driving range, food and beverages, private lessons, or items from the course pro shops. At the pro shops, look for seasonal specials on name-brand sports apparel for men and women, as well as golf clubs, shoes, balls, sunglasses and other essentials. The Laurel Hill Golf Club is even offering virtual pro shop tours and curbside pickup service. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662, or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

puppet show

The Fairfax County Park Authority is celebrating its 70th Anniversary on Dec. 6, 2020 with a special “thank you” gift for the kids of all ages who have enjoyed county parks for the past seven decades. Enjoy a little bit of magic with Bob Brown’s Magic Toyshop Puppet Show, live from Frying Pan Farm Park. The popular children’s entertainer will be bringing his merry marionettes to life in a show that will be available on Zoom at 10 a.m. on Dec. 6. Meet Ted E. Bear, Carl and his incredible Crayola Calliope, and extraordinary juggler Jack. If you would like to join the fun, pre-register for the event here. This special performance is being sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. You can find more information on other 70th anniversary events and programs at the park's 70th anniversary website. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662, or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

fitness

Enjoy a free workout with a “70” theme and join in the fun as the Fairfax County Park Authority celebrates its 70th anniversary on Dec. 6, 2020. All the workouts will be broadcast live via Zoom from Spring Hill RECenter. Start your day at 7 a.m. with 90 minutes of “Sun Salutations with the Sunrise.” During class, complete 70 sun salutations of varying difficulties. The program will be hosted by Hannah Hutton. At 8:30 a.m., grab your legwarmers or disco clothes and flash back to the 1970s with a 55-minute “Cardio Party through the Decades.” Liz Ittner will be your Zoom host as instructor Kristen Pierce incorporates the “70” theme into your workout. Focus on building muscles at 10 a.m. with the “Strong for 70” exercise class. Complete 70 reps of each exercise as Liz Ittner again plays host and instructor Laurie Strickland leads you through these fitness challenges. Since it’s a day of celebration for the Park Authority, look for special surprises, such as trivia, polls and prize giveaways. You can find links to register for any or all of these fitness events on the Park Authority’s 70th anniversary website. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.
 
 
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