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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Pop-Up Park Pops Up in Annandale for Season of Fun

Annandale welcomed a pop-up park on Saturday, June 29, 2019, on what was formerly a bare concrete patch. This innovative approach to providing recreational access in urban landscapes was sponsored by the Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross, the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Development, Community Revitalization Section and the Fairfax County Park Authority. The 1,200-square-foot space is part of the county-owned land that is currently leased to a local nonprofit and has been transformed into a temporary community gathering spot with tables and chairs, game tables, landscaping, and an outdoor piano painted by Community Art For Everyone (CAFE) artists. Park patrons enjoyed visits with animals from Hidden Oaks Nature Center, gardening tips from Green Spring, golf tips from Pinecrest Golf, games, and a scavenger hunt and more. The community gathering space and adjacent parking lot will host flexible, family-friendly pop-up programming about once a month through October 5, 2019. Events include Arts Day on July 27, Fitness & Fun Day on August 24 and Taste of Annandale & Community Day on October 5. The goal is to eventually transform this temporary civic and park space into a permanent, more than half-acre park. Pictured at the outdoor piano: Mason District Supervisor Penelope Gross; left to right in back row are Laura Baker, Revitalization Program Manager, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Development, Community Revitalization Section, and Aimee Vosper, Deputy Director/Chief of Business and Development, Fairfax County Park Authority. For more information, visit the pop-up park’s webpage or contact Laura Baker, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Development, Community Revitalization Section, 703-324-9300, TTY 711. For more information about the Park Authority, visit Parks. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157709387932296

Recreation and Parks Month Proclaimed For July

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed July Recreation and Parks Month in Fairfax County at their regular meeting held Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The designation encourages residents to get their “Game On” and enjoy more than 425 parks, hundreds of miles of trails, athletic fields and open spaces, to name just a few systemwide amenities. The correlation between robust, healthy park systems, and healthy communities was mentioned as a prime reason to support the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA). In fact, recent studies conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that local parks or picnic areas are among the favorite outdoor places Americans visit to experience the health benefits of nature — such as reduced stress and increased energy levels. FCPA joined with the National Recreation and Park Association to celebrate the health benefits, the pleasure and the increased access to parkland and park amenities. Parks provide a connection to nature, which studies demonstrate relieves stress levels, tightens interpersonal relationships and improves overall mental health. Moreover, 26 percent of park and rec agencies nationwide offer nature centers where people of all ages can experience nature hands-on. Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors join with members of the Park Authority Board, Park Authority leadership and staff to mark the beginning of month-long activities, many of which are free. For a list of 31 things to do for free in area parks visit Game On.

Quantum Field Ribbon Cutting Brings New Turf to Tysons

Quantum Field officially opened last weekend and players will soon get the chance to enjoy this lighted, state-of-the-art synthetic turf rectangular field. Quantum Field and the adjacent parking lot were the result of a proffer agreement between the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Park Authority and The Meridian Group. Meridian designed and constructed the athletic field on a surface parking lot owned by Element Critical. The Fairfax Water Authority was a key player, assisting in the accommodation of nearby water mains. The field accommodates five sports on a 180’ by 360’ surface. The project also includes black vinyl perimeter chain link fencing, concrete walkways, bleacher pads, athletic field and parking lot lighting, sound containing walls and landscaping. Pictured from left to right are: David Gill, Wire Gill LLP; Cathy Lewis, Fairfax County Planning Division; Nora Mallett; Stephanie Pankiewiecz, LandDesign; Jim Holben, Marketing Manager, Element Critical; David Gelfond, Managing Director, The Meridian Group; Roger Wimmer, Operations Director, Vienna Youth Soccer; Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth; Russell James, Vice President, The Meridian Group; Providence District Park Authority Board Rep Ken Quincy; Dave Bowden, Director, Park Planning and Development Division; Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon; and Andi Dorlester, Planner, FCPA Park Planning Division. For more information contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157709234432626

Park Board Honors Collaboration with Strickland Awards

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has announced that Earth Sangha, founders Chris Bright and Lisa Bright, and Sophia Lynn and David Charles Frederick, will be honored with the 2019 Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award. Since 2004, Earth Sangha has provided oversight of the Marie Butler Leven Preserve, including significant invasive management and creation of a Native Arboretum. The group has created a “Local Ecotype” Native Wild Plant Nursery whose plants are available for local planting projects and has donated or discounted many plants for use in park and other county projects. It has coordinated the donation of thousands of hours of staff and volunteer time to Park Authority-related fieldwork projects, and it has built a broader and more committed constituency for parks and local ecology through hands-on fieldwork and schoolyard native-plant gardens by local school children. In addition, Sophia and her husband David partnered with Earth Sangha to fund a $450,000 restoration of the existing house at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve that included a complete exterior and interior renovation/modernization. Sophia served as the project manager for the house renovation/modernization project. The project was completed under a lease for use of the residence by Earth Sangha in accordance with the Cooperative Agreement between the Park Authority and Earth Sangha for stewardship of the Preserve. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board established the Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award in June 2015 in honor of the retiring Park Board member’s long service and significant contributions to the Park Authority. In the spirit of Strickland’s accomplishments, this award recognizes the value and importance of the teamwork and cooperation necessary to provide varied constituencies with state-of-the-art facilities in Fairfax County Parks, often at limited, reduced or no capital expense to the taxpayer. The winners will be honored at a Park Authority ceremony in November that is co-sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Boy Scout Honored for Environmental Work at Frying Pan

John Foong will be honored by the Fairfax County Park Authority Board as the recipient of the 2019 Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award for his work at Frying Pan Farm Park. In the spring of 2018, Foong proposed an extensive soil and water conservation project as part of his journey to earning a Boy Scouts of America Hornaday Award, an even higher level of accomplishment than Eagle Scout rank. An avid naturalist, he wanted his project to make a difference in a local ecosystem. Foong worked with Park Authority staff to develop an ambitious plan to remove invasive plants and replace them with native plants as part of the agency’s Invasive Management Area program. During five separate workdays, Foong oversaw 150 volunteers in the removal of 120 large bags of stilt grass. The volunteers came from ten different Fairfax County Public Schools and ranged in age from 5 to 80. Foong planted the work area with native grass seed in March 2019 and continues to work on restoration at the site. He shared the story of his work and its importance at multiple park events, inspiring and helping more than 10,000 people to understand how they could also make a difference. The Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award was established by the Park Authority Board on November 14, 2007, in recognition of Sally B. Ormsby’s many years of service as a citizen steward. This award recognizes individuals and organizations whose actions embody the spirit and values of stewardship and result in tangible environmental benefits. Foong will be honored at a Park Authority ceremony in November. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Plunge Into Fun at Aqua Fest at Oak Marr RECenter

Grab your swimsuit and get ready for an evening of watery fun as Oak Marr RECenter hosts “Aqua Fest Night” on Friday, August 23, 2019. There will be shallow water aerobics, group exercises, music and dancing. Take the plunge from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is designed for aqua fans age 13 to adult. The cost of admission is $5 per person, and registration is required. Call 703-281-6501 to reserve your space. Register for Aqua Fest Night Oak Marr RECenter is located at 3200 Jermantown Road, Oakton, VA. For more information, call 703-281-6501 or visit Oak Marr RECenter. Download Flyer

Parks are Alive with Evening Activities on September 14

Get outside and enjoy a park as darkness falls with a walk, campfire, kayak or boat tour on the evening of Saturday, September 14, 2019. Join park naturalists for a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park's forest and wetland paths on the “Wetland at Dusk Walk” for adults. Look and listen for wildlife settling down or waking up during the transition of day to night. The program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the cost is $9 per person. Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-768-2525 or visit Huntley Meadows Park. Register for Wetland at Dusk Walk Family members age four to adult can learn about the constellations and other night sky features at the “My Sky Tonight Campfire” at Lake Fairfax Park. Toast s'mores, too. Each family receives a guide to the season's night sky. The program runs from 7 to 8 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. This event is not appropriate for children younger than the age of four. Lake Fairfax Park is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA. For more information, call 703-471-5414 or visit Lake Fairfax Park. Register for My Sky Tonight Campfire Paddlers will enjoy Lake Accotink after dark in the “Night Kayaking” program that runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Many animals come out at night, and the view from a kayak is a great way to see these nocturnal critters. The program is designed for participants age 13 to adult, and the cost is $42 per person. Bring flashlights and dress for the activity. Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA. For more information, call 703-569-3464 or visit Lake Accotink Park. Register for Night Kayaking At Burke Lake Park, enjoy the moonlight on the “Full Moon Boat Tour.” Aboard the Burke Lake tour boat, test your listening and observation skills to spot local wildlife with a naturalist. The program runs from 8:30 to 10 p.m. and is designed for participants age six to adult. The cost is $10 per person. Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA. For more information, call 703-323-6600 or visit Burke Lake Park. Register for Full Moon Boat Tour
 
 
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