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 Improve Trails at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (ECLP) staff are thankful for the volunteers who turned out the day before Thanksgiving to work on trail improvements at the park. Patricia Pearl Greenberg, ECLP Natural Resource Manager/Naturalist, said “a great group of six energetic volunteers” helped to spread a gravel mixture on the trails to cover shallow roots and fortify areas where erosion had occurred or where trails become unpassable during wet periods. Frying Pan Farm Park collaborated in the effort by lending an additional utility vehicle for the job. ECLP staff Gabby Hrycyshyn and Bruce Burke delivered loads of the gravel mixture to the volunteers who smoothed the materials on the pathways. “This group did a tremendous job in just one morning. We are super grateful to our volunteers who came out on such short notice,” said Greenberg. For more information, visit online at Parks. Media Note: Click photo to download

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

Fairfax County Farmers Markets Recruiting New Vendors

The Fairfax County Park Authority is ramping up for the 2020 season! We are now recruiting vendors with unique local, food-based products that will delight our customers. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Farmers Market Coordinator, Julia Deupree. The Park Authority operates 10 farmers markets across the county. By providing access to locally grown foods, our farmers market program strives to improve the health of Fairfax County residents, support local food producers, and protect the environment. Our markets are strictly producer-only, meaning that all our farmers and producers may only sell what they raise on their farms or make from scratch. We highly encourage vendors to use local ingredients as much as possible. Our farmers and producers all come from within a 125-mile radius of Fairfax County. WEDNESDAYS McCutcheon/Mount Vernon May – December | 8 a.m. - Noon Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane Oak Marr May – November | 8 a.m. - Noon Oak Marr Recreation Center, 3200 Jermantown Road FRIDAYS McLean May - November | 8 a.m. - Noon Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road Kingstowne May - October | 4 - 7 p.m. In the Giant parking lot, 5870 Kingstowne Towne Center THURSDAYS Annandale May - November | 8 a.m. - Noon Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike Herndon April - November | 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Old Town Herndon, 700 Block of Lynn St., By the Red Caboose SATURDAYS Burke April - December | 8 a.m. - Noon VRE parking Lot, 5671 Roberts Parkway Reston April - December | 8 a.m. - Noon Lake Anne Village Center, 1609-A Washington Plaza SUNDAYS Lorton May - November | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. VRE parking lot, 8990 Lorton Station Blvd For additional information, contact the Community Horticulture Office at 703-642-0128 or visit Farmers Markets.

Park Stores Offer Unique Holiday Gifts and White House Ornaments

Support your parks this year as you shop for unique holiday gifts and classic collectibles. At the Frying Pan Farm Park Country Store, browse farm-inspired gifts, such as old-fashioned games, puzzles, tractors, toy farm animals, tools for young gardeners and nature lovers, educational books, equestrian and history enthusiast items. You will also find seasonal and decorative items for the home, including the annual White House Ornament (while supplies last). If you're feeling hungry, there are cold drinks, ice cream, chips, crackers and candies, as well as farm fresh meats and eggs available. Your purchases support the care and feeding of the animals at Frying Pan Farm Park. Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA. For more information about the park, call 703-437-9101 or visit Frying Pan Farm Park. For store information, call 703-435-3710. At Sully Historic Site’s Visitor Center, stop by the Squirrel’s Nest Gift Shop and browse an eclectic collection of gifts, books, period-inspired décor and old-fashioned games, such as Jacob’s Ladder. Find collectibles, such as the exclusive Cat’s Meow wood folk art of the elegant Sully house and White House ornaments. There are limited quantities available of both. Treat your taste buds to McCutcheon's jams, preserves and apple butter. The shop also carries seasonal items, and there’s a 10 percent discount on most merchandise through the month of December. Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-437-1794 or visit Sully Historic Site.

Add a Touch of Old-World Elegance to the Holiday Season

Celebrate the holidays in old-world style with an “Elegant Evening-Candlelight Tour” at Sully Historic Site. Explore the 1794 historic house with a guide, and see the home decorated for the holidays in traditional fashion. The first and second floors will be lit by candlelight as they would have appeared more than 200 years ago. A fun exhibit of nutcrackers – both old and new – also is part of the tour. Visitors can enjoy hot cider and cookies baked following traditional recipes, and there will be an opportunity to craft an ornament to deck your own halls. One long-ago visitor to Sully remembered the holidays this way: “After Christmas supper, the five of us walked across the moon-lit fields to Sully to see their Christmas tree. Our cat Tim accompanied us and sat beside the door until we were ready to go home… the Christmas tree, a big cedar, stood in the hall, bedecked with glowing candles, strings of popcorn and cranberries, and cut-out paper angels. To a six-year old, this was a magnificent sight.” –Minnie Middleton, about Christmas 1885 The candlelight tours of Sully will run on Saturday, December 21 and Saturday, December 28, 2019 -- the Saturdays before and after Christmas. Tours begin at 5 p.m. and will start every fifteen minutes, with the last tour beginning at 7 p.m. Festivities conclude at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Register for Elegant Evening-Candlelight Tour Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-437-1794 or visit Sully Historic Site.

Give the Gift of Live Music this Holiday Season at Bluegrass Barn

Put some toe-tapping fun into your gift-giving this holiday season by treating friends and family to a musical performance at Bluegrass Barn at Frying Pan Farm Park. Shows are held on select Sundays through April and feature a wonderful selection of emerging young bands as well as local and legendary performers. The upcoming performances are: Michael Cleveland & Flame Keeper -- January 12 Carolina Blue -- February 9 Chris Jones & the Night Drivers -- March 15 Troy Engle & Southern Skies -- April 5 See the complete concert lineup here: Barn Flyer. Performances are held indoors at the park's visitor center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show time is 7 p.m. The cost is $18 in advance and $20 at the door. New this season is the Half Season Pass -- four shows and reserved seats for $68. Food and drinks, including beer and wine, are available for purchase at the performances. Tickets can be purchased online at Frying Pan Park or by phone at 703-222-4664 or 703-437-9101. The Frying Pan Park Visitor Center is located at 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA.
 
 
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