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Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director

Fairfax County Park Authority

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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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Ribbon Cut on New Synthetic Turf Field in Falls Church

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, community leaders and local youth sports enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the opening of a new synthetic turf field at Larry Graves Park in the City of Falls Church. Fairfax County Park Authority staff designed and managed installation of the field under a Synthetic Turf Field Agreement with the City of Falls Church. The new Field #1 includes striping for two U-10 and four U-8 soccer fields, as well as striping for a women’s lacrosse field. The project also included installation of a storm drainage piping system, a concrete perimeter curb, sod and an enhanced landscape buffer between the field and residential developments. The $1 million project was funded by the City of Falls Church. FieldTurf USA, Inc. served as the general contractor. The project is part of the ongoing efforts by Fairfax County to meet the growing need for rectangular fields and address the current field shortage in the region. Pictured from left to right behind youth soccer players are Timothy Hackman, Dranesville Rep, Park Authority Board; Phil Duncan, council member, City of Falls Church; Marybeth Connelly, Vice Mayor, City of Falls Church; Charley O’Hara, Chair, City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Advisory Board; Letty Hardi, Council member, City of Falls Church; P. David Tarter, Mayor, City of Falls Church; Dave Bowden, Director of Planning & Development, Park Authority; Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director, Park Authority; Linda Smyth, Providence Rep, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Danny Schlitt, Recreation & Parks Director, City of Falls Church; David Snyder, Council member, City of Falls Church; Ken Quincy, Providence rep, Park Authority Board; Paul Baldino, former director, Park Authority; and youth sports coaches and fans on hand to celebrate the opening. 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/72157711252127723 Correction: Please note that CTL-021 distributed on October 2, 2019 incorrectly identified the person standing to the right of Supervisor Penny Gross in a photo of the Crossroads Interim Park ribbon-cutting. The person is Paul Mulligan, Board member, Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation (BC7RC). We regret the mistake.

Young Men’s Service League Cleans Up Historic Centreville Home More than 80 people turned out for a Young Men’s Service League volunteer day at Mount Gilead on Saturday, September 28, 2019. They cleaned the grounds, removed invasive plants, raked leaves, and revived the outside of the historic house. The YMSL is a volunteer organization for teenage sons and mothers to serve the community while developing leadership skills. Mount Gilead is part of Historic Centreville. The house is believed to have been built in 1785 and served as a tavern for a few years before its use as a home. The workday was held on National Public Lands Day 2019, the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more. From trail maintenance to tree planting—volunteers of all ages and abilities roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side to care for public lands. The day also features a variety of hikes, bike rides, community festivals, paddling excursions, and other fun outdoor activities—all set on the backdrop of the country’s public lands and waterways. This year more than 150,000 volunteers turned out to work at more than 2,000 sites nationwide. Their service was valued at more than $15 million. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157711163015972

Supervisors Honored for Commitment to Historic Preservation

On, Saturday, September 21, 2019, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Braddock District Supervisor John Cook were honored by the Fairfax County Park Authority for their outstanding commitment to historic preservation in Fairfax County during the annual open house at Historic Oak Hill in Annandale. Bulova and Cook will both step down from the Board of Supervisors at the conclusion of their current term. Oak Hill is an 18th-century Georgian-style mansion, and it is all that remains of the Ravensworth Tract that dates back to the 1670s and once totaled more than 22,000 acres. Chairman Bulova and Supervisor Cook have been champions on behalf of the historic home that was preserved in October 2004 when the Board of Supervisors, Park Authority Board, and Northern Virginia Conservation Trust negotiated purchase of an historic easement from Seville Homes in order to stop impending site development, and as part of that agreement, provided for annual public access to the site in perpetuity. Left-Right: Park Authority Deputy Director Sara Baldwin presents resolutions and framed Oak Hill memory boxes to John Cook (Braddock Rep, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors) and Sharon Bulova, (Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors) while Alan Rowsome (Executive Director, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust) and Laura and Joe Braceland (current owners, Oak Hill) look on. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157711092091298

Pedestrian Trail Bridges at Sally Ormsby Park to be Improved

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved the replacement of the Bear Branch pedestrian bridge and will repair the Long Branch Bridge at Sally Ormsby Park in Fairfax, Virginia. Action was taken at the Board meeting on October 9, 2019. A structural engineer who examined the existing steel bridges at the park determined that the bridge over Long Branch could be repaired by welding plates around the deteriorating areas. Damage to the Bear Branch Bridge was extensive enough to require replacement. These steel bridges are the primary access for pedestrians to cross Bear Branch and Long Branch along the Sally Ormsby Park portion of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail. The $150,000 project will include removal of the existing Bear Branch Bridge and installation of a new 40-foot prefabricated bridge with concrete approach ramps, as well as repair of Long Branch Bridge. Work at the park is expected to begin in August 2020. Sally Ormsby Park is located at 3288 Barkley Drive in Fairfax, Va. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. Download PDF

A Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund grant will be used to help fund a new backstop at Pine Ridge Park in Annandale, Virginia. The Annandale North Springfield Little League (ANSLL) requested $11,929 in matching funds to purchase and install the new backstop, and the grant was approved by the Fairfax County Park Authority Board at its meeting on October 9, 2019. ANSLL will match the $11,929 grant to fund the removal of the existing backstop at Field #3 and install a new backstop in its place. Work is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2020. ANSLL has been a participant in the Adopt-A-Field program for several years and has contributed funds toward maintenance and athletic field improvements for fields at Pine Ridge Park, as well as many other park athletic fields. Since 1999, there have been more than 180 Mastenbrook Grant projects with awards of approximately $1.7 million. The grants have gone toward projects in Fairfax County valued at more than $12.3 million. For more information, or to apply for a matching grant, visit Mastenbrook Grants or call 703-324-8591.

Discover what projects have been completed in parks around Fairfax County on the recently updated District Project Summary Reports page. This site is updated quarterly with reports on work that has been completed on trails, athletic fields, playgrounds and other park facilities. Find out how your capital project dollars are spent and which parks are now benefitting from park bonds, proffers, grants and maintenance funds. Search by supervisory district. Click on the interactive maps and get project details such as cost, financing, project manager, designer, contractor and completion date. See photos of the project and a capsule summary of the work that was done. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Birds & Birdies 6K Comes to Pinecrest Golf Course

Always wanted to experience the majestic scenery of a golf course but aren’t a golfer? Enjoy a crisp 6k run along the scenic path of Pinecrest Golf Course at the inaugural Birds & Birdies 6K walk/run, on Saturday, November 16 at 10:30 a.m. Pinecrest is home to a variety of native bird species as well as native plants and flowers, making this a one-of-a-kind, must do event! The race is professionally timed and includes a race t-shirt, goody bag and medals for all finishers. Afterward warm up in the newly renovated indoor golf studio for the awards, food and drink specials and to take a swing at the TrackMan 4 Golf simulator. The course is certified by Audubon International for its efforts to protect the environment. Pinecrest is also recognized by Monarchs in the Rough as a certified butterfly habitat for dedication to maintaining pollinator plants. Don’t miss this opportunity to take in the cool weather and experience the beautiful course and habitat. Turkeys aren’t the only birds in town this November! Register by October 31 and save $5 with promo code BIRDIE. Registration closes at midnight on November 15. Pinecrest Golf Course is located at 6600 Little River Turnpike Alexandria, VA and is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority.
 
 
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