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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Sugarland Run Trail Improvements Completed

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust was joined by members of the Park Authority Board, Park Authority staff and community members at a ribbon cutting at Sugarland Run Stream Valley Park in Herndon, VA. The event, held this past Thursday was an opportunity to celebrate completion of the trail maintenance and improvement project that addressed general wear and tear and trail damage due to stream flooding on the trail section south of Wiehle Avenue to Woodvale Court and north of Wiehle Avenue, following the Folly Lick Branch tributary of Sugarland Run, to Dranesville Road. The project provided for the milling and repaving of more than 12,000 linear feet of trail, replacement of the asphalt trail and gravel bases, new culverts and the addition of riprap where needed. The project costs were approximately $400,000. Pictured from left to right are: Dranesville District Park Authority Board Member Tim Hackman, Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, Ken Neuman, Vice President of the Kingstream HOA, Tyrone Yee, Kingstream HOA President, Park Authority Project Manager Eduardo Deleon and Park Authority Area Manager Wayne Brissey. 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/72157709124945148

National Trails Day Celebrated with Dedication at Lake Fairfax

On, Saturday, June 1, 2019, members of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, members of MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-road Enthusiasts and the friends and family of Marc Genberg, gathered at Lake Fairfax Park to officially dedicate a trail in honor of this outstanding trails volunteer, mentor and bicycling coach. Trail #8 is now officially named for Genberg who passed away in 2017.  Marc Genberg’s love of the outdoors developed early in life on family vacations, trips to local beaches, and bicycle rides with his siblings. Physical activity was a priority throughout his life, and he worked hard to help others experience the joys of movement. In addition to serving as a park trails volunteer, he was a USA Cycling certified coach. He helped clients hone their cycling skills with just the right tips and provided the encouragement they needed to climb the steepest hills. In honor of the occasion a replica trail marker was presented to his wife, Toni Genberg.  Pictured from left to right are Deputy Director Sara Baldwin, Park Authority; members of MORE and Genberg family and friends, Chairman Bill Bouie, Park Authority Board (at corner of the table), Kiel Stone, Braddock District Park Authority Board Member (second row), Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Laura Jahn, Toni Genberg and Tim Hackman, Park Authority Board Member, Dranesville District.   American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is a celebration of America’s magnificent trail system, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157708906730318

Parks and DPWES Mark Completion of Dead Run Stream Restoration

On, Saturday, June 1, 2019, leaders from the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) joined community members to celebrate the completion of the Dead Run Stream Restoration in McLean, Virginia. The project restored 3,200 linear feet of stream within McLean Central Park and the Dead Run Stream Valley Park between Old Dominion and Churchill Roads. The existing degraded stream was improved using natural channel design and riparian corridor enhancements to stabilize the stream banks, protect private and county property, reduce erosion and tree loss and improve water quality and habitat.  The project was dedicated to the memory of John Palmer, Landscape Architect for DPWES’ Stormwater Planning Division, who worked tirelessly to make this restoration one of the best in Fairfax County. Members of his family were on hand to help cut the ribbon.  Pictured in the photo, from left to right: Ed Monroe, Environment, Parks & Rec Committee Chair, McLean Citizens Association; Robert Vickers, Dranesville representative, Fairfax County Tree Commission; Tim Hackman, Dranesville representative, Park Authority Board; Merrily Pierce, Environment, Parks & Rec Committee Member, McLean Citizens Association; Matt Meyers, Watershed Project Implementation Branch Chief (North), DPWES; Bonny Palmer, wife of John Palmer; Owen Jensen, Rory Palmer and Otto Palmer, grandsons of John Palmer; Colton Palmer, son of John Palmer; John Foust, Dranesville representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Allison and Milton Jensen, daughter and grandson of John Palmer; Melanie Appel, neighbor; Finn McDermott, neighbor; Carmen Appel, neighbor; Kellan McDermott, neighbor; Elizabeth Costle, neighbor; and Joe Riley-Ryan, Stormwater Engineer, DPWES.    Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157708906585598

Auditors Present FCPA With Financial Reporting Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority is the recipient of a 2018 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, presenting by the Government Finance Officers Association. “This award is the highest recognition in government accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment,” according to GFOA Director of Technical Services Michele Mark Levine. The award is the result of a wide-ranging review of the Park Authority’ s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story. An additional award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to Senior Fiscal Administrator Janet Burns, and her team who prepare the reports and manage the Park Authority finances and budget. “I am very proud of Janet and her team. This is very detailed work that must be accurate. Our finances are complex and require good leadership and understanding. Our finance team is a strong team with great skill,” stated Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon. The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association serving the needs of over 20,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

The Fairfax County Park Authority has added another acre to Raglan Road Park in Vienna, Virginia, to help meet the future recreation needs of the growing Tysons area. The land, located at 8608 Raglan Road in the Hunter Mill District, was purchased from Dale T. Wallace, Donna M. Barnes, and Davy B. Wallace. This parcel is identified as tax map # 29-3 ((1)) 17A in the county records. The property is designated on Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Plan Map for public park use and is referenced in the Tysons Plan as the location of future recreational uses. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Plan a Family Adventure Exploring Rocky Run on a Wagon Ride

Get your weekend rolling with a wagon ride at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Bring an adventurous spirit – and some shoes that can get wet – and set off on the “Creek Adventure Wagon Ride” on Friday, July 5, 2019, to explore Rocky Run. The program is designed for family members age two to adult and runs from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register for Creek Adventure Wagon Ride Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-631-0013 or visit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Discover Old-Fashioned 3D Entertainment in artiFACTS

Long before people could beat the heat with a trip to an air-conditioned movie theater, county residents could seek 3D entertainment in their homes to distract them from the region’s sweltering summers. Stereoscopes were once a popular form of entertainment for the whole family, and you can learn about these old-fashioned viewers in this month’s addition to the Fairfax County Park Authority’s artiFACTS website. Visit artiFACTS to see a stereoscope that resides in the Park Authority’s historic collection. Each month, artiFACTS highlights an item from the Park Authority’s vast collection of historic treasures. The collection includes more than 5,000 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. From glass fragments, to clothing to furniture, the items tell the story of our region’s past. 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.
 
 
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10:00AM, The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s Concerts are interactive…

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