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

Fairfax County Parks Summer

Fairfax County Park Authority summer camps are winners! They have once again been named in Northern Virginia Magazine’s Best Summer Camps list. The Park Authority is the largest provider of summer camps in Northern Virginia, and its day camps were nominated by the magazine’s readers as among the area’s best summer programs for children in 2020. With more than 2,000 options, the camps offer activities at unique locations to satisfy budding artists and entertainers, athletes and historians, techies and naturalists. Many camps at RECenters also include swimming time. Programs are offered for children age 3 to 15 from June 8 through August 21, 2020. Campers can mix and match selections to satisfy a wide range of interests. Enjoy half-day, full-day, weekly and full summer sessions, with extended care at select locations. Some camps even offer field trips. Prices vary depending on the program. Park Authority camps can be found at more than 60 locations across the county at parks, nature centers, historic sites, golf courses, schools and RECenters. They offer campers a chance to make friends, learn new skills and build self-confidence in a variety of environments. Check out the online camp guide for complete details. Explore the many possibilities for spring and summer camps at the annual FCPA Camp Fair on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Audrey Moore RECenter (8100 Braddock Road, Annandale, Virginia). There will interactive booths, giveaways, lots of camp information and folks to answer all your camp questions. Summer camp registration is already underway. To register, go to Park Authority Camps or call 703-222-4664. The Park Authority camps are featured in Northern Virginia Magazine’s March 2020 issue, which hit newsstands on February 20. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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Sully Historic Site, the home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first Representative to Congress, is pleased to announce the seventh year of the Margaret C. Peck Youth Internship program, sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. Juniors at Centreville, Chantilly, Herndon, South Lakes and Westfield high schools who are in good standing and who have an interest in history, are encouraged to apply for this paid, seven-month internship that will run from June through December 2020. Up to three interns will be hired. Participants will gain experience in museum operations, public speaking, historic object collections, event programming and customer service. Candidates must provide a completed application, written essay and teacher recommendation by Monday, May 11, 2020 for panel review. Candidates will be selected at the end of May. This internship is named in memory of former Sully Historic Site administrator and Sully Foundation member, the late Margaret C. Peck. Ms. Peck was a longtime resident of the Herndon area, a local author and a former educator with the Fairfax County Public School system. This internship honors her community service, dedication to educating young adults, and historic preservation efforts in the surrounding community.  For more information about the internship, contact: historian Tammy Higgs or manager Carol McDonnell, Manager. You may also call the site at 703-437-1794. Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, Virginia. For more information about the Sully Historic Site.

Hidden Oaks Pajama Party

Give your kids a reason to get excited about bedtime. Come to the “Animal Pajama Party” at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Children age three to seven are invited to slip into their jammies and come to the nature center for an evening of fun. There will be bedtime stories and opportunities to meet the nature center’s live animals and wish them goodnight. Favorite stuffed animals are invited, too.  The program runs from 7 to 7:45 p.m., and the cost is $8 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register for Animal Pajama Party Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 7701 Royce St., Annandale, Virginia. For more information, call 703-941-1065 or visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

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Indulge in some pie with a scoop of history on the side on Pi Day 2020 -- Saturday, March 14. Sully Historic Site is hosting a “Pi Day Pie Celebration” for visitors of all ages to mark the return of 3.14 day. See historical interpreters in 18th-century clothing bake over an open hearth with pie recipes dating from the Lee time period through the 19th century. The program is ongoing from 3:14 to 5 p.m. The cost, of course, is $3.14 per person. View Pi Day Event Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, Virginia. For more information, call 703-437-1794 or visit Sully Historic Site.  
 
 
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