Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

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 Foundation Board Director Emeritus Receives State Volunteer Award

Fairfax County Park Foundation Board Director Stephen Thormahlen was honored with the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award at the Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s 64th Annual Conference this month in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Former Board Chair and Director Emeritus Thormahlen has provided 16 years of volunteer service to the Park Foundation, which supports the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) by raising private funds, obtaining grants and creating partnerships that supplement tax dollars to meet community needs for park land, facilities and services. During his tenure at the Foundation, numerous projects were completed due to his positive vision and steadfast guidance. Generous personal contributions from he and his wife, Adriane, inspired others to give as well. These gifts supported Rec-PAC summer camps, the Combo Classic Golf Tournament, and trails construction, improvement and maintenance. Thormahlen is a retired PNC Wealth Management Executive, and in addition to his personal giving for the Arts in the Parks performance series, the PNC Foundation has provided a decade of grants totaling $92,500 that serve as the Signature Sponsor of the Children’s Summer Entertainment Series. Going forward, the Burke Lake Park Improvement campaign will benefit from the largess of the Thormahlen Family Trust. In addition to his monetary gifts, Thomahlen has been generous with his time. He volunteered for more than 500 hours at various board meetings, executive committee meetings, presentations before the Board of Supervisors and the FCPA, volunteering at special Park Authority and Park Foundation public events and at outside meetings. The VRPS program honors individuals, departments and organizations throughout Virginia who have demonstrated excellence during the previous year in 14 different categories. Applications are judged by a jury of peers. The mission of VRPS is to unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks, and other leisure services in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

The Margaret K. White Horticultural Park Restoration project has been honored by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society as the Best New Environmental Sustainability project in a population area greater than 200,000. The award was presented this month at the organization’s 64th Annual Conference in Tysons Corner, Virginia. White Gardens is a 13.6-acre park in the heart of Falls Church, Virginia, that has noteworthy horticultural resources that were cultivated by one family throughout most of the 20th century. Due to the unique historic value of the natural, cultural, and horticultural resources on the property, Fairfax County Park Authority staff formed a cross-divisional project team to restore the property as part of the Helping Our Land Heal program. The project goals were to ecologically restore the park’s grassland meadow area and to manage invasive species. The ecological restoration efforts at White Gardens serve as a model for effectively and efficiently utilizing resources while helping to raise usage of the park. The project has helped enhance ecosystem services to the surrounding landscape, such as pollination and pollinator population support, wildlife habitat, and soil development. It is also helping to improve water and air quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The VRPS program honors individuals, departments and organizations throughout Virginia each year who have demonstrated excellence during the previous year in 14 different categories. Applications are judged by a jury of peers. The mission of VRPS is to unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks, and other leisure services in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Pinecrest Golf Facility Wins Statewide Honors at Parks Conference

The Indoor Valis Family Learning Center at Pinecrest Golf Course has been honored by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society as the Best New Renovation/Addition in the Bricks and Mortar category for a population area greater than 200,000. The award was presented this month at the organization’s 64th Annual Conference in Tysons Corner, Virginia. This project was designed with innovation in mind to replace outdated technology at Pinecrest. The Fairfax County Park Authority facility in Alexandria, Virginia, added a TrackMan Golf Simulator, one of the industry’s newest, enhanced simulators, that allows golfers to access 30+ data points on their swing and practice models to improve skills. It offers golfers the chance to play virtual rounds of golf regardless of the weather. Longtime course user Wayne Valis’ love of Pinecrest, and his desire for future generations to learn golf, were essential components in the renovation. The Valis Family donated $25,000 through the Fairfax County Park Foundation for the TrackMan 4 Golf Simulator suite for year-round practice, rentals, events, leagues and programming. Additional renovations included convertible/enhanced space for special events and meetings. The VRPS awards program honors individuals, departments and organizations throughout Virginia each year that have demonstrated excellence during the previous year in 14 different categories. Applications are judged by a jury of peers. The mission of VRPS is to unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks, and other leisure services in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Free Fishing Days at Burke Lake and other Fairfax Waters

Fishing will be license-free in Fairfax County Park Authority waters on September 28 and 29, 2019. No state fishing license is needed on those days. All other state fishing regulations still apply. Fairfax County park waters are subject to fishing regulations established by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). Once a year, VDGIF sponsors a free-fishing weekend. Usually it is in June, but weather conditions were poor over this past summer’s license-free weekend, so VGDIF is offering two additional free days this month. The free days align with National Hunting and Fishing Day, which is observed annually on the fourth Saturday in September. In addition to the license-free day, VGDIF staff will be at several sites around the state to help with fishing information, demonstrations, tackle boxes and loaner gear. That includes Burke Lake, where VGDIF staff will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 28. More information about the free fishing days is available on the VGDIF website. Visit Burke Lake Park for more information. Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road in Fairfax Station, Va.
 
 
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