Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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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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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

Capital One Team Offers Service at Pine Ridge Park

A dozen employees from Capital One in Tysons offered their services to the Fairfax County Park Authority (FPCA) on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, to do some cleanup work at Pine Ridge Park in Annandale, Virginia. The volunteers spent four hours gathering trash and filled 14 trash bags. The group contacted the FCPA’s Park Operations Division Community Support Specialist to volunteer through the agency’s Cleanup Blitz Program. The program finds volunteer projects at county parks for groups, organizations and businesses that want to provide community service or engage in team-building activities. To learn more about the Cleanup Blitz Program, contact Julie Tahan at Julie.Tahan@fairfaxcounty.gov. For more information about the Park Authority, visit online at Parks. Media Note: Click photo to download

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.

Obey the Law and Strive to be “Park Friendly”

Fairfax County Parks have always been people and pet friendly. Please obey all laws, be aware of park rules and be “park friendly” this summer. That commitment translates into a safe and enjoyable visit for all and allows our parks and natural areas to thrive. A new emphasis on appropriate behavior in parks and police enforcement at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in Great Falls, VA., is encouraging visitors to obey the law, and take park friendly actions when exploring this unique nature area. Smart choices and appropriate actions can make a huge difference in the preservation and enjoyment of parks. New signs at Scott’s Run remind visitors to: Stay on trails -- Staying on trails helps to minimize the impact on wildlife and plants, stop the spread of non-native invasive plants and keep the park looking beautiful. Take only pictures and leave no trace – One negative action when multiplied by many visitors can damage the whole landscape. Help preserve parkland for future generations. Keep dogs on leashes -- Leashed dogs stay on trails and don’t disturb wildlife or spread non-native invasive plants. Some visitors are afraid of dogs -- even friendly dogs. And staying on a leash is safer for dogs because they won’t get lost or injured in the park. These are more than nice sentiments. They are laws and park rules that apply not only at Scott’s Run but at parks throughout Fairfax County. Local police will be out in force to ensure that visitors obey all laws and have a safe visit. Make this the summer to practice park friendly behavior at the county’s 400+ parks. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Huntsman Park Trail Maintenance Work to Start

The Huntsman Park trail maintenance project is about to begin. The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin maintenance work on the existing trail in Huntsman Park in Springfield, VA. The contractor, Tibbs Paving, Inc, will be mobilizing on site in late June. The paving of approximately 450 linear feet of trail is planned along with existing culvert outfall stabilization. Contingent on the weather, this project is anticipated to be completed in about one month, by the end of July 2019. Residents should expect occasional traffic at the construction access point to facilitate the passage of paving materials and equipment. As a safety precaution, portions of the existing trail will be closed to users during the project. For more information, please contact the Project Manager, Ed Deleon at eduardo.deleon@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-9569.

Explore Light in Nature at Huntley Photography Exhibit

Head to Huntley Meadows Park this summer to take a photographic journey that explores the often-magical relationship between nature and light. Michael DuBois’ inspiring exhibit La Lumiere Dubois VIII translates to “the light of the wood.” This is a play on both his last name and his passion for finding light in the dark places of woods or swamps. He discovers these beautiful images on “photo safari” hikes through nature. An avid nature photographer, DuBois has had three solo exhibitions at Huntley Meadows in Alexandria, VA, as well as shows at the H Street Gallery and the SOVA Gallery in Washington, D.C. His work has also been featured on the stage of the Kennedy Center in the world premiere of “The Marionette Effect.” Additionally, his work has been published in The Washington Post and in the book Torn Apart by Judy Rickard. The public is invited to an opening reception with the artist on Sunday, June 23 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Norma Hoffman Visitors Center at Huntley Meadows Park. Free for all ages. The exhibit is currently on display and runs through August 30, 2019. Building hours vary. Please see website or call for more information. Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd in Alexandria, Va. For more information, call the park at 703-768-2525 or visit Huntley Meadows Park.
 
 
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