Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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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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Volunteers Turn Out for Clean-up at Historic Ash Grove

Volunteers pitched in on October 26, 2019, to help clean up around the historic Ash Grove house in the Tysons area. Their activities included trimming bushes, removing invasive plants, clearing vines from the building, and removing deadfall. The result was about 15 cubic yards of material removed from the property. Their efforts were part of the Volunteer Fairfax Volunteer Fest. Ash Grove is one of the few 18th century Virginia houses built by the Fairfax family that are still standing today. In 1747, Thomas, sixth Lord Fairfax, moved from England to Virginia to manage the Northern Neck Proprietary, land he inherited from his mother Catherine Culpeper Fairfax. It included more than five million acres of land in northern Virginia. The Ash Grove house is part of the Park Authority’s Resident Curator Program. Under this program to preserve historic properties, qualified tenants live rent-free in exchange for rehabilitating and maintaining these historic resources in accordance with established preservation standards. Pictured from left to right are: John Hopkins, Julie Herlands, Everett Herlands, Sophie Shayne, Kameela Lemma, Beth Barns. For more information, visit Resident Curator Program: Ash Grove Media Note: Click photo to download

New Richard Bland Lee Sign Unveiled at Sully Historic Site

A new interpretive sign commemorating Richard Bland Lee’s government achievement in the late 18th century was unveiled at Sully Historic Site on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. The sign was developed in a partnership between the Park Authority and the Richard Bland Lee Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists (NSDAC). It is located close to a Civil War Trails sign that is near the gazebo at Sully. Members of the Daughters of American Colonists - Richard Bland Lee Chapter, Fairfax County Dignitaries, and Sully staff were on hand for the celebration. The house at Sully, built in 1794, was the country home of Richard Bland and Elizabeth Collins Lee. The new sign highlights Lee’s impact on early American life, including his time in the Federal Congress, as a commissioner supervising the reconstruction of buildings in Washington, D.C., after the War of 1812, and his service in the Virginia House of Delegates. Pictured left to right: Noreen McCann, Retired Visitor Services Manager, Sully Historic Site; Lee Hubbard, Vice Chair, Sully Foundation, Ltd.; Michael Frey, Sully Foundation Board; Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Kathy Smith, Sully District Representative, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director, Fairfax County Park Authority; Carol McDonnell, Sully Historic Site Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; and Tammy Higgs, Sully Historic Site Historian, Fairfax County Park Authority. Sully Historic Site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, Va. For more information about the historic site, call 703-437-1794. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157711660183458

For nearly one hour, this past Saturday, friends and family joined with local officials and Park Authority staff members to share remembrances and honor the work of two site volunteers -- Marjorie and Robert Lundegard. The honors extended to renaming the Colvin Run Barn, now known as the Marjorie and Robert Lundegard Education Center. The naming recognizes the couple’s longtime advocacy for parks, education and history in Fairfax County, especially at Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls, VA. The Lundegards spent much of their retirement volunteering and spearheading preservation efforts at the mill. Following Mr. Lundegard’s death this past May, he was hailed as a park icon and a dedicated and visionary leader. It was his wife, Marjorie, an acclaimed author and Fairfax County educator who first introduced Robert to the passion of mills. Over the years, the Lundegards traveled to other mills, bringing back their historic stories which were published with proceeds supporting Colvin Run Mill. Pictured from left to right at the unveiling of the new sign are Cindy Walsh, director of the Park Services Division, Paul Lundegard, Marjorie Lundegard, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, Site Manager Mike Henry, Dranesville District Park Authority Board District Rep Tim Hackman, State Senator Barbara Favola and Gene Bachman, president of the Friends of Colvin Run Mill. For more information about this unique historic site and operating mill, visit Colvin Run Mill. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157711537864991

Burke Lake to Host Winter Wonderland and Celebration Station

All aboard for the 2019 holiday season at Burke Lake Park! Enjoy holiday activities at Winter Wonderland during the day or take evening carousel and train rides as twinkling holiday lights transform the carousel and train into Celebration Station. At Winter Wonderland, you can hop a train ride on the Holiday Express, take unlimited spins on the Carolers Carousel, play Gingerbread Man Golf or cook s’mores by the fire. Visit with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate or cider and candy canes. Winter Wonderland runs the first two weekends in December. All hours are noon to 5 p.m.: Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8 Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15 Five-hour passes are $15 in advance and $20 on the event day. Passes can be picked up at the ice cream parlor on the day of the event. Children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same ride package. Children younger than two can ride the train for free (on a parents’ lap) but must pay for other activities. Winter Wonderland tickets are good for the date specified at the time of purchase only. Limited activity tickets will be available the day of the event at the park. The park will also be accepting new toys or canned food items for donation. Register for Winter Wonderland In the evenings, enjoy a magical train ride through a forest decorated with holiday-themed lights and scenes. Celebration Station runs the same weekends as Winter Wonderland, but will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.: Friday, December 6 & Saturday, December 7 Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14 Celebration Station ticket are $10 each; trains depart every 20 minutes. Ticket holders receive one train ride, unlimited carousel rides and one cocoa or cider drink. Additional drinks may be purchased for $1 a cup. If seats are still available, tickets may be purchased at the train station on event day. Celebration Station tickets are good only for the date specified at time of purchase. Register for Celebration Station Tickets to the events will be refunded only if the events are canceled. Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA. For more information, call 703-323-6600 or visit Burke Lake Park.

Lee District Playground Renovation To Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work to install a new playground and shade structure at Lee District ReCenter located at 6601 Telegraph Road, Franconia, Va. The contractor, Southern Asphalt and GameTime, will be mobilizing on site shortly with active construction activities beginning in mid-November. This project includes the demolition and removal of the existing playground and shade structure, installation of new playground equipment and shade structure, sidewalk improvements and related site work. Active construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of March 2020. Construction hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The project is funded by bond funds and proffers and has a budget of $260,000. For more information, please contact the Project Manager, Kelly Davis at kelly.davis@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-8609. Download PDF

New Director Joins Fairfax County Park Foundation Board

Kevin Ta has been confirmed as the newest director on the Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) Board. At a meeting on October 23, 2019, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted unanimously to confirm Ta’s nomination to a three-year term on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Ta is a Senior Vice President of PNC Wealth Management in Greater Washington. He is a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, and Accredited Estate Planner who has been quoted in U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, and TwoCents' financial series, among other publications. He is active in the community, serves on the FCPF Finance/Audit Committee and is a 2019 graduate of the Leadership Fairfax signature program. He and his team focused on social equity through Fairfax County parks. The new director is a graduate of George Mason University and Georgetown University’s financial planning program. The Park Foundation is a non-profit organization holding a GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding and support to the Park Authority to help meet community needs for park land, facilities and services. For more information, visit Park Foundation.

Stay Late at a Park with Special Nighttime Programs

See what’s happening in county parks after they close for the day by joining one of the special nighttime programs being offered on Saturday, November 30, 2019. At Huntley Meadows Park, take a “Hot Cocoa Wetland Night Hike.” Visitors age six to adult are invited to sip hot cocoa and join a naturalist for a special winter wonder wetland tour after dark. Look for signs and listen for sounds of beavers, owls, deer and other nocturnal winter animals. The program runs from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., and the cost is $9 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-768-2525 or visit Huntley Meadows Park. Register for Hot Cocoa Wetland Night Hike At Hidden Oaks Nature Center, join a naturalist for the “Flying Squirrels-Gliding in Tonight” program for participants age four to adult. Watch as the naturalist calls these amazing night gliders and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center. Learn what it takes to encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. The program runs from 7 to 8 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA. For more information, call 703-941-1065 or visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Register for Flying Squirrels-Gliding in Tonight Look to the skies at Burke Lake Park at the “Campfire Saturdays-Stargazing” program. At this event, designed for participants age three to adult, you can enjoy a stroll along the lakeshore while learning about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. An astronomical naturalist will identify the stars for you, and you can get an up-close look at them through a telescope. The evening winds down with a campfire and s’mores. Bring some hot dogs to roast, if you like. The program runs from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA. For more information, call 703-323-6600 or visit Burke Lake Park. Register for Campfire Saturdays-Stargazing
 
 
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