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

roundtree tennis

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin the Roundtree Park Tennis Court Repair project. Work will start on or about Sept. 23, 2020 and continue for approximately six weeks. Project contractors, American Tennis, will be mobilizing on site, and work will get underway next week. The courts will be closed during construction. The renovation work will include fence removal and replacement, net post footer replacements, mill and overlay of the asphalt surface, followed by color coating, lining and new nets. We anticipate project completion by Nov. 1, 2020, weather permitting. American Tennis will utilize the grassy area between the courts and the asphalt trail adjacent to Annandale Road for staging. It is not uncommon to see the closed courts sitting dormant at times. This could be due to wet court conditions or to allow for curing time for applied color coating. For more information contact Karen Kressin at 571-789-6697, or via email at Karen.kressin@fairfaxcounty.gov.

board meeting

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 at 5 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, this is a virtual meeting. You can watch the meeting at https://publicinput.com/A687, or listen by calling 855-925-2801 and entering the access code: 8081. The Board will recess for closed session during the meeting and will return to take action. If you wish to provide comments, you can do so by emailing them to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. Please note PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE PAB in the subject line to better identify the emails. You may also send written comments to 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927, Fairfax, VA 22035; or contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662. The final PAB agenda will be posted online, along with the Board items, at the Park Authority’s Board meetings site. Please send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-324-8662 if you have any questions or need additional information.

70 years

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fairfax County Park Authority, and activities are planned from now through next June to mark our 70 Years of Excellence. On Dec. 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority, giving it the authority to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in the county. Over the past seven decades, the park system has grown from a mere 14 acres to more than 23,500 acres of land that are home to 427 parks. The Park Authority now manages nine RECenters, nature centers, historic properties, golf courses and athletic fields throughout the Fairfax County. To celebrate, the public is invited to share their park memories and photos with us for a virtual photo album. A set of 20 virtual backgrounds is now available so you can join your next video call from your favorite park. Join us in December for a day of free online yoga and fitness classes with 70s themes. The annual student poetry contest in the spring will focus on the 70 Years of Excellence theme, as well. More activities and programs will be announced throughout the year including anniversary-themed blogs, special promotions, anniversary golf programs and an interactive timeline celebrating 70 years of excellence in the parks. Look for our posters at Park Authority sites that help mark this special occasion. Follow the Park Authority on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the year on all the systemwide special programming. Find anniversary information online at the 70 Years of Excellence page. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Oak hIll

This year, historic Oak Hill will open its doors to the public through a virtual tour in autumn. In 2004, Seville Homes, the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors agreed to a historic and conservation easement to preserve the privately-owned home and property, including its 200-year-old boxwoods. As part of the agreement, the owners were asked to open the property and the first floor of the home periodically to share this important piece of county history. Since the property was saved, the community has been invited to visit the manse each year for home tours and outdoor displays celebrating local history and the environment. This year, the pandemic has made it difficult, if not impossible, to invite the public to the grounds. So, residents, historians and government staff have banded together to develop a virtual tour of Oak Hill to keep the tradition alive. The video is being produced by Channel 16 and will debut this fall. The house will not be open as previously planned on Sept. 26, 2020. Information about the site and the debut of the virtual tour can be found online at the Oak Hill website. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or send an email to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.
 
 
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