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 Awards

 

The Fairfax County Park Authority is a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning organization that provides leadership in the field of recreation and parks. As a CAPRA-accredited agency, users of this park system can rest assured that our facilities, our staff and our programming opportunities are among the top in the nation.

The Park Authority has received the Gold Medal Award, akin to the Academy Awards or the Grammys, from the National Recreation and Parks Association numerous times over the past six decades of operations and growth, ensuring that we are peer-reviewed for best-management standards, practices, and accomplishments. From facility expansion and renovation, to environmental stewardship, communication and new programs, our winning ways tell you that your support of our parks is an investment in excellence.

Awards are one way that we share our accomplishments, salute out dedicated and innovative staff, and let the residents of Fairfax County know that the Fairfax County Park Authority has a great park system we can all enjoy. Take a look at our recent acknowledgements and check back for others in the near future.

Fairfax County Park Authority Awards Won 1973 to Present

Award History

2019 Awards

American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association

American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association

2019 National Gold Medal Award (Class 1: Populations 400,000+)


National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials

National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Award of Excellence (1ST Place)
Writer’s Portfolio Category
Karen Thayer


Award of Excellence (2nd Place)

Brand Identity Category
Women & Golf Fairfax


Award of Excellence (2nd Place)

Magazine Category
Healthy Strides 2019 Calendar


Award of Excellence

Calendar Category
Healthy Strides 2019 Calendar


National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials

National Association of County Park & Recreation Officials (NACPRO )

Outstanding Volunteer
Michael Applegate


Outstanding Support Organization

FROGS (Friends of Green Spring Gardens)


Historical and Cultural Facility

Stempson House RCP


Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

FCPA Finance Team

2018 Awards

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials

National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Award of Excellence
Annual Report Category
2017 Strategic Plan and Annual Report

Award of Excellence
Calendar Category
Healthy Strides 2018 Calendar

Calendar Category-Award of Excellence
Writer’s Portfolio Category
Karen Thayer (2nd Place)

Award of Excellence
Writer’s Portfolio Category
David Ochs (blog)

Award of Excellence
Promotional Campaign less than $100,000
Burke Lake Golf Center

Award of Excellence
E-Newsletter
Golf Fairfax E-Newsletter

Award of Excellence
Social Media
#WhereisLordFairfax
Discovery Trail Maps

Award of Excellence
Webart
Leash Laws


National Association for Interpretation (NAI)

Suzanne Holland – Hidden Oaks Nature Center
NAI Region 2’s Shining Star Veteran Category


National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials

National Association of County Park & Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

Park & Recreation Facility Class II Award for Lee District Family Recreation Center
Outstanding Contributor Award for Jean & Ric Edelman


Virginia Recreation and Park Society

Virginia Recreation & Park Society (VRPS)

Distinguished Volunteer Award- Shannon Dart
Best New Facility – Chessie’s Trail
Snapshot Moment-Dog Daze (Cristin Bratt)


Aquatics International

Best of Aquatics Winner for the Virginia Swims learn-to-swim collaboration


Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 2017 Fiscal Year
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)


National Association for Interpretation (NAI)

2018 Shining Star of Interpretation Award for Hidden Oaks Nature Center’s Suzanne Holland
Region 2 2018 Meritorious Service Award for Frying Pan Farm Park’s Yvonne Johnson
Region 2 2018 Outstanding Frontline Interpreter Award for Frying Pan Farm Park’s Claire Thomas
Region 2 2018 Outstanding New Interpreter Award for Huntley Meadows’ Margaret Wohler
Region 2 2018 Outstanding Interpretive Volunteer Award for Huntley Meadows’ Tara Miller and Hidden Oaks Nature Center’s Marilyn Schroeder


Fairfax County

2017 Environmental Stewardship Award presented to the Churchill Road Elementary School
Fairfax County Park Authority’s Invasive Management Partnership
2017 Tree Commission Friends of Trees Award to the Invasive Management Area Program

2017 Awards

2017 Awards

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials

National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Promotional Campaigns (less than $100,000):
Discovery Trail Map (Second Place)
Special Purpose Product:
Discovery Trail Map (Award of Excellence)
Electronic Publication:
Snapshots E-Newsletter (Second Place)


National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

Environmental/Conservation Award:
Invasive Management Program
Professional-Lifetime:
Sandy Stallman, Planning & Development Division
Outstanding Volunteer:
Norma Hoffman, Volunteer Huntley Meadows Park


Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference

Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Dr. Elizabeth Crowell, Fairfax County Park Authority’s Archaeology and Collections Branch

 


Virginia Recreation and Park Society

Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS)

Best New Facility (Bricks and Mortar) in a population area greater than 100,000:
Observatory Park at The Turner Farm
Best Promotional Effort-Traditional in a population area greater than 100,000:
2016 Discovery Trail Map-Presidential Election


Governors Environmental Excellence Award

Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

Gold Medal in the Environmental Project Category:
Huntley Meadows Park’s Wetland Restoration

 


Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA)

Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA)

Volunteer Administrator of the Year:
Shawna Levins, Spring Hill RECenter Volunteer Manager

 


Fairfax County Tree Commission

Friends of Trees:
Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program


2016 Awards

National Recreation and Park Association(NRPA)

Barb King Environmental Stewardship Award


National Association of Counties (NACo)

2016 Achievement Award:
Virginia Swims


National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

Marketing Award:
Colvin Run Mill/Partners in Preservation (PiP) Campaign
Outstanding volunteer:
Hal Strickland
Park and Recreation Areas or Facilities:
Spring Hill RECenter Expansion and Renovation Project
Environmental/Conservation Award:
Wetlands Restoration Project at Huntley Meadows Park


National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Shoestring Budget:
65 Years of Making Parks Count (First Place)
Web Article:
Riverbend Park's Adapted Kayaking Program (First Place)
K-12 Educational Programs:
Be a Buddy Not a Bully (Award of Excellence)
Special Purpose Publication:
Great Parks-Great Communities FY2015 Strategic Plan Report (First Place)
Brochures/Booklet (20 pages or less):
Helping Our Land Heal (Second Place)
Article
1963 Record-Setting Swim Team Shapes Up for Old Times' Sake (First Place)
Writer’s Portfolio
Parktakes Articles: 1963 Record-Setting Swim Team Shapes Up for Old Times' Sake, Farm Camp-A Kids Summer Fun Frontier, The Healing Power of Exercise, Finding Life Balance in Fitness, Women Tee Up for Ladies-Only Golf (Second Place)


Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS)

Best Promotional Effort-Traditional:
2015 Strategic Plan Report
Best Promotional Effort-Specialty:
Park Authority’s Annual RECenter Membership Sale Video
Best New Renovation/Addition - Bricks and Mortar:
Spring Hill RECenter
Best New Renovation/Addition - Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways or Trails:
The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole
Best New Program:
Pinecrest Golf Course’s FootGolf Program
Distinguished Volunteer Service Award:
Catherine Ledec, President of the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park


Virginia Division on Career Development and Transition

2016 Employer of the Year Award:
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park


Leadership Fairfax

Katherine K. Hanley Public Service Award:
Park Authority Board Chairman William Bouie


Fairfax County Community Services Board (CSB)

Honors Award in Customer Service:
Adapted Aquatics Program Volunteers

2015 Awards

National Association of Counties (NACo)

2015 Achievement Award:
Healthy Strides Community 5k/10k Race and Expo


National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Annual Report:
Annual Report: Getting the Job Done: Collaboration, Innovation and Partnerships (Award of Excellence)
Technical or Statistical Report:
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) (Award of Excellence)
Graphic Design:
What’s New Postcard (First Prize)
Logo/Theme Art:
5 Days of Iron (Second Prize)
Special Purpose Product:
Discovery Trail Map (Second Prize)
E-Newsletter:
ResOURces E-Newsletter (Second Prize)
Web Article:
Northern Snakeheads: New Burke Lake Residents (Award of Excellence)


Government Finance Officers Association

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting


Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS)

Best New Renovation/Addition (Brick and Mortar) for areas with a population greater than 100,000:
Oak Marr RECenter
Best New Special Event:
Pirate Fest
Distinguished Volunteer:
Bob Dinse


The Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties

Award of Merit:
Spring Hill RECenter Expansion and Renovation Project

Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD)

Diane Hoffman 2015 Cooperator of the Year:
Hidden Pond Nature Center Manager Mike McCaffrey


Fairfax County Exceptional Design Honor Award

Recreational Design Excellence:
Renovation of Oak Marr RECenter


Sesquicentennial Leadership Recognition Awards

Fairfax County’s Sesquicentennial Committee leaders

2014 Awards

Learning Resources Network (LERN)

International Award Best Management Practice:
Class and Summer Camp Summits


National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Excellence in Inclusion Award:
Our Special Harbor, Chessie’s Big Backyard, Clemyjontri Park
Kudos Marketing Award:
Colvin Mill Run, Partners in Preservation (PiP) contest


National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Shoestring Budget:
Black Friday Campaign
Article:
Chessie’s Big Backyard
Special Events:
Healthy Strides Community 5K/10K & Fitness Expo (Award of Excellence)
Mobile Application:
Parktakes Mobile (Award of Excellence)


Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting


Virginia Recreation & Park Society (VRPS)

Best New Renovation/Addition Award:
Huntley Meadows Wetland Restoration Project
Distinguished Volunteer Service Award:
Longtime Huntley Meadows Park Volunteer Norma Hoffman

2013 Awards

National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Best in Show Award:
Take Back the Forest
Special Event:
Take Back the Forest
Commercial/Studio/Staged Photography:
Fitness Portrait
Audio Communications:
Audio Tour of Ox Hill Battlefield Park


American Express & The National Trust for Historical Preservation

Partners in Preservation Award Winner:
Colvin Run Mill


Virginia Recreation & Park Society (VRPS)

Distinguished Volunteer:
Ken Quincy
Distinguished Private Sector Award:
REI

2012 Awards

Learning Resources Network (LERN)

International Award Best Management Practice:
Class and Summer Camp Summits


Best of Aquatics Aquatics International Magazine

2012 Best Spray Park Award:
Our Special Harbor Spray Ground


National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Award of Excellence:
Colvin Run Mill Exhibit
Award of Excellence:
Sully East Wing Exhibit
Award of Excellence:
Take 12! Steps for Community Health in 2012 calendar


Government Finance Officer Association (GFOA)

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting:
Fiscal Year 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)


Fairfax County Celebrate Community and Business Partnerships

Blue Ribbon Partnership Award:
FCPA & Nadar Por Vida (Swimming for Life)

2011 Awards

Best of Aquatics Aquatics International Magazine

Best Overall Commitment to Aquatics


National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Display Category
Riverbend Park: A Rare and Rugged Refuge (Award of Excellence)
Dorothy Mullen Arts and Humanities Award:
Class I – Summer Entertainment Series: Ossian Hall International Performance Series
Southern Network Distinguished Professional Award:
Cindy Messinger
National Humanitarian – Corporate:
Fairfax County Park Foundation
Kudos Marketing Piece:
Non-Native Invasive ID and Control Handbook
National Voluntary Service:
Harold L. Strickland


2011 Land Conservation Award

North Twin Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project

2010 Awards

International Academy of the Visual Arts Communicator Awards

Award of Distinction:
“Meeting the Challenge” Annual Report (Government)
Silver Communicator Award:
“Welcome to Colvin Run Mill” podcast(General)


National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)

2010 National Gold Medal Award


National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Award - Display:
Dig Into the Past
Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Award - Podcast:
Welcome to Your Parks


National Association of Counties Arts and Culture Commission

Arts and Culture Award:
Explore the World in Your Community performance series at Ossian Hall International Series


Virginia Recreation and Parks Society (VRPS)

Distinguished Volunteer Service Award:
At-large Park Authority Board Member George E. Lovelace
Best New Facility in a Community with Population Greater than 150,000:
Horse Stables at Frying Pan Farm Park


Lawrence V. Fowler Award

Harold Strickland

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