Groundbreakings and Openings

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Groundbreakings and Openings

Ribbon Cut on New Synthetic Turf Field in Falls Church

Ribbon
October 9, 2019

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, community leaders and local youth sports enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the opening of a new synthetic turf field at Larry Graves Park in the City of Falls Church.

Fairfax County Park Authority staff designed and managed installation of the field under a…

Young Men’s Service League Cleans Up Historic Centreville Home

Young
October 2, 2019

Young Men’s Service League Cleans Up Historic Centreville Home

More than 80 people turned out for a Young Men’s Service League volunteer day at Mount Gilead on Saturday, September 28, 2019. They cleaned the grounds, removed invasive plants, raked leaves, and revived the outside of the historic…

Supervisors Honored for Commitment to Historic Preservation

Supervisors
October 2, 2019

On, Saturday, September 21, 2019, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Braddock District Supervisor John Cook were honored by the Fairfax County Park Authority for their outstanding commitment to historic preservation in Fairfax County during the annual open house at Historic…

Crossroads Interim Park Opening Celebrates Collaboration

Crossroads
October 2, 2019

On Saturday, September 28, 2019, community leaders gathered to celebrate the opening of Crossroads Interim Park in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia. The park is a joint project of the Fairfax County Park Authority and several county agencies, including the Department of Planning and Development-Community…

Winners Selected in 2019 Discovery Trail Bike Drawing

Winners
September 25, 2019

Park lovers from toddlers to nonagenarians blasted off for fun in this year’s Fairfax County Park Authority Discovery Trail Map summer activity, and four lucky visitors whose names were selected in a trail-ending drawing will soon receive a new bicycle and safety helmet donated by Spokes, Etc. and Trek…

Azalea Park Renovations Celebrated by Community, Officials

Azalea
September 18, 2019

Members of the community, local elected officials, and representatives from the Park Authority gathered in celebration this past Saturday at Azalea Park in Falls Church. This small, neighborhood park has been fully redesigned and, with the collaboration and cooperation of neighbors, has become a wonderful…

Supervisors Honored for Commitment to Summer Concerts

Supervisors
September 16, 2019

Five members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors who are not returning to their current positions after the fall recently were honored by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation for their contributions to the popular Summer Entertainment Series.

For more than 25 years, the Fairfax County Park Authority in partnership with the Board of…

Pop-Up Park Pops Up in Annandale for Season of Fun

Pop-Up
July 3, 2019

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,…

Recreation and Parks Month Proclaimed For July

Recreation
June 28, 2019

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…

Quantum Field Ribbon Cutting Brings New Turf to Tysons

Quantum
June 28, 2019

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…

Sugarland Run Trail Improvements Completed

Sugarland
June 19, 2019

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust was joined by members of the Park Authority Board, Park Authority staff and community members at a ribbon cutting at Sugarland Run Stream Valley Park in Herndon, VA. The event, held this past Thursday was an opportunity to celebrate completion of the trail…

National Trails Day Celebrated with Dedication at Lake Fairfax

National
June 5, 2019

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…

Parks and DPWES Mark Completion of Dead Run Stream Restoration

Parks
June 5, 2019

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…

Capital One Team Offers Service at Pine Ridge Park

Capital
May 22, 2019

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…

Improved Oak Marr Driving Range Officially Cuts the Ribbon

Improved
May 13, 2019

An open house and official ribbon cutting were just part of the fun last week at Oak Marr Golf Complex. Officials, golfers, site staff and project team members gathered to mark the official re-opening of the recently renovated driving range.

More than 20 years after first opening its doors in…

Fairfax County’s Tree City USA Designation Celebrated at SpringFEST

Fairfax
May 1, 2019

SpringFEST Fairfax once again served as the backdrop for a ceremony recognizing Fairfax County as a Tree City USA. The County earned the Arbor Day Foundation designation for the 36th consecutive year. Each year since its inception in 1976, thousands of urban foresters across the country submit…

Riverbend Park Environmental Education and Picnic Shelter Opens

Riverbend
May 1, 2019

The brand-new picnic shelter and stewardship education pavilion opened on Saturday, April 27 at Riverbend Park in Great Falls. The new shelter will provide a terrific space for a host of activities. More than 300,000 visitors come to this park annually, including thousands of local school children, and…

EQR Volunteers Clean Up Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

EQR
April 24, 2019

Thirteen employees from Environmental Quality Resources (EQR), LLC turned out on Friday, April 19, 2019, to provide volunteer cleanup services at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Fordson Road in Alexandria, Virginia and Wickford Park on Wickford Drive, also in Alexandria. In cooperation with the Fairfax…

FCPA Signs MOU with Friends of Frying Pan

FCPA
February 27, 2019

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Thursday, February 21, 2019, to help guide the group’s efforts at the farm in Herndon, Virginia. The signing took place in the…

Burke Lake, Scott’s Run Photos Take Top Honors in First Hike Photo Contest

Burke
January 11, 2019

Diane Willen’s sunrise photo of Burke Lake Park was named the People’s Choice Winner in the 2019 First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest. More than 1,250 people voted on the 15 finalists in the…

Colvin Run Mill Friends Group Signs Agreement with FCPA

Colvin
January 9, 2019

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Friends of Colvin Run Mill (FOCRM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, to govern the group’s efforts at the historic mill in Great Falls, Virginia. The document was signed with a quill at the…

FROGS Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Green Spring Gardens

FROGS
January 9, 2019

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday, January 4, 2019, at Green Spring…

Volunteers Help Restore Flood-damaged Trails at Riverbend Park

Volunteers
January 9, 2019

Twenty-one volunteers offered their time and energy to the Fairfax County Park Authority on Thursday, January 3, 2019, to provide much-needed help restoring trails at Riverbend Park.

The park’s trails took a beating in late 2018 from heavy rains that caused flooding and…

Supervisors Honor Park Authority for National Accreditation

Supervisors
December 5, 2018

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors honored the Fairfax County Park Authority at its meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2018, for its re-accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Becoming accredited is one of the highest benchmarks of excellence that an…

Park Bench Dedication Held for Former Park Director

Park
November 28, 2018

Parks and recreation icon William “Bill” Beckner, who passed away earlier this summer, was remembered fondly and honored on Saturday, November 17, 2018 with a park bench dedicated in his memory at Huntley Meadows Park. Beckner joined the Park Authority in 1977 as the agency’s chief naturalist. Eight years…

Monticello Park Dedication Highlights Dog Park, Other Amenities

Monticello
November 20, 2018

Members of the community, local officials and plenty of pooches gathered this past Saturday to celebrate the Fairfax County Park Authority’s official opening and ribbon cutting at Monticello Park located at 5315 Guinea Road in Burke, VA. The just-completed park features a challenge course, off-leash dog…

Park Authority Opens Renovated Backlick Park

Park
November 20, 2018

Members of the community and local officials gathered this past Saturday to celebrate the Fairfax County Park Authority’s official opening and ribbon cutting at Backlick Park located at 4516 Backlick Road in Annandale, VA. Renovations at the park included installation of a new shelter and picnic tables,…

Resident Curator Signs Lease for Historic Turner Farmhouse

Resident
November 7, 2018

On Thursday, November 1, 2018, Fairfax County’s second Resident Curator was officially approved and appropriate leases signed at Turner Farm Park. Members of the Great Falls community turned out for the lease signing ceremony. Sarah Kirk will serve as the Resident Curator of historic Turner Farmhouse in…

National Bike Your Park Day Brings Folks Out

National
October 17, 2018

The Fairfax County Park Authority joined with Bike Fairfax on September 29, 2018, for National Bike Your Park Day festivities. This celebration invites novice and experienced bicyclists out to local and regional trails for a day of biking. In this case, participants near the Gerry Connolly…

Parks Sign MOU with Friends of Pimmit Barn

Parks
October 17, 2018

It’s now official; the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Friends of Pimmit Barn are working together to preserve this community landmark and allow neighbors to enjoy activities at the site. On October 9, 2018, representatives from the Friends group and Park Authority leadership came together to sign a…

Winners Selected in 2018 Discovery Trail Bike Drawing

Winners
October 3, 2018

Park lovers from infants to octogenarians participated in this year’s Fairfax County Park Authority Discovery Trail Map summer activity, and four lucky visitors whose names were selected in a trail-ending drawing will soon receive a new bicycle and safety helmet donated by Spokes, Etc. and Trek through…

Ribbon Cut on New Griffith Park Playground in Falls Church

Ribbon
October 3, 2018

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority celebrated the opening of the Griffith Park playground in Falls Church, Virginia.

Funded via voter-approved 2016 park bonds, the $80,000 project replaced outdated equipment with new play elements, interactive panels and swings…

Board Honors Resource Management Team on Museum Accreditation

Board
October 3, 2018

At its regular meeting on September 26, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board honored five teams within the Resource Management Division on their efforts to maintain the high standards necessary to achieve accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Colvin Run Mill Historic Site,…

Hidden Oaks Anniversary Celebration Honors Community Groups

Hidden
October 3, 2018

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, Hidden Oaks Nature Center marked the 10th anniversary of Nature Playce and the park’s limited impact development (LID) parking lot with a free, three-hour celebration. Nature Playce is a one-third acre, unstructured, woodland play area near the…

Valis Family Golf Learning Center Opened at Pinecrest Golf

Valis
September 19, 2018

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Valis Family Golf Learning Center at Pinecrest Golf Course in Annandale, Va. The expanded facility was named in recognition of Wayne and Angela Valis’ generous donation of a new TrackMan 4 Golf Simulator. The…

Celebration Honors Partnership with Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund

Celebration
September 19, 2018

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Foundation and the Fairfax County Park Authority celebrated the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund’s (JPMF) 20th Anniversary with a Family Fun Day Celebration at Our Special Harbor in…

New Turf Field Upgrades Dedicated at Nottoway Park

New
September 19, 2018

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority cut the ribbon on a newly renovated synthetic turf field at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Va. Local officials and field users gathered to celebrate the completion of Field #4.

This field was closed this past spring to allow for the…

New Trackless Train, Picnic Pavilion Dedicated at Clemyjontri Park

New
August 2, 2018

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board, the Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) and members of the McLean community gathered on July 28, 2018 for the “inaugural” ride on a new trackless train at Clemyjontri Park, as well as a ribbon cutting for a new picnic…

Bryce Harper All-Star Complex Opened at Fred Crabtree Park

Bryce
July 19, 2018

On Monday, July 16, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority joined Major League Baseball, the Nationals and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, plus local players, coaches and dignitaries to dedicate the Bryce Harper All-Star Complex at Fred Crabtree Park in Herndon, Va. Washington Nationals…

Park Foundation Presents More Than $800K to Park Authority

Park
July 11, 2018

At the June 27, 2018 joint board meeting between the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and the Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors, representatives of the Park Foundation presented a check in the amount of $811,803.04 to Park…

FROGS Honored with Board of Supervisors Resolution

FROGS
July 5, 2018

The Friends of Green Spring Gardens, better known as FROGS, were honored for 25 years of service to the Fairfax County Park Authority site with a resolution from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. At an evening concert and celebration at…

Community Celebrates New Hidden Pond Playground & Shelter

June 28, 2018

On Saturday, June 23, 2018, park leaders, staff, volunteers and community members gathered at Hidden Pond Nature Center to celebrate the new playground and picnic shelter. The new nature-themed playground features several structures to accommodate play for ages 2 to 12, including swings for all ages. A…

Ribbon-cutting Marks Completion of Family Recreation Area

Ribbon-cutting
June 21, 2018

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Chessie’s Trail at Lee District Family Recreation Area was held on June 16, 2018, as officials, project team members and local children celebrated the completion of the project. Chessie’s Trail was the last component of a robust capital improvement program at the site that…

Sully Historic Site Hosts Children’s Naturalization Ceremony

Sully
May 24, 2018

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Washington Field Office held a Children's Citizenship ceremony at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA. More than two dozen children recited the oath of citizenship and received certificates at the event, now in its 10th year…

Ribbon Cut on New Playground at Alexandria’s Bucknell Manor Park

Ribbon
May 9, 2018

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 for the new playground at Bucknell Manor Park in Alexandria, Va.

Bucknell Manor Park now features two play areas to appeal to children of different ages. In addition to the play structures, the facility includes new borders, subsurface…

County Leaders Celebrate Opening of Government Center Farmers Market

County
May 9, 2018

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, County leaders gathered to celebrate the opening of the Government Center Farmers Market in Fairfax, Virginia. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova rang the bell to mark the market’s official opening at its new location in the grassy median near the entrance…

New Pump Track Opened at Springfield’s Brookfield Park

New
May 2, 2018

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority and TrailsforYouth.Org opened a new bicycle pump track at Brookfield Park in Springfield, Virginia. The track is designed to allow riders of a wide range of abilities to maneuver…

Student Poets “Celebrate the Senses” in Springfest Poetry Showcase

Student
April 26, 2018

Winners of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s “Celebrate the Senses!” youth poetry contest were honored on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the SpringFest Fairfax celebration at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA.

In recognition of National Poetry Month in April, the Park…

Parks, REI celebrate new directional signs on the Cross County Trail

Parks,
April 18, 2018

On Friday,April 13, 2018, Braddock District Supervisor John Cook, Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon and Park Foundation Executive Director Roberta Longworth joined REI Regional Partnership and Philanthropy Manager Matt Liddle as new wayfinding signs were installed along the Gerry Connolly Cross…

Springfield Athletic Field Renamed in Honor of Longtime Soccer Coach

Springfield
April 18, 2018

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority renamed South Run District Park Athletic Field #5 in honor of Jack Nolan, a longtime coach, leader and advocate of youth soccer in the Springfield District. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mr. Nolan served as a coach for several…

Park Authority and Pathways Sign Partnership Agreement

Park
December 20, 2017

The Fairfax County Park Authority signed an agreement with ServiceSource's Pathways to Careers initiative on December 13, 2017, in an effort to provide adults with disabilities internship opportunities in programs and activities operated by FCPA. The…

A New Birthday Party Shelter is Coming to Clemyjontri Park

A
December 20, 2017

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, December 8, 2017, for a new birthday party shelter at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Virginia.

The shelter is being fully funded thanks to grants from the McLean Community Foundation, the Rotary…

County’s First Resident Curator Signs Lease for Historic Stempson House

County’s
December 6, 2017

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the Fairfax County Park Authority signed a lease with Stephen McCullough as part of the new Resident Curator Program. McCullough will now serve as the Resident Curator of historic Stempson House in Lorton,…

Ribbon-Cutting Marks Opening of New Burke Lake Golf Clubhouse

Ribbon-Cutting
December 6, 2017

On, Saturday, December 2, 2017, County leaders and golf enthusiasts celebrated the opening of the new Burke Lake Golf Clubhouse with a ribbon-cutting on the new building. The opening is the latest phase of a $6.6 million redevelopment project,…

Dorothy McAuliffe Visits Reston Farmers Market for Check Presentation

Dorothy
October 31, 2017

On, Saturday, October 28, 2017, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe was on hand at the Reston Farmers Market as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) President Patrick Sturdivant presented a $15,000 check to the Wholesome Wave “VA Fresh Match Program.” Anthem staff also volunteered…

County Leaders Welcome New Owners at Historic Oak Hill's Open House

County
October 25, 2017

On, Saturday, October 21, 2017, Historic Oak Hill in Annandale opened its doors to the public for its annual Open House. Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Park Authority welcomed new owners Joe and Laura Braceland to the neighborhood presenting them…

Tysons Park Renamed for Former Planning Commissioner Ken Lawrence

Tysons
October 18, 2017

On, Saturday, October 14, 2017, current and former Fairfax County leaders joined family and friends to rename a Tysons park in honor of former Fairfax County Planning Commissioner Ken Lawrence, who passed away in December 2016.

Jones Branch Fields and Arbor Row Stream Valley Park…

Volunteers Improve Banks Park for National Public Lands Day

Volunteers
October 4, 2017

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, more than 25 volunteers participated in a work day at Olander and Margaret Banks Neighborhood Park in Alexandria, Virginia as part of National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Local residents, members of the Banks Family, Park Authority staff members, Dr. Cynthia…

American Pride on Display in New Lee District RECenter Mural

American
September 29, 2017

A new mural at the Lee District RECenter natatorium was officially unveiled on Thursday, September 28, 2017. This sweeping mural shows the grandeur of the nation’s Capital and pays homage to veterans.

Artist Tim Grant painted this mural during the RECenter’s summer 2017 maintenance…

Community Celebrates Opening of South Run Playground

Community
September 21, 2017

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new playground at South Run District Park on Saturday, September 16, 2017 to mark completion of the new playground in Springfield, VA.

The park’s old playground was demolished to make way for a new play area that features a playground, tot…

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