Park Authority

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
Jai Cole
Executive Director

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First Hike Fairfax 2024

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Thank you to all who participated with the Park Authority for First Hike 2024! Thousands of residents took to our more than 420 parks and over 330 miles of trails throughout the county to enjoy the start of a new year with friends, family and community.

This year, we had more than 350 entries in the annual photo contest. We recognize the artistry and creativity of all those who participated and express our gratitude for sharing a moment of your day and your unique perspectives of our parks with us. 

We are very pleased to congratulate the following winners of this year’s contest:

Director’s Choice Award
Brittany Cohen-Brown, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Judges’ Choice Award
Kim Cawley, Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail at Difficult Run

People’s Choice Award
Jimmie Cuevas, Huntley Meadows Park

Best in Show – Nature and Landscapes
Christine Lyon, Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail

Best in Show – People
Erin Mocko, Cub Run Stream Valley Park

Best in Show – Wildlife
Rena Schild, Huntley Meadows Park

Best in Show – Pets
Steve Mason, Pohick Creek/Hidden Valley

Please enjoy the complete photo album compiled from this year’s entries below or by viewing it on Flickr. Congratulations to you all and we look forward to seeing you in the park throughout the year!

This annual photo contest is presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

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