Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon,
Executive Director

Helping Our Land Heal

White Gardens property
White Gardens property


Helping Our Land Heal logoThe Park Authority has a program to restore natural areas on park lands called Helping Our Land Heal. Helping Our Land Heal rebuilds, repairs and maintains quality natural areas.
Work is conducted on several Helping Our Land Heal projects each year. The first of those was a pilot study completed in 2015 at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly. The Natural Resources Branch of the Park Authority's Resource Management Division oversees these projects.


Current project locations:
Elklick Preserve, Centreville (forest and grassland restoration, began 2017)
Fitzhugh Park, Annandale (Natural Resource Management Plan implementation, began 2016)
Laurel Hill Park, Lorton (forest restoration, began 2019)
Old Colchester Park and Preserve, Lorton (Natural Resource Management Plan implementation, began 2012)
Riverbend Park, Great Falls (meadow restoration, began 2019)

Completed Projects:

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly (forest restoration, 2013-2015)
John C. and Margaret K. White Gardens, Falls Church (2016-2019)
Poplar Ford Park, Centreville (grassland restoration, 2014-2019) 


A restored creekbed