Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-324-8700
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon,
Executive Director

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2020 Park Authority Board Officers Elected

2020 Park Authority Board Officers ElectedThe Fairfax County Park Authority Board elected officers for 2020 at its regular meeting last week. Three incumbent officers were returned to the Fairfax County Park Authority Board for another year of service, and a fourth officer was selected after the incumbent demurred continuing in his post.  

At its meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, the Board voted to return William G. Bouie, who represents the Hunter Mill District, to his 12th term as chairman. Providence District Representative Ken Quincy will serve again as vice chairman. Michael W. Thompson, Jr., of the Springfield District, returns to the post of secretary and Dranesville District Representative Timothy Hackman will serve as treasurer, replacing Mount Vernon District Representative Linwood Gorham who declined his nomination.

Chairman Bouie joined the Park Authority in 2005 and is currently the President and CEO of Sky Communications Inc. He is an active volunteer involved in civic organizations. Service highlights include past membership on the boards of Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts and the Reston Hospital Center Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the boards of Public Links, Inc.; the Reston Community Center Board of Governors; Public Art Reston and Leadership Fairfax.

Vice Chairman Quincy began his board service in 2007.  He has led numerous committees and serves as liaison to the Fairfax County School Board. In addition, he has volunteered with his local civic association, served in AARP’s Taxaide program and provided volunteer instruction at the Fairfax County Adult ESOL program. 

Secretary Thompson was appointed to the Fairfax County Park Authority Board in 2012. He is the senior vice president of a local public relations firm and serves as president of Burke Athletic Club, is on the board of Visit Fairfax and is an appointee to the Fairfax County Athletic Council and the Fairfax County Sports Marketing Committee. 

Treasurer Hackman joined the Board in 2016 and is a retired IBM executive. He served two terms as President of Friends of Riverbend Park, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of Riverbend Park on the Potomac River. He is the recipient of several awards for his dedication to community service and has worked with the Park Authority and the Dranesville District on multiple projects.

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board is appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and sets policy and establishes priorities for the park agency. For more information visit the Park Authority Board web page or contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

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Volunteers Clean Up Lake Accotink Park on MLK Day of Service

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.

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Volunteers Spend Day Off Cleaning Up Rabbit Branch Park

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.

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Be Prepared with Wilderness Survival and Fire-Building Skills

Be Prepared with Wilderness Survival and Fire-Building Skills

Learn basic wilderness survival skills, cook a meal over a campfire or study the art of fire-building in outdoor programs on Sunday, February 15, 2020, in county parks.

Huntley Meadows Park is offering “Wilderness Survival Skills 101” to get you ready for your next venture into the wild. In this program, learn how to build a fire, read a compass and set up a tent for shelter. The class for adults runs from 2 to 4 p.m., and the cost is $9 per person.

Register for Wilderness Survival Skills 101

Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-768-2525 or visit Huntley Meadows Park.

At Riverbend Park, learn the science and art of building a fire and test your skill with primitive fire bows and modern fire-making techniques. Reward yourself with fire-roasted s’mores. “To Build a Fire” runs from noon to 1 p.m. and is designed for participants age four to adult. The cost is $8 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Register for To Build a Fire

Later in the day at Riverbend Park, prepare a winter meal with your family around the campfire using colonial and indigenous cooking techniques. Food and drink are provided. The “Klondike Campfire Cookout” is designed for family members age five to adult. It runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and the cost is $15 per person.

Register for Klondike Campfire Cookout

Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA. For more information, call 703-759-9018 or visit Riverbend Park.

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Wander through Winter on a Waterfowl Hike at Riverbend Park

Wander through Winter on a Waterfowl Hike at Riverbend Park

Some water birds stick around all winter and others merely pass through our region. Go on a “Winter Waterfowl Hike” at Riverbend Park on Friday, February 7, 2020, and see what birds you can find.

Bird lovers age 14 to adult are invited to hike with a naturalist to search for winter waterfowl along the Upper Potomac River. Participants should bring binoculars and spotting scopes. The program runs from 9 to 11 a.m., and the cost is $8 per person.

Register for Winter Waterfowl Hike

Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA. For more information, call 703-759-9018 or visit Riverbend Park.

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Discover How Stone Soup Can Chase Away the Winter’s Cold
NOTICE: Making Stone Soup at Frying Pan Farm Park has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Discover How Stone Soup Can Chase Away the Winter’s Cold

Nothing warms you up faster in winter than a hot bowl of soup, and making homemade soup from scratch can be easy. Learn how at the “Making Stone Soup” class at Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Your group will create a soup based on the children’s story of “Stone Soup.” You will also learn the history and origins of several different ethnic soup styles and sample each style featured. The program takes place at the historic Floris Schoolhouse kitchen and runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This event is designed for participants age seven to adult. The cost is $10 per person.

Register for Making Stone Soup

Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA. For more information, call 703-437-9101 or visit Frying Pan Farm Park.

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Go on a Winter Witch Hazel Hunt at Green Spring Gardens

Go on a Winter Witch Hazel Hunt at Green Spring Gardens

Celebrate Green Spring’s 50th anniversary with a garden tour featuring the park’s signature shrub. This docent-led tour will showcase Green Spring Gardens’ nationally-accredited witch hazel collection featuring more than 200 specimens that bloom from fall through March. After the tour, warm up in the Historic House with hot drinks.

The “Garden Tour-Winter Witch Hazels” program is for adults and runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The cost is $15 per person.

Register for Garden Tour- Winter Witch Hazels

Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-642-5173 or visit Green Spring Gardens.

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Put your Manners to the Royal Test with Tea at Historic Green Spring

Put your Manners to the Royal Test with Tea at Historic Green Spring

Enjoy a traditional English tea as you learn about etiquette for nobility at the “Royal Manners” Lecture and Tea” on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Hear about codes of diplomatic decorum and dictates of British royal protocol, past and present. Learn the complex rules of etiquette to follow when in the presence of royalty and the surprising rules the royals must follow as well. This program for adults at Historic Green Spring runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $36 for the program and tea; $15 for the program only.

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Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA. For more information about programs at Historic Green Spring, call 703-941-7987 or visit Green Spring Gardens.

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Take a Leap into the Wilderness on a Leap Day Walk at Huntley Meadows

Take a Leap into the Wilderness on a Leap Day Walk at Huntley Meadows

Celebrate the day that only comes around every four years. This Leap Day, go on a guided tour of the forest and wetland habitats at Huntley Meadows Park. Learn about common winter wildlife and where to find critters in the park at this time of year.

The “Leap Day Wilderness Walk” runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020. It’s designed for participants age four to adult, and the cost is $8 per person. Don’t miss out. This opportunity won’t come around for at least four more years!

Register for Leap Day Wilderness Walk

Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-768-2525 or visit Huntley Meadows Park.

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Burke Lake Golf Center Honored as Top 50 Public Range

Burke Lake Golf Center Honored as Top 50 Public Range

For the second year running, Burke Lake Golf Center's driving range was recognized as one of the Top 50 Public Ranges by Golf Range Magazine, a publication of the Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) and the Professional Golf Association (PGA).

Each year GRAA recognizes the teaching professionals, public, private and stand-alone ranges whose achievements stood out.

GRAA considers the number of range visitors, new social celebrations, events for women, marketing campaigns and available event space for private rentals. Noted in the recognition:

  • Burke Lake Golf Academy's dedication to growing the game through programs for all player levels including juniors and women.
  • LPGA Head Professional Kate Via’s leadership role with the local chapter of LPGA Girls Golf and development of new classes and summer camps to attract new user groups to the facility. 
  • Burke Lake Golf Center's double-decker, fully renovated range featuring 64 lighted station driving range and 24 covered and heated stations, open year-round.

Burke Lake Golf offers a variety of lessons, classes and social events, invites beginner, seasoned and social golfers alike. You can rent the range for private parties and special events as well

For more information, visit Burke Lake Golf Center.

Burke Lake Golf Center is located at 6915 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA , and is owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

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