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Holmes Run Stream Valley Trail Closing to Allow Sanitary Sewer Repair Project

Starting the week of October 23, 2017 a short section of Holmes Run Stream Valley Trail will close to allow completion of an emergency sanitary sewer repair project. Depending on the level of repairs required, an approximately 1,500-foot section of trail could be closed for up to a year.

Fairfax County Park Acreage Keeps on Growing

Fairfax County’s parkland holdings continue to grow. The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has added 0.7345 acres in the Accotink Stream Valley Park, adjacent to Bear Branch.

Fill Twilight Time with History or a Pajama Party

Enjoy twilight time in county parks with special after-hours programs this fall that delve into history or offer youngsters a chance to party in their pajamas with park animals. It’s all happening on this Friday, October 20, 2017.

Prowl for Owls at Huntley Meadows Park

Prowl for owls during twilight at Huntley Meadows Park on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Adults are invited to go on a search for owls as these nocturnal raptors are pair-bonding and looking for nesting sites.

Celebrate Happily-Ever-After at a Princess Tea Party

Celebrate happily-ever-after with princesses and their nature pals from your favorite fairytales. Come to a special tea party at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Sunday, November 19, 2017, and discover how wildlife helps with happy endings.

Golf Fore Thanksgiving Dinner in Greendale’s Turkey Cup

Dinner is on the line as golfers compete in the 6th Annual Turkey Cup at Greendale Golf Course on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Halloween Traditions Come Alive at Historic Sully

Treat yourself this Halloween with a glimpse into historic traditions that evolved into the holiday celebrations of today. Take a lantern-guided tour and see centuries-old customs at Sully’s annual Historic All Hallows Eve celebration on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Roll Back the Roof for a Dazzling View of the Night Sky

Learn about features of the night sky and see them for yourself through the telescopes at the roll-top observatory at Turner Farm. Come to Observatory Park at Turner Farm for astronomy seminars that cover topics such as planets, open clusters, double stars, globular clusters and galaxies, next being offered on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Twin Lakes Golf Course Turns 50

Celebrate 50 years of good times, golf and golden memories at Twin Lake Golf Course’s 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament, Friday, October 27, 2017 (10 a.m. shotgun start). The two-person scramble, 18-hole event is the perfect opportunity to experience both the Oaks and Lakes Courses and look back on the evolution and accomplishment of the inaugural Fairfax County golf facility.

Stream Restoration Work Begins at Turkeycock Run

Stream restoration work scheduled to begin this month at Mason District Park will force closure of some trails in the park. The project involves the restoration of approximately 1,575 linear feet of Turkeycock Run using natural channel design techniques. Active construction is anticipated to be complete by early June 2018.

Solve a History Mystery at Ellanor C. Lawrence this Fall

Throughout Fairfax County’s history, residents have used tools, clothes and other day-to-day objects that look strange to our modern eyes. This fall, try your hand at identifying some of these objects from the past in “History Mystery” – a new participatory exhibit at Walney Visitor Center at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, Virginia.

Explore the Moon and Black Holes at Observatory Park

As the days grow shorter, turn your eyes to the night sky with classes and viewing sessions at the roll-top observatory at Turner Farm. On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, explore the moon from here on earth. On Thursday, October 26, it’s time for the monthly Astronomy for Family Fun program.

Take a Halloween Wagon Ride or Go a Little Batty

Riverbend Park is brewing up some Halloween fun with a daytime wagon ride and an evening bat program on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Discover Howling Good Fun at a Dog Costume Contest and Fall Fest

Dog lovers will have a howling good time at Lake Accotink Park’s Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest on Saturday, October 21, 2017. After the contest, enjoy activities at the park’s Fall Fest.

Book Your Birthday Parties at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Is your little one nuts about nature or a history buff in the making? Ellanor C. Lawrence Park still has some openings available for fall birthday parties. Parties accommodate ages 4-12 and offer a variety of fun, hands-on nature- and history-themed party packages and pricing.

Fear-less Fest Returns to Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Fear-less Fest is returning for a twelfth year to Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale, Virginia. One of the park’s more popular annual holiday programs arrives on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Fairfax County Park Board Approves Six Mastenbrook Grants

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved six Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program requests at its meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, that will be used for athletic and educational purposes.

Lake Fairfax Park Master Planning Process to Start

The Fairfax County Park Authority has started a public planning process that will update the master plan for Lake Fairfax Park. A public meeting will outline current conditions and amenities, explain the process and discuss potential revisions to the existing plan on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Look Deep into the Universe with Programs at Turner Farm

Take advantage of the dark skies at Turner Farm Park to delve into astronomy and study the cosmos through telescopes. This fall, the roll-top observatory at Turner Farm is offering a program for families that includes discussion of a different astronomical topic each month.

It’s Not Too Early to Start Planning your Spring Garden

Fall is the perfect time to start thinking about spring – at least when it comes to gardening. Register for a Master Class Program at Green Spring Gardens to start “Planning Spring” in your garden. On Saturday, October 21, 2017, Green Spring will help you get the jump on spring by exploring early blooming spring plants that add impact when the rest of your garden lies dormant.

Crackling Campfires Warm Cool Fall Evenings in the Parks

Fairfax County parks are hosting a trio of campfire programs on Saturday, October 21, 2017, that will appeal to stargazers and nature lovers. Register for the Astronomy Campfire at Riverbend Park and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Stargazing is also the focus at Burke Lake Park’s campfire. Enjoy a stroll along the lakeshore as you learn about constellations and other night-sky features. At Royal Lake Park, explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides.

Join a Garden Clean Up at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Fall may have just started but it’s time to plan ahead. At the end of the fall season, the gardens at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park need some help! As part of Volunteer Fairfax’s Volunteer Fest, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park will be hosting Garden Go Getters, a volunteer garden clean-up on October 29, 2017.

Green Spring Gardens' ADA Renovations to Begin

Many of Green Spring Gardens’ pedestrian routes may experience temporary closures as a result of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) retrofits for compliance purposes. Work is expected to begin October 9, 2017, with project completion targeted for spring 2018.

Artists Bring the Garden Indoors at Green Spring Gardens

Enjoy beautiful flowers and trees indoors at Green Spring Gardens as the park hosts art exhibits this autumn.

Experience E.C. Lawrence Park’s House of Reptiles and Night Ride

Celebrate Halloween with creepy crawlies and snakes at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s House of Reptiles and Night Ride on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants will be able to touch, see, smell and hear snakes, turtles, and salamanders at hands-on stations and demonstrations.

Halloween Fright Comes to Huntley Meadows Park

Looking for a good scare for adults, cute crafts for your little one, or a trick-or-treat through the wetland? Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley are inviting you to programs that will help you enjoy the feel of fall and experience the Halloween side of the park.

Learn How Nails were Crafted in Early America in artiFACTS

It used to take a lot of work to make a nail. In Early America, blacksmiths made them one-by-one to custom specifications. In artiFACTS this month, learn how these hand-wrought nails were crafted and how they provide clues into our history in Fairfax County.

Dig into Junior Farmer Family Fun at Frying Pan Farm Park

Fall is a busy time on the farm. Get a taste of farm life during harvest season in the Junior Farmer Family Fun program that runs on Thursdays throughout October 2017 at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Fall Harvest Celebrations Planned at the Farmers Markets

Bring the whole family to our fall harvest celebration events at select farmers market locations! Fall marks one of the most abundant times of the year at the farmers market with plenty of summer crops like tomatoes, peppers and peaches still abundant, and fall favorites like pumpkins and apples rolling into season.

Park Authority Seeks Comments on Cultural Resource Plan

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking public comment on the newly-revised Cultural Resource Management Plan. This plan was developed as part of the Park Authority’s continuing effort to promote the culture of resource stewardship in Fairfax County and to continue in its mission to protect cultural resources for present and future generations. Public input will be accepted online and also through two public comment meetings set for October.

Turner Farm Draft Master Plan Revision Underway

Members of the community are invited to attend a public comment meeting on Monday, October 30, 2017, outlining the master plan revision for Turner Farm Park in Great Falls, Virginia.

New Team-Building Program Offered at Frying Pan Farm Park

Frying Pan Farm Park is offering a new corporate team-building program that can be customized to meet a company’s specific goals. Farm-themed activities will tackle issues such as individual accountability, increased efficiency, the importance of strategy, communication, prioritizing and problem solving. The team-building program is being led by Empower Adventures.

Rarely Seen 19th Century Objects on Display at Sully

A delicate black lace shawl, a white pillowcase with a name penned in ink, a patched shirt, and a top hat worn to Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration are some of the rarely seen 19th century artifacts on display at Sully Historic Site now through November 20, 2017. Visitors can see these unique objects during guided house tours and take a glimpse into the lives of the Haight and Barlow families who lived at Sully and Little Sully from 1842 to 1876.

Oak Hill Mansion Opens its Doors to Visitors in October

Tour one of the oldest homes in Fairfax County during the free annual open house at Historic Oak Hill on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Oak Hill is an 18th-century Georgian-style mansion, and it is all that remains of the Ravensworth Tract that dates back to the 1670s. Today, the mansion is privately owned and open to the public one day a year.

Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail Improvements to Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority began improving the surface of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail last week. The trail will be paved between Braddock Road and Accotink Parkway. Contingent on the weather, this project will continue with completion anticipated at the end of May 2018.

Take Part in Local History as a Volunteer at Sully Historic Site

Sully Historic Site is seeking history enthusiasts. Volunteer Touring and Teaching Docents are needed to lead the public through this important local 18th century historic house museum. No formal experience is required; training will be provided.

Project Set to Improve Sugarland Run Stream Valley Water Quality

The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority, has begun work on the Cliveden Street Basketball Court Stormwater Enhancement Project at Sugarland Run Stream Valley Park.

Parks and Churchill Road Elementary Share Environmental Award

A partnership between Churchill Road Elementary School (CRES) and the Fairfax County Park Authority is among the highlights of a program that is being acknowledged with a Fairfax County 2017 Environmental Excellence Award. The annual awards recognize people who dedicate time and energy to benefit the environment and support county environmental initiatives.

Lake Accotink Park Carousel Closes for Repairs

The carousel at Lake Accotink Park has been closed for the remainder of the 2017 operating season for needed repair work.

Nottoway Park Stream Restoration Project to Begin

Restoration work on two stormwater outfalls at the northern end of Nottoway Park adjacent to Courthouse Road is set to begin immediately. Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division and Utility Design and Construction Division have contracted with Environmental Quality Resources, LLC for the work which will start early this month.

Hidden Pond Volunteer Wins Elly Doyle Youth Service Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Hidden Pond Nature Center volunteer Jennifer Ochs of Springfield, Va., the 2017 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Student Honoree. The annual Elly Doyle awards recognize individuals and organizations that contribute outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority, and one student honoree is named each year.

Athletic Council and NCS to Share Park Authority Partnership Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named the Fairfax County Athletic Council and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) winners of a 2017 Elly Doyle Park Service Award. The groups will share honors as recipients of the 2017 Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award, which recognizes the value and importance of teamwork and cooperation.

Norma Hoffman Honored by Fairfax County Park Authority Board

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board has named Norma Hoffman the recipient of a 2017 Elly Doyle Park Service Award. Hoffman will be honored posthumously with the Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations whose actions embody the spirit and values of stewardship and result in tangible environmental benefits.

Great Falls Nike Park Synthetic Turf Field #7 Installation

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin making improvements to Great Falls Nike Park. Project work will include the conversion of the existing grass Field #7 to a synthetic turf field, a trail, storm drainage facilities, landscaping, field lighting, and related improvements.

Park Foundation Announces 2017 Eakin Award Winners

The Fairfax County Park Foundation, a charitable organization which supports the Fairfax County Park Authority, has announced that Jean and Ric Edelman, Volkswagen of America, the Chantilly Youth Association, and Timber Ridge at Discovery Square are winners of its 2017 Eakin Philanthropy Awards. These annual honors go out to individuals or organizations for their efforts in support of county parks.

Fairfax County Park Authority Adds Another Acre to Land Holdings

The Fairfax County Park Authority has added another acre to its land holdings, filling a gap in Bren Mar Park and adding acreage to the existing 26.3-acre site in the Mason District.

Park Authority Wins Three NAGC Communication Awards

The Fairfax County Park Authority received three awards at the annual meeting of the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) held in St. Louis June 13-15, 2017.

Grant Awarded for Development of Dog Park at Monticello Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a $10,000 Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program request at its meeting on June 28, 2017. The Braddock Dogs group requested the grant to develop a dog park in Monticello Park at 320 Beverley Drive in Alexandria, Virginia.

Grant Money Will Help Provide Shade at Clemyjontri Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant request for $16,845 from the McLean Community Foundation (MCF) and the Rotary Club of McLean (RCM). The grant money, approved at the Park Board’s meeting on June 28, 2017, will be used for development of a shade structure/picnic area at Clemyjontri Park.

See Artistry in Nature and on Display Inside at Green Spring

There's beauty to be seen inside and out at Green Spring Gardens. The next time you visit the gardens, be sure to stop inside the Horticulture Center and Historic House to enjoy a series of art exhibits now through the fall.

Fairfax County Park Authority Holdings Are Growing

The Fairfax County Park Authority continues to add acreage to the county’s nationally-acclaimed park system. In March, the agency received 4.95 acres of parkland known as Holladay Field and new property that connects Halifax Point District Park to Poplar Ford Park in Sully District.

Park Authority Debuts Innovative Way to See Parks

There is a new way to tour some of your local parks, and it likely will spur you to visit places you’ve never seen. The Fairfax County Park Authority has created a web-based Story Map guide to several of its featured history and nature sites.

Parks Employee Wins Volunteer Administration Award

Shawna Levins, volunteer manager at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) Spring Hill RECenter, has been awarded the Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA) Sandra Lee Fitch Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award.

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