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Stream Restoration Project to Impact Trail Access at Indian Run SVP

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The Fairfax County Park Authority understands that residents love their trails. In fact, recent community surveys found that our robust system of trails through stream valleys, parks and woodlands are among our most popular amenities. However, sometimes construction may close or restrict access to a particular trail section.

Stream restoration within Indian Run…

Resident Curator Program Hosts Lahey Lost Valley Open House

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The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is preparing the historic Lahey Lost Valley property, located at 9750 Brookmeadow Drive in Vienna, VA, for the Resident Curator Program.

The Resident Curator Program provides the unique opportunity for individuals, non-profit and for-profit organizations to secure long-term lease agreements in beautiful public park settings…

Green Spring Gardens Volunteer Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Green Spring Gardens volunteer Tatiana Lisle the recipient of the 2018 Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award. Lisle was recognized for her work to protect pollinators by managing bees at Green Spring Gardens.

The park beekeeper is also the volunteer organizer of Green Spring’s popular Honeybee Day, which…

FROGS Wins Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) the recipient of the 2018 Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award. FROGS, which has just marked its 25th anniversary, has a membership base of more than 1,500 individuals who offer financial and volunteer support at Green Spring Gardens located in Alexandria,…

Water Mine to End Season with a Doggone Good Time

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The Water Mine will go to the dogs this September with a season-ending event benefitting the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and Fairfax County Park Foundation. Dogs and dog lovers are invited to join us on Sunday, September 9, 2018 when The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax Park will open for dogs-only swimming from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, Dogs can swim in…

Historic Ash Grove Application Period Extended

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The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is extending the period to submit applications for curatorship of the historic Ash Grove property. The new deadline for submitting applications is Friday, September 14, 2018.

FCPA is accepting applications for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the historic Ash Grove House, located at 8881 Ashgrove House Lane…

Go Squirreling Around by the Campfire at Sully Historic Site

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There’s nothing nutty about this event. Come to Sully Historic Site on Saturday, August 18, 2018, and learn about the history of the Sully squirrel.

Fill your evening with…

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Life on the Farm

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Junior Farmers and their families play an active role in helping care for Frying Pan Farm Park in the monthly “Junior Farmer Fun” program.

Family members age five to adult explore topics such as caring for farm animals, tinkering with farm machinery, and learning the importance of Frying Pan’s crops and gardens. There’s a new topic each session as participants…

Find Out What’s Around the Riverbend on a Kayak Tour

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Paddle the day away on a kayak tour to Riverbend Park on Sunday, August 19, 2018.

On the “Kayak Tour-Seneca to Riverbend,” participants age 14 to adult will set out on an eight-mile river journey. It begins in the lazy waters above the old Seneca Dam. After this lake-like stretch, the pace quickens through riffles and small rapids as you weave through Seneca…

Discover what’s Hiding at Burke Lake Park with Geocaching

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Use your GPS to find more than the way home. Put it to work at Burke Lake Park uncovering hidden caches.

During the “Geocaching Workshop” on Saturday, August 25, 2018, students age eight to adult learn to use hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units to locate hidden treasure caches in the park. After learning how to enter latitude and longitude…

Cool Off with Hand-Cranked Ice Cream in a Historic Setting

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Before it gets scooped, ice cream needs to be cranked as you travel back in time at Historic Huntley.

During the “Ice Cream at Historic Huntley” program on Saturday, August 25, 2018, make and taste hand-cranked ice cream as Huntley’s Harris family may once have done. Discover how the histories of ice cream and Huntley followed a similar path from elite luxury to…

Capture the Moon and the Stars at this Campfire

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Don’t let the summer slip away without an evening spent under the stars and around a campfire.

Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for “The Moon and the Stars Campfire” on Friday, August 24, 2018. Meet at the park’s Cabell’s Mill and talk about the moon and stars around a warm campfire. Then, head out into the meadow with a naturalist to learn how to identify the…

Sully Takes Swift Action to Protect Migratory Birds

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The first residents of Sully lived there more than 200 years ago, but today Sully Historic Site is home to a new family: chimney swifts. These small, migratory birds recently moved into the chimney of the original 18th century kitchen and made a temporary home.

Chimney swifts migrate in the fall to Peru or elsewhere in the Amazon Basin in South America. They are…

Park Foundation Announces 2018 Eakin Award Winners

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The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF), the charitable organization dedicated to support Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) parks and programs, has announced three honorees of 2018 Eakin Philanthropy Awards. These annual honors go out to individuals or organizations for their exceptional efforts in support of county parks and their programs and…

New Canoes Coming to Riverbend Park through Grant

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant that will help purchase new canoes for Riverbend Park. The Park Board awarded the $3,000 grant to the Friends of Riverbend Park (FORB) at its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

FORB requested the grant money to replace ten existing canoes that were purchased in…

Go for the Green with Family Golf Month

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Round out the summer with family fun and celebrate National Golf month with nine holes of golf at three Fairfax County golf courses. In August parents pay for their 9-hole round of golf and accompanying kids and teens (ages 8-17) will receive their round for no charge. Mention Family Golf Month to receive this offer. This offer is valid Monday through Friday all day; and…

Little Hands Have Big Fun on the Farm at Frying Pan

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Preschoolers can have big fun in the “Little Hands on the Farm” program at Frying Pan Farm Park in August.

Youngsters age two to five are invited to come to the Kidwell Barn classroom to learn all about farm animals and farm chores and enjoy a story, craft or game on Monday, August 13 and Monday, August 27, 2018. There will be two sessions each day. Children age…

See Who will be Declared the Champion at Burke Lake Golf

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Vie for prizes and bragging rights at the Burke Lake Golf Center Junior Club Championship on Friday, August 10, 2018.

Junior golfers age 7 to 17 will compete in this season-ending tournament from 8 a.m. to noon. This is an 18-hole, individual stroke tournament for all age divisions: 10 & under, 11-13, and 14-17. There will be closest-to-the-pin contests and…

Historic Huntley Offers Glimpse at Games of Yesteryear

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Enjoy fun and games from yesterday at Historic Huntley! Play games that the children who once lived at Historic Huntley might have enjoyed, participate in a scavenger hunt, take a special children’s tour of the home, and make your own simple toys to take home in this fun-and-games event at Historic Huntley.

Built by the grandson of George Mason in the 19th…

Get the Scoop on Historic Desserts at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

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Who doesn’t love dessert? At this delicious event on Saturday, August 18, 2018, join a historian at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as you try making raspberry dumplings and refreshing homemade ice cream. Learn how these desserts were made in the 18th century by residents of Walney.

Before attending, take a stroll through Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, or visit the pond.…

Green Spring Gardens Helps You Learn How to Help Fruit Trees Thrive

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There’s nothing more satisfying than biting into a fig or persimmon grown in your own backyard! Fruit trees make a wonderful addition to any landscape, small or large, flat or hilly. Join us at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, August 18 from 9:30 to 11a.m. to learn more about how to make fruit trees grow.

Horticulturalist Nancy Olney will showcase unusual…

Park Authority and NOVA Parks Seek Public Input on Remote-Controlled Devices, Powered Models or Toys


The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) will hold a joint public hearing on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Oaks Room at Twin Lakes Golf Course, 6201 Union Mills Road in Clifton, VA. The hearing will focus on the proposed adoption of an amendment to Park Regulation Section 1.17, Remote-Control Devices and…

Paddle the Potomac in Search of Wildlife on a Tour at Riverbend Park

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Watch for deer foraging on the islands and osprey and bald eagles searching for fish as you paddle a kayak through a wildlife-rich section of the Potomac River.

Come to Riverbend Park on Saturday, August 4 or August 18, 2018, to get a new perspective on the region’s wildlife. This is not a whitewater tour, and no previous experience is required. Kayaks will be…

Combine Art and Nature in a Wildflower Hike and Sketch Class

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Give the left and right sides of your brain a workout in a program that combines science and art at Huntley Meadows Park.

The “Wildflower Inspect & Sketch” program is a three-morning exploration of art and summer wetland wildflowers. Participants age 10 to adult will learn about flower identification, seed development and dispersal, anatomy and pollination…

Treat Yourself to Tea Time with a Furry Friend at Sully Historic Site

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Sample tea and tasty treats at “Tea Time with a Furry Friend” at Sully Historic Site on Sunday, August 19, 2018.

This isn’t your typical afternoon tea. At this event, stuffed…

Cool Summer’s Sizzle by Making and Eating Hand-Cranked Ice Cream

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Cool off at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with some hand-cranked ice cream in a program appropriately named “Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice Cream.”

On Saturday, August 18, 2018, you’re invited to explore Walney’s dairy farm history while touring the ice house and dairy. Try your hand at ice-making tools and picking up an ice block, and make and eat hand-cranked ice…

Leave the Land for the Water and Try River Fishing by Boat

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If you’re angling for something new to do this summer, try “River Fishing by Boat” at Riverbend Park.

Fish for smallmouth bass and sunfish from a canoe or boat with an introductory class on boating and fishing basics. Classes are being offered two Fridays in August – August 10 and August 24, 2018. No previous experience paddling or rowing is required. Boats and…

Don’t Miss a Puppet Show for Story Lovers at Green Spring Gardens

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Running out of ways to keep the kids entertained this summer? Stop by Green Spring Gardens for a puppet show on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Young story lovers age three to adult will be entertained by the “Summer Reading Puppet Show” presented by a professional puppeteer. The 45-minute show begins at 10:30 a.m., and the cost is $4 per person. Children and their…

Bit of Insulation Shines Light on Suffragette Movement

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A newspaper likely used as insulation in an old property is now part of the Park Authority’s historic archives and is featured in this month’s edition of artiFACTS.

This 1917 newspaper, discovered during demolition of a dilapidated old house, was folded open to a story about a female suffragette. Read about her defense of the suffragette…

Out on the Trails? MC Bugg-Z Reminds You to Use Repellent and Do a Tick Check

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Don’t get sick from the bite of a tick or mosquito when you’re outside enjoying the parks this summer. That’s the message from the Health Department’s MC Bugg-Z - also known as Andy Lima. He is a full-time bug biologist (and part-time rap artist) who is part of the agency’s Disease Carrying Insects Program – a group that monitors tick and mosquito populations in Fairfax…

Pohick Stream Valley Trail Improvements Set to Begin in Burke Station Park

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The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on the Pohick Stream Valley Trail in Burke Station Park. This project may impact parking and access to trails.

Construction will consist of approximately 2,400 linear feet of 8-foot wide paved trail, landscaping, and a new prefabricated fiberglass pedestrian bridge. Accubid Construction Services, Inc., will…

Drive your way to Victory in the Jefferson Cup Club Championship

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Compete for the championship at Jefferson District Golf Course on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Golfers of all ages will test their skills in an 18-hole, individual stroke-play tournament beginning at 8 a.m. Players will be placed into flights based on their first nine-hole score. The cost is $60 per person, and the fee includes lunch and prizes.

If the…

Arr! Don’t Miss this Pirate Treasure Hunt for Landlubbers

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There’s no need to set sail for this treasure hunt. Walk, bike or drive on over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Sunday, August 19, 2018, to join the “Pirate Treasure Hunt” and see what you can discover.

Buccaneers age three to adult will follow a treasure map to collect clues and natural treasures along a half-mile woodland and stream trail. Along the way,…

Relax to the Flicker of a Campfire and the Twinkle of the Stars

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Lazy summer nights are perfect for stargazing and s’mores by the campfire. Burke Lake Park combines these summer pastimes in programs on three Saturdays in August – August 4, 11 and 25, 2018.

Register for “Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing” and take a stroll along the lakeshore to learn about the constellations that light the night sky. Hear their stories and…

Make a Splash at Riverbend with this Introductory Fishing Course

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Usually, learning to rig something is frowned upon, but not at Riverbend Park! Perfect for parents and children wishing to spend time together in one of our beautiful parks, “Fishing for Parent and Child” starts with the basics– no prior experience needed.

Admire nature’s beauty at Riverbend Park while learning how to use fishing rods, how to rig, fishing…

Oak Marr Golf Complex Range Enhancements Underway

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Driving range renovations are now underway, causing closure of the Oak Marr Golf Complex’s driving range. This driving range, owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority, will be significantly improved. The current, fully-lighted 78 hitting station range with 30 covered and/or heated stations will be upgraded with regrading for improved drainage and…

Some RECenter Pools and Elevators to Close Temporarily


Four Fairfax County Park Authority RECenter pools will be closing for regular, periodic cleaning and maintenance next month.

If your local pool is on the list, consider trying out another county pool during the temporary shutdown. Remember that RECenter passes are valid at all nine Park Authority RECenters. As always, we encourage pass holders to visit other non-impacted…

Fairfax County Park Foundation Elects Officers and Names Directors

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The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF), which provides financial assistance and advocacy on behalf of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), has elected new officers for two-year terms that will run from July 1, 2018 until June 30, 2020.

John Osborn, Principal Vice President & Credit Officer at Burke & Herbert Bank, will serve as Chair and Michael…

Dabble in Dairy Products and Milk a Fake Cow at Sully’s Dairy Days

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Churn butter, crank ice cream, milk a fake cow and play 18th century games at Sully Historic Site’s celebration of “Dairy Days” in August.

Come to Sully to experience the products of an historic dairy. Sessions begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on three different days – Sunday, August 5; Friday, August 24; and Saturday, August 25, 2018.

The cost is $7 per…

Registration Open for Colvin Run’s Featured Summer Camp

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This is the signature event of the summer for youngsters with an interest in food and history. It is a journey back into time and an opportunity to enjoy a week as a miller at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site in Great Falls, Va.

Colvin Run hosts its summer Mini-Miller Camp from Monday, August 13, 2018 through Friday, August 17. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to noon daily.…

Play American Indian Games at Riverbend Park this Summer

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Looking for new ways to keep the kids entertained this summer? Play traditional Eastern Woodland Indian games of skill and luck that were popular at the time the first Europeans reached this area.

Riverbend Park is hosting an “American Indian Games & Crafts” program on two Thursdays in August – August 2 and August 23, 2018. Enjoy the tradition of oral…

Hop Aboard for a Wednesday Wagon Ride at Riverbend

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Get ready for birds, butterflies and blossoms on a wagon ride at Riverbend Park in August.

Take a scavenger hunt wagon ride through the meadow at Riverbend and search for birds and butterflies. Meet a friendly animal up close, and enjoy the summertime blossoms, too.

The “Wagon Ride - Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms” program runs each Wednesday in…

Load up the Family for a Drive-In Movie Night this Summer

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Enjoy a blast from the past with drive-in movies for the family at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Starlight Drive-in Cinema in Centreville, Virginia.

Every Saturday night in August, the fun will begin before the opening credits even start to roll. There will be music, food and children's activities from 6 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Centre. The movies begin at…

Park Board Approves Three Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Grants


The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved three Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants that will be used to improve safety at athletic fields at Poplar Tree Park in Chantilly, help restore a meadow at Marie Butler Leven Preserve in McLean, and enhance the equestrian program at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon. Action came at the June 27, 2018 meeting of the Park…

Park Authority Begins Implementation of New Strategic Plan; Adopts New Mission and Vision

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a new Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2023 on June 27, 2018. The new five-year strategic plan replaces its FY14-FY18 Strategic Plan, which was completed on June 30, 2018. As part of the strategic planning process, the Park Authority Board reviewed and updated its mission and vision. The new mission and vision emphasize…

Hidden Oaks Nature Interpreter Wins National Recognition

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A natural history interpreter from Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale, Virginia, is being honored by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the organization is recognizing 30 Shining Stars of Interpretation in 2018, and Hidden Oaks Visitor Services Manager Suzanne Holland has been added to the prestigious…

New Party Area and Trackless Train Celebrated at Clemyjontri

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Giving credit where credit is due is the order of the day at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Virginia when officials and local philanthropists, civic organizations, supporters and Park Authority staff will gather to celebrate the completion of new amenities at this popular park. On Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. the public is invited to brief ribbon cutting ceremonies as…

Fish Survey Detects High Catch Rate at Lake Fairfax

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The fish community looks good at Lake Fairfax. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) recently conducted a fish survey at the lake. Fisheries Biologist John Odenkirk, Mike Isel and Robert Willis of VGDIF brought a boat with electrofishing equipment to the lake on Monday, June 11, 2018.

During a survey, a boat is driven around the shoreline, and an…

Green Spring Gardens Landscape Added to Historic American Landscapes Survey

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The story of a landscape at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Green Spring Gardens has been added to the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) at the Library of Congress, where it will be held in perpetuity. HALS is a permanent federal program which documents significant historic landscapes throughout the United States and its territories.

The Green Spring Gardens Landscape Added to Historic American Landscapes Survey

Parking Lot Renovation at Idylwood Park to Begin


Heavy and persistent rains have delayed the start of work at Idylwood Park. Vehicle access will now be restricted July 30 – August 5. Thank you for understanding.

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin renovation work on the Idylwood Park parking lot next month. The park is located at 7715 Virginia Lane in Falls Church, VA. The parking lot will be fully renovated by…

Parks Review Natural Resource Management Accomplishments

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From ecological restoration to the removal of invasive plants, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Resource Management Division is making strides on its Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP). Park staff recently briefed the Park Board on long-term accomplishments and future plans stemming from the NRMP passed by the Board in 2014.

In the fourth year of the NRMP, staff…

Park Authority Wins Eight NAGC Communication Awards

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It was a big day for the Fairfax County Park Authority when awards were recently handed out at the annual meeting of the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). Park staff received eight 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards for communications work ranging from the agency’s annual report and social media postings to individual writer portfolios.

At its…

Do a Good Deed for Butterflies with a Native Plant Garden

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Do a good deed for butterflies while beautifying your yard with a native plant garden.

Come to Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, July 14, 2018, for a program on “Native Plants for Butterflies.” Horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol leads you on a butterfly safari in the gardens at Green Spring. She will highlight native plants that are great for both home gardens and…

Discover River Fishing by Boat at Riverbend Park

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Get an introduction to fishing and boating in the “River Fishing by Boat” program at Riverbend Park. It’s being offered on two Fridays in July – July 13 and July 27, 2018.

In this program, participants age five to adult will fish for smallmouth bass and sunfish from a canoe or jon boat. The two-hour lesson starts with an introduction to boating and fishing…

Get Tips Just in Time for Summer Photo Outings in the Parks

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See the park wonders that others have captured with their cameras and get some tips on how to make the most of your DSLR or smartphone camera in the July issue of the Park Authority’s Snapshots Newsletter.

For folks who rely on a smartphone for photography, this edition of Snapshots provides pointers from a…

Go Ape Later than Ever with Extended Hours at South Run Park

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Zip line under the moon and stars this summer at the Go Ape adventure course at South Run Park.

Go Ape is now offering extended hours for its Treetop Junior course, allowing guests to experience the thrill of zipping through a forest at night. Nighttime adventures include tree to tree obstacles and zip lines safely lit from the forest floor. Go Ape Treetop…

Learn a New Skill by Arranging Flowers in an Old Way

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Expand your flower arranging skills by attending a workshop on Ikebana – the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement.

Green Spring Gardens is offering “Floral Workshop: Ikebana Flower Design” on Saturday, July 21, 2018. In this workshop, you will learn about the rich symbolism and fundamentals of Ikebana and leave with an arrangement of your…

Quest Forth into Nature at Huntley Meadows Park

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Huntley Meadows Park is offering adventures into nature through several summer camps. Nature Quest camps have a variety of themes as they explore the plants and animals that put the wild into the park’s wildlife.

Campers 11 to 15 years old will dive into Nature Quest’s animal kingdom for four days the week of July 2, 2018. There’s no camp on July 4. Nature Quest campers…

Time Capsule Reveals High-Tech Writing Tools of an Earlier Era

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A time capsule that was uncovered during renovation of the Walney Visitor Center at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park provides a glimpse into writing technology of an earlier era.

In this month’s issue of artiFACTS, read about the discovery of a metal nib and how it signaled an advancement in writing tools. An engraving on the nib reveals even more about the item. This…

Free Summer Concerts and Tastings in Fairfax this July and August

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The Fairfax County Park Authority will host free summer concerts in the backyard of the Fairfax County Government Center every Thursday night this July and August (July 5 – August 30, 2018) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The Evenings on the Ellipse summer concert series is a family-friendly event featuring a talented line-up of performers and a wide range of musical genres. Fairfax…

Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway Project Includes Tree Clearing at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

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Construction activities for a new park access road at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) Ellanor C. Lawrence Park are scheduled to begin on Monday, June 18, 2018. The new road is needed to provide access to the park when the existing traffic signal and entrance from Route 28 are eliminated. As part of the park access, and in conjunction with the project, roadwork…

Two Fairfax County Parks Top Best of NoVA Lists

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The votes are in, and readers of Northern Virginia Magazine have put Burke Lake Park and Our Special Harbor at Lee District Park on the magazine’s Best of NoVA 2018 list.

Burke Lake Park was described as “an outdoor playground designed with almost every interest in mind.” The magazine hit the park’s highlights by suggesting, “Bring your clubs and play some golf.…

Come to Lake Fairfax for Fireworks and Family Fun

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Lake Fairfax Park will host its annual fireworks show on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Rain date July 1, 2018). Come to the park early and spend the day. The park opens at 7 a.m. The Water Mine water park opens at 10 a.m. You can rent a boat from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food vendors will be onsite as well near the park’s main office. There will be a $10 per car parking…

Four New Water Features Added to Our Special Harbor Sprayground

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There is even more to love this summer as four new features were added to Our Special Harbor Sprayground at the Lee District Family Recreation Area in Franconia, Virginia.

The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund (JPMF) donated a gift in excess of $40,000 to the Fairfax County Park Foundation. This generosity funded four wheelchairs for Fairfax County Park Authority’s…

Park Authority Sets Public Meeting on Alcohol Policy Updates


The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will hold a meeting on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Twin Lakes Golf Course. The meeting, slated for the Oaks Room, provides an opportunity to gather public comment on expanding the permitting of alcohol on county parkland. Twin Lakes Golf Course Clubhouse is located at 6201 Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA.

In light of an…

Bull Neck Run Stream Restoration Work to Begin at Springhill Park

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Restoration work on the Bull Neck Run Stream located within Springhill Park and Bull Neck Run Stream Valley Park is set to begin shortly. The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has contracted with RES for the work which will start in mid-June. Spring Hill Park is located at 1239 Spring Hill Road in McLean, Virginia.

The project involves…

Sustainable Trail Plan Information Meeting Set for Mount Vernon District Park


The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public information meeting to discuss the Sustainable Trail Plan for Mount Vernon District Park. The purpose is to provide a sustainable trail system for the park that includes existing and planned trails and stream crossings within the park.

The meeting will be held on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Clubroom 2 of the Mount…

There’s Something for Everyone in the Park Summer Concert Series

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Fairfax County carries on a small-town tradition this summer with a series of free concerts in the parks that will appeal to music lovers of all tastes.

The Park Authority’s concert line-up features performances from classical to bluegrass and everything in between. Performances take place at parks across the county from June to August. Visit the There’s Something for Everyone in the Park Summer Concert Series

Glass Beads Provide Connection to Past Residents of Fairfax County

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Glass beads were popular throughout the centuries among different groups that called Fairfax County home, but their rarity at archeological sites make them an exciting find.

This month, artiFACTS discusses the history of this adornment and what glass beads can tell us about the people who once wore them. Learn how tough it can be to find these beads and where…

Celebrate Cultural Diversity with Music and Dance

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Travel around the world this summer while staying inside the Beltway with the Cultural Heritage Nights performance series at Ossian Hall Park in Annandale, Virginia.

The Park Authority’s international-themed concerts are aimed at promoting awareness and appreciation of Fairfax County’s cultural diversity through the sharing of music and dance. These free…

Enjoy Free Concerts for the Pre-K Crowd All Summer Long in the Parks

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Bring music, magic and laughter into your family outings with the free Arts in the Parks children’s entertainment series this summer in Fairfax County parks.

Arts in the Parks is targeted at Pre-K audiences, and these shows are often a child’s first exposure to live entertainment. Professional musicians, magicians and puppeteers will be performing at outdoor…

Mastenbrook Grants Awarded for Little League Projects


Two Little League organizations have been awarded Mastenbrook Matching Grants by the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. Grants for Annandale North Springfield Little League and Reston Herndon Little League were approved at the Park Authority Board meeting on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Annandale North Springfield Little League requested $7,896.49 to improve fencing on the…

County Park Acreage Grows with Land Transfers


Fairfax County residents have even more parkland to enjoy following recent land transfers from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to the Fairfax County Park Authority.

The Park Authority acquired 1.22 acres of land adjacent to Dogue Creek Stream Valley Park. Loftridge Park has grown by 6.37 acres following another land transfer. Both of these parcels are located in…

Lake Fairfax Park Master Plan Revision Public Comment Meeting

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The public is invited to attend a public comment meeting on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7 p.m. at South Lakes High School, Lecture Hall 333 to learn about the draft Lake Fairfax Park Master Plan Revision.

The Fairfax County Park Authority held a Public Information Meeting on November 1, 2017 to begin the process for updating the Lake Fairfax Park Master Plan and…

Former Planning Chief Named to Park Board

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors named James P. Zook, former director of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning, to fill the vacant at-large seat on the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board. Action came at the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 15, 2018.

For most of his youth Jim lived in North Springfield; he graduated from Annandale…

Greenbriar Park Lighting Project Set to Begin


The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin an LED lighting replacement project at Greenbriar Park located at 4600 Stringfellow Road, Fairfax, VA.

Musco Sports Lighting of Richmond, VA, and electrical contractor R.E. Lee of Lorton, VA, will be mobilizing at the site in the next two weeks. Project completion is anticipated later this summer, depending on the weather.…

Park Authority Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting

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The Fairfax County Park Authority has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its 2017 Fiscal Year Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its…

A New Free Concert Series is Coming to Springfield This Summer

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Springfield will be rocking this summer with a new concert series presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority in partnership with Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity.

Springfield Nights will bring free musical concerts to the Burke Lake Park on Wednesday evenings in July and August and feature top local performers such as the Randy Thompson Band,…

Changes are Coming to Registration System for Park Programs


The Fairfax County Park Authority is switching to an updated registration system later this month that will offer several advantages for park customers. With the new system, the agency will be able to expand its hours of operation for registration and for accessing member accounts. It will provide upgraded server support, an improved mobile experience and greater…

Bridge Replacement to Impact Access to Pimmit Run Trail

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The Fairfax County Park Authority knows how much residents love their trails. In fact, recent surveys found that our robust system of trails through stream valleys, parks and woodlands are among our most popular amenities. However, sometimes construction may close or restrict access to a particular trail section.

Pedestrian bridge replacement work along Old…

Pinecrest Golf Course’s Indoor Golf Facility Underway

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Golfers will be able to keep their golf game at peak-season performance year-round with the indoor practice facility currently under renovation at Pinecrest Golf Course. This project began last month and will be completed in July 2018.

State-of-the-art amenities include expanded hitting bays, an instructional bay with electronic swing analysis and a golf…

Lee District Family Recreation Area Wins National Recognition

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The Lee District Family Recreation Area will be honored by National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) when the organization holds its annual meeting in Nashville this July. This unique fun spot for families will receive a 2018 NACPRO Award in the Park & Recreation Facility category for agencies with a population service area over…

Fairfax County Park Contributors Honored with National Award

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Jean and Ric Edelman have been selected by the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) as winners of a Friends of Park and Recreation – Outstanding Contributor Award. The Edelmans were recognized for their support at Observatory Park at The Turner Farm.

The generous financial contribution from the Edelmans provided for the purchase…

Animal Adventures Await along the Discovery Trail

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If you like animals, you’ll go wild for the Fairfax County Park Authority 2018 Discovery Trail Map! This year’s free summer activity highlights the rich diversity of wildlife you’ll see in Fairfax County parks.

Now in its fifth year, the map encourages children and adults to explore 12 distinctive parks and learn interesting facts about the wildlife that lives…

Summer Entertainment Series Gets Set to Begin

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Summer concerts are an American tradition. In the not-so-distant past, towns and villages across the nation boasted town bands and bandstands in the village square or the park at the center of town.

Share your Opinion on the Park Authority’s Strategic Plan


The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking public comment on its new Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2023.

As the Park Authority nears completion of its FY14-FY18 Strategic Plan on June 30, 2018, development of its new five-year strategic plan is underway. The FY19-FY23 Strategic Plan is a key tool to guide agency staff in the implementation of the 2017 Parks and…

19th Century Bible Offers History Lesson on Faith and Technology

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A Bible once used at the Frying Pan Meeting House is revealing information about religious practices in Fairfax County and the printing technology of the early 1800s. The Bible, which was donated to the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1984, is the subject of this month’s artiFACTS feature.

This particular version of the Bible created division among members of…

Farmers Market Returns to Fairfax County Government Center May 3

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It’s time to ring the bell and mark the official opening of the 2018 Government Center Farmers Market in Fairfax, VA. The opening will be held at the market’s new location near the front of the Government Center building.

The market will open at 2:30 p.m. however, Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, members of the Park Board and other local officials…

Monticello Park Phase I Construction Begins

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The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin Phase I construction at Monticello Park located at 5315 Guinea Road in Burke, VA. The $1.5 million dollar project includes construction of a playground, off-leash dog area, buffer area, multi-use area and trails, as well as supporting infrastructure including storm water management facilities, a parking lot, walkways, utilities, fencing…

Board of Supervisors Names New At-large Member to Park Board

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has named Dr. Abena Aidoo to the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board to fill the at-large vacancy left by Walter Alcorn, who is retiring after serving 2 ½ years on the Park Board. Action came at the Board of Supervisors meeting on March 20, 2018.

Dr. Aidoo brings a wealth of experience in tourism and events…

Farmers Markets Welcome Local Coffee Roasters

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Farmers market customers will now be able to purchase cups of coffee as well as freshly roasted beans starting in 2018! This year the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) farmers markets will host locally roasted coffee pilot programs at select locations. The goal for the pilot is to boost market attendance, improve customer experiences and provide small local roasters a…

Community Meeting Set to Discuss Future of Lake Accotink

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This event has already occurred, but public input on the Lake Accotink Master Plan Revision will be accepted through May 28. To learn more or to provide input, please visit the Lake Accotink Master Plan Revision Page.

A community meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 30, 2018, to discuss options for the management…

Get Paid this Summer to Fish, Kayak and Paddleboard

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Get outdoors this summer and spend time by the water with a rewarding job at Riverbend Park.

Riverbend Park is located along the Potomac River and is currently hiring for three positions – Fishing Instructor, Kayaking Instructor and Stand-Up Paddleboarding Instructor.

The Fishing Instructor will lead fishing programs for children’s birthday parties and…

Good-bye, Cubicle! Spend your Summer Working in a Park

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Take a break from the ordinary and spend a fun-filled summer at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park working with children on hands-on explorations of nature and history.

This Fairfax County Park Authority facility located in Chantilly, VA is currently hiring for two positions – Summer Education Director and Summer Education Teacher. Both positions are 40 hours per week for…

Clemyjontri Park Phase II Parking Lot Addition to Begin

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Pardon our dust! Construction will soon begin at Clemyjontri Park located at 6317 Georgetown Pike in McLean, VA. Project contractor McGee Civil will be mobilizing on site within the next two weeks, and active construction activities will begin later this month. This project includes construction of a 65-space parking lot, trails, fencing and stormwater management. This…

Long Branch Falls Park Restoration to Begin, Temporary Closure Anticipated

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Restoration work on the highly degraded stream within Long Branch Falls Park is set to begin. The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has contracted with Environmental Quality Resources, LLC for the work which will start in early April 2018. Long Branch Falls Park is located at 5021 King David Boulevard in Annandale, Virginia.

The project…

Learn about Dishes the Tin Man Could Appreciate in artiFACTS

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The Tin Man of Wizard of Oz fame had a hard, outer shell and so do the ceramics featured in the March edition of artiFACTS.

This month in artiFACTS, explore a type of earthenware most often found in either white or blue with hand-painted or sponged decorations of various colors. See samples of these once-popular ceramics on the Learn about Dishes the Tin Man Could Appreciate in artiFACTS

Park Board Approves Cultural Resource Management Plan

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a new Cultural Resource Management Plan (CRMP) to coordinate agency-wide efforts to achieve the cultural resource preservation mission of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA). Approval came at the Board meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

View the Park Board Approves Cultural Resource Management Plan

Mastenbrook Grants Awarded for Projects at Two Parks

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved two Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants at its meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. One grant will benefit the Lee District Park Family Recreation Area and the other will provide improvements at Fred Crabtree Park.

Park Authority Board members approved a $20,000 grant to the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund.…

Farmers Markets Provide a Jump Start to the Season

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As the tulips and daffodils spark up from the ground in the wake of spring, the Wakefield, Herndon, Burke, and Reston Farmers Markets jump into the season, opening for business in April. During this time of the year, you will find fresh asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, apples, salad greens, meats, cheese, baked breads, honey, ice cream and plant seedlings for your home…

Get Ready for Spring at the Garden Gate Plant Shop

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Celebrate spring with the opening of the Garden Gate Plant Shop at Green Spring Gardens.

The shop reopens for the new growing season on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Stop by between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to choose from the latest selection of plants for your home. You will find shrubs, native plants, wildflowers, ornamental grasses and unusual perennials and annuals.…

Golf Fairfax Pass Sale Offers Best Savings of the Season

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Get ready for the greatest golf savings of the season with the Golf Fairfax Spring Pass savings spectacular. The more you play, the more you save! From March 26 through May 6, 2018 save up to 25 percent when you purchase multi-round passes at Fairfax County Park Authority facilities including Burke Lake, Greendale, Jefferson, Oak Marr,…

Construction Begins on Nottoway Park Field #4 Conversion

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Construction will begin on Field #4 in Nottoway Park, located at 9537 Courthouse Road in Vienna, VA. This Fairfax County Park Authority project will reorient and enlarge the existing rectangular field #4 and will create a 360’x 210’ multi-sports field in accordance with park master plan as amended in January 2013. The project also includes installation of a synthetic turf surface on…

SpringFest Fairfax Comes to Sully Historic Site

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It’s the same great event returning to Sully Historic Site! Participate in a day full of free, environmental, and health-focused family-friendly activities and games at this year’s SpringFest Fairfax –a celebration of Earth and Arbor Days on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, Va.…

Honor an Outstanding Volunteer with an Elly Doyle Nomination

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Volunteers play a critical role at the Fairfax County Park Authority, and now is the time to recognize their invaluable contributions with a nomination for a 2018 Elly Doyle Park Service Award. Everyone is invited to submit nominations to honor the outstanding volunteers and numerous organizations that support park programming and initiatives in Fairfax County.

The…

Work to Begin Soon on Burke Lake Park’s Marina Road


Construction work will begin soon at Burke Lake Park to improve Marina Road from the Burke Lake Information Center to the Burke Lake Road marina parking lot.

The improvements will include widening of gravel shoulders, installation of drainage swales and ditches, and rock lining installation of swales and drainage ditches to better accommodate the existing storm water flows…

Rec-PAC Summer Hiring Now Underway

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This summer, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Rec-PAC summer camp program will operate at more than three dozen elementary school locations around Fairfax County on weekdays from July 2 through August 9, 2018. During the summer, staff will be assigned to a site and work daily from 8:15 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Lots of qualified applicants are expected to apply so plan on attending an…

Learn, Chip and Putt with Affordable Junior Clinics

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Golf Fairfax is committed to the development of youth in the game of golf. Introduce your 8-17-year-oldto the FUNdamentals of golf with one-hourjunior clinics. Junior clinics are the perfect opportunity to test drive the game before investing in more advanced instruction and equipment.

Kids and teens will learn basic golf rules and etiquette, get familiar with…

Park Authority Seeks Volunteers to Combat Invasives

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The Fairfax County Park Authority continues its national award-winning program to combat invasive plants this spring.

The Invasive Management Area (IMA) program was established in 2006 and the annual highlight of the program is the spring Take Back the Forest effort. This year, Take Back the Forest begins on Sunday, April 1, 2018 and runs through May. During that…

Distribution Line Improvements Necessitate Temporary Dog Park Closure

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As part of an ongoing system-wide effort to improve service reliability at South Run District Park and its surrounding residential communities, Dominion Energy will be replacing the aging and outdated distribution line within this area. Work on this project will begin in early-March and will conclude approximately one month later. As part of Dominion’s effort, access and temporary…

Telecom Installation Begins at George Washington Park


Work to install a 120-foot monopine pole and to construct the associated, fenced telecommunications equipment compound within George Washington Park is getting underway. Network Building and Consulting, on behalf of T-Mobile, has contracted with Stoehr Companies to perform this previously approved telecommunications project.

During construction, there will be additional…

Find Work Down on the Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park

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Consider a job at one of the county’s most unique employment sites. Frying Pan Farm Park preserves and interprets farm life of the 1920s to 1950s, and it is looking for folks to fill a variety of positions to help others learn about an enjoy this popular Fairfax County park.

If you enjoy fresh air, history, nature, baby animals and working with the public,…

South Run Field to be Named in Honor of Jack Nolan

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to name an athletic field at South Run Regional Park in honor of Jack Nolan, a longtime leader and supporter of youth soccer in the Springfield District.

At its meeting on February 14, 2018 the Park Board voted to change the name of Athletic Field 5 to Jack Nolan Field. A public ceremony is scheduled for mid-May to…

Construction to Begin on New Wakefield Park Playground

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The Wakefield Park playground will close temporarily on March 12, 2018, to make way for new playground equipment.

Plan Graduations, Celebrations with Golf Fairfax

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Looking for a unique venue for your spring celebration? Par-tee with Golf Fairfax and enjoy unique and affordable dining and entertainment options for your guests. Four golf courses offer venues that include beautiful golf scenery, flexible dining options and enjoyable entertainment options:

Laurel Hill Golf Club
8701…

Backlick Park Renovation Work to Begin


The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work to renovate park facilities at Backlick Park located at 4516 Backlick Road in Annandale, VA.

The contractors, will be mobilizing on site shortly with active construction activities beginning in March. This project includes the installation of a new shelter and tables, additional of a connecting accessible trail,…

New Playground Equipment Coming to Wakefield Park

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the installation of a new playground for Wakefield Park at its meeting on January 24, 2018. The park, located in the Braddock District, is among those benefitting from funding in the 2016 Park Bond to replace playground equipment throughout the county that has exceeded its useful life.

Although the equipment at…

Park Authority Summer Camp Registration Opens February 8

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Who is thinking about summer? You should! Registration for summer camps begins Thursday, February 8, 2018. The Fairfax County Park Authority offers more than 1,900 summer day camp options at 100+ locations. Camps held at RECenters, nature centers, historic sites, lakefront parks, golf courses and schools offer a variety of camp formats. These camps feature plenty of fun and…

Swing into Spring With Golf Classes for All Ages and Levels

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There is a class for everyone this spring at Fairfax County Golf courses: from children new to golf to experienced golfers who want to improve their game. Golf is an excellent family sport and can be played for a lifetime!

Golfers or all ages and skill can take advantage of classes at Burke Lake Golf and Pinecrest Golf Academies. Starting New at Golf (SNAG) classes cover…

Dead Run Stream Restoration Work to Begin in February

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Work to restore Dead Run within McLean Central Park and Dead Run Stream Valley Park between Old Dominion Road and Churchill Road is set to begin shortly.

The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has contracted with Meadville Land Service, Inc., to begin work this month. The project involves restoration of approximately 3,000 linear feet of…

Playground Replacement Work to Begin at Lisle Park


The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on the Lisle Park Playground Replacement Project in Falls Church.

Contractors will be mobilizing on site shortly, and active construction is scheduled to begin in March 2018. The project includes replacement of the existing playground equipment and related site work. Lisle playground will be closed during the…

Junior Golf Camps Offered at Four Golf Fairfax Courses

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Calling all juniors ages 8-14 looking to learn a lifelong sport while having a blast! Choose from four Golf Fairfax locations offering full- and half-day, spring and summer Junior Golf camps. Golf is an awesome family sport that encourages good manners, builds friendships and embraces nature and the outdoors.

Junior Golf campers will learn putting, chipping,…

Playground Replacement to Begin at Griffith Park

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The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin to work on the Griffith Park Playground Replacement Project, which will force closure of the playground during the construction period.

Contractors will be mobilizing on site shortly with active construction activities beginning in March. The project includes replacement of the playground equipment and related site work.…

Park Authority Board Elects Officers for 2018


The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has elected its officers for 2018. At a meeting on January 24, 2018, the Park Board voted to return William G. Bouie, who represents the Hunter Mill District, to his tenth term as Chairman. Providence District Representative Ken Quincy will serve as Vice Chairman. Michael W. Thompson, Jr. of the Springfield District returns to the post of…

Fairfax County Parks Add Acreage Near Loisdale Park

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Fairfax County’s parkland is growing again with the acquisition of eight acres of land near Loisdale Park in Springfield, VA.

The two parcels, one 7.6 acres and the other 0.4 acres were a donation from L and F Darby Lane LLC. The properties are considered an addition to Loisdale Park and will remain vacant until or unless they are included in a future master…

Cub Run RECenter Now Offers Chair Massage, Health Coaching!

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Staying fit and feeling great just got easier with the Fairfax County Park Authority. Cub Run RECenter’s Fitness and Wellness program recently expanded to include chair massage and health coaching. Licensed massage therapists can help eliminate painful muscle tension. Getting rid of that pain can potentially result in increased ability to exercise in the future as well as…

Chantilly Park Grows with Land Acquisition


The Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) acreage continues to grow with the acquisition of 7.33 acres of land from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS), which will be combined with 6.13 acres of existing parkland at Chantilly Park.

This acreage in the Sully District was transferred to the Park Authority from the BOS in November 2017. It originally was part of a…

Park Authority Board Approves Park System Master Plan

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved it’s first-ever Parks and Recreation System Master Plan at its meeting on December 13, 2017.

With a 10-year time horizon, the Great Parks, Great Communities Parks and Recreation System Master Plan will guide the agency to meet growing and changing community needs. This long-range, comprehensive park system master planning…

Know Which Holiday Gifts Are Welcome in the Parks

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Fairfax County households are overflowing with new toys and other gifts at this time of year. While it is fun to head outside to try them out, it’s important to know the rules before bringing holiday gifts into the parks.

Pohick Creek Tributary Restoration Work to Begin at Greentree Village Park

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Restoration work on the Pohick Creek Tributary located within Greentree Village Park is set to begin shortly. The Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division and Utility Design & Construction Division have contracted with Environmental Quality Resources, LLC for the work which will start in January 2018. Greentree Village Park is located at 6600 Field Master Drive in…

Park Authority Publishes FY 2017 Strategic Plan and Annual Report

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The Fairfax County Park Authority has published the FY 2017 Strategic Plan and Annual Report. This document celebrates “A Place in Time” as Fairfax County concludes its celebration of the 275th anniversary of Fairfax County. The park system report notes a host of memorable events, vital accomplishments and progress on many fronts.

Inside this report, Park Authority Board…

Fairfax County Park Board Approves Three Mastenbrook Grants

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved three sports-related Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program requests at its meeting on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Board members approved a grant of $20,000 for the Great Falls Lacrosse Association. Funding will be used to install a practice wall adjacent to Field #4 at Great Falls Nike Park, which…

A Trail Designed with Kids in Mind Opens at Lee District Park

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The Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park continues to grow in appeal to families with the addition of Chessie’s Trail – a nature trail dotted with features designed to appeal to children. Start your new year off with a hike on this unique new trail.

Lake Fairfax Park Master Planning Process to Start

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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 this November.

This 482-acre park is located in Reston, Virginia and is owned and operated by the Park…

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.

The trail follows Holmes Run from the outfall of Lake Barcroft south to Cameron Run…

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.The primary goal of this restoration is to stabilize the channel and prevent future erosion and degradation along the…

Green Spring Gardens' ADA Renovations to Begin

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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. Garden features will remain open, but visitors may need to use alternative routes while work is being…

Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail Improvements to Begin

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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. The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) 2014 Transportation Bond will provide $200,000 for the construction phase of the project and a 2012 Park Bond will provide additional funding in…

Nottoway Park Stream Restoration Project to Begin

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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.Nottoway Park, a Fairfax County Park Authority…

Great Falls Nike Park Synthetic Turf Field #7 Installation

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The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin making improvements to Great Falls Nike Park located at 1089 Utterback Store Road, Great Falls, VA. The project will begin in the next few days and is anticipated to be completed this fall. The Great Falls Soccer Club, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, and Fairfax County Park Authority are providing funding…