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Meeting Slated to Discuss Rocky Run Trail Improvements


The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public information meeting to discuss proposed improvements to the Rocky Run Stream Valley Trail, including stream crossing upgrades and paving of the gravel sections between Stringfellow Road and the Fairfax County Parkway.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Greenbrier East Elementary School in…

Ribbon-cutting Set for Hidden Pond Playground and Picnic Shelter

The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and site celebration of the new playground and multi-use outdoor shelter at Hidden Pond Nature Center on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 10 a.m. Please join us for brief ceremonies plus a cost-free visit to the nature center and family-friendly activities including pond netting, an Animal Talk at the new shelter, and light…

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…

Farmers Markets Join Bike to Market Week Initiative


Dust off your bikes, pump up your tires, and bike to your local farmers market! The Fairfax County Farmers Markets will be celebrating Bike to Market Week at select locations in collaboration with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. Bring your family and friends along and you will receive a free bike map and giveaways.

The Fairfax County Farmers…

Lake Fairfax Park Master Plan Revision Public Comment Meeting


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


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.…

Free Summer Concert Series in the Parks Kicks Off in June


Fairfax County’s free Summer Entertainment Series kicks off on Friday, June 1, 2018, with a performance by “songwriter’s songwriter” David Wilcox.

Wilcox songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his talent as a songwriter, Wilcox’s skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than…

Have S’more Fun with a Wagon Ride and Campfire Meal


Combine a wagon ride and campfire cooking for a night of fun at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

Come to the park for a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire, and take a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley. Learn about Ellanor C. Lawrence and the area’s local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns,…

Explore the Birth of a Wetland at Huntley Meadows Park


The wetland at Huntley Meadows Park is teaming with plant and animal life. Learn how geology, human land use and wildlife created this special place.

Huntley Meadows is hosting a special program for adults on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, called “Birth of a Wetland.” Learn about the park’s history and enjoy a naturalist-led walk to the wetland following the talk.…

Discover Farm and Watershed Programs for Youngsters in the Parks


Whether your youngster is drawn to the land or to the water, there’s a program to cater to their interests in Fairfax County parks.

On Monday, June 4, 2018, Frying Pan Farm Park will appeal to budding farmers with the Little Hands on the Farm program. Come to the classroom at Kidwell Barn to learn about farm animals and farm chores and enjoy a story, craft or…

Churn Ice Cream and Learn about the County’s Dairy Past


Long before high-tech came to Fairfax County, dairy cows were churning up business for the region.

Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Saturday, June 2, 2018, and learn about the county’s long-ago dairy industry. In this hands-on walking tour, discover how important immigrant dairy workers were in the 1800s. Hear the immigration story of the Thompsons.…

Put your Garden to Work Multi-tasking this Summer


We’re all busy. Shouldn’t your garden be, too?

Learn how to make your garden both beautiful and tasty with the addition of edible plants. Let Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens show you how your garden can multi-task. Discover the many ways you can incorporate edibles such as veggies, berries and roots into your ornamental landscape.

This Garden…

Motor through History at the Antique Car Show on Father’s Day


Crank up the engine and motor on over to Sully Historic Site on Father’s Day for the 45th Annual Antique Car Show. Enjoy a great event on Sunday, June 17, 2018.

Delight Dad with a stroll through more than 400 classic and antique cars. Buy the car of your dreams at the Car Corral, or find that perfect auto accessory at the extensive Flea Market. Treat your father…

Senior Health and Fitness Day Offers Fun at Providence RECenter


The Fairfax County Park Authority invites seniors to join in the fun as we celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Providence RECenter. Providence RECenter is located at 7525 Mar Drive, Falls Church, VA.

Join in drop in classes including Zumba Gold and SAIL at noon or Senior Aerobics at 11…

Park Authority Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting


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…

Find Fun Camps on Bugs and Nature at Green Spring Gardens


School will be out sooner than you think. Keep the kids busy this summer with camps at Green Spring Gardens that appeal to nature lovers.

Preschoolers will enjoy seek-and-find walks, nature crafts, stories and visits to the veggie garden in Find Fun Camps on Bugs and Nature at Green Spring Gardens

Park Authority Salutes Military with Free Admission Day


The Fairfax County Park Authority will honor those who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces with a free day for military families at RECenters and lakefront parks on Memorial Day – Monday, May 28, 2018. It’s the Park Authority’s way of saying thank you for your service to our country.

The Honoring America’s Veterans program is made possible through…

The Caped Crusader Strikes at Burke Lake Park in May


Pitch your tent and enjoy a movie under the stars at Burke Lake Park on Friday, May 25, 2018.

When you book a campsite at the park, you’ll received free admission to movie night in the campground field. The movie in May is scheduled to be LEGO Batman, but movies are subject to change, so check Parktakes online for updates. Movie time is 8:30 p.m.


Introduce your Kids to a Healthy Harvest or Delicious Dairy


Kid-friendly food prep is on the menu at two parks on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Come to Frying Pan Farm Park at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. for Kids Can Cook! In this program, participants age six to adult will learn how to create a healthy snack with food straight from Kidwell Farm. Harvest tasty treats from the garden and learn fun ways to put them together to make…

Get to Know Dragonflies and Damselflies at Huntley Meadows


Dragonfly season is here, and Huntley Meadows Park is the place to see them.

Huntley’s wetlands are home to a wide variety of these acrobatic fliers. Adults are invited to come to the park on Sunday, May 27, 2018, to brush up on their observational skills and learn to identify some common and rare dragonflies and damselflies that live in the park. The program…

Women & Golf Reception Set for Laurel Hill


You are cordially invited to the inaugural Women & Golf Reception hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Golf Enterprises at Laurel Hill Golf Club on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, from 4 to 8 p.m.

This fun and educational event will promote the health and social benefits of golf, introduce new social events and showcase the Fairfax County Park Authority’s…

A New Free Concert Series is Coming to Springfield This Summer


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


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


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…

Celebrate National Trails Day at New Children’s Trail


The Fairfax County Park Authority will celebrate National Trails Day this year with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Chessie’s Trail at the Lee District Family Recreation Area. This event will also mark the completion of the fully-accessible, award-winning park facility that is designed to assure that people of all ages and abilities can play together.

Members of…

Lee District Family Recreation Area Wins National Recognition


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…

Enjoy Folk Music Performed by David Wilcox at Grist Mill Park


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. Music was a catalyst, drawing young and old alike to come together as a community. The Fairfax County Park Authority has adopted this summer staple from small-town America to…

It’s Time to Sink or Float at the Cardboard Boat Regatta


Crazy watercrafts will again be put to the test as Lake Accotink Park hosts the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Sunday June 3, 2018.

Who will sink and who will float? Come to the park to find out which of the wacky creations will sail to victory.

Boats assembled for the cardboard flotilla will be judged between 9 and 10:30 a.m. on their creativity,…

Align with Jupiter in a Family Astronomy Night at Turner Farm


Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and the largest in our solar system. Get a closer look at this planetary giant at Astronomy for Family Fun night at Observatory Park at Turner Farm on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

In this family program, enjoy hands-on activities and peer through our telescopes to learn more about this planet known as a “gas giant.” The…

RECenter Sustainability Report to be Presented Publicly


The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, to present the results of the sustainability study for future redevelopment and growth of the RECenter system throughout the county.

The 2015 Needs Assessment Survey revealed that residents place a high priority on recreational facilities and see a general need for upgrades…

Fairfax County Park Contributors Honored with National Award


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


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


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


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


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…

Park Authority Offers Summer Jobs with Rec-PAC


Do you love to work with kids? Join the Park Authority this summer for six weeks of theme-based fun with the Rec-PAC summer program. The Park Authority is currently hiring applicants who enjoy planning and implementing crafts, games and special events for school-aged children. Rec-PAC operates throughout the county at 45 elementary schools. Applicants must be available…

Mount Vernon RECenter Expansion/Renovation Meeting Set


The Fairfax County Park Authority will renovate and expand Mount Vernon RECenter in the near future. This is an exciting capital improvement project that will provide great benefits to the community and provide a state-of-the-art facility for the many thousands who use the RECenter each year. A meeting is planned on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Members of the public are…

Monticello Park Phase I Construction Begins


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


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…

Ash Grove Applications Sought, Open House Set


The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is accepting applications for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the historic Ash Grove House, located at 8881 Ashgrove House Lane in Vienna, Virginia. The Resident Curator Program provides the unique opportunity for individuals, non-profit and for-profit organizations to secure long-term lease agreements in beautiful…

Farmers Markets Welcome Local Coffee Roasters


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…

FCPA Farmers Markets Re-open in April and May


Four of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s 11 farmers markets will open for the season in mid-April, with the rest scheduled to open in May. To kick off spring, our farmers expect to have an abundance of fresh cut greens, asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, apples, beets, carrots and more. Everything is harvested hours before sale to ensure optimum taste and nutrition. Our…

Community Meeting Set to Discuss Future of Lake Accotink


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


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


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


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…

Master Gardeners to Offer Vegetable Plant Clinics


In 2018, Fairfax County Master Gardeners will add a focus on vegetable gardening to their highly successful Plant Clinic program. And what better place to offer their new Vegetable Garden Plant Clinics sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension than at several Fairfax County Community Garden Plot rental sites?

Beginning April 7, Master Gardeners will set up monthly…

Long Branch Falls Park Restoration to Begin, Temporary Closure Anticipated


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Plan Graduations, Celebrations with Golf Fairfax


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Parkland Acquisition Preserves Natural and Cultural Resources


The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has acquired approximately 58 acres of land that will help to preserve natural and cultural resources in the Springfield District. These 58 acres of vacant land are adjacent to an existing historic resource park known as the Confederate Fortifications Historic Site.

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 this November.

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

Calendar Set for 2018 Fairfax County Park Authority Board Meetings

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has published its 2018 meeting schedule. The Park Authority Board is a 12-member board appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to set policy and establish strategic policy and direction for the Park Authority. The Park Board holds public meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

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


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


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


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


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…