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Fairfax County, Virginia

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Celebrate the Senses with the 2018 Parks Poetry Contest

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The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation invite students in grades K-8 to “Celebrate the Senses” for the 2018 Poetry Contest in honor of National Poetry Month in April. Young poets can draw inspiration from what they see, hear, touch, smell or taste in Fairfax County parks. Poetry contest participants will compete for prizes and a chance to read their…

Celebrate the Music, Dance and Many Cultures of Fairfax County

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Fairfax County is a melting pot of music, dance and cultures from around the world. Celebrate this richness of diversity at Culmore Multicultural Day 2018 on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Bring the family for hours of free fun.

This annual event returns to the Woodrow Wilson Library in Falls Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It features live music, folklore dances and activities…

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,…

Learn What it Takes to Care for Nature Center Animals

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Hidden Oaks and Hidden Pond Nature Centers are offering children and adults a chance to get up close and personal with some of their exhibit animals.

On Monday, February 19, 2018, you can meet native reptiles and amphibians at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Participants age two to adult will learn how to identify these species and see at least one animal being fed.…

Build a Bird Feeder from Recycled Items at ECL

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Ellanor C. Lawrence is going to the birds! On Sunday, February 25, bring empty milk jugs and/or two-liter soda bottles and learn how to turn them into bird feeders. You will also learn to identify some of the birds likely to visit your feeder, so bring some binoculars along. The program from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult…

Discover What it Takes to Keep a Nature Center Humming

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Considering a career in the environmental field? Then Huntley Meadows Park has the program for you!

Teens can explore the workings of a nature center in the Wildlife Ranger Series this winter at Huntley Meadows. This four-week series meets on Sundays, beginning February 25, 2018. From 10 to 11:55 a.m. each week, participants age 13 to 17 will join park…

Mark the Holiday Weekend with Presidential Trivia

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How much do you know about the nation’s presidents? Test your knowledge with the Preamble Scramble and Presidential Trivia event at Sully Historic Site on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Rediscover the Declaration of Independence and challenge yourself with early American presidential and political trivia. Learn what kinds of animals the…

See and Touch Visitors from Space at Observatory Park

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We’re not alone in the universe. Meteorites have been visiting Earth for centuries.

Explore these visitors from space in a program at Observatory Park at Turner Farm on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Learn what meteorites are and where they originate. Find out what we can learn from them. Participants will also have a chance to touch and examine actual meteorites…

Encourage a Love of Nature with Park Programs for the Young Crowd

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Children have a natural curiosity about nature. Draw on their enthusiasm with programs designed for our youngest park lovers.

Open the door to nature with Lake Accotink Park’s ParkTykes program for children age one to three. In this program, you and your toddler will join a naturalist in the classroom and outdoors to discover the wonders of the natural world.…

Try to Spy a Woodcock Courtship at Huntley Meadows

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As spring approaches, a woodcock’s fancy turns to love. Don’t miss the chance to hopefully witness the woodcock’s amazing courtship ritual during a stroll through Huntley Meadows Park.

Huntley Meadows is hosting an evening stroll for adults through the forest to one of the park's largest meadows. With your guide, you’ll listen for the call of the male woodcock and try to…

Find Presidential History in Fairfax County in artiFACTS

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A president who helped to inspire this month’s celebration of Presidents’ Day was once a popular subject for portraits in American homes.

Turn to artiFACTS this month to see a presidential portrait in the Fairfax County Park Authority’s historical collections, and learn about a printing technique that made portraits such as these more affordable for Americans. Discover how…

New Playgrounds and Picnic Area Coming to Backlick Park

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The Fairfax County Park Board has approved a major renovation plan that includes a new playground area, picnic shelter and tennis court at Backlick Park in Annandale, VA. Approval came in late January as construction plans began to take shape.

Under the plan, the park’s existing playground will be removed and replaced with separate playgrounds for children in the 2-5 and…

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,…

Live Owl Prowl Coming to Huntley Meadows Park

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Ever wonder about the more mysterious residents of Huntley Meadows? Come meet live owls up close. Soar into the night time world of Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, and Eastern Screen Owls. Follow them through courtship, nesting, raising young, and fledging until the young owls head out to establish their own territories. Speakers from Secret Garden Birds and Bees Wildlife…

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…

Ease into the Weekend with Strumming and S’mores

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Wind down your week with nature, stories, songs and a campfire at Riverbend Park.

On two Fridays in February, the park is offering a program that features winter folk tales and local winter wildlife. Take a wildlife hike, sing nature-themed campfire songs accompanied by a guitar, and eat s’mores around the fire.

This family campfire program is for…

Burn Calories and De-stress All in One Park Program

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If that New Year’s resolution needs a boost, Riverbend Park is coming to the rescue.

Work off those stubborn holiday calories with a quick hike in Riverbend Park, and then relax for a while with meditation exercises designed to help you find your inner winter calmness. This adult program that targets the body and mind is being offered on two Saturdays in…

Enjoy Cupcakes and Punch at a Beatrix Potter Tea

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This event has been cancelled.

Go to the Moon and Beyond with Park Astronomy Programs

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Riverbend Park is hosting two astronomy nights on Saturdays in February. Come to the park on February 10 and February 24, 2018, to explore topics such as comets, meteors, moon phases and eclipses. End the evening around a campfire and roast marshmallows. The program is designed for astronomy-lovers age eight to adult and runs from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.…

South Run Basketball Court to Close for One Month

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The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will improve the basketball court at South Run District Park by replacing aging and outdated court lighting. This Park Authority Energy Improvement Plan project includes new, energy efficient, LED court lighting at a cost of $112,000. Saving energy has benefits for our environment, saves money and will offer local basketball enthusiasts a…

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…

You’re Invited to an Animal Pajama Party at Hidden Oaks


Before you kiss your kids goodnight, give them a chance to say goodnight to the animals at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Children age three to seven are invited to an Animal Pajama Party on three Fridays this winter. Dress the kids up in their PJs and stop by to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the snakes, turtles and toads at the nature…

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…

It’s Witch Hazel Time at Green Spring Gardens

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Which witch do you like?

Pick a favorite on a visit to Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria.

Green Spring Gardens has nearly 200 witch hazels gracing its landscape. Besides producing a marvelous tour of late winter color from early February into March, witch hazels play an important role in a national program. Green Spring is a part of the American…

You Too Can Make Healthy Strides in 2018

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The new year has so much promise. In fact, 2018 is shaping up to be the best year yet for Healthy Strides, the Park Authority’s recently-renamed community wellness program. Healthy Strides, formerly Take 12 Steps for Health, began in 2010 with the basic premise that better health can be achieved by reaching small goals, one per month, for the whole year. Healthy Strides takes a…

Explore the Art of the Book in Classes at Historic Huntley

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In honor of Huntley residents who loved both books and art, Historic Huntley is offering three classes this winter that delve into different aspects of book making.

The series kicks off on Sunday, January 28, 2018, with a class on calligraphy. Explore the art of beautiful writing with a variety of pens and brushes from 1 to 2 p.m. Calligrapher Mary Teichman calls…

Discover your Place in the Universe at Turner Farm

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Discover your place in the universe with an astronomy program this winter at the roll-top observatory at Turner Farm.

Observatory Park offers programs geared toward family members age nine to adult. The classroom seminars and nighttime observing sessions focus on a variety of astronomical subjects. Topics may include planets, comets, open clusters, double stars, stellar…

If You Love to Read, Join Healthy Strides Wellness Book Club

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Make healthy strides in your own life by joining the Healthy Strides Wellness Book Club! This club is for adults, and meets at different Fairfax County Public Library sites each month. Discussion on the featured books will be led by a Fairfax County Park Authority fitness and wellness expert, on topics of health, fitness, nutrition and wellness. No registration is required to…

Find Out How Slipware Ceramics Got The Name in artiFACTS

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Ceramics often stand the test of time and provide clues into the lives of the people who used them. This month, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s artiFACTS series takes a look at a type of ceramic dishes, bowls and mugs known as “slipware.”

The Staffordshire Slipware that can be found in the county’s archaeological collections was widely exported to America through the…

Warm Up your Winter with a Cozy Campfire and S’mores

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Hidden Pond Nature Center is warming up winter with campfire programs in January, February and March.

Stop by the nature center for Campfire Fridays and enjoy an evening of exploration and s’mores. Each winter campfire will feature different topics, and different parts of the park will be explored. Look and listen for animals and hear stories by the campfire as you roast…

You’re Invited to a Birthday Bash at Sully Historic Site

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Richard Bland Lee would have turned 257 this year, and Sully Historic Site is throwing a party in his honor. Celebrate the life of Northern Virginia's first Representative to Congress with a visit to his home on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

During an afternoon house tour at Sully, discover some of the important contributions that Mr. Lee made during his impressive political…

Fee Proposals Available and Public Comment Accepted


The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold its annual public comment meeting on the agency’s proposed fee adjustments. The public is invited to share their perspectives on the proposals with the Park Authority Board either at the meeting, via correspondence or by email. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Room 106 of the Herrity Building located…

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…

Learn about Farming from the People Who Know it Best

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Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry, and Frying Pan Farm Park is offering an opportunity this winter to learn about farming from the farmers themselves.

Drawing on interest in the farm-to-table movement, Frying Pan is bringing in local farmers to lead a series of discussions about agriculture in the state. Each session will include a 45-minute presentation by…

Let a Master Gardener Help You Make the Most of your Garden

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While it’s too cold for weeding and planting, boost your gardening knowledge at Green Spring Gardens and get ready for spring.

Green Spring is hosting a series of Garden Talks with Master Gardeners during the winter months of 2018 that will help you make the most of your garden when temperatures start to rise. The Friday afternoon workshops are led by Master Gardeners…

Enjoy Learning for Little Ones at E.C. Lawrence

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Though it may be cold, the opportunities for your littlest learners continue at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park through History Tots, Nature Tots and our newest offering, Outdoor Kids. Monthly programs in January, February and March allow your youngest will stay active and explore our winter wonderland. Each program costs $6 in-county or $8 out-of-county.

History Tots is for…

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.

Park Authority Sets Next Workshop For Lake Accotink Park Options

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The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking further public comment on plans for Lake Accotink Park. Residents are invited to a meeting on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at North Springfield Elementary School. The school is located at 7602 Heming Court in Springfield. The Park Authority will host a community gathering to gain further public input towards…

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…

Winter Offers Outdoor Fun in FCPA Parks

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When snow falls, Fairfax parks offer the perfect play area for those wishing to explore the outdoors. The public is invited to make use of trails and parks when sufficient snow has fallen; however, skiers and sledders must furnish their own equipment and engage in these activities at their own risk. Ice skating on ponds and lakes is prohibited for safety reasons. Sledding and skiing…

Get Expert Gardening Advice in Green Spring’s Winter Lecture Series

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You don’t have to be dormant just because your garden is! Come to Green Spring Gardens on Sunday afternoons this winter to get expert advice on how to make your garden thrive when the weather warms up.

Green Spring will again host its popular Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series on Sunday afternoons in January, February and March 2018 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy…

It’s Time to Kick Up Your Heels at Frying Pan Farm Park

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You can’t get much more American than bluegrass music on a farm. Make plans to hitch up the team and head to Frying Pan Farm Park this season for Bluegrass Barn, a celebration of some of the best bluegrass music in the mid-Atlantic area.

Tighten up some vocal harmonies and mix them with a fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and upright bass and you’ll be tapping toes and…

Exhibit Case of Colorful Nutcrackers at Sully

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See an amazing array of nutcrackers, both old and new, in a colorful case exhibit at Sully Historic Site now through January 8, 2018. This special holiday exhibit is included in a guided tour of the 1794 house.

FCPA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Changes at Bren Mar Park

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The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Master Plan for Bren Mar Park. The park’s existing Master Plan was revised in 2013 and the Park Authority is now considering an administrative update that would involve the relocation of a proposed picnic shelter and an area for additional parking. All comments must be received by January 12,…

Be a Star During Winter Break with New Performing Arts Camps

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The Fairfax County Park Authority is teaming up with Moonlit Wings Productions to offer two new winter break camps -- “Act Up with Despicable You!” and “Broadway Bound” – for aspiring performers age 7 to 14. These camps will offer theater buffs at all levels a chance to explore original scenes inspired by popular films and classic stories.

IONA Returns to Sully Historic Site for a Holiday Concert

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IONA is one of the top-rated pan-Celtic groups in the world, and you can catch one of their high-energy performances this holiday season at Sully Historic Site. On Friday, December 29, 2017, IONA will treat the audience at Sully to its special blend of Scottish fiddling, percussion and vocals.

Hop Over to Riverbend Park for a Beatrix Potter Tea

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Keep your kids out of mischief as they listen to Beatrix Potter’s tale about Peter Rabbit and his precocious bunny family. Riverbend Park hosts a Beatrix Potter tea on Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

Take a Trail Walk with the Park Authority and Provide Feedback

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Members are the public are invited to go on a trail walk with the Fairfax County Park Authority in the Mount Vernon District Park on Friday, December 15, 2017. The Park Authority has been asked to review the Master Plan for the park in conjunction with some planned trail improvements. On the walk, participants will have a chance to observe the existing conditions and activities in the…

Treat Yourself to Candlelight Tours at Historic Sully

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Celebrate the holidays with a glimpse into the past at Sully Historic Site. Bring the whole family for a charming, candlelit tour of Sully and enjoy past holiday festivities during “Christmas with the Lees” on Saturday, December 9, 2017, “Christmas on the Homefront” on Saturday, December 16, and “Victorian Candlelight” on Sunday, December 17.

First Hike Fairfax – Healthy Steps for a Happy New Year

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Start the year off right by getting a jump start burning off those extra holiday calories. Take a hike – literally – with First Hike Fairfax. On New Year’s Day, the Fairfax County Park Authority is joining with America’s State Parks and Virginia State Parks for First Day Hike Programs that will get you outside on the trails. Last year thousands of people rang in the New Year with hikes…

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.

Create a Wreath Designed by Your Whole Family

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Bring the whole family together to create a custom wreath for your home this holiday season. Hidden Pond Nature Center is offering a family wreath-making program on Sunday, December 17, 2017 for family members of all ages. Make your own seasonal wreath out of vines decorated with greens, cones, dried flowers and ribbons.

A Stitch in Time: artiFACTS Showcases a Christmas Quilt

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Just in time for the holidays, artiFACTS features a quilt this month that was designed as a community Christmas project. Discover the quilt’s links to historic Dranesville Tavern and learn how quilts once stitched a community together in Fairfax County and what the featured quilt tells about those who made it.

You Can Still Celebrate the Holiday Season at Burke Lake Park!

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Burke Lake’s family amusements have been transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the holiday season. Spend some time gathered around the fire cooking s’mores or enjoy rides on the Holiday Express or Caroler’s Carousel. Families and children of all ages can enjoy a special holiday festival atmosphere at Burke Lake Park this weekend. Activities include: carousel rides, train rides, arts…

Find Winter Break Camps for Aspiring Actors, Athletes and Millionaires

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Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained during winter break and other school holidays? Check out the wide range of camps being offered by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Parks offer close-to-home, affordable options that will appeal to everyone from aspiring actors and athletes to budding entrepreneurs and tech gurus. The Winter Wonderland Camp offers games, arts…

Parkland Acquisition Preserves Natural and Cultural Resources

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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.

Stay Up Late for a Peek at the Peak of the Geminids Meteor Shower

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The Geminids is known as the king of the meteor showers, and it’s the perfect excuse to stay out late with the folks at Lake Fairfax Park. Lake Fairfax is hosting a Geminids viewing event on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, when the Geminids will peak. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the park by night and take advantage of its dark skies.

Step Back in Time with a Victorian Candlelight Tour at Sully

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Experience how Christmas looked and felt in an earlier era with a candlelight tour of Sully Historic Site this holiday season.

Come to the historic property on Sunday, December 17, 2017, to meet Sully’s Santa and take pictures near the old-fashioned sleigh. See a Christmas tree at the house decorated according to an 1885 memory, and make your own tree decoration based on a…

Park Authority Seeks Public Input on Drones on Parkland

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As unmanned aircraft systems or “drones” have surged in popularity, county parkland has become an in-demand location for this emerging technology. To address that interest, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will hold a meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Oak View Elementary School to gather public comment on expanding the use of drones on county…

Work to Begin on Eakin Community Park Picnic Shelter

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Work is about to begin on a new picnic shelter at Eakin Community Park in Annandale, Virginia. This shelter project will not only provide a great place for families to recreate and enjoy time outdoors, but also continues the Eakin Family legacy of support for Fairfax County parks.

The project includes the installation of a new 20 by 24-foot shelter with a grill and four…

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…

Transportation Project Closes Oakton Community Park


The Fairfax County Park Authority has closed Oakton Community Park to all visitors effective immediately. Oakton Community Park and all facilities including the playground, parking lot, and historic schoolhouse will be closed through April 2018 due to a transportation improvement project to be built by the Fairfax Utilities Design and Construction Division (UDCD).

The…

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.

New Online Tool Helps Homeowners Find Borders

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Fairfax County residents who live next to parkland now have an online tool that reveals their property borders. The new mapping application was introduced by the Fairfax County Park Authority this month. The app is part of the park system’s effort to let residents know about the damage caused by encroachment, which is unauthorized private use of public parkland.

Board of Supervisors Names New Braddock District Rep to FCPA

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors named Kiel Stone to the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board as the Braddock District Representative. He replaces Anthony J. Vellucci, who resigned earlier this month. The 12-member Park Board has members representing each magisterial district, as well as three at-large members.

Ease Childcare Concerns with Snow Day Camps in the Parks

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Leaves are already falling. Can snow be far behind? Plan ahead for unexpected school closures and childcare needs with Snow Day Camps at Fairfax County RECenters.

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…

Fairfax County Park Acreage Keeps on Growing


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

This addition to the park network in the Providence District will provide an opportunity for a trail connection from Accotink Stream Valley to Route 50. The Park Authority acquired the land through…

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…

Lake Accotink Park Carousel Closes for Repairs


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

Nottoway Park Stream Restoration Project to Begin

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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…

Park Authority Debuts Innovative Way to See Parks

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