Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia



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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director

Fairfax County Park Authority


The Park Authority Mission is to set aside public spaces for and assist citizens in the protection and enhancement of environmental values, diversity of natural habitats and cultural heritage to guarantee that these resources will be available to both present and future generations. To create and sustain quality facilities and services which offer citizens opportunities for recreation, improvement of their physical and mental well being, and enhancement of their quality of life.

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Celebrate the Senses with the 2018 Parks Poetry Contest

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 poems at the county’s SpringFest celebration in April. Students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade may submit original works no longer than 100 words. They may be handwritten or typed and submitted online or by mail. Poems will be judged on originality/creativity, clarity, relevance to theme and spelling. Parent or sibling help is encouraged. Two winners will be selected in each grade category: K through second, third through fifth and sixth through eighth grades. All entries must be received by March 16, 2018. For more information or to enter, visit the Poetry Contest page. Six lucky winners will be invited to read their poem at a poetry showcase during SpringFest at Sully Historic Site on April 21, 2018. Winners will receive a prize pack ($100 value) to continue exploring Fairfax parks all year long. All participants will be recognized with a certificate and publication of their poem on the Park Authority’s website. This contest is sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. For questions or more information visit online, email or call the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Celebrate the Music, Dance and Many Cultures of Fairfax County

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 for the kids. See live animals on exhibit. Climb aboard fire trucks and other vehicles that public safety vehicles. Stop by the variety of resource tables that tie into the theme of “Healthy Environment, Healthy Community.” Get information on local parks, activities and services, and be sure to pick up some of the many free giveaways. This event is presented by the Culmore Multicultural Planning Committee, the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Office of Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross. Woodrow Wilson Library is located at 6101 Knollwood Drive in Falls Church, Virginia. View event For more information, call 703-324-8514 or visit online.

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, installation of new playground equipment and a fitness area, renovation of the tennis court and lighting, repaving and renovation of park trails and the parking area, as well as related site work. Active construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of June 2018.  Residents should expect occasional construction traffic entering and exiting the park access road via Backlick Road. Construction hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. For more information, please contact Project Manager Pat Rosend at or 703-324-2387. 

Learn What it Takes to Care for Nature Center Animals

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. Discover how these animals' wild cousins are adapting to seasonal stresses, and learn about the challenges of caring for live snakes, turtles and toads. The program runs from 1 to 2 p.m., and the cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register for Meet Live Snakes, Turtles and Toads Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA. For more information, call 703-941-1065 or visit Hidden Oaks. On Tuesday, February 20, stop by for feeding time at Hidden Pond Nature Center when the menu will feature worms and insects. Help a naturalist care for and feed the nature center's animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. This program is designed for participants age three to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Register for Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Hidden Pond Nature Center is located at 8511 Greeley Boulevard, Springfield, VA. For more information, call 703-451-9588 or visit Hidden Pond.

Build a Bird Feeder from Recycled Items at ECL

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 registered for the program. Register for Homemade Bird Feeders Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-631-0013 or visit Ellanor C. Lawrence.

Groundbreakings and Openings

Patricia Strat photo of Riverbend Park

Patricia Strat’s wintry photo of Riverbend Park was named the winner in the 2018 First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest. Despite the frigid weather on January 1, 2018, the Park Authority received more than 130 photo entries from people who hiked one of five designated Fairfax trails to celebrate the new year. After Park Authority staff narrowed the entries down to ten, Facebook users were asked to select favorites by “liking” photos. More than 1,134 likes were received with Ms. Strat’s photo garnering 289 votes. As the winner, she received a four-month RECenter pass valued at up to $300. A one-month RECenter family pass was also awarded to runner-up Jane Durrett for her photo of David Durrett and Harvey Durrett experiencing the joy of Cub Run Stream Valley Park. Media Note: Click image to Download. See more photos at:

Park Authority and Pathways Sign Partnership Agreement

The Fairfax County Park Authority signed an agreement with ServiceSource's Pathways to Careers initiative on December 13, 2017, in an effort to provide adults with disabilities internship opportunities in programs and activities operated by FCPA. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to provide competitive employment opportunities for qualified individuals in some of the more than 10,000 programs offered annually by the Park Authority. ServiceSource's Pathways to Careers initiative supports integrated and customized work opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the DC metro region. For more information about Pathways to Careers, please contact Pathways to Careers Employer Relations Coordinator John Gyourko at 571-249-9468 or  Pictured from left to right in the front row are: Sara Baldwin, Acting Executive Director, Park Authority; John Gyourko, Pathways to Careers Employer Relations Coordinator, ServiceSource; Second row: Kasey Kahmann, SourceAmerica; Ken Crum, Regional Executive Director, ServiceSource; and Jennifer Cardona-Kellett, Pathways to Careers Program Manager, ServiceSource.

A New Birthday Party Shelter is Coming to Clemyjontri Park

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, December 8, 2017, for a new birthday party shelter at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Virginia. The shelter is being fully funded thanks to grants from the McLean Community Foundation, the Rotary Club of McLean, Friends of Clemyjontri and individual gifts to the Fairfax County Park Foundation. The $80,000 project is scheduled for completion by spring 2018. Pictured from left to right are: From the Rotary Club of McLean: Vance Zavela, President of McLean Rotary Club Foundation; Thamir Al’Hashimi, Rotarian; Michael Arietti, Rotarian; Bob Jansen, President of Rotary Club of McLean; Gene Durman, Rotarian; Jan Auerbach, Rotarian; and Carol Stone, Rotarian. From the Fairfax County Park Foundation: Bobbi Longworth, Executive Director. From the Friends of Clemyjontri Park: Julie Clemente, Board Director; Dan Clemente, Board Director; and Rachel Georgelas, President. From the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors: John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor. From the McLean Community Foundation: Janet Tysse, President; Amy Swaak, Trustee; Julie Warin, Trustee; and John Schell, Trustee




10:00AM, (1-3 yrs.) You and your toddler join our naturalist in the classroom…



4:30PM, (3-Adult) It’s dinner time at the Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms…



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12:00PM, (Adults) Learn about owls up close at Huntley Meadows Park. Speakers…



2:00PM, (6-Adult) In this interactive walking tour through Ellanor C. Lawrence…



2:00PM, (2-Adult) Examine beaks, feathers, nests and talons in this program…



12:00PM, Sunday, February 25 from 12 - 2 p.m. (3-Adult) The sap is rising and…



1:30PM, (Adults) 1:30 p.m. Water harvesting involves strategies to manage and…

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