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 enrich quality of life for all members of the community through an enduring park system that provides a healthy environment, preserves natural and cultural heritage, offers inspiring recreational experiences, and promotes healthy lifestyles.

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Avoid the Shopping Craziness and Opt Outside on Black Friday

Instead of cramming inside a crowded mall on Black Friday, opt outside in a county park. Parks across the county are offering many cost-free ways to keep the kids entertained and help adults work off that Thanksgiving meal on Friday, November 23, 2018. Embrace the cooler weather at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as you learn about the signs of fall. Visit the Walney Visitor Center and get a fall identification chart for your park exploration. At Frying Pan Farm Park, you can borrow a program backpack at the Country Store. Inside you will find instruction for activities at six trail stops to help your child learn about the natural wonders found at the park. Visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a visual scavenger hunt along the 1/3-mile Old Oak Trail. There are options available for preschool and elementary age children and their families. Hidden Pond Nature Center is also offering a scavenger hunt to explore the surrounding trails. Discover the plants and animals of Huntley Meadows Park. Come to the front desk in the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center and ask to borrow a scavenger hunt sheet to aid your outdoor adventure. At Riverbend Park, families can look, listen, learn and create along the Duff N Stuff Trail. Stop by the Visitor Center to get a copy of a new Scavenger Hunt, designed by a local Girl Scout. The county’s lakefront parks have ways to keep you busy, too. Burke Lake Park offers a tree scavenger hunt. At Lake Accotink Park, there are self-guided hikes, or you can go on a scavenger hunt at Lake Fairfax Park. Lakefront parks are open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. All of these activities are free, and no registration is required. Please call the park offices for site specific check-in locations and activity times. Add to your day of outdoor fun by doing a little hiking, biking, picnicking or fishing on your own. For more information and directions to each park visit Fairfax County Park Authority or please call their respective offices at: Burke Lake Park 703-323-6600; Ellanor C. Lawrence Park 703-631-0013; Frying Pan Farm Park 703-437-9101; Hidden Oaks Nature Center 703-941-1065; Hidden Pond Nature Center 703-451-9588; Huntley Meadows Park 703-768-2525; Lake Fairfax Park 703-471-5414; Lake Accotink Park 703-569-3464; Riverbend Park 703-759-9018.

Enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend at Frying Pan Farm Park

When Turkey Day is done come on out to Frying Pan Farm Park. Meet the new baby lambs and calves, stroll the farmyard, ride on a tractor or horse drawn wagon, enjoy a puppet show, or walk off some of your Thanksgiving feast on the mile long nature trail. Admission to the farm and park is free so bring the whole crew and visit with the cows, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens and yes, we have turkeys. The farm is open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily with a hands-on cow milking demonstration in the Kidwell Barn at 4 p.m. The holidays are all about building memories with your loved ones and a visit to Frying Pan is a great one. The farm’s open view sheds can be a bit cooler than your home neighborhood so a warm jacket and hat will help keep you warm while you enjoy the wagon ride, stroll the grounds or enjoy the playground. On Friday, November 23, bring the kids to Tanka Tales, a puppet show of traditional Native American stories from around the United States. Pre-registration is recommended. The puppet show will take place at 10 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. at the Frying Pan Visitor Center. The cost is $5 per person. Tractor Wagon rides and the carousel run 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24. On Sunday, November 25, the wagon and carousel run from 11:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tractor wagon rides are $3.50 each; carousel tickets are $2 each. On Sunday, November 25, you can ride a wagon pulled by our beautiful Belgian draft horses Jeff and Charlie. Horse-drawn wagon rides are offered 12:30 to 2:30 p.m for $6 each. Tickets for all wagon and carousel rides are available for purchase in the Country Store. Frying Pan Farm Park will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2709 West Ox Rd, Herndon, VA. For more information, call 703-437-9101 or visit Frying Pan Farm Park.

Kick Off December with the Gardeners’ Holiday Open House

If you’re a gardening fan, or you’re looking for a holiday gift for the green thumb in your life, don’t miss the “Gardeners’ Holiday Open House” at Green Spring Gardens on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Treat yourself to a day of fun as Green Spring features holiday decorations, seasonal displays, live music and holiday breads. There will be ornaments for sale and free refreshments. This event is for gardeners of all ages. Children, and the young at heart, will enjoy the holiday puppet shows by Bob Brown Puppets at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets to the show cost $5 per person, and advance registration is recommended. The open house runs from noon to 4 p.m. and is sponsored by Friends of Green Spring. Register for Gardeners’ Holiday Puppet Show Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-642-5173 or visit Green Spring Gardens.

Make Sure Santa Knows What’s on your List This Year

If you’re more nice than naughty, make sure Santa knows what you want to find beneath your tree or in your stocking this year. Don’t miss “A Visit with Santa” at Sully Historic Site on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Be sure to bring your camera to take a picture with Santa in front of a real, open-hearth fire at Sully. Make a festive ornament to deck your own halls and see a holiday puppet show. Take a brisk tractor-pulled wagon ride, if the weather allows. This is an ongoing family event from noon to 4 p.m. Visits with Santa and wagon ride time slots will be based on arrival time. The cost is $7 per person. Register for A Visit with Santa Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-437-1794 or visit Sully Historic Site.




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Groundbreakings and Openings

Resident Curator Signs Lease for Historic Turner Farmhouse

On Thursday, November 1, 2018, Fairfax County’s second Resident Curator was officially approved and appropriate leases signed at Turner Farm Park. Members of the Great Falls community turned out for the lease signing ceremony. Sarah Kirk will serve as the Resident Curator of historic Turner Farmhouse in Great Falls, Virginia. The Resident Curator Program allows for a curator to live in a historic Fairfax County property rent-free in exchange for rehabilitating the house and allowing public access. As required by the state legislation, lease agreements are required between the Park Board and Board of Supervisors, as well as the potential curator. Those approvals set in motion the right to rehabilitate the properties. Ms. Kirk (acting as principle for the Turner Farmhouse Foundation) will rehabilitate the property. It will serve as a residence for the Kirk family, with its equine farm on the leased property. The lease will also repair the property’s milk house, restore and preserve its historic corn crib, and renovate an existing garage to serve as a retreat center. Pictured signing the lease are Fairfax County Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannaon and Resident Curator Sara Kirk. They are joined by (left to right): Reverend Jerry Pokorsky, St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Great Falls, Va.; Reverend Hank Langknecht of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Great Falls, Va.; Bill Canis, President, Great Falls Citizens Association; Tim Hackman, Dranesville Rep, Park Authority Board; John Foust, Dranesville Rep, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Stephanie Langton, Resident Curator Program Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; David Buchta, Heritage Conservation Branch Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; Jo Turner, former resident; and Michelle Meadows, Sr. Right of Way Agent, Fairfax County Park Authority. Media Note: Click photo to download See more photos at:

National Bike Your Park Day Brings Folks Out

The Fairfax County Park Authority joined with Bike Fairfax on September 29, 2018, for National Bike Your Park Day festivities. This celebration invites novice and experienced bicyclists out to local and regional trails for a day of biking. In this case, participants near the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail enjoyed a roundtrip ride from Audrey Moore RECenter to Lake Accotink Park. Over the past couple of years, more than 20,000 people in all 50 states and 10 countries participated in this event. There were ten rides organized in Fairfax County this year and 50 across Virginia. The event was coordinated by the Adventure Cycling Association. Pictured from left to right are Steven Foster, Chris Wells, Congressman Gerry Connolly, Mackenzie Jarvis, Howard Albers, Jim Angel, Park Authority Board Member Ken Quincy, Sonya Breehey, and other bicycling enthusiasts. For more information call 703-877-5625. Media Note: Click photo to download

Parks Sign MOU with Friends of Pimmit Barn

It’s now official; the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Friends of Pimmit Barn are working together to preserve this community landmark and allow neighbors to enjoy activities at the site. On October 9, 2018, representatives from the Friends group and Park Authority leadership came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that clarifies responsibilities and opportunities and lays the groundwork for continued collaboration. Plans are already underway for a host of community activities. Pimmit Barn, located at 1845 Cherri Drive in Falls Church, VA, is a reminder of the agricultural roots in Fairfax County. The structure once served as a dairy barn on the Smith family farm. The building, constructed in 1937, is more than 75 years old. Eventually the farm was sold for development and the barn was used to house a community well. In 1997, the property was transferred to the Fairfax County Park Authority from the Fairfax County Water Authority. The Park Authority leased it to McLean Youth Athletics for storage of sports equipment. However, in 2011, the Park Authority proposed divesting this property. The Park Board and Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust agreed that the barn is worth preserving. Today, Pimmit Barn continues to serve as a gathering spot, a community space, a reminder of our farming history and another green pocket of the Pimmit Hills neighborhood. The Friends of Pimmit Barn have organized outdoor movie nights, barn cleanup days, and fall festivals. Last year’s fall festival brought more than 300 neighbors and local businesses together to enjoy pumpkin painting, a costume contest, cake walk, story time and more. An official MOU was signed on October 9, 2018 between the Park Authority and the Friends of Pimmit Barn. Pictured left to right are Russell Arrington, Area Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; Connie Cordovilla, President of the Friends of Pimmit Barn; Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director, Fairfax County Park Authority; and Julie Tahan, Community Support Specialist, Fairfax County Park Authority. Media Note: Click photo to download
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