Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia



Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-8702 | TTY 711

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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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 attainment represents a significant accomplishment. In honoring the Park Authority, the GFOA offered its congratulations for “having satisfied the high standards of the program.” “The dedication of park staff in adhering to financial principles and standard operating procedures makes this possible,” said Fiscal Administrator Janet Burns. “Although the Financial Management Branch compiles the CAFR, all staff throughout the Authority contribute to its content and are instrumental to its success.” Before awarding GFOA honors, judges from the organization conduct careful evaluations of agency financial reports. They use a checklist designed to determine compliance with both generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and GFOA program policy. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government financial professionals. The GFOA sponsors award programs, including the CAFR, to encourage sound financial reporting. For additional information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

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 Garden Sprouts Exploration camp from 9 a.m. to noon for children age 3 to 5. Sessions offered June 18-22 and July 2-3, 2018. In Eco Explorers Camp, children age 6 to 11 spend a week combining fun and science with a new topic each day. Camp runs June 25-29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Green Spring offers an animal-themed camp for children age 6 to 11 in July. In Living Wild: Animal Explorations, children will learn to see the world through the eyes of a wild animal. Camp meets July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the week of July 16. Children age 5 to 11 can go on a week-long Insect Safari with a camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 23-27. This camp explores bugs and insects that inhabit Green Spring’s gardens, woods and wetlands. Camp costs vary by program; see Green Spring Gardens’ camp brochure for more information. Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-642-5173 or visit 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 generous contributions to the Fairfax County Park Foundation from individual donors and John Marshall Bank. It is also supported by donations to the Park Foundation that honor the life of Lt. Col. Gary F. Smith, a civilian employee of the Army who, at the time of his death, was attending a meeting at the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 struck. With complimentary admission to the county’s recreation centers, families can enjoy such amenities as pools, fitness rooms, drop-in fitness classes, gyms and mini-golf. The lakefront parks offer amusements such as carousel rides, boat rides, train rides, mini-golf and camping. Amenities vary by location. Find details about the features at each facility by visiting the Park Authority. To learn more about this promotion visit Honoring America's Veterans on Memorial Day. This offer excludes the Water Mine, regulation golf and food vendors. For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or via

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. Visit Burke Lake Campgrounds for campsite costs and reservations. Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA. For more information, call 703-323-6600 or visit Burke Lake Park.




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Groundbreakings and Openings

Ribbon Cut on New Playground at Alexandria’s Bucknell Manor Park

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 for the new playground at Bucknell Manor Park in Alexandria, Va. Bucknell Manor Park now features two play areas to appeal to children of different ages. In addition to the play structures, the facility includes new borders, subsurface drainage, child safety fencing and an asphalt trail – all designed to meet ADA standards. The $100,000 project was financed through the 2016 Park Bond as part of a plan to install new playground equipment at aging parks to bring them into compliance with today’s safety and ADA standards. Members of the community, both young and old, were joined by (left to right, in back): Linwood Gorham, Park Authority Board Rep, Mount Vernon District; Philip Hager, Park Authority Area Manager; Daniel Storck, Board of Supervisors, Mount Vernon District; Kirk Kincannon, Park Authority Executive Director; Dave Bowden, Director of Planning & Development, Park Authority. Media Note: Click image to download. See more photos at:

County Leaders Celebrate Opening of Government Center Farmers Market

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, County leaders gathered to celebrate the opening of the Government Center Farmers Market in Fairfax, Virginia. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova rang the bell to mark the market’s official opening at its new location in the grassy median near the entrance to the Fairfax County Government Center. The Government Center market is open Thursdays through October 25 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. The only exception is June 7, to allow for Celebrate Fairfax set up. Pictured in the photo, from left to right: Lindsey Martin, Government Center Market Manager; Margaret Thaxton, Director of Development, Fairfax County Park Foundation; Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Kiel Stone, Braddock District Rep, Park Authority Board; Bryan Hill, Fairfax County Executive; Chelsea Roseberry, Farmers Market Coordinator, Park Authority; and Mary Olien, Resource Management Division Operations Manager, Park Authority. Media Note: Click image to download. See more photos at:

New Pump Track Opened at Springfield’s Brookfield Park

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority and TrailsforYouth.Org opened a new bicycle pump track at Brookfield Park in Springfield, Virginia. The track is designed to allow riders of a wide range of abilities to maneuver around the track, while navigating smooth bumps (rollers) and banked turns (berms). The track project was supported by the Springfield Civic Association and funded by TrailsforYouth.Org through a Park Authority Mastenbrook Grant and community-raised matching funds. The Park Authority oversaw the construction of the project, with expertise provided by the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE). Pictured in the photo, from left to right: Jeff McKay, Lee District Supervisor; Julie Childers, TrailsforYouth.Org Executive Director; and Aimee Vosper, Deputy Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority, along with two young cycling enthusiasts. Media Note: Click image to download. See more photos at
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