Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director

Fairfax County Park Authority

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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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Park News

Get your Game On with the 2019 Parks Poetry Contest!

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation invite students in grades K-8 to enter the 2019 Poetry Contest in honor of National Poetry Month in April. This year’s theme is “Game On!” We want to hear how parks fill our community with fun, joy and excitement. So, students - lace up your sneakers, explore Fairfax County Park Authority parks and use your words to tell us how you get in the game with Fairfax 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 one page. 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 4 p.m. EST on March 14, 2019. For more information or to enter, visit Poetry Contest. Six lucky winners will be invited to read their poem at a poetry showcase during SpringFest at Sully Historic Site on April 27, 2019. Winners will also receive a $50 Fairfax County Park Authority gift card 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 parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or call the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Rec-PAC Summer Hiring, Don’t Miss Out!

This year the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Rec-PAC summer camp program will operate at 45 elementary school locations around Fairfax County on weekdays from July 1 through August 8, 2019. During the summer, staff will be assigned to a site and worked daily from 8:15 a.m. until 4 p.m. Lots of qualified applicants are expected to apply so plan on attending an early open hire to ensure a spot working for FCPA this summer! Our open hire activities are held on several dates, times and locations: Tuesday, March 5 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Herrity Building located at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA. Friday, March 15 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Herrity Building located at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA. Tuesday, April 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fairhill Elementary School located at 3001 Chichester Lane, Fairfax, VA Thursday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Herrity Building located at 12055 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax, VA. Tuesday, June 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Oakton Elementary School located at 3000 Chain Bridge Rd, Oakton, VA Tuesday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Herrity Building located at 12055 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax, VA. Applicants are required to bring an original Social Security Card and a DMV photo ID. Only those who are 18 years of age and older will be considered. Please visit online at Summer Camp Jobs. For more information you can also email the Rec-PAC office at Recpac@fairfaxcounty.gov

Park Foundation Teams Up to Support Summer Camps for All

The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) is working to continue the legacy of an organization that has contributed thousands of dollars in support and scholarships to the Park Authority’s Rec-PAC summer camp program. Over the past decade, Let’s Help Kids (LHK) sponsored 2,710 weeks of camp in Northern Virginia. In 2009, Jen Sterling and her six-year-old daughter, Rachel, launched LHK as a way to bring light, happiness, and love to children less fortunate than Rachel who said, "The summers between school years are long … especially for kids who have no activities planned when all of their friends do. Summer camp is a chance to make great friends, have fun, and get to grow into myself. I want all kids to have that same opportunity!" In 2016, Rachel was honored as recipient of the FCPF Eakin Philanthropy Award for Let’s Help Kids’ support of Park Authority Rec-PAC summer camps and PACT camp scholarships for children in homeless shelters and supportive housing. On February 6, 2019, Sterling announced the dissolution of LHK but said, “Rachel and I are grateful to (the Park Foundation) for being willing to pick up where we are leaving off.” The Fairfax County Park Foundation is committed to continue the Let's Help Kids legacy through the generosity of individuals, organizations and foundations. FCPF and LHK is co-branding the campaign to attract funds to ensure that Rec-PAC summer camp is within reach for all children. The Park Authority offers high-quality activities and projects in a structured recreation through the popular Rec-PAC program. Last year, Summer Camp Recreation (Rec) was enjoyed by more than 4,000 Pretty Awesome Children (PAC) at 39 school sites throughout the county. For more information about the Fairfax County Park Foundation program, contact Executive Director Roberta Longworth at 703-324-8581 or visit Rec-Pac Summer Camp.

Search for Signs of New Amphibian Life as Spring Approaches

Vernal pools are one of the most fascinating and elusive ecosystems at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Discover the critical role they play for wildlife in the park at the “Vernal Pool Ventures Campfire” on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Come by after-hours and hike the park trails with a guide to search for signs of new amphibian life. Learn about the life cycle and early development of local amphibians. End the evening by roasting s’mores over a campfire. This program is designed for participants age four to adult. It runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. Register for Vernal Pool Ventures Campfire Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-631-0013 or visit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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10:00AM, (1-5 yrs.) Enjoy two hours of playtime in the Frying Pan Farm Park…

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

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9:00AM, (13-Adult) Hike with a naturalist at Riverbend Park to search for…

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10:00AM, (8-Adult) Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass…

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11:00AM, (6-Adult) What are meteorites and where do they come from? What can…

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11:00AM, (7-Adult) Are you tired of being cooped up inside all winter with…

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12:00PM, (6-Adult) Students explore Virginia’s ecosystem in this nature series…

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1:00PM, (16-Adult) Create a lush compote arrangement that holds the promise of…

 
 

Groundbreakings and Openings

Diane Willen’s sunrise photo of Burke Lake Park was named the People’s Choice Winner in the 2019 First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest. More than 1,250 people voted on the 15 finalists in the People’s Choice category. Willen’s photo received 209 votes, earning her 16 percent of the total vote.   Fairfax County Park Authority also named Brian W. Knight the Judges’ Choice Winner. Judges felt that his photo of fiancée Christy Wahle striking a pose at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve perfectly captured the spirit of the annual First Hike initiative.   Hundreds of people rang in the new year by taking a hike on Fairfax County Park Authority trails  and nearly 280 of them submitted photos for this year’s contest – more than triple that of last year. This year’s contest was expanded to encourage more park-goers to get outside and explore Fairfax County parks and trails.  Photo eligibility was expanded from five trails to the entire Park Authority trail system and voting was expanded to include more than just Facebook users. Both winners will receive a four-month RECenter pass valued at up to $300. For more info on First Hike Fairfax, visit First Hike. Media Note: Click photos to download See more photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ffxparks/albums/72157704058540691

Colvin Run Mill Friends Group Signs Agreement with FCPA

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Friends of Colvin Run Mill (FOCRM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, to govern the group’s efforts at the historic mill in Great Falls, Virginia. The document was signed with a quill at the 1810 miller's house. FOCRM is a non-profit organization that provides financial and volunteer support for programs and activities at Colvin Run Mill. Among its many activities, the group has paid for and developed new interactive tour tablets, purchased barrels for the mill and funded popular programs such as Santa at the Mill. An MOU establishes a framework for a productive working relationship between organizations in order for mutual support to continue and prosper. Friends Group MOUs cover issues ranging from services offered to finances to governance and administration. Pictured are (left to right): Colvin Run Mill Manager Mike Henry, Fairfax County Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon, and Friends of Colvin Run Mill President Gene Bacher. For more information about the Park Authority, visit online at Parks. Media Note: Click photo to download

FROGS Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Green Spring Gardens

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday, January 4, 2019, at Green Spring Gardens. FROGS was established in 1993 with the sole mission of supporting Green Spring Gardens. Over the last 25 years, it has provided more than $2 million in funding for the public garden and historic site in Alexandria, Virginia. An MOU establishes a framework for a productive working relationship between organizations in order for mutual support to continue and prosper. Friends group MOUs cover issues ranging from services offered to finances to governance and administration. Pictured are (left to right): FCPA Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer Sara Baldwin, FROGS President Sarah Munroe, and Green Spring Gardens Site Manager Nicole Conners. Susan Voss, who was not present in the photo, was instrumental in the MOU process for FROGS and the Federation of Friends Groups that support FCPA. For more information about the Park Authority, visit online at Parks. Media Note: Click photo to download
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