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Go Ape Later than Ever with Extended Hours at South Run Park


Zip line under the moon and stars this summer at the Go Ape adventure course at South Run Park.

Go Ape is now offering extended hours for its Treetop Junior course, allowing guests to experience the thrill of zipping through a forest at night. Nighttime adventures include tree to tree obstacles and zip lines safely lit from the forest floor. Go Ape Treetop…

Two FCPA Farmers Markets to Close on 4th of July


The Fairfax County Park Authority has canceled two Farmers Markets on Independence Day. The Oak Marr Farmers Market and the Wakefield Farmers Market will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The McCutcheon/Mount Vernon market will remain open that day; all other markets will be held as scheduled that week.

The Oak Marr Farmers Market is located at 3200 Jermantown Rd. in…

Enjoy Sunday in the Park with a Sundae and Woodland Walk


What’s better than a woodland walk? How about taking that walk while enjoying a vanilla ice cream sundae!

Hidden Oaks Nature Center is scooping up fun for family members age two to adult with “Sundaes in the Park” on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Bring the family for a Sunday-sundae stroll around the nature center. Sundaes are $2 each. The woodland walk and visit to Nature…

Take a Swing at the Beach Party Range Social at Burke Lake


Make your practice time a time for fun at the Burke Lake Golf Center Driving Range this summer.

Come to the “Saturday Beach Party Range Social” on Saturday, July 21, 2018, and enjoy the new double-decker driving range by night. From 7 to 10 p.m., there will be unlimited range balls, snacks, soft drinks, music, games, prizes and drawings. This adults-only social…

Spend a Ladies’ Weekend Outdoors at Women Unplugged


De-stress with a dose of nature and outdoor activities with the “Women Unplugged” program at Riverbend Park.

The adventure begins Saturday morning on July 28, 2018. Kayak from Algonkian Park to Riverbend and enjoy an outdoor dinner with a bonfire. Spend a night under the stars in your tent or in Riverbend’s nature center. On Sunday, explore birds and edible…

Dig Deep or Linger in the Shallows to Discover a World of Animals


You can find a lot of animal life underground and in lake shallows. Two park programs on Sunday, July 22, 2018, explore these two different worlds.

In the “Animals Underground” program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, children age two to five will investigate who lives in the dark, damp world under the forest floor. Learn about moles, earthworms, termites and other…

Hear Stories of the Stars by the Shores of Burke Lake


Stroll with a naturalist along the lakeshore at Burke Lake Park and learn about the constellations. Hear their stories and discover other features of the night sky in programs on Saturday, July 14 and Saturday, July 21, 2018.

An astronomical naturalist will identi­fy the stars for you, and there will telescopes for you to use. The evening concludes with a campfire and…

Learn a New Skill by Arranging Flowers in an Old Way


Expand your flower arranging skills by attending a workshop on Ikebana – the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement.

Green Spring Gardens is offering “Floral Workshop: Ikebana Flower Design” on Saturday, July 21, 2018. In this workshop, you will learn about the rich symbolism and fundamentals of Ikebana and leave with an arrangement of your…

Come to a Campfire with the Summer Constellations


The nighttime sky looks different as the seasons change. Learn how to identify the early summer constellations at the “Campfire with the Constellations” program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

This constellation-centered event takes place on Friday, June 29, 2018, and is designed for participants age two to adult. Meet at Cabell’s Mill and talk about stars around a…

Quest Forth into Nature at Huntley Meadows Park


Huntley Meadows Park is offering adventures into nature through several summer camps. Nature Quest camps have a variety of themes as they explore the plants and animals that put the wild into the park’s wildlife.

Campers 11 to 15 years old will dive into Nature Quest’s animal kingdom for four days the week of July 2, 2018. There’s no camp on July 4. Nature Quest campers…

Time Capsule Reveals High-Tech Writing Tools of an Earlier Era


A time capsule that was uncovered during renovation of the Walney Visitor Center at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park provides a glimpse into writing technology of an earlier era.

In this month’s issue of artiFACTS, read about the discovery of a metal nib and how it signaled an advancement in writing tools. An engraving on the nib reveals even more about the item. This…

Free Summer Concerts and Tastings in Fairfax this July and August


The Fairfax County Park Authority will host free summer concerts in the backyard of the Fairfax County Government Center every Thursday night this July and August (July 5 – August 30, 2018) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The Evenings on the Ellipse summer concert series is a family-friendly event featuring a talented line-up of performers and a wide range of musical genres. Fairfax…

Resurfacing Closes Muddy Hole Farm Park Entrance, Parking Lot


As part of Dominion Energy’s restoration work on the powerline transmission upgrade at Huntley Meadows Park, construction crews will be restoring the existing road and parking lot surface within Muddy Hole Farm Park located at 7941 Kidd Street in Alexandria, VA.

The project involves milling, paving and re-striping of the existing parking area. To ensure public…

Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway Project Includes Tree Clearing at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park


Construction activities for a new park access road at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) Ellanor C. Lawrence Park are scheduled to begin on Monday, June 18, 2018. The new road is needed to provide access to the park when the existing traffic signal and entrance from Route 28 are eliminated. As part of the park access, and in conjunction with the project, roadwork…

Find Hidden Treasure at Burke Lake Park this Summer

Become a modern-day pirate and search for hidden treasures at the at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Instead of following a map, students age eight to adult will learn to use hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units to locate hidden treasure caches within the park. After learning how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS,…

Discover what Flies and Croaks in the Parks as Dusk Descends


From fireflies to amphibians, there’s a lot happening in county parks as night falls. On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, there are two programs from 8 to 9 p.m. that will give you a glimpse of park life after people go home for the day.

At Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, join the “Fireflies in the Meadow” program to watch the meadow light up with fireflies as dusk descends.…

Churn Butter or Grow Herbs in Programs for Kids and Adults


Bring the family out to churn butter or leave the kids at home and learn about culinary herbs in park programs on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

Head to Dairy Days where family members age five to adult can churn butter, crank ice cream, milk a fake cow and play 18th century games. It’s a day to experience the products of a historic dairy at Sully Historic Site. Dairy…

Celebrate Mid-week with a Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge


Why wait for the weekend to have some evening fun? Enjoy a Wagon Ride at Riverbend Park on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Bring the family for a wagon ride through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Participants age two to adult will have fun in this wagon ride program that runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The…

Two Fairfax County Parks Top Best of NoVA Lists


The votes are in, and readers of Northern Virginia Magazine have put Burke Lake Park and Our Special Harbor at Lee District Park on the magazine’s Best of NoVA 2018 list.

Burke Lake Park was described as “an outdoor playground designed with almost every interest in mind.” The magazine hit the park’s highlights by suggesting, “Bring your clubs and play some golf.…

School Bells are Ringing for Four-Legged Family Members


The school year may be ending for the kids, but it’s class time for canines. Fairfax County parks are offering classes this summer to socialize and train the four-legged members of your family.

Puppy Kindergarten kicks off June 23-28 at Lake Accotink Park, Frying Pan Farm Park and Audrey Moore RECenter. In this class, puppies 10 to 23 weeks old will learn…

Celebrate Independence Day with Fireworks, Golf or a Wagon Ride


Fairfax County starts its July Fourth celebration early this year with a fireworks show at Lake Fairfax Park on Saturday, June 30, 2018.

There will be activities from morning ‘til night. Gates open at 7 a.m., and you can park your car for $10. Beginning at 10 a.m., you can splash and slide at the Water Mine water park. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can rent a boat…

Come to Lake Fairfax for Fireworks and Family Fun


Lake Fairfax Park will host its annual fireworks show on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Rain date July 1, 2018). Come to the park early and spend the day. The park opens at 7 a.m. The Water Mine water park opens at 10 a.m. You can rent a boat from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food vendors will be onsite as well near the park’s main office. There will be a $10 per car parking…

Ribbon Cutting for New Trail at Lee District Family Recreation Rescheduled


The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation have rescheduled the opening of Chessie’s Trail, canceled last week due to inclement weather. Join us on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 9 a.m. for a ribbon cutting and brief ceremony at the Lee District Family Recreation Area located at 6601 Telegraph Road in Franconia, VA.

The opening of the…

Four New Water Features Added to Our Special Harbor Sprayground


There is even more to love this summer as four new features were added to Our Special Harbor Sprayground at the Lee District Family Recreation Area in Franconia, Virginia.

The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund (JPMF) donated a gift in excess of $40,000 to the Fairfax County Park Foundation. This generosity funded four wheelchairs for Fairfax County Park Authority’s…

Park Authority Sets Public Meeting on Alcohol Policy Updates

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will hold a meeting on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Twin Lakes Golf Course. The meeting, slated for the Oaks Room, provides an opportunity to gather public comment on expanding the permitting of alcohol on county parkland. Twin Lakes Golf Course Clubhouse is located at 6201 Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA.

In light of an…

Bull Neck Run Stream Restoration Work to Begin at Springhill Park


Restoration work on the Bull Neck Run Stream located within Springhill Park and Bull Neck Run Stream Valley Park is set to begin shortly. The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has contracted with RES for the work which will start in mid-June. Spring Hill Park is located at 1239 Spring Hill Road in McLean, Virginia.

The project involves…

Sustainable Trail Plan Information Meeting Set for Mount Vernon District Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public information meeting to discuss the Sustainable Trail Plan for Mount Vernon District Park. The purpose is to provide a sustainable trail system for the park that includes existing and planned trails and stream crossings within the park.

The meeting will be held on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Clubroom 2 of the Mount…

There’s Something for Everyone in the Park Summer Concert Series


Fairfax County carries on a small-town tradition this summer with a series of free concerts in the parks that will appeal to music lovers of all tastes.

The Park Authority’s concert line-up features performances from classical to bluegrass and everything in between. Performances take place at parks across the county from June to August. Visit the There’s Something for Everyone in the Park Summer Concert Series

Cast your Line for River Fishing by Boat at Riverbend


Get an introduction to boating and fishing basics at Riverbend Park on Friday, June 29, 2018.

In this program, you will fish for smallmouth bass and sunfish from a canoe or jon boat. Previous experience rowing or paddling is not required. Boats, personal floatation devices (PFDs), fishing rods and bait are provided.

The lesson from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.…

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 three to five. There’s a two-day experience on July 2 and July 3,…

Glass Beads Provide Connection to Past Residents of Fairfax County


Glass beads were popular throughout the centuries among different groups that called Fairfax County home, but their rarity at archeological sites make them an exciting find.

This month, artiFACTS discusses the history of this adornment and what glass beads can tell us about the people who once wore them. Learn how tough it can be to find these beads and where…

Fish for Free in County Parks on June 1-2-3


Here’s your chance to test the fishing waters of Fairfax County parks for free. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has designated June 1, 2 and 3, 2018 as Free Fishing Days in Virginia. That means no state license is needed by anyone for rod-and-reel freshwater or saltwater fishing on those three days.

Since the waters of Fairfax County Park…

Find Fun at Lake Accotink on Two Wheels or Four Legs

Challenge yourself with a course on Mountain Biking for beginner and intermediate cyclists on Saturdays at Lake Accotink Park, beginning June 16, 2018.

In Intro to Mountain Biking, you’ll learn mountain bike fundamentals, get information about bike care and improve your fitness. The class meets for five weeks from 9 to 9:55 a.m., and the cost is $71 per person. For more…

Explore Nature this Summer in a Program Series at Lake Fairfax Park

Explore the ecosystem this summer in a weekly program at Lake Fairfax Park for children, teens and adults.

Through indoor and outdoor activities, explore a variety of nature topics throughout the summer on Saturday afternoons. The first session will be held on June 16, 2018. In June, the topics will be Lichens and Fungi, Trees, and Birds.

There are two sessions…

Celebrate Cultural Diversity with Music and Dance


Travel around the world this summer while staying inside the Beltway with the Cultural Heritage Nights performance series at Ossian Hall Park in Annandale, Virginia.

The Park Authority’s international-themed concerts are aimed at promoting awareness and appreciation of Fairfax County’s cultural diversity through the sharing of music and dance. These free…

Add a Dose of Soul or Rock to your Summer with Outdoor Concerts


Welcome summer in the parks and the joy of free performances with the Transglobal Soul sounds of Karikatura at Nottoway Park on June 21, 2018.

Karikatura makes life-affirming, body-shaking music that moves people around the world. With bright horns, socially conscious lyrics and get-on-your-feet beats, Karikatura delivers real songs that transcend style and…

Enjoy Free Concerts for the Pre-K Crowd All Summer Long in the Parks


Bring music, magic and laughter into your family outings with the free Arts in the Parks children’s entertainment series this summer in Fairfax County parks.

Arts in the Parks is targeted at Pre-K audiences, and these shows are often a child’s first exposure to live entertainment. Professional musicians, magicians and puppeteers will be performing at outdoor…

Ribbon-cutting Set for Hidden Pond Playground and Picnic Shelter

The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and site celebration of the new playground and multi-use outdoor shelter at Hidden Pond Nature Center on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 10 a.m. Please join us for brief ceremonies plus a cost-free visit to the nature center and family-friendly activities including pond netting, an Animal Talk at the new shelter, and light…

Mastenbrook Grants Awarded for Little League Projects

Two Little League organizations have been awarded Mastenbrook Matching Grants by the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. Grants for Annandale North Springfield Little League and Reston Herndon Little League were approved at the Park Authority Board meeting on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Annandale North Springfield Little League requested $7,896.49 to improve fencing on the…

County Park Acreage Grows with Land Transfers

Fairfax County residents have even more parkland to enjoy following recent land transfers from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to the Fairfax County Park Authority.

The Park Authority acquired 1.22 acres of land adjacent to Dogue Creek Stream Valley Park. Loftridge Park has grown by 6.37 acres following another land transfer. Both of these parcels are located in…

Farmers Markets Join Bike to Market Week Initiative


Dust off your bikes, pump up your tires, and bike to your local farmers market! The Fairfax County Farmers Markets will be celebrating Bike to Market Week at select locations in collaboration with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. Bring your family and friends along and you will receive a free bike map and giveaways.

The Fairfax County Farmers…

Lake Fairfax Park Master Plan Revision Public Comment Meeting


The public is invited to attend a public comment meeting on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7 p.m. at South Lakes High School, Lecture Hall 333 to learn about the draft Lake Fairfax Park Master Plan Revision.

The Fairfax County Park Authority held a Public Information Meeting on November 1, 2017 to begin the process for updating the Lake Fairfax Park Master Plan and…

Former Planning Chief Named to Park Board


The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors named James P. Zook, former director of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning, to fill the vacant at-large seat on the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board. Action came at the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 15, 2018.

For most of his youth Jim lived in North Springfield; he graduated from Annandale…

Greenbriar Park Lighting Project Set to Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin an LED lighting replacement project at Greenbriar Park located at 4600 Stringfellow Road, Fairfax, VA.

Musco Sports Lighting of Richmond, VA, and electrical contractor R.E. Lee of Lorton, VA, will be mobilizing at the site in the next two weeks. Project completion is anticipated later this summer, depending on the weather.…

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…

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 Find Fun Camps on Bugs and Nature at Green Spring Gardens

A New Free Concert Series is Coming to Springfield This Summer


Springfield will be rocking this summer with a new concert series presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority in partnership with Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity.

Springfield Nights will bring free musical concerts to the Burke Lake Park on Wednesday evenings in July and August and feature top local performers such as the Randy Thompson Band,…

Changes are Coming to Registration System for Park Programs

The Fairfax County Park Authority is switching to an updated registration system later this month that will offer several advantages for park customers. With the new system, the agency will be able to expand its hours of operation for registration and for accessing member accounts. It will provide upgraded server support, an improved mobile experience and greater…

Bridge Replacement to Impact Access to Pimmit Run Trail


The Fairfax County Park Authority knows how much residents love their trails. In fact, recent surveys found that our robust system of trails through stream valleys, parks and woodlands are among our most popular amenities. However, sometimes construction may close or restrict access to a particular trail section.

Pedestrian bridge replacement work along Old…

Pinecrest Golf Course’s Indoor Golf Facility Underway


Golfers will be able to keep their golf game at peak-season performance year-round with the indoor practice facility currently under renovation at Pinecrest Golf Course. This project began last month and will be completed in July 2018.

State-of-the-art amenities include expanded hitting bays, an instructional bay with electronic swing analysis and a golf…

Celebrate National Trails Day at New Children’s Trail


NOTICE: National Trails Day has been postponed until June 16 at 9 a.m. due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Fairfax County Park Authority will celebrate National Trails Day this year with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Chessie’s Trail at the Lee District Family Recreation Area. This event will also mark the completion of the…

Lee District Family Recreation Area Wins National Recognition


The Lee District Family Recreation Area will be honored by National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) when the organization holds its annual meeting in Nashville this July. This unique fun spot for families will receive a 2018 NACPRO Award in the Park & Recreation Facility category for agencies with a population service area over…

Fairfax County Park Contributors Honored with National Award


Jean and Ric Edelman have been selected by the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) as winners of a Friends of Park and Recreation – Outstanding Contributor Award. The Edelmans were recognized for their support at Observatory Park at The Turner Farm.

The generous financial contribution from the Edelmans provided for the purchase…

Animal Adventures Await along the Discovery Trail


If you like animals, you’ll go wild for the Fairfax County Park Authority 2018 Discovery Trail Map! This year’s free summer activity highlights the rich diversity of wildlife you’ll see in Fairfax County parks.

Now in its fifth year, the map encourages children and adults to explore 12 distinctive parks and learn interesting facts about the wildlife that lives…

Summer Entertainment Series Gets Set to Begin


Summer concerts are an American tradition. In the not-so-distant past, towns and villages across the nation boasted town bands and bandstands in the village square or the park at the center of town.

Share your Opinion on the Park Authority’s Strategic Plan

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking public comment on its new Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2023.

As the Park Authority nears completion of its FY14-FY18 Strategic Plan on June 30, 2018, development of its new five-year strategic plan is underway. The FY19-FY23 Strategic Plan is a key tool to guide agency staff in the implementation of the 2017 Parks and…

19th Century Bible Offers History Lesson on Faith and Technology


A Bible once used at the Frying Pan Meeting House is revealing information about religious practices in Fairfax County and the printing technology of the early 1800s. The Bible, which was donated to the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1984, is the subject of this month’s artiFACTS feature.

This particular version of the Bible created division among members of…

Farmers Market Returns to Fairfax County Government Center May 3


It’s time to ring the bell and mark the official opening of the 2018 Government Center Farmers Market in Fairfax, VA. The opening will be held at the market’s new location near the front of the Government Center building.

The market will open at 2:30 p.m. however, Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, members of the Park Board and other local officials…

Mount Vernon RECenter Expansion/Renovation Meeting Set


The Fairfax County Park Authority will renovate and expand Mount Vernon RECenter in the near future. This is an exciting capital improvement project that will provide great benefits to the community and provide a state-of-the-art facility for the many thousands who use the RECenter each year. A meeting is planned on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Members of the public are…

Monticello Park Phase I Construction Begins


The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin Phase I construction at Monticello Park located at 5315 Guinea Road in Burke, VA. The $1.5 million dollar project includes construction of a playground, off-leash dog area, buffer area, multi-use area and trails, as well as supporting infrastructure including storm water management facilities, a parking lot, walkways, utilities, fencing…

Board of Supervisors Names New At-large Member to Park Board


The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has named Dr. Abena Aidoo to the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board to fill the at-large vacancy left by Walter Alcorn, who is retiring after serving 2 ½ years on the Park Board. Action came at the Board of Supervisors meeting on March 20, 2018.

Dr. Aidoo brings a wealth of experience in tourism and events…

Ash Grove Applications Sought, Open House Set


The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is accepting applications for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the historic Ash Grove House, located at 8881 Ashgrove House Lane in Vienna, Virginia. The Resident Curator Program provides the unique opportunity for individuals, non-profit and for-profit organizations to secure long-term lease agreements in beautiful…

Farmers Markets Welcome Local Coffee Roasters


Farmers market customers will now be able to purchase cups of coffee as well as freshly roasted beans starting in 2018! This year the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) farmers markets will host locally roasted coffee pilot programs at select locations. The goal for the pilot is to boost market attendance, improve customer experiences and provide small local roasters a…

Community Meeting Set to Discuss Future of Lake Accotink


This event has already occurred, but public input on the Lake Accotink Master Plan Revision will be accepted through May 28. To learn more or to provide input, please visit the Lake Accotink Master Plan Revision Page.

A community meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 30, 2018, to discuss options for the management…

Get Paid this Summer to Fish, Kayak and Paddleboard


Get outdoors this summer and spend time by the water with a rewarding job at Riverbend Park.

Riverbend Park is located along the Potomac River and is currently hiring for three positions – Fishing Instructor, Kayaking Instructor and Stand-Up Paddleboarding Instructor.

The Fishing Instructor will lead fishing programs for children’s birthday parties and…

Good-bye, Cubicle! Spend your Summer Working in a Park


Take a break from the ordinary and spend a fun-filled summer at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park working with children on hands-on explorations of nature and history.

This Fairfax County Park Authority facility located in Chantilly, VA is currently hiring for two positions – Summer Education Director and Summer Education Teacher. Both positions are 40 hours per week for…

Clemyjontri Park Phase II Parking Lot Addition to Begin


Pardon our dust! Construction will soon begin at Clemyjontri Park located at 6317 Georgetown Pike in McLean, VA. Project contractor McGee Civil will be mobilizing on site within the next two weeks, and active construction activities will begin later this month. This project includes construction of a 65-space parking lot, trails, fencing and stormwater management. This…

Master Gardeners to Offer Vegetable Plant Clinics


In 2018, Fairfax County Master Gardeners will add a focus on vegetable gardening to their highly successful Plant Clinic program. And what better place to offer their new Vegetable Garden Plant Clinics sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension than at several Fairfax County Community Garden Plot rental sites?

Beginning April 7, Master Gardeners will set up monthly…

Long Branch Falls Park Restoration to Begin, Temporary Closure Anticipated


Restoration work on the highly degraded stream within Long Branch Falls Park is set to begin. The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has contracted with Environmental Quality Resources, LLC for the work which will start in early April 2018. Long Branch Falls Park is located at 5021 King David Boulevard in Annandale, Virginia.

The project…

Learn about Dishes the Tin Man Could Appreciate in artiFACTS


The Tin Man of Wizard of Oz fame had a hard, outer shell and so do the ceramics featured in the March edition of artiFACTS.

This month in artiFACTS, explore a type of earthenware most often found in either white or blue with hand-painted or sponged decorations of various colors. See samples of these once-popular ceramics on the Learn about Dishes the Tin Man Could Appreciate in artiFACTS

Park Board Approves Cultural Resource Management Plan


The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a new Cultural Resource Management Plan (CRMP) to coordinate agency-wide efforts to achieve the cultural resource preservation mission of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA). Approval came at the Board meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

View the Park Board Approves Cultural Resource Management Plan

Mastenbrook Grants Awarded for Projects at Two Parks


The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved two Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants at its meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. One grant will benefit the Lee District Park Family Recreation Area and the other will provide improvements at Fred Crabtree Park.

Park Authority Board members approved a $20,000 grant to the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund.…

Farmers Markets Provide a Jump Start to the Season


As the tulips and daffodils spark up from the ground in the wake of spring, the Wakefield, Herndon, Burke, and Reston Farmers Markets jump into the season, opening for business in April. During this time of the year, you will find fresh asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, apples, salad greens, meats, cheese, baked breads, honey, ice cream and plant seedlings for your home…

Get Ready for Spring at the Garden Gate Plant Shop


Celebrate spring with the opening of the Garden Gate Plant Shop at Green Spring Gardens.

The shop reopens for the new growing season on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Stop by between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to choose from the latest selection of plants for your home. You will find shrubs, native plants, wildflowers, ornamental grasses and unusual perennials and annuals.…

Golf Fairfax Pass Sale Offers Best Savings of the Season


Get ready for the greatest golf savings of the season with the Golf Fairfax Spring Pass savings spectacular. The more you play, the more you save! From March 26 through May 6, 2018 save up to 25 percent when you purchase multi-round passes at Fairfax County Park Authority facilities including Burke Lake, Greendale, Jefferson, Oak Marr,…

Construction Begins on Nottoway Park Field #4 Conversion


Construction will begin on Field #4 in Nottoway Park, located at 9537 Courthouse Road in Vienna, VA. This Fairfax County Park Authority project will reorient and enlarge the existing rectangular field #4 and will create a 360’x 210’ multi-sports field in accordance with park master plan as amended in January 2013. The project also includes installation of a synthetic turf surface on…

SpringFest Fairfax Comes to Sully Historic Site


It’s the same great event returning to Sully Historic Site! Participate in a day full of free, environmental, and health-focused family-friendly activities and games at this year’s SpringFest Fairfax –a celebration of Earth and Arbor Days on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, Va.…

Honor an Outstanding Volunteer with an Elly Doyle Nomination


Volunteers play a critical role at the Fairfax County Park Authority, and now is the time to recognize their invaluable contributions with a nomination for a 2018 Elly Doyle Park Service Award. Everyone is invited to submit nominations to honor the outstanding volunteers and numerous organizations that support park programming and initiatives in Fairfax County.


Work to Begin Soon on Burke Lake Park’s Marina Road

Construction work will begin soon at Burke Lake Park to improve Marina Road from the Burke Lake Information Center to the Burke Lake Road marina parking lot.

The improvements will include widening of gravel shoulders, installation of drainage swales and ditches, and rock lining installation of swales and drainage ditches to better accommodate the existing storm water flows…

Rec-PAC Summer Hiring Now Underway


This summer, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Rec-PAC summer camp program will operate at more than three dozen elementary school locations around Fairfax County on weekdays from July 2 through August 9, 2018. During the summer, staff will be assigned to a site and work daily from 8:15 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Lots of qualified applicants are expected to apply so plan on attending an…

Learn, Chip and Putt with Affordable Junior Clinics


Golf Fairfax is committed to the development of youth in the game of golf. Introduce your 8-17-year-oldto the FUNdamentals of golf with one-hourjunior clinics. Junior clinics are the perfect opportunity to test drive the game before investing in more advanced instruction and equipment.

Kids and teens will learn basic golf rules and etiquette, get familiar with…

Park Authority Seeks Volunteers to Combat Invasives


The Fairfax County Park Authority continues its national award-winning program to combat invasive plants this spring.

The Invasive Management Area (IMA) program was established in 2006 and the annual highlight of the program is the spring Take Back the Forest effort. This year, Take Back the Forest begins on Sunday, April 1, 2018 and runs through May. During that…

Distribution Line Improvements Necessitate Temporary Dog Park Closure


As part of an ongoing system-wide effort to improve service reliability at South Run District Park and its surrounding residential communities, Dominion Energy will be replacing the aging and outdated distribution line within this area. Work on this project will begin in early-March and will conclude approximately one month later. As part of Dominion’s effort, access and temporary…

Telecom Installation Begins at George Washington Park

Work to install a 120-foot monopine pole and to construct the associated, fenced telecommunications equipment compound within George Washington Park is getting underway. Network Building and Consulting, on behalf of T-Mobile, has contracted with Stoehr Companies to perform this previously approved telecommunications project.

During construction, there will be additional…

Find Work Down on the Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park


Consider a job at one of the county’s most unique employment sites. Frying Pan Farm Park preserves and interprets farm life of the 1920s to 1950s, and it is looking for folks to fill a variety of positions to help others learn about an enjoy this popular Fairfax County park.

If you enjoy fresh air, history, nature, baby animals and working with the public,…

South Run Field to be Named in Honor of Jack Nolan


The Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to name an athletic field at South Run Regional Park in honor of Jack Nolan, a longtime leader and supporter of youth soccer in the Springfield District.

At its meeting on February 14, 2018 the Park Board voted to change the name of Athletic Field 5 to Jack Nolan Field. A public ceremony is scheduled for mid-May to…

Construction to Begin on New Wakefield Park Playground


The Wakefield Park playground will close temporarily on March 12, 2018, to make way for new playground equipment.

Plan Graduations, Celebrations with Golf Fairfax


Looking for a unique venue for your spring celebration? Par-tee with Golf Fairfax and enjoy unique and affordable dining and entertainment options for your guests. Four golf courses offer venues that include beautiful golf scenery, flexible dining options and enjoyable entertainment options:

Laurel Hill Golf Club

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,…

New Playground Equipment Coming to Wakefield Park


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


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


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


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


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,…

Playground Replacement to Begin at Griffith Park


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…

Fairfax County Parks Add Acreage Near Loisdale Park


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…

Cub Run RECenter Now Offers Chair Massage, Health Coaching!


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…

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


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…

Know Which Holiday Gifts Are Welcome in the Parks


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.

Pohick Creek Tributary Restoration Work to Begin at Greentree Village Park


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


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


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…

A Trail Designed with Kids in Mind Opens at Lee District Park


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.

Parkland Acquisition Preserves Natural and Cultural Resources


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.

Lake Fairfax Park Master Planning Process to Start


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…

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…

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


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


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…

Nottoway Park Stream Restoration Project to Begin


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


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…