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Get your Game On with the 2019 Parks Poetry Contest!

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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…

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

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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…

Park Foundation Teams Up to Support Summer Camps for All

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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…

Search for Signs of New Amphibian Life as Spring Approaches

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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…

Bring a Breath of Floral Sunshine into Your Home

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Create a lush compote arrangement that holds the promise of spring. Join Certified Floral Designer Betty Ann Galway at Green Spring Gardens for the “Floral Design Workshop: Dutch Design” on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Galway will lead you step-by-step in arranging beautiful, early spring flowers and light greens to take with you. Later, you can reuse the container at home and…

Get a Handle on Arranging Flowers in a Basket for Spring

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Making beautiful flower arrangements in a basket with a handle can be challenging. Learn techniques for tackling that challenge at the “Floral Design Workshop: Spring Flower Basket” at Green Spring Gardens.

Floral designer Chuck Mason will help you expand your skill set by showing you how to design an arrangement in and around the basket handle to make a beautiful spring floral…

Find a Cure for Wintertime Boredom at Frying Pan Farm

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If you’re tired of being cooped up this winter, flock over to Frying Pan Farm Park for the “Bored out of your Gourd” birdhouse program.

Make a new home for your feathered friends out of gourds that were grown at the farm last year. It’s an activity for bird lovers age seven to adult. The program runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019, and the cost is $14…

Wing your Way to a Park to Learn about the Birds Around Us

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Examine beaks, feathers, nests and talons at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore the avian world that surrounds us.

In the “Birds Around Us” program, you will find out about bird life cycles, migration patterns and adaptations that make birds such fascinating animals. This program is designed for participants age four to adult. It runs from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 17 and…

Grist Mill Park Master Plan Revision to Begin

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The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin a master plan revision for Grist Mill Park in the Mount Vernon District. The planning process will help guide the future of this well-loved park. Members of the public are invited to attend a public information meeting on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Woodley Hills Elementary School Cafeteria, located at 8718 Old Mount Vernon Road,…

Take a Dip into Candle Dipping at Sully History Site

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Before the era of electricity, homes glowed at night with candlelight. Come to Sully Historic Site to learn about early lighting techniques through a hands-on display and a lesson in candle-dipping.

During the “Hands-on History-Candle Dipping” program, you’ll discover how a candle mold, betty lamp, beeswax and wicking were used in the olden days. End the session by making your own…

Witness Courtship Rituals that are for the Birds at Huntley Meadows

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In springtime, a young bird’s fancy turns to thoughts of love. Try to spy the woodcock’s amazing courtship dance with a stroll through Huntley Meadows Park.

Sign up for the “Evening Woodcock Walk” on Saturday, February 23, 2019, and journey through the park with a guide to one of Huntley’s largest meadows. Listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his elaborate…

Embark on a Nature Quest at Hidden Pond Nature Center

Young explorers can embark on a “Nature Quest” on Monday mornings, beginning February 25, 2019.

Let your little one become part of the long-running naturalist program at Hidden Pond Nature Center that’s designed just for preschool-age explorers. In Nature Quest, kids age three to six learn about many of our local animal species hands-on and in the field at the nature center. The…

Celebrate Flower Power on a Getaway to the Philly Flower Show

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Feeling groovy? Then hop on board for the Green Spring Gardens Getaway to the 2019 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. This year, the world’s largest indoor flower show remembers the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with “Flower Power.”

Board a motor coach at Green Spring Gardens and travel to Philadelphia for a day filled with beautiful flower displays and garden shopping. This year’s…

Incumbents Selected 2019 Park Authority Board Officers

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has voted to keep its current officers in place for another year of service.

At its meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, the Board voted to return William G. Bouie, who represents the Hunter Mill District, to his 11th term as chairman. Providence District Representative Ken Quincy will serve again as vice chairman. Michael W. Thompson,…

Start Planning your Garden Now with FORB’s Native Plant Sale

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Spring will be here before you know it, so don’t delay in making plans for your garden and yard. Pre-order native plants from the Friends of Riverbend Park (FORB) to benefit your landscape and support Riverbend Park, too. You can view and pre-order native plants, ferns and shrubs online through Saturday, March 16, 2019 at FORB. Order in advance and pick up your plants at the park’s Outdoor…

Let Go and Come to the All Things Frozen Tea Party

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Being frozen can be fun! Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for the “All Things Frozen Tea Party” on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

Hear stories about animals that enjoy being chilly, including penguins and polar bears, and others that just figure out a way to deal with the cold. Enjoy snowman crafts. Come dressed as your favorite frozen friend and participate in a…

Put Little Hands to Work on the Farm at Frying Pan

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Farm work doesn’t stop just because it’s too cold to grow crops. Come to “Little Hands on the Farm Winter” to discover what happens on a farm during the winter.

In this program at Frying Pan Farm Park, children age two to five will learn about animals, farm chores and how farm life changes with the season. Kids will enjoy activities such as stories, crafts or…

Take a Tour to Discover the Ties that Bind Two Historic Homes

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Discover the connections between two of Northern Virginia’s historic properties on the “Mount Vernon & Huntley, Lives Bound Together Tour” on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

See the letter from Historic Huntley that’s on exhibit at Mount Vernon, and discover how slavery links the two homes. The program includes tours of the slave quarters at Mount Vernon and Huntley, as well as…

Golf Fairfax Facilities Go Under Cover This Winter

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Cabin fever? Warm up yourself and your golf game this winter with heated, covered and indoor practice and play opportunities!

Skip the traffic with the Afternoon Drive special at the heated and covered ranges at Burke Lake Golf Center, recently named one of the Top 50 Ranges by Golf Range Magazine, and the newly renovated Oak Marr Golf Complex! All buckets are $2 off, Monday…

Burke Lake Golf Center Named Top 50 Public Range

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Burke Lake Golf Center's driving range was recentlyrecognizedas one of the Top 50 Public Ranges by Golf Range Magazine, apublication of the Golf Range Association of America (GRAA).

Each year GRAArecognizes public, private, and stand-alone rangeswhose achievements stand out as well as golf teaching professionals.

GRAA considers the number of range visitors, newsocial…

Fairfax County Park Acreage Grows through Donation

The Fairfax County Park Authority has added another 36.9 acres of parkland to its holdings through a donation from Jennings Business Park LLC in December 2018.

The wooded land is an addition to Loisdale Park and is intended for recreational use, including hiking, biking and walking trails. It can be found on Tax Map 90-4 ((1)) 6 B. Loisdale Park is located at 7419 Loisdale Road in…

Archaeologists Grapple with a Metallic Mystery in artiFACTS

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Sometimes, what you don’t know can be as revealing as what you do know.

That’s the case with the items featured in this month’s edition of artiFACTS, a website feature from the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Archaeology and Collections Branch. County archaeologists let you in on a mystery they’ve been trying to solve regarding some small pieces of metal recovered from a site in…

Park Authority Invites History Lovers to a Meet-and-Greet

Meet, greet, learn and earn.

The Fairfax County Park Authority is hosting a Meet & Greet for its Historic Sites Volunteer Corps (HSVC) on January 31, 2019. Park Authority staff will be there to talk about the things the Corps has done and will be doing in the coming year.

In the past, Corps volunteers have helped clean up historic sites that are part of the county’s…

Focus on Flora in February with Green Spring Gardens Lectures

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Cure your cabin fever and start planning your summer gardens and landscaping with lectures on flowers and trees at Green Spring Gardens.

Get “Ideas from Europe for U.S. Gardeners” when garden designer and international traveler Carolyn Mullet participates in the Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series on Sunday, February 20, 2019. Mullet will share design ideas from her European garden…

Become a Nature Explorer in Saturday Series at Lake Fairfax

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Bundle up and head outdoors this winter to explore the wonders of nature at Lake Fairfax Park.

In the “Exploring Nature Series-Winter” program, students age six to adult will explore Virginia’s ecosystem. Sessions are spread over four Saturdays in February -- February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2019. There’s a new topic to explore each week: 2/2-Fish; 2/9-Mammals; 2/16-Birds; and 2/23…

Navigate the Old-Fashioned Way in an Orienteering Workshop

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Put down your GPS and challenge yourself to get around the old-fashioned way. Register for the “Orienteering Workshop” at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass. It’s easy to learn but always presents challenges. Participants in this program will learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate…

Spark Up your Evening with Fire Building and S’mores

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It’s so easy, a caveman could do it. Learn the science and art of fire building at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Come to the park on Sunday, February 24, 2019, to discover what it takes to build a fire, and then test your abilities with primitive fire bows and modern fire-making techniques. Put your skills to the test to roast s’mores.

The “To Build a Fire” program runs from…

Touch Visitors from Space at Observatory Park at Turner Farm

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Get an introduction to visitors from space in a program on meteorites at Observatory Park at Turner Farm on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

What are meteorites and where do they come from? What can they tell us? This course provides the basics about these other-worldly visitors. Participants will also have the opportunity to touch and examine actual meteorites, including specimens…

Taste Maple Syrup Fresh from the Trees at Colvin Run Mill

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with the taste of maple syrup tapped from the trees at Colvin Run Mill. Come to the “Maple Syrup Boil-Down” on three Sundays this winter -- February 10, February 24 and March 3, 2019.

The sap is rising and the maple trees are tapped at Colvin Run. That means it’s sugaring time!

Bundle up, brave the weather, watch and learn as sap is boiled down…

Home Construction may Impact Pohick Stream Valley Trail

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Housing construction may have an impact on the Pohick Stream Valley Trail during the months of February and March.

Madison Homes is set to begin the construction of Silas Station subdivision. As part of this development project, the proposed subdivision sanitary sewer line connection work will temporarily impact access to the Pohick Stream Valley Trail at the Burke Lake Road…

Calendar Set for 2019 Fairfax County Park Authority Board Meetings

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has published its 2019 meeting schedule. The Park Authority Board is a 12-member board appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to set policy and establish strategic policy and direction for the Park Authority.

Public Board meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of most months. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. in the…

Go on a Search for Waterfowl Wintering Along the Potomac

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Fairfax County is an attractive spot for waterfowl that don’t mind a little cold. Take the “Winter Waterfowl Hike” at Riverbend Park to see what avian creatures are making their residence here over the winter.

On Friday, February 22, 2019, hike with a naturalist at the park to search for winter waterfowl along the Upper Potomac River. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes. The…

Park Authority Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Fee Adjustments

The Fairfax County Park Authority has scheduled its annual public comment meeting on the agency’s proposed fee adjustments. The public is invited to share their perspectives on the proposals with the Park Authority Board either at the meeting, via correspondence or by email. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 7 p.m. in Room 106 of the Herrity Building located at 12055…

Public Hearing Scheduled on E-Bike Use on Park Trails

A public hearing will be held in Lorton, Va., on Thursday, February 7, 2019, on proposed changes to regulations on the use of Electrically Assisted Bicycles, or e-bikes, in Fairfax County and NOVA Parks.

The hearing will cover proposed changes to Park Authority Regulation §1.14 Motor Vehicles and Traffic. Under the proposal, the regulation would define an e-bike and clarify…

Public Meeting to Discuss Clark House for Resident Curator Program

The Fairfax County Park Authority is hosting a public information meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the banquet room of the Laurel Hill Golf Club, at 8701 Laurel Crest Drive Lorton, VA. The inclement weather date for the meeting is Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the same location.

The meeting will provide an overview of the Fairfax County Resident Curator…

Five Park Foundation Board Directors Confirmed

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At the November 13, 2018 meeting, the Park Authority Board voted unanimously to confirm reappointments of John Osborn and Rich Harpe to the Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) Board of Directors. The Park Foundation is a non-profit organization holding a Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency. FCPF's mission to provide supplemental funding and support to the Park Authority to help meet our…

Know Which Holiday Gifts Are Welcome in Parks

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It’s time to play with new toys. While it is fun to head outside to try out new holiday gifts, it’s important to know the rules before bringing holiday gifts into parks.

Here are some tips:

Use of drones is allowed but you must comply with Federal Aviation Administration directives. Many parks are located in no fly zones due to proximity to airports, etc. Find out all…

Restoration to Begin on Pike Branch Tributary Stream at Ridgeview Park

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Stream restoration work is getting underway in Ridgeview Park, located off Ridge View Drive and Duvawn Street in Alexandria, Va.

The project involves the restoration of approximately 2,800 linear feet of Pike Branch Tributary, and parkland within the project boundaries will be closed for the duration of the project to ensure public safety and the safety of workers. The playground…

Park Board Approves Four Mastenbrook Matching Fund Grants

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved four Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants at its meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. The funds will go toward trail improvements, a GaGa ball pit, native plantings and a turf field.

The Board granted a $20,000 grant request from Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE) to develop trails in Mount Vernon District Park. MORE has…

Discover a Century-old Gift that’s still Giving in artiFACTS

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Will the gifts you give this holiday season stand the test of time? Discover how one gift that was given to a Christmas Day bride continues to hold a special place in county lore.

Click on the Fairfax County Park Authority’s artiFACTS website this month to learn about a sister’s wedding gift in 1906 that now resides in the county’s historic…

It’s Time to Kick-up Your Heels at Frying Pan Park

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You can’t get much more American than bluegrass music on a farm. Make plans to “hitch up the team” and head to Frying Pan Farm Park this season for Bluegrass Barn, a celebration of some of the best bluegrass music in the mid-Atlantic area.

Tighten up some vocal harmonies and mix them with a fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and upright bass and you’ll be tapping toes and slapping…

Gorham Reappointed to Park Board for Mount Vernon District

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Mount Vernon Supervisor Daniel G. Storck has reappointed Linwood Gorham to the Fairfax County Park Board as the representative of the Mount Vernon District. Action came at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

Gorham was first appointed to the Park Board in 2011 by then Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerald Hyland. He was elected Treasurer of the Park Board in…

Work Off the Winter Blues and Get Ready for the Golf Greens

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Work off the winter blues at Pinecrest Golf Course’s newly-renovated indoor golf facility and get ready to hit the greens. Register for the “Golf, Fitness, & Fun Fridays” event on Friday, January 4, February 1 or March 1, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The clinic includes swing analysis using the new TrackMan 4 Golf Simulator session as well a Yoga and Golf Fitness session to…

Difficult Run Tributary Stream Restoration to Impact Trail Access

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The Park Authority’s most popular amenity is trails. Residents love to use local trails for hikes, or running, family outings or a walk with the dog. However, despite their popularity, sometimes we need to close or restrict access to a trail for construction or maintenance activities.

Stream restoration within Difficult Run Stream Valley Park, just off Brittenford Drive, is set to…

Straight Pins Prick the Curiosity of County Archaeologists

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Recovering straight pins from an archaeological site is a lot like finding a needle in a haystack. It requires painstaking work, but the discovery of a straight pin can provide clues to life in ages past.

Turn to artiFACTS this month to learn how Fairfax County archaeologists and dedicated volunteers uncover these basic sewing…

Three Park Board Members Reappointed to Four-Year Terms

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has reappointed three members of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board to serve four-year terms.

At the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, the Supervisors reappointed Park Board Secretary Michael J. Thompson Jr. to represent the Springfield District, Ronald Kendall to represent the Mason District, and Kiel Stone…

Park Authority Aquatics Programs Honored for Excellence

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The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has been honored with a Best of Aquatics 2018 Programming Award from Aquatics International for excellence and innovation in aquatics programs and facilities.

FCPA’s Aquatics Section was recognized for its leadership in the Virginia Swims program, a learn-to-swim program developed through collaboration with several Northern Virginia…

Grant Approved to Help Therapeutic Services Riders at Frying Pan

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program request for $1,370.62 to go toward the purchase of a portable ADA compliant mounting ramp for Frying Pan Farm Park. Action came at the Board meeting on November 14, 2018.

Spirit Open Equestrian (SOE) requested funding for the ramp, which will assist staff with meeting the needs…

Grant Approved for New Field Fencing at Pine Ridge Park

The Braddock Road Youth Club (BRYC) was awarded a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant for $1,937.40 at the Fairfax County Park Authority Board meeting on November 14, 2018. The funds will be used for installation of fencing on field 6 at Pine Ridge Park in Annandale, Virginia.

BRYC plans to install black vinyl coated chain link fencing at one of the corners of field 6. It will…

Community Garden Plots Coming to Bruin Park in Herndon

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program request from the Herndon Environmental Network (HEN) for $20,000 to develop community garden plots at Bruin Park. Action came at the Board meeting on November 14, 2018.

Plans for the gardens date back several years. In January 2014, the Master Plan for Bruin Park was amended to…

Park Authority Wins Three Statewide Awards for Excellence

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The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) brought home three awards from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s (VRPS) annual conference in November. The agency was honored for a new children’s trail, photography, and distinguished service from an FCPA volunteer.

VRPS’s statewide awards program honors individuals, departments and organizations throughout Virginia who have…

Park Authority Gift Cards are Always the Perfect Fit

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It’s hard to find something that’s both good and good for you, but that’s what you get with a Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) gift card. Simplify your holiday shopping this year with a gift that works for everyone in the family.

This one-size-fits-all present can be used for camps, classes or workouts. The cards can be used to keep kids busy or help adults stay healthy and…

New Alcohol Policy in Effect in Fairfax County Parks

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The Fairfax County Park Authority has updated its policy on the use of alcoholic beverages in county parks, allowing for expanded alcohol consumption under specific conditions. Alcoholic beverages are still prohibited in all parks and recreation areas unless the sale, use, consumption or possession of alcohol on the properties are part of a Park Authority program or approved in advance via a…

Sugarland Run Stream Valley Trail Work to Start

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The Sugarland Run Stream Valley Maintenance Project is about to begin.

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin maintenance work on the existing trail in Sugarland Run Stream Valley Park in Herndon, VA. The contractor, Tibbs Paving, Inc., will be mobilizing on site in mid to late November. The mill and paving of approximately 12,000 linear feet of existing asphalt trail…

Trail Improvements Begin in Accotink Stream Valley Park on GCCCT

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The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin construction to improve the surface of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail between King Arthur Road and Woodburn Road during November 2018. The trail will be re-paved between King Arthur Road and Woodburn Road. Funding for design and construction of this $412,700 project is provided through voter-approved Park Bonds.

The contractor,…

Snow Day Camps Return Providing Options in Bad Weather

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The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will once again offer Snow Day Camps at a limited number of RECenters. The camps offer an alternative for working parents in need of childcare on snowy days. Snow Days Camps for school-age children will operate at Audrey Moore, Lee District, Spring Hill and Oak Marr RECenters when schools are closed for multiple days.

Snow Day Camps will be…

Ellmore Farmhouse Applications Open for Resident Curator

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Another park property has become available through the Resident Curator Program. The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is now accepting applications for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the historic Ellmore Farmhouse in Frying Pan Park, at 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon VA.

The Resident Curator Program, provides a unique opportunity for individuals, non-profits and…

Mastenbrook Grants to Battle Invasives and Fund New Scoreboards

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved two Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants at its meeting on October 10, 2018. The grants will be used to control invasive plants in the Turkeycock Run Stream Valley and install scoreboards at Clermont Park in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Overlook Foundation, which is the management association for the residential communities…

Changes to Mount Vernon District Park Master Plan Approved

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved changes to the Mount Vernon District Park Master Plan. The changes were primarily technical and updated the nomenclature used to describe trails in the park. At its meeting on September 26, 2018, the Board voted for the plan revision to make trail descriptions consistent with current definitions.

The original master plan for the…

Park Bench Dedication Planned for Late Director

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Parks and recreation icon William “Bill” Beckner, who passed earlier this summer, will be honored on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. as a park bench is dedicated in his memory at Huntley Meadows Park. Beckner, a park employee for many years, also served as director of the Fairfax County Park Authority for five years and was considered formative in the agency’s evolution and…

Upgraded Oak Marr Golf Complex Range Reopens

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Oak Marr Golf Complex’s newly renovated driving range will reopen to the public on October 29, 2018. Owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority, the fully-lit 78 hitting station range with 30 covered and/or heated stations has been upgraded both functionally and aesthetically to enhance the overall golfer practice experience and environmental standards.

The regraded…

Lahey Lost Valley Property Applications Open for Resident Curator

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Another park property has become available through the Resident Curator Program. The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is now accepting applications for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the historic Lahey Lost Valley property located at 9750 Brookmeadow Drive, Vienna, VA.

The Resident Curator Program, provides a unique opportunity for individuals, non-profits and…

Turner Farm Resident Curator Lease to be Signed

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Park Authority Board will hold a Resident Curator Program Lease Signing on the porch at Turner Farmhouse in Great Falls, VA. The public is invited for brief remarks and the signing on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 3 p.m.

The Resident Curator Program seeks to preserve publicly-owned historic properties by offering…

Construction Impacts Parking at Jefferson District Golf Course

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Customers and visitors to Jefferson District Golf Course and Park may be inconvenienced as construction gets underway. A portion of the golf course parking lot will be temporarily impacted from an upcoming water line construction project.

The Fairfax Water Authority will soon start work on the Lee Highway Transmission Main project that runs through a portion of the parking area of…

Discover a Love Story of Swans and Historic Homes in artiFACTS

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Houses are much more than the wood, bricks and nails that hold them together. In this month’s issue of artiFACTS, we learn a little of the love story that went into making one house an historic home to remember in Fairfax County.

Learn what an old-fashioned marriage certificate can tell us about views of love and marriage and how swans became a symbol of a lasting relationship.…

Bring Out the Best in your Park Photos with a Peek at Snapshots

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With a smartphone in your pocket, everyone’s a photographer these days. Learn how to get those photos noticed by taking a look at the Park Authority’s Snapshots e-newsletter.

Snapshots features some of the best photos snapped by professional photographers in our parks and offers tips on how to improve your shots of plants, wildlife and people. It also showcases some of the silly…

Find Fun and Fitness Ideas for the 50+ Crowd at Special Web Page

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The Fairfax County Park Authority launched a web page designed just for county residents age 50 or older. It’s a great place for those who have dedicated themselves to career and family to find ways to finally put a little focus on themselves. The 50+ Engage-Connect-Play portal provides one-stop shopping for information on Fitness and Wellness, Arts & Learning, Gardening &…

Park Authority to Celebrate Archaeology Month in Fairfax County

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Do you dig it?

October is Archaeology Month, and the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is celebrating with a month-long social media campaign to increase awareness of archaeology in Fairfax County. Archaeology is the scientific study of material remains of human culture from the past that were recovered through excavation. FCPA’s Archaeology and Collections Branch is responsible…

Park Authority Earns Third National Accreditation

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On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) upheld its national standing among park and recreation agencies across the country by earning re-accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2018 NRPA…

A Thimble Sheds Light on the Lives of Women in History

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Gender roles were more distinct in ages past, and sewing was usually a woman’s task. So, the discovery of something as simple as a thimble can shed light on the lives of women in history.

Thimbles are among the items that can be found in the Fairfax County Park Authority’s historic collections, and you can learn more about these sewing tools this month on the A Thimble Sheds Light on the Lives of Women in History

Park Authority to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Property Exchange

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, to receive public comment on a proposed exchange of property in the Mason District.

The Park Authority proposes to exchange approximately 1,000 square feet of currently disturbed property in Holmes Run Stream Valley Park, that is identified on the Fairfax County Real Property Identification…

Resident Curator Program Sets Ellmore Farmhouse Open House

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The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is reopening the historic Ellmore Farmhouse property, at 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon VA, for the Resident Curator Program. Previous efforts to find a qualified curator for this property were not fruitful and applications will be considered once again.

The Resident Curator Program provides the unique opportunity for individuals, non-profit and…

Frying Pan Hosts Nine Horses Fleeing from Florence

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They’re all happy and dry in their stalls.

Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Va., has become a temporary home for nine horses that are from areas affected by the havoc surrounding Hurricane Florence. Frying Pan is on an emergency Virginia Equine Evacuation Site list, and the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park sent out notice to its approximately 6,000 members that Frying Pan could lend a…

Maintenance to Begin on Trail in Sugarland Run Stream Valley Park

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The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin maintenance work on a trail in Sugarland Run Stream Valley Park in Herndon, Virginia in September.

The project consists of milling and paving approximately 12,000 linear feet of trail from the existing bridge near Kingstream Circle to Wiehle Avenue and from Wiehle Avenue to Dranesville Road. The contractor, Tibbs Paving, Inc. will be…

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled to Reduce Risk of West Nile Virus

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The Fairfax County Health Department has determined the need to spray pesticides to control adult mosquitoes in parts of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax based on its mosquito surveillance activities for West Nile virus. Weather permitting, spraying will take place on Monday, August 27, 2018, between 8 a.m. and noon at the following locations:

Kings Park Park, 8717 Trafalgar…

Construction to Begin on Wilton Woods Playground

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The Wilton Woods playground will close temporarily to make way for new playground equipment.

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon start work on the Wilton Woods Playground Replacement Project. Wilton Woods is located at 3701 Franconia Road, Alexandria, Virginia.

Contractors will be mobilizing on site the week of August 27, 2018. The project will replace the aging…

Sully Volunteer to Receive Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Judy Nitsche the winner of the 2018 Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award for bringing back to life a garden that was enjoyed by inhabitants of Sully more than 200 years ago. In her volunteer role at Sully Historic Site, Nitsche assisted staff in proposing major repairs and upgrades to the garden and walking paths to preserve and protect a…

American Alliance of Museums Accredits Park Sites and Collections

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The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has announced that the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Resource Management Division (RMD) and four of its sites have received AAM accreditation. AAM establishes the standards through which museums are recognized for their commitment to excellence, accountability, and professionalism, and the organization says that “as the ultimate mark of distinction…

Sully Historic Site Volunteer Wins Elly Doyle Youth Service Award

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Sully Historic Site volunteer Olivia Lamm of Herndon, Va., the 2018 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Student Honoree. The annual Elly Doyle awards recognize individuals and organizations that contribute outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority, and one student honoree is named each year.

Lamm has been a volunteer at Sully for…

Board Announces 2018 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Winners

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The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board has named two individuals and one organization as recipients of the 2018 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards. These awards recognize outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority and are the agency’s top honor for volunteer service. This year’s recipients are Laurel Hill Park volunteer Michael Applegate, Hidden Oaks Nature Center volunteer…

Renovated Valis Golf Training Center to Open; Donors Honored

Renovated

There are lots of golfers who would love to improve their game. With that in mind, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Pinecrest Golf Course in Alexandria will open a newly-renovated indoor training facility known as the Valis Family Golf Learning Center. The center is named for Wayne and Angela Valis who provided funding for the center’s new TrackMan 4 Golf Simulator.

The updated…

American Art Form is Featured in August artiFACTS

American

An American art form that made sculptures and figurines more accessible to the general public is spotlighted this month on the Fairfax County Park Authority’s artiFACTS website.

Early chalkware pieces were designed to mimic more expensive figurines imported from the Staffordshire Potteries in England, and they gained popularity in the United States for their affordability and…

Stream Restoration Project to Impact Trail Access at Indian Run SVP

Stream

The Fairfax County Park Authority understands that residents love their trails. In fact, recent community 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.

Stream restoration within Indian Run Stream Valley Park…

Resident Curator Program Hosts Lahey Lost Valley Open House

Resident

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is preparing the historic Lahey Lost Valley property, located at 9750 Brookmeadow Drive in Vienna, VA, for the Resident Curator Program.

The Resident Curator Program provides the unique opportunity for individuals, non-profit and for-profit organizations to secure long-term lease agreements in beautiful public park settings such as Lahey Lost…

Green Spring Gardens Volunteer Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Green Spring Gardens volunteer Tatiana Lisle the recipient of the 2018 Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award. Lisle was recognized for her work to protect pollinators by managing bees at Green Spring Gardens.

The park beekeeper is also the volunteer organizer of Green Spring’s popular Honeybee Day, which is held in…

FROGS Wins Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award

FROGS

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) the recipient of the 2018 Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award. FROGS, which has just marked its 25th anniversary, has a membership base of more than 1,500 individuals who offer financial and volunteer support at Green Spring Gardens located in Alexandria, VA.

The organization…

Water Mine to End Season with a Doggone Good Time

Water

The Water Mine will go to the dogs this September with a season-ending event benefitting the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and Fairfax County Park Foundation. Dogs and dog lovers are invited to join us on Sunday, September 9, 2018 when The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax Park will open for dogs-only swimming from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, Dogs can swim in Rattlesnake River and…

Historic Ash Grove Application Period Extended

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The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is extending the period to submit applications for curatorship of the historic Ash Grove property. The new deadline for submitting applications is Friday, September 14, 2018.

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,…

Sully Takes Swift Action to Protect Migratory Birds

Sully

The first residents of Sully lived there more than 200 years ago, but today Sully Historic Site is home to a new family: chimney swifts. These small, migratory birds recently moved into the chimney of the original 18th century kitchen and made a temporary home.

Chimney swifts migrate in the fall to Peru or elsewhere in the Amazon Basin in South America. They are protected by the…

Park Foundation Announces 2018 Eakin Award Winners

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The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF), the charitable organization dedicated to support Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) parks and programs, has announced three honorees of 2018 Eakin Philanthropy Awards. These annual honors go out to individuals or organizations for their exceptional efforts in support of county parks and their programs and initiatives.

The Washington…

New Canoes Coming to Riverbend Park through Grant

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant that will help purchase new canoes for Riverbend Park. The Park Board awarded the $3,000 grant to the Friends of Riverbend Park (FORB) at its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

FORB requested the grant money to replace ten existing canoes that were purchased in 2010. The canoes…

Go for the Green with Family Golf Month

Go

Round out the summer with family fun and celebrate National Golf month with nine holes of golf at three Fairfax County golf courses. In August parents pay for their 9-hole round of golf and accompanying kids and teens (ages 8-17) will receive their round for no charge. Mention Family Golf Month to receive this offer. This offer is valid Monday through Friday all day; and weekends after 1…

Park Authority and NOVA Parks Seek Public Input on Remote-Controlled Devices, Powered Models or Toys

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) will hold a joint public hearing on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Oaks Room at Twin Lakes Golf Course, 6201 Union Mills Road in Clifton, VA. The hearing will focus on the proposed adoption of an amendment to Park Regulation Section 1.17, Remote-Control Devices and Powered…

Bit of Insulation Shines Light on Suffragette Movement

Bit

A newspaper likely used as insulation in an old property is now part of the Park Authority’s historic archives and is featured in this month’s edition of artiFACTS.

This 1917 newspaper, discovered during demolition of a dilapidated old house, was folded open to a story about a female suffragette. Read about her defense of the suffragette movement and her…

Out on the Trails? MC Bugg-Z Reminds You to Use Repellent and Do a Tick Check

Out

Don’t get sick from the bite of a tick or mosquito when you’re outside enjoying the parks this summer. That’s the message from the Health Department’s MC Bugg-Z - also known as Andy Lima. He is a full-time bug biologist (and part-time rap artist) who is part of the agency’s Disease Carrying Insects Program – a group that monitors tick and mosquito populations in Fairfax…

Pohick Stream Valley Trail Improvements Set to Begin in Burke Station Park

Pohick

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on the Pohick Stream Valley Trail in Burke Station Park. This project may impact parking and access to trails.

Construction will consist of approximately 2,400 linear feet of 8-foot wide paved trail, landscaping, and a new prefabricated fiberglass pedestrian bridge. Accubid Construction Services, Inc., will be mobilizing on…

Oak Marr Golf Complex Range Enhancements Underway

Oak

Driving range renovations are now underway, causing closure of the Oak Marr Golf Complex’s driving range. This driving range, owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority, will be significantly improved. The current, fully-lighted 78 hitting station range with 30 covered and/or heated stations will be upgraded with regrading for improved drainage and playability, new target…

Some RECenter Pools and Elevators to Close Temporarily

Four Fairfax County Park Authority RECenter pools will be closing for regular, periodic cleaning and maintenance next month.

If your local pool is on the list, consider trying out another county pool during the temporary shutdown. Remember that RECenter passes are valid at all nine Park Authority RECenters. As always, we encourage pass holders to visit other non-impacted RECenters…

Fairfax County Park Foundation Elects Officers and Names Directors

Fairfax

The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF), which provides financial assistance and advocacy on behalf of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), has elected new officers for two-year terms that will run from July 1, 2018 until June 30, 2020.

John Osborn, Principal Vice President & Credit Officer at Burke & Herbert Bank, will serve as Chair and Michael Gailliot, President…

Load up the Family for a Drive-In Movie Night this Summer

Load

Enjoy a blast from the past with drive-in movies for the family at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Starlight Drive-in Cinema in Centreville, Virginia.

Every Saturday night in August, the fun will begin before the opening credits even start to roll. There will be music, food and children's activities from 6 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Centre. The movies begin at dark. Bring coolers,…

Park Board Approves Three Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Grants

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved three Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants that will be used to improve safety at athletic fields at Poplar Tree Park in Chantilly, help restore a meadow at Marie Butler Leven Preserve in McLean, and enhance the equestrian program at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon. Action came at the June 27, 2018 meeting of the Park Board.

The…

Park Authority Begins Implementation of New Strategic Plan; Adopts New Mission and Vision

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a new Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2023 on June 27, 2018. The new five-year strategic plan replaces its FY14-FY18 Strategic Plan, which was completed on June 30, 2018.

Hidden Oaks Nature Interpreter Wins National Recognition

Hidden

A natural history interpreter from Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale, Virginia, is being honored by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the organization is recognizing 30 Shining Stars of Interpretation in 2018, and Hidden Oaks Visitor Services Manager Suzanne Holland has been added to the prestigious list.

Each of NAI's 10…

New Party Area and Trackless Train Celebrated at Clemyjontri

New

Giving credit where credit is due is the order of the day at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Virginia when officials and local philanthropists, civic organizations, supporters and Park Authority staff will gather to celebrate the completion of new amenities at this popular park. On Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. the public is invited to brief ribbon cutting ceremonies as the new trackless…

Fish Survey Detects High Catch Rate at Lake Fairfax

Fish

The fish community looks good at Lake Fairfax. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) recently conducted a fish survey at the lake. Fisheries Biologist John Odenkirk, Mike Isel and Robert Willis of VGDIF brought a boat with electrofishing equipment to the lake on Monday, June 11, 2018.

During a survey, a boat is driven around the shoreline, and an electrical…

Green Spring Gardens Landscape Added to Historic American Landscapes Survey

Green

The story of a landscape at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Green Spring Gardens has been added to the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) at the Library of Congress, where it will be held in perpetuity. HALS is a permanent federal program which documents significant historic landscapes throughout the United States and its territories.

The Green Spring Gardens Landscape Added to Historic American Landscapes Survey

Parking Lot Renovation at Idylwood Park to Begin

Heavy and persistent rains have delayed the start of work at Idylwood Park. Vehicle access will now be restricted July 30 – August 5. Thank you for understanding.

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin renovation work on the Idylwood Park parking lot next month. The park is located at 7715 Virginia Lane in Falls Church, VA. The parking lot will be fully renovated by Southern…

Parks Review Natural Resource Management Accomplishments

Parks

From ecological restoration to the removal of invasive plants, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Resource Management Division is making strides on its Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP). Park staff recently briefed the Park Board on long-term accomplishments and future plans stemming from the NRMP passed by the Board in 2014.

In the fourth year of the NRMP, staff continued…

Park Authority Wins Eight NAGC Communication Awards

Park

It was a big day for the Fairfax County Park Authority when awards were recently handed out at the annual meeting of the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). Park staff received eight 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards for communications work ranging from the agency’s annual report and social media postings to individual writer portfolios.

At its June…

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

Go

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 Junior is a one-hour…

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

Time

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 month’s featured…

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

Transform

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 will also include a…

Four New Water Features Added to Our Special Harbor Sprayground

Four

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 adapted aquatics…

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 increasing number…

Bull Neck Run Stream Restoration Work to Begin at Springhill Park

Bull

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 restoration of…

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 Vernon…

Glass Beads Provide Connection to Past Residents of Fairfax County

Glass

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 they may have…

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 the Lee…

Lake Fairfax Park Master Plan Revision Public Comment Meeting

Lake

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 to collect the…

Former Planning Chief Named to Park Board

Former

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 High School in…

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. The project…

Park Authority Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Park

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…

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 reliability.

As the…

Bridge Replacement to Impact Access to Pimmit Run Trail

Bridge

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 Dominion Drive (between…

Pinecrest Golf Course’s Indoor Golf Facility Underway

Pinecrest

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 simulator that gives you…

Lee District Family Recreation Area Wins National Recognition

Lee

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 500,000.

The Fairfax…

Fairfax County Park Contributors Honored with National Award

Fairfax

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 of high-powered…

Summer Entertainment Series Gets Set to Begin

Summer
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 Recreation…

19th Century Bible Offers History Lesson on Faith and Technology

19th

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 the Meeting House,…

Farmers Market Returns to Fairfax County Government Center May 3

Farmers

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 will be on hand for…

Monticello Park Phase I Construction Begins

Monticello

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 and related…

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

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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 management to the Park…

Farmers Markets Welcome Local Coffee Roasters

Farmers

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 sales outlet. The…

Community Meeting Set to Discuss Future of Lake Accotink

Community
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 of Lake…

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

Good-bye,

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 a limited…

Clemyjontri Park Phase II Parking Lot Addition to Begin

Clemyjontri

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 expansion is set for…

Long Branch Falls Park Restoration to Begin, Temporary Closure Anticipated

Long

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 involves…

Learn about Dishes the Tin Man Could Appreciate in artiFACTS

Learn

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 artiFACTS…

Park Board Approves Cultural Resource Management Plan

Park

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

Mastenbrook

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. This grant and a…

Farmers Markets Provide a Jump Start to the Season

Farmers

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 garden at these…

Get Ready for Spring at the Garden Gate Plant Shop

Get

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. Rediscover an old…

Golf Fairfax Pass Sale Offers Best Savings of the Season

Golf

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, Pinecrest and Twin…

Construction Begins on Nottoway Park Field #4 Conversion

Construction
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 the field. …

SpringFest Fairfax Comes to Sully Historic Site

SpringFest

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. Presented by Clean Fairfax…

Honor an Outstanding Volunteer with an Elly Doyle Nomination

Honor

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.

The Elly Doyle Park…

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 and reduce…

Rec-PAC Summer Hiring Now Underway

Rec-PAC

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 early open…

Learn, Chip and Putt with Affordable Junior Clinics

Learn,

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 different types of…

Park Authority Seeks Volunteers to Combat Invasives

Park

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 timeframe, the Park…

Distribution Line Improvements Necessitate Temporary Dog Park Closure

Distribution

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 closure to…

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 traffic along…

Find Work Down on the Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park

Find

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, Frying Pan Farm Park may…

South Run Field to be Named in Honor of Jack Nolan

South

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 mark the…

Construction to Begin on New Wakefield Park Playground

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

Plan Graduations, Celebrations with Golf Fairfax

Plan

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
8701 Laurel Crest…

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, installation of…

New Playground Equipment Coming to Wakefield Park

New

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 Wakefield Park has…

Park Authority Summer Camp Registration Opens February 8

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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 friendship building…

Swing into Spring With Golf Classes for All Ages and Levels

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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 basic golf…

Dead Run Stream Restoration Work to Begin in February

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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 stream in…

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 construction period.…

Playground Replacement to Begin at Griffith Park

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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. Contingent on…

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 Secretary, and…

Fairfax County Parks Add Acreage Near Loisdale Park

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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 plan.These parcels…

Cub Run RECenter Now Offers Chair Massage, Health Coaching!

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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 overall better…

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 larger…

Park Authority Board Approves Park System Master Plan

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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 effort builds…

Know Which Holiday Gifts Are Welcome in the Parks

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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

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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 Springfield,…

Park Authority Publishes FY 2017 Strategic Plan and Annual Report

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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 Chairman Bill…

Fairfax County Park Board Approves Three Mastenbrook Grants

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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 can be used to help…

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

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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.

Lake Fairfax Park Master Planning Process to Start

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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 Authority.…

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 Regional Park.…

Stream Restoration Work Begins at Turkeycock Run

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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 stream.This…

Green Spring Gardens' ADA Renovations to Begin

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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 completed.

During the…

Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail Improvements to Begin

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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 the amount of…

Nottoway Park Stream Restoration Project to Begin

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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 facility, is…

Great Falls Nike Park Synthetic Turf Field #7 Installation

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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 for these…