Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-324-8700
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Jai Cole,
Executive Director

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FCPA, Go Ape in Springfield Celebrate Top 5 Ranking

FCPA,
June 23, 2022
Just like Tarzan and Jane, the partnership between Go Ape and the Fairfax County Park Authority is one of those perfect unions.

Lake Fairfax Offers Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, July 2

Lake
June 23, 2022
Here comes Independence Day and in advance, a great show and lots of family fun!

A ‘Celebration of Hummingbirds’ Exhibit Opens at Green Spring

A
June 23, 2022
For those who can't get enough of the beauty of hummingbirds, a group of local photographers are mounting an exhibition this summer at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria.

Immerse Yourself in Cultural Heritage Nights This Summer

Immerse
June 23, 2022
We are excited to bring Cultural Heritage Nights to Ossian Hall Park for the Summer Entertainment Series!

Spotlight by Starlight Presents Three Dazzling Performances

Spotlight
June 23, 2022
Grab your friends and family and come out to the parks this summer for three bands that you’ll love!

Welcome Ms. Niki and Mr. Lilo to the Parks This Summer

Welcome
June 23, 2022
Mark your calendars for family fun in the park this weekend and beyond.

Lee District Nights Features Diverse Entertainers

Lee
June 23, 2022
The Summer Entertainment Series lineup includes a wide range of styles and genres, including Indian dance, go-go and swing music.

Experience the Magic of the World with Nottoway Nights

Experience
June 23, 2022
Here comes Nottoway Nights, part of the Summer Entertainment Series.

Annual Best of 2022 Poll Names Numerous FCPA Sites

Annual
June 15, 2022
Once again, the Fairfax County Park Authority, one of the largest and most diverse park systems in the region, has earned the appreciation of locals and been named several times in Northern Virginia Magazine's Best of 2022 list.

CART Provides Insight Into Archaeologists’ Work

CART
June 15, 2022
Check out what Park Authority archaeologists have been up to in the lab in the latest issue of the CART Newsletter.

Find Out How You Can Protect Pollinators

Find
June 15, 2022
It’s a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what each of us can do to protect them.

Kayak, Canoe on the Potomac at Riverbend Park

Kayak,
June 15, 2022
Riverbend Park offers rentals of single kayaks for one-person, tandem kayaks for two-people, and canoes for up to three people.

Laugh, Play and Learn with Arts in the Parks

Laugh,
June 15, 2022
Come out with the little ones for a fun morning with the Blue Sky Puppet Theater, The Great Zucchini and Marsha and the Positrons!

Jazz Up Your Summer with Two Patriotic Performances

Jazz
June 15, 2022
Blues, jazz and patriotism. Get ready for two evenings of fun this summer with the United States Army Blues and the National Concert Band of America!

Dance and Sing with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Dance
June 15, 2022
Are the little ones already missing their friends this summer? Get them all together in the park for an incredible performance!

Improved Wakefield Park Pickleball and Tennis Courts Set to Reopen

Improved
June 8, 2022
After months of repairs and conversion of existing courts to pickleball courts, it’s time to officially open the renewed and renovated Wakefield Park tennis and pickleball court complex. Pickleball is fast becoming one of the most popular sports around. That means a growing need for new courts and facilities to accommodate pickleball enthusiasts.   Please join us on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at…

IONA Music Band Returns to Historic Sully

IONA
June 8, 2022
Celebrate the summer solstice with a song (or two)! The mid-Atlantic's highly acclaimed pan-Celtic band IONA returns to Sully Historic Site for their first summer concert, after a two-year hiatus, Saturday, July 9, 2022. Listen to traditional Celtic tunes as well as song and dance music, arranged in their signature style for vocals, flute, fiddle, mandolin and more. 

Hidden Oaks Celebrates Being Bigger and Better Than Ever

Hidden
June 8, 2022
From Bolivian dancers to a children’s story along a trail, enjoy activities for all ages at Hidden Oaks Nature Center’s Grand Reopening celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All the activities indoors and outside are free and open to the public. Visitors will reap the benefits after the long wait of COVID closures and construction of new learning centers, additional…

Deadline Extended for Park Volunteer Award Nominations

Deadline
June 8, 2022
There is still time to nominate an individual or organization for the Elly Doyle Park Service Awards. The Fairfax County Park Authority is extending the nomination period for honoring volunteers who work in our parks and support park programs and events. The new deadline will be extended until Friday, June 24, 2022.

Enjoy International Storytime in the Garden

Enjoy
June 8, 2022
Green Spring Gardens invites you to come and listen to our storytellers read nature-themed stories in different languages in the magical setting of the Children's Garden! Afterward, enjoy a walk around the gardens or a picnic. There will also be other children's activities and Ribbit the frog will make an appearance. 

Experience Two Must-See Performances This Summer

Experience
June 8, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased to announce two more exciting bands in the free Summer Entertainment Series lineup! Concertgoers are sure to be delighted by these two performances.

Be Amazed by the Kadencia Orchestra and Santi Budaya

Be
June 8, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority presents two more performances as part of the Summer Entertainment Series, and these talented musical groups with distinctly traditional roots are sure to wow you! Admission is free. 

Green Spring Offers Mid-Summer Gardening Programs

Green
June 8, 2022
On Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to noon help Green Spring Gardens celebrate National Pollinator Week! In the evening, a second program will be held. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. adult participants can take an evening stroll through the gardens at Green Spring with curatorial horticulturist Brenda Skarphol to see eco-friendly and sustainable garden ideas.

Swing into July with the Silver Tones

Swing
June 8, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is thrilled to bring you more performances that you’ll love in the Summer Entertainment Series lineup. The Silver Tones Swing Band will take the stage July 6, 2022 and bring you the classic swing hits from the 1940s, plus many more show-stopping tunes from the 1950s, 1960s and beyond. Admission is free.

Celebrate National Great Outdoors Month This June

Celebrate
June 1, 2022
June is National Great Outdoors Month, a celebration of the outdoors encouraging everyone to explore and enjoy time outside. This event began in 1998 as the Great Outdoors Week and expanded to a month-long celebration in 2004. National Great Outdoors Month became official when the U.S. Senate designated June 2019 as ‘Great Outdoors Month.’   

artiFACTS Explores a Symbol of African-American Faith, Tradition

artiFACTS
June 1, 2022
It’s the small details that often make archaeology so interesting. To most people, creamware sherds from tea sets or other vessels look pretty much the same. However, to the trained eye, a small asterisk or star symbol cut into the glazed surface of a piece of creamware tableware recovered in our community, speaks to the beliefs and traditions of enslaved people who once lived and worked here. 

Double SNAP Benefits at the Fairfax County Farmers Markets!

Double
June 1, 2022
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) EBT cards can be used at select Fairfax County Farmers Markets. We match SNAP benefits so you can purchase fruits and vegetables for free!

Arts in the Parks with Inspiring Songs from Mr. Lilo

Arts
June 1, 2022
Up next in the Arts in the Parks lineup is Mr. Lilo Gonzalez! The Fairfax County Park Authority invites you to come out on July 16, 2022, for a free performance that will simultaneously inspire and entertain the whole family.

Enjoy a Summer Concert in the Garden

Enjoy
June 1, 2022
Every summer, the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) extend a special welcome to families in the community by hosting a free concert in the garden.

Partner Up for Approaching Golf Fairfax Tournaments

Partner
June 1, 2022
With golf season in full swing, Fairfax County Golf is hosting a variety of tournaments at multiple golf courses throughout the county! Compete for bragging rights and prizes and socialize with fellow golf lovers!

Step into Music with SOLE Defined

Step
June 1, 2022
The summer of fun continues July 10, 2022, with a moving and highly energetic performance by SOLE Defined, the Washington Metro area’s leading arts organization that specializes in percussive dance. The Summer Entertainment Series is possible thanks to a strong partnership between Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, our volunteers, business sponsors, individual donors and the Fairfax County Park…

Oak Marr Rec Center Hosts Fitness and Wellness Open House

Oak
June 1, 2022
Oak Marr Rec Center in Oakton, Virginia will host its first summer Fitness and Wellness Open House this weekend. On Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 9 until 11 a.m. members of the public are invited to join in Fairfax County Park Authority’s celebration of possibilities; a chance to feel good and get into shape. Drop by and meet a registered dietician, health coach and personal trainers. 

We’re Hiring: Offering New Benefits for Summer Employees

We’re
May 25, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is hiring staff to support summer facilities and programs.

Wakefield Skate Park Gets New Jumps, Ramps as Facelift Starts

Wakefield
May 25, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is excited to announce a facelift coming soon to the Wakefield Skate Park! Demolition of the old skate park is about to get underway. 

Have Summer Fun in the Parks with Our Family Adventure Pass

Have
May 25, 2022
This June, when you buy an annual or month-to-month membership at any of our nine Rec Centers, you’ll be given a Family Adventure Pass.

Meeting on McLean Youth Soccer Proposal at Lewinsville Park Set

Meeting
May 25, 2022
To better serve park users at the park, construction of a permanent restroom facility is being proposed to replace the portable toilets.

Wildlife Resources, FCPA Team Up for Burke Lake Fishing Day

Wildlife
May 25, 2022
If you love to fish and you want to spend a day at Burke Lake Park, this program is just right for you!

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve Rules Enforcement Begins This Weekend; Swimming, Coolers, Alcohol Banned

Scott’s
May 25, 2022
If you are seeking a place to drink alcohol, swim or wade in the water, or climb on rocks, Scott's Run Nature Preserve is not the place.

Children’s Programs Bloom in June at Green Spring Gardens

Children’s
May 25, 2022
Check out these wonderful children’s programs!

Lighting Project Begins at Chalet Woods Park

Lighting
May 25, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin a basketball lighting upgrade project this week at Chalet Woods Park.

Join in the Juneteenth Celebration at the Garden

Join
May 25, 2022
Join us at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a Juneteenth celebration in the garden to honor the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in America.

Travel Down the Forgotten Road at No Charge

Travel
May 25, 2022
Sully Historic Site will offer free Forgotten Road Tours as part of its commemoration of Juneteenth.

Celebrate Women’s Golf Month with Golf Fairfax

Celebrate
May 25, 2022
June is Women’s Golf Month and the Fairfax County Park Authority’s seven courses are celebrating with a variety of fun social events and specials for women golfers at all levels.

Enjoy a Night of Fun with the Bachelor Boys Band

Enjoy
May 25, 2022
What’s better than sharing a few laughs and dancing the night away with friends this summer?

Let’s Fiddle Around with the Seán Heely Celtic Trio

Let’s
May 25, 2022
Summertime spells good times in the parks with the Summer Entertainment Series!

A Cheerful Morning with Rocknoceros

A
May 25, 2022
Mark your calendars now because Saturday, July 2, 2022 is really going to rock, and the crowds are going to gather!

June Brings Delicious, Edible Garden Fun at Green Spring

June
May 25, 2022
There are two delicious programs slated for Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Green Spring Gardens.

Deadline to Honor Park Authority Volunteers Approaches

Deadline
May 18, 2022
Do you know of any exceptional volunteers in the Park Authority? If so, time is running out to give them the credit they deserve with an Elly Doyle Park Services Award.

FCPA Approves Lewinsville Park Court Improvements

FCPA
May 18, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority FCPA Board approved $650,000 in funding for court improvements at Lewinsville Park in McLean, Virginia.

Sully Car Show Returns June 19, Offers Special Juneteenth Tribute

Sully
May 18, 2022
After a two-year hiatus, the Sully Antique Car Show returns on June 19, 2022.

Fill Your Soul with Rock ‘n’ Roll: Here Come The Box Tops

Fill
May 18, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series starts soon!

Grammy Winner Tom Paxton, DC-Based Raymi Headline SES

Grammy
May 18, 2022
Joining the amazing June lineup for the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series (SES) are two bands you don’t want to miss!

Summer Entertainment Series Features Arts in the Parks

Summer
May 18, 2022
Grab your sunscreen, favorite snacks and the kids for family fun in the parks this summer!

Catch Up with Archaeology, Collections in CART Newsletter

Catch
May 18, 2022
Interested in learning what Park Authority archaeologists have been up to this month?

Master Gardeners Present Edible Garden Workshops at Green Spring

Master
May 18, 2022
Grow like a pro and join the team at Green Spring Gardens this summer and into fall for valuable workshops to improve those green thumbs.

FCPA Celebrates National Trails Day June 4

FCPA
May 12, 2022
National Trails Day is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June.

National Pollinators Month Arrives in June

National
May 12, 2022
National Pollinators Month arrives in June.

FCPA Summer Camp Planner Receives 2022 NACo Award

FCPA
May 12, 2022
For developing a great new virtual summer camp planning resource for parents, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will receive a 2022 Achievement Award.

Resident Curator Open House Events Set at Stempson, Enyedi Sites

Resident
May 12, 2022
In May, we celebrate Historic Preservation Month. Across the country, localities will hold events honoring historical places and showcasing those who roll up their sleeves to help preserve our heritage.

Lake Accotink Dam Stream Crossing Project Set for Summer

Lake
May 4, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin construction on the Lake Accotink Dam Stream Crossing Project (LADSC) at Lake Accotink Park located at 7500 Accotink Park Road in Springfield, Virginia.

Tennis Court Repairs Scheduled at Linway Terrace Park

Tennis
May 4, 2022
The Linway Terrace tennis courts were resurfaced in fall 2021.

Tennis & Pickleball Court Repairs Slated at Wakefield Park

Tennis
May 4, 2022
The Wakefield Park tennis and pickleball courts were resurfaced in fall 2021.

ArtiFACTS Explores the Luxury of Cologne at Mount Air

ArtiFACTS
May 4, 2022
Some things are forever, such as the delightful scent of spring flowers or the perfumes and colognes which capture these essences.

FCPA 2022 Summer Entertainment Series Announced

FCPA
April 27, 2022
Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series is back!

GW Court Renovations Begin; Public Comment Welcome on Final Layout

GW
April 27, 2022
The aging courts at George Washington Park are being improved.

Celebrate Juneteenth at Frying Pan Farm Park

Celebrate
April 27, 2022
Families are invited to celebrate African American stories, food traditions, music and more at Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Big Plant Sale Returns to Green Spring Gardens

The
April 27, 2022
On Saturday, May 14, 2022, local garden vendors will be at Green Spring Gardens with beautiful and unusual plants to fill your spring gardening needs.

Park Authority Board Considers Lewinsville Park Pickleball Project

Park
April 22, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board will consider a funding request and approval of staff recommended court improvements at Lewinsville Park in McLean, Virginia, including the creation of a dedicated, multi-court pickleball facility.

Playground Replacement Project to Begin at Woodley Hills Park

Playground
April 20, 2022
Work is about to begin on a playground replacement project at Woodley Hills Park located at 8710 Old Mount Vernon Road in Mount Vernon.

Rec-PAC Registration Underway

Rec-PAC
April 20, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is accepting registrations for Rec-PAC this summer at 30 elementary school locations across Fairfax County.

Parks’ New Earth Day Website Encourages Environmental Stewardship

Parks’
April 20, 2022
In honor of Earth Day, the Fairfax County Park Authority has launched a webpage to provide information and resources to encourage environmental stewardship.

Archaeology and Collections Branch Launches E-Newsletter

Archaeology
April 20, 2022
If you love all things that are ancient, like to learn about different cultures, have a passion for history, and appreciate the careful, methodical approach to archaeology, the Fairfax County Park Authority has great news for you!

FCPA Rec Centers Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month

FCPA
April 20, 2022
May is mental health awareness month and our Rec Centers have a few great ways to help improve your mood and reduce anxiety.

Nine and Wine with Golf Fairfax – Sip and Swing into Spring

Nine
April 20, 2022
Golf Fairfax has Nine and Wine events across the county at courses ranging from beginner to advanced.

Sully Historic Site Seeks Feedback on New Waysides Project

Sully
April 20, 2022
Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Virginia, invites the public to view and comment on proposed waysides on the historic Cain’s Branch trail now through May 13, 2022.

Public Comment Period Extended for RCP White Gardens Proposal

Public
April 14, 2022
To foster continued dialogue on the John C. and Margaret K. White Gardens Horticultural Park, the Park Authority has extended the deadline for public comment.

FCPA To Host Information Briefing on MVRC Renovation

FCPA
April 14, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority, in cooperation with the Mount Vernon District Supervisor’s Office will hold an informational briefing to discuss the approaching renovation and expansion schedule of the Mount Vernon Rec Center.

Park Authority Opens New Playground at Laurel Hill Central Green

Park
April 14, 2022
A new playground will open at Laurel Hill, and the public is invited to attend the opening celebration.

Fairfax County Park Authority Launches Cemetery Survey

Fairfax
April 14, 2022
The Fairfax County Archaeology and Collections Branch (ACB) is launching a multi-year initiative to survey and record all historical cemeteries within the county.

Shanes Creek Restoration Begins at Collingham Drive

Shanes
April 14, 2022
Stream restoration within Royal Lake Park is set to begin.

Public Invited to First-Ever Horse Expo at Frying Pan Farm Park

Public
April 14, 2022
Experienced riders, plus people who have never seen a horse in person, are all invited to the Horse Expo at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Artifacts: Cowbell Rings in County’s Agricultural Past

Artifacts:
April 14, 2022
A cow wore this bell as she grazed at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly.

Girl Scouts Premier Dark Sky Patch at Riverbend Park

Girl
April 14, 2022
Be the first to earn the new Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) official Dark Sky Patch.

Celebrate Earth Day at Green Spring Gardens

Celebrate
April 14, 2022
On Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 10 to 11 a.m., celebrate the Earth at Green Spring Gardens.

Garden Gate Plant Shop Opening at Green Spring Gardens

Garden
April 14, 2022
Spring is finally here, and it is the perfect time to start adding some color and interest to your garden!

Oakton Schoolhouse Focus of Community History Program

Oakton
April 14, 2022
On Sunday, April 24, 2022, from 4 to 5 p.m., you have the chance to learn history in the historic Oakton schoolhouse, a Fairfax County Park Authority property.

Enjoy Food, Fun & Farm Babies at Frying Pan’s Spring Farm Day

Enjoy
April 6, 2022
Bring your family to Frying Pan Farm Park for a great day of food, fun activities and baby farm animals!

Rabbit Hole-In-One Set for Burke Lake Mini Golf Course

Rabbit
April 6, 2022
Enjoy mini golf and an egg hunt at Burke Lake Park.

Healthy Strides Presents Virtual Nutrition Workshops in April

Healthy
March 30, 2022
Healthy Strides and the Rec Center team are joining forces to present two nutrition workshops to the community this April.

Nominate Exceptional Volunteers for a Park Service Award

Nominate
March 30, 2022
With an award-winning system of 420 parks, the Fairfax County Park Authority relies on the support of thousands of volunteers to support its programs and initiatives.

Construction Affects Access to Colvin Run Mill

Construction
March 30, 2022
There is nothing as lovely as a visit to Colvin Run Mill in spring. However, it may now be a bit more difficult to reach Colvin Run Mill Historic Site due to highway construction.

We’re Hiring; Join the FCPA Access and Inclusion Team Today

We’re
March 30, 2022
The Access and Inclusion Branch of the Fairfax County Park Authority has opportunities to work in a wide variety of positions in various locations throughout Fairfax County.

Beatrix Farrand’s Legacy at Green Spring Gardens: Lecture and Book Signing

Beatrix
March 30, 2022
On Thursday, April 21, 2022, from 4 to 5 p.m., enjoy a very special lecture and book signing.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at Green Spring Gardens

Celebrate
March 30, 2022
National Poetry Month is a marvelous opportunity to celebrate the expressiveness, delight and pure charm of poetry.

First Annual One Dark Hour Event Set for April 22

First
March 23, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is encouraging participation in the first annual One Dark Hour event.

Public-Private Partnership Signing Rescheduled at Great Falls Grange

Public-Private
March 23, 2022
The formal signing of an agreement between the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Great Falls Grange Foundation, which permits the foundation to operate and maintain the historic Great Falls Grange, has been rescheduled.

Farmers Markets 2022 Calendar Announced

Farmers
March 23, 2022
The Fairfax County Farmers Markets team is gearing up for the 2022 season.

Park Authority Launches Women’s History Month Webpage

Park
March 23, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority has launched a new website celebrating the accomplishments and impact of extraordinary women who have shaped Fairfax County’s parks.

Fairfax County Parks Prepare for City Nature Challenge

Fairfax
March 23, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is taking part in this year’s international City Nature Challenge.

Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day at Lake Fairfax

Celebrate
March 23, 2022
Youth with autism and their families are invited to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day at Lake Fairfax Park with a day of fishing.

Rock and Crevice Gardens Offer Interesting Options

Rock
March 23, 2022
Join us for a program sure to take local gardeners’ skills to the next level.

Keep the Kids’ Eyes to the Skies at Hidden Oaks over Spring Break

March 23, 2022
The amazing facts of the solar system may seem like an April Fool’s joke, but all the facts are true at Hidden Oaks Nature Center’s Solar System Investigation on Friday, April 1, 2022 from 10-11 a.m.

Boy Scouts Badge Options This Spring Break at Hidden Oaks

March 23, 2022
Scout counselors at Hidden Oaks are offering several Boy Scout merit badges over spring break.

Twin Lakes Hosts Play with a Pro Grand Slam Tournament Series

Twin
March 17, 2022
Twin Lakes Golf Course introduces the inaugural Grand Slam, Play with a Pro Tournaments series.

Celebrate the Ides of Bark – A Treat for Dogs and their Humans!

Celebrate
March 17, 2022
Grist Mill Park is once again going to the dogs!

NACPRO Honors FCPA Park Services Division Professional

NACPRO
March 17, 2022
Cindy Walsh, director of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Park Services Division, will be honored by the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) with a 2022 NACPRO Awards.

Bluebells at the Bend Festival Set for April at Riverbend Park

Bluebells
March 17, 2022
Celebrate the Virginia bluebells that carpet the early spring forest!

Playground Replacement Project Starts at Popes Head Park

Playground
March 17, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin the Popes Head Park playground replacement project, which will require closure of the playground during the construction period.

Green Spring Gardens Offers Interesting Garden Programs

Green
March 17, 2022
If you love scavenger hunts or have an artistic flair, consider these two fast-approaching programs at Green Spring Gardens.

Park Authority Spring Break Camps Are Ready for Fun!

Park
March 17, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) offers an array of spring break camps that are sure to be a hit with youngsters.

Park Authority Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Fencing at Greenbriar Park

Park
March 10, 2022
Park Board members granted $20,000 to FXA Sports to install fencing at Greenbriar Park at field 5.

Park Authority Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Little League

Park
March 10, 2022
Board members granted $17,189 to the Annandale North Springfield Little League (ANSLL) to replace the backstop at the diamond field at Americana Park.

Construction to Begin on Hogge Park in Falls Church

Construction
March 9, 2022

A new community park will become a reality over the next several months. The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin construction of the Boyd A & Charlotte M Hogge Park located at 3139 Glen Carlyn Road in Falls Church, VA.

The $2 milliondollar project is funded via voter-approved park bonds. The contractor, Bright Construction Group, will be mobilizing on site shortly…

Public Invited to Colvin Run Miller’s House Opening

Public
March 9, 2022

Come to the mill and experience history firsthand. The public is invited to join in the fun at Colvin Run Mill on Sunday, April 3, 2022, from 1 to 4 p.m. as the Miller’s House reopens. After extensive renovation, the house now offers an interactive design representing home life and in the early and late 1800s. The two lower rooms of the have house have been designed for guests to immerse…

Park Authority Aquatics Instructors Needed; Training Provided

Park
March 9, 2022

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is hiring aquatics instructors. Aquatics programs provide the community with opportunities for recreation and improvement to physical and mental wellbeing. Instructors provide specialized instruction to children and adults of skill levels.

Instructors teach Virginia Swims swimming and water safety programs, including Parent and Child,…

Make a Splash with Rec Center Summer Swim Teams

Make
March 9, 2022

Do your kids want to make a big splash this summer? Get them involved in Fairfax County Park Authority Summer Swim Teams! Children from age 6 to 14 who can swim 25 yards on both front and back in deep water are invited to become a Rec Center swimmer.

“Swimming is a wonderful, lifelong leisure activity, and our new summer swim teams are a great way to reinforce what they’ve…

Make a Smart Purchase When Choosing Summer Camp

Make
March 9, 2022

Summer is just around the corner and many families are already looking for ways to save money yet still send their kids to camp. With more than 1,000 different camp options each year, the Fairfax County Park Authority is a leading provider of summer camps in our area. Here are some tips from our experts on getting the most for your camp dollars:

Compare prices on a per-hour…

Cross County Trail Repairs Get Underway Next Week

Cross
March 9, 2022

The Fairfax County Park Authority wants trail users to be aware that a trail maintenance and repair project is getting underway. Tibbs Paving will be making repairs and paving the stretch of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail from Route 50 to Thaiss Memorial Park (City of Fairfax) beginning…

Spring Ahead with Your Fitness Goals at Eight Rec Centers

Spring
March 9, 2022

Time to kick-start your health and fitness routine? Spring ahead with your fitness goals at one of the Park Authority’s Rec Center fitness centers.

Take advantage of flexible membership options during our Rec Center Membership Pass Sale available now through March 31. This March, new and existing members – including one-day pass holders – will receive Healthy Strides swag for…

Laurel Hill, Twin Lakes Host Golf Academy Spring Break Camps

Laurel
March 9, 2022

Looking for that perfect activity during Spring Break? Juniors ages 8-14 at all levels are invited to a fun-filled week of Junior Golf Camps, April 4 - 8, 2022, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Laurel Hill and Twin Lakes Golf courses.

The Eisman Academy’s team of professionals will host and entertain juniors with a variety of golf lessons, on-course play, etiquette overview, games and…

Play More, Save More with the Golf Fairfax Spring Pass Sale

Play
March 9, 2022

Golf weather is on the horizon and so is the Golf Fairfax Spring Pass Sale. Stock up on rounds at seven Park Authority golf locations, at the lowest rates of the season.

Between March 24 and April 8, 2022, save up to 25% when you purchase multi-round passes at Fairfax County Park Authority golf facilities, including the Burke Lake, Greendale, Jefferson, Oak Marr, Pinecrest and…

Laurel Hill Central Green Playground Construction Starts

Laurel
March 9, 2022

A new playground project is about to start. The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on a new playground at Laurel Hill Central Green.

The Park Authority will begin construction this week. It is anticipated that the playground replacement will be completed by early April 2022. The park is located at 8780 Lorton Road in Lorton, VA. Park users should expect traffic…

Public-Private Partnership Set to Be Signed at Historic Great Falls Grange

Public-Private
March 2, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Great Falls Grange Foundation will ratify an agreement, which permits the Great Falls Grange Foundation to operate and maintain the historic property.

Rediscover Spring: Head Into the Woods at Frying Pan Farm Park

Rediscover
March 2, 2022
Build a fairy house, make nature-based art and discover soil and water creatures at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon on Saturday, April 2, 2022.

Let Them Eat Pie at Historic Sully on Pi Day

Let
March 2, 2022
On Monday, March 14, 2022, come celebrate Pi Day at Sully Historic Site.

Geocaching Offers Intriguing Treasure Hunt in Fairfax County

Geocaching
March 2, 2022
This spring, the Fairfax County Park Authority is offering opportunities to geocache and learn about different caches in the county.

One Stride Scholarships Debut at the Healthy Strides 5K/10K

One
February 24, 2022
With the help of new scholarship opportunities, the doors opened wider for those who wish to run in the Health Strides 5K/10K but found entrance fees challenging.

Public To Hear Resident Curator Proposal for Margaret White Gardens

Public
February 24, 2022
The Resident Curator Evaluation Team for the Margaret White Gardens property will hold a virtual public meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at 7 p.m.

Take Your Best Shot at Frying Pan Park

Take
February 24, 2022
The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park invite the public to participate in its 2022 photo contest.

Enjoy Programs at Green Spring Where Something Blooms Each Day

Enjoy
February 24, 2022
The cold weather will be a mere memory soon. Spring, when something new blooms each day at Green Spring Gardens, is a great time for family programs, such as the monthly nature scavenger hunt or a topical nature walk of your choice.

It’s Time To Begin Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring

It’s
February 16, 2022
There may be a bit of snow on the ground and cold weather in the forecast, but it’s time to start thinking about getting your garden ready for spring!

Green Spring Gardens Offers Workshop in Pen and Ink

Green
February 16, 2022
On Saturday, March 5, 2022, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., enjoy the "Watercolor Workshop – Pen and Ink," another informative program at Green Spring Gardens.

Farmers Market Managers Sought for 2022 Season

Farmers
February 9, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is currently recruiting volunteers to manage our 10 farmers markets across Fairfax County, Virginia.

Park Authority Marks Black History Month

Park
February 9, 2022
February is Black History Month and serves as both a celebration and powerful reminder of the struggles, progress and accomplishments of African Americans throughout U.S. history.

Come Out to Play, Get Paid With a Job as a Camp Counselor

Come
February 9, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is hiring camp counselors and camp directors.

New FCPA Director Marks Halfway Point of Parks Tour

New
February 9, 2022
Executive Director Jai Cole is getting to know the Fairfax County Park Authority by touring all 420 county parks in her first year.

Public Invited To Comment on Audrey Moore Rec Center Survey Findings

Public
February 9, 2022
The Park Authority invites the community to provide further comments on the survey results, including Rec Center usage and desired improvements.

Meeting Planned on Grange and Schoolhouse Partnership

Meeting
February 2, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Great Falls Grange Foundation (GFGF) will hold a joint meeting to discuss the Great Falls Grange and Forestville Schoolhouse Operational Partnership.

FCPA Spring Class Registration Opens

FCPA
February 2, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority just opened registration for spring classes.

Skills for Scouts: Knot Tying at Lewinsville Historic House

Skills
February 2, 2022
Brush up on your knot-tying skills this winter and work on common badge requirements for all types of scouts, including the Scouts BSA rank requirements.

How to Say ‘Be Mine’ in the Animal World

How
February 2, 2022
Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2022 with a special program on the language of love, and take a hike at Lake Fairfax Park.

Learn About Restoring Urban Forests One Yard at a Time

Learn
February 2, 2022
Join the Green Spring Extension Master Gardeners for the 18th Annual EcoSavvy Symposium, which focuses on restoring our urban forests.

Nature Center Closes for Improvements but Programs Continue

Nature
February 2, 2022
Hidden Oaks Nature Center will shut its doors for the next four months, but outdoor programming and adventures will continue.

Oak Marr Rec Center to Close for HVAC Replacement

Oak
February 2, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority will close Oak Marr Rec Center for one day to accommodate the replacement of several rooftop heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.

artiFACTS Explores the History of Colonoware

artiFACTS
February 2, 2022
This month, artiFACTS showcases colonoware, simple ceramic vessels that tell a story of necessity and provide a link to the story of enslaved individuals.

Fight Cabin Fever with Family Fun at Green Spring Gardens

Fight
February 2, 2022
Green Spring Gardens has a variety of youth and family programs during the month of February that can add fun, education and inspiration to your children’s day.

McLean Central Park Planning Meeting Rescheduled

McLean
January 27, 2022
The virtual public meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 to present the revised McLean Central Park Development Concept Plan has been rescheduled.

Virtual Meeting Planned on Lake Accotink Dredging Options

Virtual
January 27, 2022
A virtual meeting is planned to gather public input and present updates on the alternative analysis to residents regarding the Lake Accotink Dredging Project.

Park Authority Asks Public to Leave Grape Vines in the Woods

Park
January 27, 2022
Fairfax County Park Authority staff has become aware of native grape vines randomly being cut in the woods.

Park Authority Board Names 2022 Officers

Park
January 27, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has elected officers for 2022. 

Experienced Golf Professionals Wanted at Burke Lake Golf Academy

Experienced
January 27, 2022
Burke Lake Golf Academy is recruiting credentialed golf instruction professionals to fill various positions at its award-winning facility.

QR Code Fitness Trails Open at ECL, Mason District Parks

QR
January 27, 2022
The Park Authority has opened two QR code fitness trails for all ages and abilities.

Lift Every Voice Lecture Celebrates Black Horticulturalists

Lift
January 27, 2022
Green Spring Gardens is offering a Virtual Winter Lecture on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022 as part of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s acknowledgment and celebration of Black History Month.

Park Board Approves Revision to Clemyjontri Park Master Plan

Park
January 19, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a revision to the Clemyjontri Park Master Plan at its regular meeting on Jan. 12, 2022.

Burke Lake, Oak Marr Golf Honored as Top 50 Public Ranges

Burke
January 19, 2022
Two of Golf Fairfax’s renovated ranges were once again recognized as Top 50 Public Ranges by Golf Range Magazine, a publication of the Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) and the Professional Golf Association (PGA).

Still Room at Green Spring’s Virtual EcoSavvy Symposium

Still
January 19, 2022
If you love trees, join us for Green Spring Gardens’ "Virtual EcoSavvy Symposium: Restoring Urban Forests.”

Learn to Grow Your Garden from Seed at Green Spring

Learn
January 19, 2022
Despite the frigid weather, now is the time to get in the know if you want to learn how to plant and care for seeds so you can grow flowers, vegetables and herbs to expand your garden.

Annual Soil and Water Seedling Sale Benefits the Environment

Annual
January 19, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased to promote the annual Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District seedling sale that begins March 1, 2022.

Sully Historic Site Programs Focus on Black History Month

Sully
January 19, 2022
In February, we recognize Black History Month across the nation. At Sully Historic Site, African Amer-ican history is not just one month, it is part of the history of the house and people who lived here.

Park Authority Names Director of Resource Management Division

Park
January 12, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority announced the selection of Laura Grape as the new Director of the Resource Management Division (RMD).

South Run’s Successful Eagle Scout Program Seeks Volunteers

South
January 12, 2022
South Run Rec Center in Springfield, Virginia, is proud to have hosted more than 100 Eagle Scout projects over the past 20 years.

McLean Central Park Development Concept Revision Meeting Set

McLean
January 12, 2022
The public is invited to attend an information meeting on the McLean Central Park Development Concept plan.

Colvin Run Mill Offers Adorable New Crafting Class

Colvin
January 12, 2022
Register now to learn to make an adorable, posable mouse using needle felting techniques and wool from Frying Pan Farm Park.

Park Authority Board Returns to Virtual Meeting Schedule

Park
January 5, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board’s regular biweekly meetings and committee sessions will return to a virtual format.

Juniors at Five Schools to Compete for Sully Paid Internships

Juniors
January 5, 2022
Sully Historic Site, the home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first representative to Congress, is pleased to announce the seventh year of the Margaret C. Peck Youth Internship program, sponsored by the Sully Foundation Ltd.

Farmers Market Vendors Sought for 2022 Season

Farmers
January 5, 2022
We are now recruiting farmers and vendors with unique local, food-based products that will delight our customers.

Park Authority Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Fee Adjustments

Park
January 5, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority has scheduled its annual community comment meeting on the agency’s proposed fee adjustments.

Park Authority Summer Camp Registration Opens Jan. 11

Park
January 5, 2022
Registration for summer camps begins Jan. 11, 2022 and with limited spaces available in our facilities and over 95% of in-person camps filling up last year, register early to reserve your child’s favorite camp for next summer.

Maple Syrup Boil Down Set at Colvin Run Mill

Maple
January 5, 2022
Now it’s sugaring time! Bundle up, watch, and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup.

Visit artiFACTS To Learn the Story of a Liquor Bottle’s Seal

Visit
January 5, 2022
Find out the details of a traveler’s visit to Newgate Tavern and how local officials worked to establish standard rates, setting fixed prices for lodging and even the cost of drink of brandy.

Learn To Speak for the Trees at Green Spring Gardens

Learn
January 5, 2022
Discover how you can help restore our urban forest – one yard at a time.

Create Your Own Pinecone Birdfeeder at Hidden Oaks

January 5, 2022
Children can support our feathered friends by making and then taking home a pinecone bird feeder.

Plan Your Kids' Park Authority Summer Now

Plan
January 3, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority offers more than 1,000 summer day camp options for kids ages 3 to 17 at dozens of locations at Rec Centers, nature centers, historic sites, lakefront parks, golf courses and schools.

Take a Sneak Peek at the New Online FCPA Camp Guide

Take
December 22, 2021
With lower camp sizes still in place, plan now to guarantee a spot in your child’s favorite spring break or summer camp.

Fairfax County Supervisors Convey 10.6 Acres of Land to Park Authority

Fairfax
December 22, 2021
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted at its meeting on Dec. 7, 2021, to convey two parcels of land in Alexandria, Virginia, to the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Park Authority Purchases Historic Building in Old Colchester Area

Park
December 22, 2021
On Dec. 3, 2021, the Fairfax County Park Authority purchased a historic property that was built in the mid-18th century in the Old Colchester area.

Salute the Bald Eagle on Its National Day with a Detailed Look

Salute
December 22, 2021
In celebration of Bald Eagle Day, visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center for an indoor program to learn about the fascinating life of this American symbol.

Preschoolers Explore Woodland Wonders Outdoors in Forest Fledglings

Preschoolers
December 22, 2021
Now through February 2022, children ages 3 to 5 and an adult can learn about winter wonders near and far on Wednesdays at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Howl at the Full Moon at Hidden Oaks’ Campfire and Hike

December 22, 2021
Winter full moons can be some of the most impressive with cold-clear skies.

First Hike Fairfax 2022 Photo Contest Returns, More Prizes

First
December 15, 2021
Ring in the new year by celebrating Fairfax County parks! First Hike Fairfax returns with even more award categories, including a new Best in Show (Pets) award.

Make a Splash and Some Cash with a Summer Job at the Water Mine!

Make
December 15, 2021
The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole, located in Reston, Virginia, and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority, has a splashtastic summer job opportunity just for you!

Rec-PAC to Host Open Hires to Fill 200+ Summer Jobs

Rec-PAC
December 15, 2021
Come make a difference and have fun while doing it!

Park Board Endorses the Final Pickleball Study Report

Park
December 15, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board endorsed the Park Authority Pickleball Study Report at their regular meeting on Dec. 8, 2021.

Golf Digest Names Jon Eisman Top 10 Golf Instructor in Virginia

Golf
December 15, 2021
For the second time in recent years, Jon Eisman, director of instruction and the owner of Eisman Golf Academy at Laurel Hill Golf Club and Twin Lakes Golf Course, was rated as one of Virginia’s Best Teachers by Golf Digest magazine.

Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center Construction Begins

Sully
December 15, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin construction on the Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center (SWSEC) located in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Centreville, Virginia.

Visit with Santa and Be Merry at Sully Historic Site

Visit
December 15, 2021
Meet a real, old-fashioned Santa Claus and bring your camera to take a picture with Santa in the historic setting of Sully.

Snowflake Trail Returns for Outdoor Holiday Fun at Cub Run

Snowflake
December 15, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority is once again offering a free scavenger hunt with video clues in the Cub Run Stream Valley.

Get Inspiration for Your Garden with Green Spring Lecture Series

Get
December 15, 2021
Take your gardening to the next level with Green Spring Gardens’ annual Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series.

Did Raccoons Have to Run from T-Rex? Hidden Oaks Knows

December 15, 2021
Join a naturalist for a hike along Hidden Oaks’ one-third-mile trail to learn what plants and animals would have shared their world with dinosaurs.

Don’t be Naughty in Parks with Those Nice New Toys

Don’t
December 8, 2021
It’s the season of giving, and recently arrived gifts may already be calling out for use.

A Doll Lover’s Dream: Timeless Treasures at Historic Sully

A
December 8, 2021
Sully Historic Site is now displaying “Timeless Treasures,” a case collection of dolls from all over the world.

Age of Elegance Candlelight Tours at Sully Historic Site

Age
December 8, 2021
Enjoy an elegant, walk-through tour of Sully lit by the warmth of candlelight.

Green Spring Gardens Shines with a Star Extravaganza

Green
December 8, 2021
Green Spring Gardens shines all year long, but this month the Fairfax County Park Authority site shines brighter with a Star Extravaganza.

Park Authority Captures Three Fairfax County GIS Excellence Awards

Park
December 1, 2021
Teams from the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) were honored with GIS Excellence Awards in three categories during the county’s annual GIS (Geographic Information System) Day competition.

Park Board Honors Five County Officials with Chairman’s Choice Awards

Park
December 1, 2021
Five County leaders have been honored with 2021 Chairman’s Choice Awards by the Fairfax County Park Authority Board.

Discover What’s New in Parks on the District Project Summary Website

Discover
December 1, 2021
From Rec Center tune-ups to the opening of new playgrounds, get the latest on Park Authority projects by visiting the District Project Summary Reports website.

From Shoes to Shingles, Sears Left Its Mark on Fairfax County History

From
December 1, 2021
Sears, Roebuck and Company has left historical footprints in Fairfax County that range in size from a shoe to an entire five-room bungalow.

Get Ready for Winter with Stories at Green Spring

Get
December 1, 2021
Winter is coming. Embrace it with “Seasonal Storytelling” at Green Spring on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.

Pick Up a Putter & Play at Oak Marr’s Candy Cane Lane Mini Golf

Pick
December 1, 2021
Oak Marr’s Mini Golf Course is being transformed into a Candy Cane Lane for holidays!

Outstanding Park Volunteers To Be Honored at Virtual Ceremony

Outstanding
November 17, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority will honor its outstanding volunteers during a virtual presentation of the annual Elly Doyle Park Service Awards on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Pickleball Courts Open at Wakefield Park in Annandale

Pickleball
November 17, 2021
The Park Authority is responding to the growing popularity of pickleball in Fairfax County with the opening of two dedicated pickleball courts at Wakefield Park in Annandale, Virginia.

Park Board Approves Revision to Braddock Park Master Plan

Park
November 17, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a revision to the Braddock Park Master Plan at its meeting on Nov. 10, 2021.

Share Your Ideas for the Renovation of the Audrey Moore Rec Center

Share
November 17, 2021
The Park Authority is about to embark on a major renovation of the Audrey Moore Rec Center in Annandale, Virginia, and is launching a survey to gather public input on the project. What improvements would you like to see?

Combine Holiday Shopping with a Visit to Your Local Parks

Combine
November 17, 2021
For all you holiday multitaskers, consider doing a little shopping this year during your next visit to a Park Authority Rec Center, golf course, historic site or specialty gift shop.

Tee It Up for Early Black Friday Savings

Tee
November 17, 2021
Get an early jump on Black Friday sales this year with discounted passes for golf rounds and indoor sessions at Fairfax County golf courses. Treat yourself or the golfer on your holiday gift list.

Give Thanks for Fitness at Second Annual Virtual Turkey Burn

Give
November 17, 2021
Get together with family, friends, relatives and workout partners for the Fairfax County Park Authority’s second-annual virtual Turkey Burn 2021.

Leave Valuables at Home as You Enjoy the Richness of Parks

Leave
November 17, 2021
As a growing number of people have been flocking to local parks during the pandemic, some thieves have seen this as an opportunity.

Fly Off into the Holiday Season with a Day of Fun at Lake Accotink

Fly
November 17, 2021
Work off those Thanksgiving calories with a day of fun activities at Lake Accotink Park.

Bring the Kids To Hear a Story in the Garden at Green Spring

Bring
November 17, 2021
Enjoy some special family time with “Storytelling in the Garden” at Green Spring Gardens.

Ride Through a Holiday Light Show at Frying Pan Farm Park

Ride
November 9, 2021
Feel the magic of the season on a mile-long drive featuring thousands of twinkling lights, festive decorations and live farm animals, when Holiday Lights on the Farm returns to Frying Pan Farm Park.

Meeting to Explore Pickleball Options at Lewinsville Park Set

Meeting
November 9, 2021
Pickleball has increased in popularity in recent years throughout the country and more specifically within Fairfax County.

Be on the Lookout for the Spotted Lanternfly and Tree of Heaven

Be
November 9, 2021
Fairfax County is facing an invasion from a dangerous pest and the tree it likes to call home.

New Playground To Open at Martin Luther King Jr. Park

New
November 9, 2021
Come one, come all to the opening of the new playground at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at 10 a.m.

Learn Directly from a NASA Scientist about the Webb Space Telescope

Learn
November 9, 2021
Hear from a NASA scientist about the new space telescope that is scheduled for launch next month.

See What an Envelope from the 1700s Reveals about US Postal History

See
November 9, 2021
As the holiday mailing season gets underway, the Park Authority’s artiFACTS website looks back at the vital role the postal system has played in U.S. history.

See Flying Squirrels Gliding into Hidden Oaks

November 9, 2021
Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in looking for flying squirrels.

Enjoy an International Celebration for World Children’s Day

Enjoy
November 9, 2021
All ages are welcome to register for World Children’s Day set for Sunday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

First Veterans Day for New Flag at Frying Pan Farm Park

First
November 3, 2021
On Nov. 11, 2021, visitors to Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia, will see something that’s been in the works for a long time: the United States flag on a brand new and freshly installed, flagpole.

Parks Aren’t for Pumpkins

Parks
November 3, 2021
Pumpkins don’t mix with parks.

Girl Scout Program Kicks Off Celebration of New Space Telescope Launch

Girl
October 27, 2021
Join in the excitement leading up to December’s launch of the James Webb Space Telescope with a program at Turner Farm Park in Great Falls, Virginia.

Two Park Authority Nominees Honored at VRPS Conference

Two
October 27, 2021
Two Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) nominees were honored by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) at its annual conference.

Rec Centers Offer Free Admission to Veterans on Nov. 11

Rec
October 27, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority will join in the national celebration of Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, by offering free admission to the Rec Centers to those who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Golf Fairfax Job Fair: On-the-Spot Interviews and Job Offers

Golf
October 6, 2021
Job seekers are invited to the Golf Fairfax Job Fair, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Burke Lake Golf Center.

Frying Farm Pan Park Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Food Trucks, Free Activities

Frying
October 6, 2021
Area families are invited to Frying Pan Farm Park to celebrate its 60th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Make a Point of Visiting artiFACTS as Virginia Celebrates Archaeology Month

Make
October 6, 2021
October is Archaeology Month in Virginia, and the Park Authority is making a point of celebrating by adding a Fire Cracked Jasper Point to its artiFACTS website.

Petite Pumpkin Painters Features Crafts for Preschoolers at Sully

Petite
October 6, 2021
Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time to start breaking out the decorations!

Craft Your Own Scarecrow Friend at Sully Historic Site

Craft
October 6, 2021
Have you always wanted your very own scarecrow friend? Visit Sully Historic Site and make your own to take home with you!

Help Wave Goodbye to Invasive Wavyleaf Basketgrass

Help
October 6, 2021
Fairfax County is facing an invasion from an aggressive plant species called wavyleaf basketgrass, and it’s encouraging everyone to join the fight against it.

Enjoy STEM Afterschool Fun at Hidden Oaks Nature Center

October 6, 2021
Hands-on experiences are the best way to engage young children in stimulating an interest in science and technology.

SNAP/EBT Benefits Now Accepted at Annandale Market

SNAP/EBT
October 6, 2021
The Annandale Farmers Market now accepts and doubles SNAP/EBT benefits, thanks to a partnership between Fairfax County Farmers Markets and Britepaths.

Public Comment Sought for Clemyjontri Draft Master Plan Revision

Public
September 29, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority is holding a Public Comment Meeting to gather public input on the draft master plan revision for Clemyjontri Park.

Frying Pan Farm Cows ‘Race’ for Good Cause

Frying
September 29, 2021
Nine of the cows who live at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia, are slated to participate in the NASCOW FundRacer on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.

Enjoy Colorful Pumpkin Painting at Sully Historic Site

Enjoy
September 29, 2021
Fall is bursting with color! You can take some of those wonderful autumn hues home with you with our Colorful Pumpkins program at Sully Historic Site

Take a Green Spring Gardens Trip To Explore Art through Flowers

Take
September 29, 2021
Nature has long inspired art. Now, travel with Green Spring Gardens to see how art can inspire floral design.

County Executive and Health Director Honored by Park Board

County
September 23, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board is honoring two individuals this year with Chairman’s Choice Awards for outstanding long-term support, service to, and advocacy on behalf of the Park Authority.

Get the Kids Outdoors with a Nature Scavenger Hunt at Green Spring

Get
September 23, 2021
Round up the family and go on a “Nature Scavenger Hunt” at Green Spring Gardens.

Get Fall Gardening Tips at a Garden Talk at Green Spring Gardens

Get
September 23, 2021
Green Spring Gardens is offering two programs in October to help bring beauty to your fall and winter garden as you get ready for a burst of blooming bulbs in spring.

New Park Authority Executive Director Named

New
September 14, 2021

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors affirmed the selection of Jai Cole as Executive Director of the Park Authority today, voting to accept the recommendation of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. Cole, a park professional with more than two decades of leadership experience with award-winning recreation and park agencies will begin immediately, filling the vacancy created by the…

Tennis Courts at George Washington RECenter Getting a New Look

Tennis
June 3, 2021
Renovations are scheduled to get underway around June 14, 2021, on the tennis courts at the Park Authority’s George Washington RECenter in Alexandria, Virginia.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting May 26

Park
May 19, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on March 24

Park
March 18, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Park Board Approves Matching Grants for Trail & Field Improvements and New Bike Trail

Park
March 3, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved three Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants to be used for trail and field improvements and construction of a pump track.

Soak Up History at Your Own Pace at Sully Historic Site

Soak
February 10, 2021
Sully Historic Site is offering a unique opportunity in March for folks to stroll the historic house on their own with members of their family.

Snowflake Trail Brings Outdoor Fun to Cub Run RECenter

Snowflake
December 22, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering a free scavenger hunt with video clues in the Cub Run Stream Valley. Grandmother Frost has lost her gifts for the woodland animals, and it’s your job to help her find the presents as you walk through the forest behind Cub Run RECenter. Videos at stops along the trail lead you to your goal and teach you about the animals in the…

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Oct. 28

Park
October 21, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Fall Back in Time with a Virtual Visit to Historic Oak Hill on Nov. 1

Fall
October 21, 2020
As the clocks roll back this fall, use some of that extra hour to take a step back in time. Go on a virtual tour of historic Oak Hill beginning at noon on Nov. 1, 2020.

2021 Park Authority Board Meeting Schedule Set

2021
October 21, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board, 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, has approved its 2021 meeting schedule.

Start your Holiday Shopping with a Visit to Green Spring Gardens

Start
October 21, 2020
Just in time for the holidays, Green Spring Gardens' gift shop is now open for shopping by appointment only.

Take a Custom Tour for the Family at Green Spring Gardens

Take
October 21, 2020
Explore the colors of fall at Green Spring Gardens on a customized, private family tour.

Get into the Fall Spirit and Go Nuts for Felting at Sully Historic Site

Get
October 21, 2020
Decorate your home with colorful acorns that you create.

Have a Spooky Good Time with Haunted Mini Golf at Oak Marr

Have
October 21, 2020
Oak Marr RECenter is welcoming all werewolves, vampires and goblins for a howling good evening of mini golf on Halloween weekend.

Sample Spirits of Fall at Whisky Tastings at Green Spring and Colvin Run

Sample
October 21, 2020
Treat your tastebuds to some Scotch whisky at two tasting events in the parks in November.

See How Cabell’s Mill has Changed Over 250 Years

See
October 21, 2020
Take the “Mill Race Tour” on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, and trace the changes at Cabell’s Mill over its 250-year history.

Take a Peek at Nocturnal Critters at Riverbend Park

Take
October 21, 2020
Discover what critters are on the move in local parks after people go home for the day.

Find Relaxing Programs for Kids and Adults at Green Spring Gardens

Find
October 21, 2020
Give the kids a chance to relax with yoga in the gardens or give yourself a chance to turn garden fruits and vegetables into a beautiful home decoration. Green Spring Gardens is offering programs for kids and adults to enjoy on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

Visit artiFACTS to See How Much Voting Has Changed in Virginia

Visit
October 14, 2020
Visit artiFACTS this month and discover the story of an old-fashioned ballot box.

Enjoy Customized Programs in the Parks on Your Schedule

Enjoy
October 14, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering a new series that allows families to enjoy personalized tours and programs on a date and time that work best for them.

Park Authority Polling Sites Open Only to Voters on Nov. 3

Park
October 14, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will host six polling locations on Nov. 3, 2020. These six sites will be closed to customers to facilitate voters. Other Park Authority sites will be open for business.

RECenters Offer Free Admission to Veterans on Nov. 11

RECenters
October 14, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will join in the national celebration of Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, by offering free admission to the RECenters to those who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

First Hike Fairfax Wins Statewide Honors at Virtual Conference

First
October 14, 2020
Last year’s First Hike Fairfax program, which drew hundreds of people onto local trails on New Year’s Day, has been honored by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) as the Best Health Initiative in the category for a population area greater than 200,000.

Hear the Clang, Clang, Clang of the Blacksmith at Colvin Run

Hear
October 14, 2020
Spend a Sunday afternoon exploring the grounds of historic Colvin Run Mill and enjoy a free demonstration of the ancient art of blacksmithing.

Munch on S’mores by a Campfire at Lake Fairfax Park

Munch
October 14, 2020
Come to Lake Fairfax Park on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, for an evening campfire and s’mores the whole family can enjoy.

Cast a Line at Burke Lake Park with some Family Fishing

Cast
October 14, 2020
Come to Burke Lake Park on a Monday in November for some “Family Fishing” time. Use that weekday break from school to see what you can catch.

Capture the Beauty of Orchids in Watercolors at Green Spring

Capture
October 14, 2020
Come to Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, and let botanical artist Dawn Flores teach you how to plan and execute an orchid-inspired painting.

Book Your Private Tour of Historic Sully

Book
October 14, 2020
Sully Historic Site is open for private tours! Each tour session will be reserved exclusively for one household, family group, pod, etc.

Make a New Friend at the Scarecrow Event at Sully Historic Site

Make
October 14, 2020
Family members of all ages are invited to celebrate the season by creating a scarecrow to use for a fall decoration.

Braddock Park Master Plan Public Survey Available Online

Braddock
October 7, 2020
The community has an opportunity to participate in an important survey that will help inform the Braddock Park master plan revision process.

Help Green Spring Gardens Celebrate its 50 Anniversary this October

Help
October 7, 2020
This month, Green Spring Gardens is celebrating 50 years as one of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s premier destinations, and there are several ways you can join the fun.

Three Fairfax County Parks are Parent Favorites

Three
October 7, 2020
Three Fairfax County parks are among the region’s favorites as chosen by readers of Washington Parent magazine this year.

Save Now on Membership to the County’s 9 Recreation Centers

Save
October 7, 2020
Take advantage of the membership sale that’s going on now through Nov. 30, 2020.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Oct. 14

Park
October 7, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Get Hooked on the Park Authority’s New Fishing Website

Get
October 7, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority wants to reel you in with its new website dedicated to fishing in and around the county.

Make Like a Moth and Be Drawn to a Campfire at ECLP

Make
October 7, 2020
If you’ve ever wondered why a moth is attracted to light, then come to the “Night Flyers Campfire” at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and go mothing with a naturalist.

Let the Kids Go Wild with Wild Critters at Lewinsville House

Let
October 7, 2020
Want to know more about wildlife near your house or school? Bring the youngsters to Lewinsville House to learn about the plants, animals and habitats near you.

Hone your Drawing Skills on Nature Walks at Huntley Meadows

Hone
October 7, 2020
What better way to learn about “Nature Drawing” than on the nature trails at Huntley Meadows Park?

Fill the School Holiday in November with Burke Lake’s Mini-Camp

Fill
October 7, 2020
Keep the kids busy on their student holiday Nov. 2 and 3, 2020, with the “Best of Burke Lake Park” mini-camp.

Explore the Stars and Planets with an Astronomy Webinar

Explore
October 7, 2020
Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer, it’s a great time to learn some astronomy basics to better enjoy those extra hours of dark skies.

Spend a Fall Friday Evening by a Crackling Campfire at Lake Fairfax

Spend
October 7, 2020
Come to Lake Fairfax Park for an evening campfire the whole family can enjoy.

Tackle Composting and Curb Appeal in Talks at Green Spring Gardens

Tackle
October 7, 2020
Green Spring Gardens is offering two Garden Talks this fall that will help you give your garden an organic boost and improve your home’s curb appeal.

Start your Engines and Get Ready for NASCOW at Frying Pan Farm Park

Start
October 1, 2020
Root for your favorite cow when Frying Pan Farm Park hosts its first-ever NASCOW Race on Friday Oct. 16, 2020.

Discover Critters, Trees and a Mystery at the Park’s Virtual Exploration Center

Discover
October 1, 2020
If you’re running out of ways to keep yourself and the kids entertained, use the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center this week to get ideas for real-world adventures in Fairfax County parks.

Take the Family for a Spin on a Twilight Wagon Ride at Frying Pan

Take
October 1, 2020
Pack up the family and head to Frying Pan Farm Park for a private twilight wagon ride this fall.

Create a Masterpiece with the Colors of Fall at Sully Historic Site

Create
October 1, 2020
Experience the “Colors of the Fall” at Sully Historic Site as you go on a guided tour of hidden ruins throughout the property.

Keep your Eyes Open for Feathered Friends on a Birding Boat Tour

Keep
October 1, 2020
Set sail on a two-hour tour and go “Birding on the Boat” at Burke Lake Park.

Park Authority Offers New Shelters to Rent at Laurel Hill

Park
September 23, 2020
An expansive new picnic shelter location is open and ready to host your family gatherings, staff meetings, parties and more at Laurel Hill Central Green.

Discover How Kids Made History at Ash Grove in artiFACTS

Discover
September 23, 2020
Learn what archeologists discovered hiding under a brick floor on the historic Ash Grove property that was once owned by a member of the family that gave Fairfax County its name.

Go on a Search for Secretive Salamanders at Riverbend Park

Go
September 23, 2020
During the “Salamanders Undercover” program, learn about the secret lives of these important amphibians through hands-on discoveries.

Learn about Ways of the American Indians in Virginia

Learn
September 23, 2020
Bring Virginia history to life for your fourth-grade student with the “Taux Trek at Huntley.”

Pick up Birding as New Hobby at Burke Lake Park

Pick
September 23, 2020
Get to know some of the birds of Burke Lake Park and gain some basic identification skills that you can use to identify birds anywhere you see them.

See the Autumn Leaves from a Kayak at Lake Accotink

See
September 23, 2020
Spend a Saturday morning soaking in the fall sights aboard a kayak at Lake Accotink Park.

Seek Out the History Most Visitors Miss at Sully Historic Site

Seek
September 23, 2020
Dig deeper into local history with the program, “Hidden in Your Backyard: The History of Cain’s Branch.”

Spot Birds from a Kayak at Lake Accotink or Burke Lake

Spot
September 23, 2020
Do some birding from the water with an early morning kayak adventure at Lake Accotink or Burke Lake Park.

Roundtree Park Tennis Court Repairs to Begin

Roundtree
September 17, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin the Roundtree Park Tennis Court Repair project. Work will start on or about Sept. 23, 2020 and continue for approximately six weeks.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Sept. 23

Park
September 17, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Join in the 70th Anniversary Celebration of Fairfax County Parks

Join
September 17, 2020
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fairfax County Park Authority, and activities are planned from now through next June to mark our 70 Years of Excellence.

Take a Virtual Tour of Historic Oak Hill this Fall

Take
September 17, 2020
This year, historic Oak Hill will open its doors to the public through a virtual tour in autumn.

Long Branch Stream Valley Trail Project to Begin

Long
September 17, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority held a well-attended, online information meeting regarding the proposed Long Branch Stream Valley Trail Maintenance project on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020.

Find Ideas to Get the Kids Moving Between Screen Times

Find
September 17, 2020
Kids and parents, too, need a break from their screens once in a while. Zoom away from the computer and find suggestions for some family fun at the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center.

Journey to the Past with DinoFest at Hidden Oaks’ Nature Playce

September 17, 2020
Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to explore the ancient world of dinosaurs in Dinoland.

Prowl Riverbend Park After Dark to Learn about Nocturnal Critters

Prowl
September 17, 2020
Curious about what happens in nature after the sun sets? Get some answers in the “Nature at Night” program this fall at Riverbend Park.

Wake Up Early to Hone your Photo Skills at Huntley Meadows

Wake
September 17, 2020
Join the “Nature Photography at Dawn” class for adults to discover what critters awake with the sun, and learn how to capture them with your camera.

Wind Down the Week with Campfire Fridays at Lake Accotink

Wind
September 17, 2020
During the “Campfire Fridays” programs, explore the wonders of our natural world through nature walks, interactive activities and animal presentations.

Discover the Benefits of Native Plants on an Outing to Riverbend Park

Discover
September 17, 2020
Join a naturalist at Riverbend Park to learn about some of the park’s native plants and discover why they are so important.

Celebrate 70 Years of Parks with a Special Fitness Day

Celebrate
September 17, 2020
The Park Authority was founded on Dec. 6, 1950, and on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, we will offer a series of virtual fitness programs to celebrate seven decades of parks and recreation in the county.

Parks Welcome Virginia BioBlitz 2020

Parks
September 17, 2020
Visit a Fairfax County park for Virginia BioBlitz 2020. It’s an opportunity to discover the nature around you.

Fun Day Monday in Fairfax County Parks – Make Time to Play

Fun
September 11, 2020
Take a break for a few hours and give the kids (and you) some fun at Fairfax County Parks every Monday. That’s right, Monday is now the new Fun Day!

Make the World a Better Place at a Watershed Cleanup Event

Make
September 11, 2020
Do your part to help the environment. Volunteer for a “Watershed Cleanup Days” event at a park or recreation center near you this fall.

Get in Shape to Plant and Weed with Yoga for Gardeners

Get
September 11, 2020
Do your gardening muscles a favor. Try some “Virtual Yoga for Gardeners.”

Celebrate Women of the Wild at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Celebrate
September 11, 2020
They heard the call. Now you can hear how women have helped to preserve and protect parks, open spaces and the natural world.

Take a Field Trip to Virginia’s Past at Sully Historic Site

Take
September 11, 2020
Field trips aren’t just for kids anymore. Take the whole family on a field trip this fall to supplement screen time with in-person learning experiences.

Park Acreage Expands With New Park At North Hill

Park
September 9, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has acquired an additional 12.0565 acres of parkland under a proffer agreement with the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Flash Sale Offers Savings on Fall Park Authority Classes

Flash
September 9, 2020
The Park Authority is offering a flash sale on fall classes. Register by Sept. 19, 2020 and save $8 on any program costing $45 or more.

County Parks Host Virtual Programs by Request

County
September 9, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority is creating programs just for you. The park agency is offering virtual versions of its popular park programs, and many of them can be scheduled for your convenience.

Compete to be the Champ or Test New Limits in Golf Fairfax Tourneys

Compete
September 9, 2020
Test your golfing talent with a championship challenge or by leaving some clubs at home in upcoming Park Authority golf tournaments.

Peek into the Universe with an Intro to Astronomy Webinar

Peek
September 9, 2020
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has said, “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” But if you want to try to make sense of it, start with a Park Authority webinar.

Sip Cider and See the Distilling Process in Action at Colvin Run Mill

Sip
September 9, 2020
Learn about the distilling process, how ciders are made, and why these activities are mill-related at the “Stills and Cider” event at Colvin Run Mill.

Discover What’s Happening After Dark at Riverbend Park

Discover
September 9, 2020
See a side of Riverbend Park most humans don’t get to experience. Enjoy the park after dark with the “Nature at Night” program on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

Take a Break from the Screens and Hit the Greens

Take
September 9, 2020
Make Monday your Fun Day this school year with programs designed for family members of all ages in Fairfax County Parks.

Take a Peek in Our Mystery Window & Ask a Naturalist

Take
September 9, 2020
Visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center’s pond and peek inside the Little Acorner area to enjoy a new nature scene every week.

Go Slow and Steady to Burke Lake to Study Turtles

Go
September 9, 2020
They may not be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but Fairfax County has some pretty “Terrific Turtles” of its own.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Sept. 9

Park
September 2, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Braddock Park Master Plan Revision Virtual Meeting Slated

Braddock
September 2, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has started a public planning process that will update the master plan for Braddock Park.

Discover the Spy Side of Huntley Meadows Park

Discover
September 2, 2020
Take a stroll through the less-visited side of Huntley Meadows Park to uncover its history of spies and espionage. Learn how the Cold War struggle between the US and the former Soviet Union shaped Huntley and the Fairfax County we know today.

Settle in for an Outdoor Storytime at Green Spring Gardens

Settle
September 2, 2020
Spend a morning at Green Spring Gardens and enjoy an “Outdoor Storytelling” experience.

Tots in the Woods for Outdoor Exploration at Hidden Oaks

September 2, 2020
Preschoolers ages 4 to 5 benefit from daily outdoor play. Encourage their natural curiosity by exploring forest critters.

Bat Away your Fears with a Bats Class at Lake Accotink

Bat
September 2, 2020
Bats may have a scary reputation, but they make our evenings more pleasant by gobbling up lots of bugs, such as mosquitoes, that like to bother humans.

Explore Nature by the Light of a Campfire at Lake Accotink

Explore
September 2, 2020
Come to Lake Accotink Park for an evening campfire and s’mores the whole family can enjoy.

Welcome Fall with an Evening Hike at Huntley Meadows

Welcome
September 2, 2020
As summer draws to a close, welcome fall by spending some time outdoors at Huntley Meadows Park.

Spice Up Teatime at Home with a Virtual Tea Program from Green Spring

Spice
September 2, 2020
This fall, Historic Green Spring invites you to enjoy three virtual afternoon tea programs that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Virtual Meeting Set for Long Branch Stream Valley Trail Project

Virtual
August 26, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a virtual informational meeting regarding the proposed Long Branch Stream Valley Trail Maintenance project on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 at 7 p.m.

New Butterfly-Themed Playground Opens in Annandale Park

New
August 26, 2020
Flit your way over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center/Annandale Community Park to the butterfly metamorphosis-themed playground.

Hunt for Dinosaur Eggs and More at Hidden Oaks

August 26, 2020
Dig out your basket and stomp over to Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy an outdoor dinosaur program followed by an egg hunt.

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center

August 26, 2020
Honor your furry friend on its national day and learn how teddy bears came into popular culture. Have your bear or buddy join you on an outdoor teddy bear picnic in Nature Playce and make a bear craft.

Splash Into Virtual Dog Daze to Wrap Up Summer

Splash
August 26, 2020
Join the Fairfax County Park Authority for a Virtual Dog Daze from Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

FCPA Creates Programs to Support Online Education

FCPA
August 26, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority is introducing programs designed to support online school education and homeschooling students.

Find More to Experience at Green Spring Gardens in September

Find
August 19, 2020
This September Green Spring Gardens will once again offer garden-related programming sure to entice gardeners, those who appreciate beautiful things and people with a passion for history.

Golfweek Magazine Names Laurel Hill Among Top Virginia Courses

Golfweek
August 19, 2020
For the fourth consecutive year Laurel Hill Golf Club has been named one of Golfweek Magazine’s “Best Public Courses You Can Play” in Virginia.

Fairfax County Livestream Concerts Close Out Summer in Style

Fairfax
August 19, 2020
Summer is almost over, but the music still heats up as the Fairfax County Park Authority’s virtual summer concert series approaches the finish line with six great performances.

Parktakes Programs and Classes to Resume in Fall

Parktakes
August 19, 2020
After a monthslong, pandemic-related hiatus, Parktakes programs and classes are scheduled to resume this fall!

Starlight Cinema Partners Honored for Popular Summer Entertainment

Starlight
August 19, 2020
Trinity Centre and 1-66 Express Mobility Partners are being honored with a 2020 Eakin Philanthropy Award for their commitment to co-sponsor the Park Authority’s Starlight Cinema Summer Entertainment Series.

Hwang Family Honored for Support of County Parks

Hwang
August 19, 2020
The Hwang Family will be honored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) for their support of county parks and park programs. Family members will receive the 2020 Eakin Philanthropy Award in the Individual category at a virtual ceremony in November.

Photo or Drawing? Turn to artiFACTS in August for the Reveal

Photo
August 19, 2020
As the nation celebrates the 100th Anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, artiFACTS salutes a woman important to Fairfax County history.

Fairfax County Historic Sites Programming Begins Again

Fairfax
August 13, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s historic sites will begin programming once again, bringing the magic of local history outside, inside and virtually with a focus on family tours, safety and limited indoor access.

Friends of Riverbend Park to Receive Philanthropy Award

Friends
August 12, 2020
The Friends of Riverbend Park is being honored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation for its generous support of Riverbend Park programs and projects.

Dominion Energy Receives Award for Park Philanthropy

Dominion
August 12, 2020
Dominion Energy will be honored with a 2020 Eakin Philanthropy Award for its support of Fairfax County parks through the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Watch Puppets or Pump Yourself Up with Virtual Park Offerings

Watch
August 12, 2020
See what you can learn from a puppet, take a garden stroll or work up a sweat with a fitness workout via the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center.

Junk Yard Band Tops Lineup for Fairfax Livestream Concerts

Junk
August 12, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s virtual summer concert series pulls out all the stops with a blockbuster lineup.

Livestream Summer Concerts Five Days a Week in Fairfax County

Livestream
August 12, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s virtual summer concert series roll on this week with a diverse lineup of performers.

Lahey Lost Valley Curatorship Under Consideration

Lahey
August 5, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Resident Curator Evaluation Team for the Lahey Lost Valley property will host a virtual public meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 at 10 a.m. to score the Resident Curator Program application received for the Lahey Lost Valley property and determine the selection outcome.

Park Authority Parks, Playgrounds Named Among Best

Park
August 5, 2020
The votes are in and once again, the Fairfax County Park Authority has been named among the top in Virginia Living Magazine’s Best of Virginia 2020 competition.

Save Now on Passes to the County’s Nine Recreation Centers

Save
August 5, 2020
There’s never been a better time to get fit at a Park Authority RECenter. Take advantage of the pass sale that’s going on now through Sept. 30, 2020.

Field Lighting Project to Begin at Hooes Road Park

Field
August 5, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority in partnership with Springfield/South County Youth Club (SYC) will soon begin Field #3 lighting installation at Hooes Road Park.

Pollinator Garden at Lake Accotink to be Named for Margaret Kinder

Pollinator
August 5, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has voted to name a pollinator garden at Lake Accotink Park in honor of lifelong educator, naturalist, gardener and community volunteer Margaret Kinder.

Green Spring’s Garden Gate Plant Shop Reopens for your Gardening Needs

Green
August 5, 2020
Take your green thumb on a shopping spree at Green Spring Gardens. Green Spring’s Garden Gate Plant Shop will open for limited hours starting on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020.

Enjoy a Free Summer Concert from the Comfort of Home

Enjoy
August 5, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s virtual summer concert series continues this week with a variety of musical styles to suit all ages.

Put the Kettle on for a Virtual Tea Party and Tea Talk

Put
August 5, 2020
Historic Green Spring invites you to enjoy an afternoon tea program from the comfort of your home on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. You supply the kettle, and Green Spring can do the rest.

Work on your Nature Drawing Skills at Huntley Meadows Park

Work
August 5, 2020
Huntley Meadows Park offers the perfect backdrop for two different nature drawing courses this August.

Enjoy a Program Personalized for Your Family at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Enjoy
August 5, 2020
Feeling anxious about outdoor group activities these days? Relax with a personalized program for just your family at a Fairfax County park.

Discover What’s Buzzing in the Meadow on a Bug Hunt

Discover
August 5, 2020
The meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is a-buzz with bug life. Come on a “Meadow Bug Hunt” on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, and capture and release amazing insects and other arthropods.

Get a Virtual Lesson on How to Tell If a Stream is Healthy

Get
August 5, 2020
Join a virtual program from the folks at Hidden Pond Nature Center to learn why it’s important to keep streams and creeks healthy and discover how to gauge their health.

Move your Company Meetings Outdoors at Frying Pan Farm Park

Move
August 5, 2020
Take a break from the constant stream of virtual meetings to get the office crew back together again safely with an outdoor meeting at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Park Authority Names New Director of Planning and Development

Park
July 31, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority announced the selection of Stephanie Leedom, who will serve as Director of the Park Planning and Development Division.

Huntley Meadows Volunteer Honored for Environmental Work

Huntley
July 29, 2020
Cathy Ledec will be honored with the 2020 Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award for 17 years of volunteer service at Huntley Meadows Park and for the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Park Authority Earns V3 Certified Employer Status

Park
July 29, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has become certified as a Virginia Values Veterans (V3) certified employer. This designation serves as a welcome sign for veterans seeking employment with the agency.

Mason District Park Basketball Court Repairs to Begin

Mason
July 29, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin the Mason District Park Basketball Court Repair project. Work will start next month and continue for approximately four weeks.

Face your Fears on a Creepy Crawly Hike at Hidden Pond

July 29, 2020
Head into the woods on a twilight adventure at Hidden Pond Nature Center that will let you see spiders that are active by day, as well as those coming out for the evening.

Rock On with a Virtual Geology Camp this Summer

Rock
July 29, 2020
Discover natural wonders in a virtual summer geology camp led by staff at Riverbend Park.

Dip a Net into Burke Lake and See What’s Swimming By

Dip
July 29, 2020
There’s a lot going on under the surface at Burke Lake. Come to the park for “Life in the Lake” and see some of the small critters that make the lake their home.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week with Farm-Fresh Produce

Celebrate
July 29, 2020
Celebrate National Farmers Market Week the first week in August with a visit to one of the county’s producer-only farmers markets.

Celebrate National Golf Month with Golf Fairfax

Celebrate
July 29, 2020
August is National Golf Month and a great chance to celebrate with Golf Fairfax.

Take a Private Wagon Ride with your Family at Frying Pan Park

Take
July 29, 2020
Round up the kids and head to Frying Pan Farm Park for a safe and private single-family wagon ride tour of the park.

Discover a Vintage Cleaning Product in the Age of COVID-19

Discover
July 29, 2020
While shoppers scrambled to find cleaning products to protect against COVID-19, Fairfax County archaeologists were harboring a gallon bottle of a much sought-after bleach. Only problem, the bottle was 60 years old – and empty!

Meridian Group Honored with Park Collaboration Award

Meridian
July 28, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board will honor the Meridian Group with the Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award for its work on Quantum Field in Tysons.

Rolling Valley West Courts to Close for Renovations

Rolling
July 28, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on the Rolling Valley West Court Repair Project at Rolling Valley West Park.

Favorite Park Authority Fitness Classes Delivered Virtually 

Favorite
July 28, 2020
Your favorite Park Authority group fitness classes with your favorite fitness instructors will be holding virtual classes beginning on Aug. 3, 2020.

Summer Entertainment Series Returns with Livestream Concerts

Summer
July 28, 2020
Beginning July 30, the Fairfax County Park Authority will livestream 25 free summer concert events featuring a mix of nationally known performers and singer-songwriters.

Cool Down this Summer with a Day at the Ice Rink

Cool
July 22, 2020
Take a break from the summer’s heat and cool off with a little ice skating at the Mount Vernon RECenter.

Take a Hike and Search for Wildlife at Hidden Pond

July 22, 2020
Explore the riparian forest of the Pohick Stream Valley on a “Stream Valley Hike” at Hidden Pond Nature Center.

Trail Improvements Slated for Long Branch Stream Valley Park

Trail
July 21, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin trail improvement work on trails in Long Branch Stream Valley Park and Rutherford Park in Burke.

Six Honorees to Receive Special Park Authority Recognitions

Six
July 21, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will honor six individuals and groups with 2020 Elly Doyle Park Service Special Recognition Awards at a virtual volunteer celebration in November.

Three Park Volunteers Honored with Elly Doyle Service Awards

Three
July 21, 2020
Volunteers from Colvin Run Mill, Frying Pan Farm Park and the Olander and Margaret Banks Neighborhood Park will be honored for their outstanding service contributions as recipients of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s 2020 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards.

Dive Back into Swim Lessons with the Park Authority

Dive
July 21, 2020
With the continued opening of RECenters at a modified pace, Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is pleased to announce the return of our Learn to Swim classes starting Aug. 1, 2020.

Youth Honoree Named for Elly Doyle Park Service Awards

Youth
July 21, 2020
A Springfield, Virginia, teenager described as an “all-round volunteer dynamo” is the 2020 Youth recipient of a Fairfax County Park Authority Elly Doyle Park Service Awards.

Journey Back Hundreds of Years at Huntley Meadows Park

Journey
July 21, 2020
Delve into Huntley Meadows Park’s history and prehistoric past as you examine the lives of the Tauxenent and other First Americans in this region.

Discover the Beauty in Little Things with Drawing Small Wonders

Discover
July 21, 2020
Search for small items such as fungus, seeds, flowers, feathers, bugs and more on a 30-minute stroll at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Bewitch your Kids with a Science for Wizards Virtual Camp

Bewitch
July 21, 2020
Stir up your summer with the “Science for Wizards Virtual Camp” the week of July 27-31, 2020.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on July 22

Park
July 15, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 5 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, this is a virtual meeting.

Public Links, Inc to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on July 22

Public
July 15, 2020
The Public Links, Inc, a nonprofit arm of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Three Fairfax County Park Authority Board Members will be in the meeting.

Outstanding Park Authority Volunteers to be Honored

Outstanding
July 15, 2020
Nineteen Fairfax County Park Authority volunteers will be honored as Outstanding Volunteers at the 2020 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards virtual celebration in November.

Summer Entertainment Series In-Person Concerts Canceled

Summer
July 15, 2020
Virtual concerts will be held Thursday through Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and children’s shows will be held on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. A schedule of virtual events will be released later this month.

Take a Hike and Search for Wildlife at Hidden Pond

July 15, 2020
Explore the riparian forest of the Pohick Stream Valley on a “Stream Valley Hike” at Hidden Pond Nature Center.

Get Answers to Some of Nature’s Mysteries at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Get
July 15, 2020
Learn about the lives of the monarch butterflies that visit Fairfax County each year on their long aerial treks.

Explore Native American Culture through a Virtual Camp

Explore
July 15, 2020
Discover how culture and nature were intertwined in life as a Powhatan through a virtual summer camp with the folks at Huntley Meadows Park.

Eisman Golf Academy Launches Performance Studio

Eisman
July 15, 2020
The Eisman Golf Academy (EGA) has opened the Eisman Performance Center at Laurel Hill Golf Club.

It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Super Snakes at Burke Lake

It’s
July 15, 2020
Come to Burke Lake Park and discover what’s super about snakes in the “Super Snakes” program on Monday, July 20, 2020.

Park Authority Schedules Virtual Job Fair, Quick Hires

Park
July 8, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is still looking for enthusiastic workers to fill seasonal positions now that COVID-19 safety restrictions are being eased and park facilities are reopening under Gov. Ralph Northam’s phased Forward Virginia Blueprint.

Braddock Park Master Planning Revision Starts

Braddock
July 8, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has started a public planning process that will revise the master plan for Braddock Park. This 61-acre district park is in Clifton, Virginia.

Navigating Resident Curator Site Easier Than Ever

Navigating
July 8, 2020
The Resident Curator Program (RCP) is designed to preserve historic properties by offering long-term leases to qualified tenants who agree to rehabilitate and maintain these historic resources. A curator can be a private citizen, a nonprofit entity or a for-profit entity.

Design Outdoor Fun Just For Your Family at Hidden Oaks

July 8, 2020
Families can choose to meet a special live nature center critter, explore the stream, dip for tadpoles or meet a caterpillar along with a personalized naturalist-led woodland walk along the Old Oak Trail at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Virtual Wonders Helps Parents, Teachers Connect Kids and Nature

Virtual
July 8, 2020
Parenting or teaching is never easy, and during the pandemic the challenges can be greater. It is time to move outside with the children. To prepare for the adventure, join the Fairfax County Park Authority online.

Campfires at E.C. Lawrence Illuminate Summer Evenings

Campfires
July 8, 2020
Get outside and see Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in a different light this summer at an evening campfire program.

Get Outside With Your Family and Explore

Get
July 8, 2020
Outdoor programs are back at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park! What could be safer or more fun than a grand adventure for just you and your family?

Take a Spin on a Carousel or Travel by Train at County Parks

Take
July 8, 2020
Carousels are once again spinning at parks in Fairfax County, and the Burke Lake Park train is choo-chooing along the rails. Take the kids for a ride on your next park outing!

Park Foundation Board Selects New Officers

Park
July 1, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors has electedofficers to lead as the fundraising arm for the Park Authority from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022 at its May 19, 2020annualmeeting.

Michael Gailliot was elected as Chair for the new term. He is a real estate professionalwithCentury 21 New Millennium in Alexandria, Virginia. Gailliot has volunteered with and…

Apply for Farmers Market Jobs at Green Spring Gardens

Apply
July 1, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority has two job openings at Green Spring Gardens for applicants with a passion for farmers markets and public gardens.

Green Spring is currently accepting applications for a Farmers Market Coordinator to coordinate the operation of 10 seasonal farmers markets throughout Fairfax County and oversee special events, such as Farmers Market Week and Fall…

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on July 8

Park
July 1, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, this is a virtual meeting. You can watch the meeting here or listen by calling 855-925-2801 and entering the access code: 8081.

The Board will recess for closed session during the…

Celebrate Park and Recreation Month Throughout July

Celebrate
July 1, 2020

July is Park and Recreation Month around the nation, and this year’s theme from the National Park and Recreation Association is “We Are Parks and Recreation.”

In keeping with the theme, this month the Fairfax County Park Authority will be shining a spotlight on some of the many staff members who provide vital services in our…

Get Back Outside with Outdoor Park Programs

Get
July 1, 2020

Take a break from the virtual world and get outdoors with programs in the parks. The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is offering programs for families and individuals in July and August that will allow you to experience nature in person – not via a screen.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center is offering hikes for up to nine family members. During “Nature Your Way at Hidden Oaks,” a…

Park Authority Seeks Applicants for Part-time Summer Positions

Park
July 1, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is looking for nearly 150 enthusiastic workers to fill seasonal positions at the agency now that COVID-19 safety restrictions are being eased and park facilities are reopening under Gov. Ralph Northam’s phased Forward Virginia Blueprint.

Have fun and get paid while enjoying the park system this summer. Many positions are primarily outdoors…

Gradual Reopening of RECenters Planned During Phase Three; Other Park Facilities Slated to Reopen as Well

July 1, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) nine RECenters will reopen to the public over the next several weeks as the region moves into Phase Three of Gov. Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia Blueprint.

You’ll Get a Kick Out of This - FootGolf at Pinecrest is Back

You’ll
July 1, 2020

Pinecrest Golf Courseannouncesthe return ofFootGolf-- this weekend --on July 4, 2020.FootGolf will be available on Saturdays and Sundays after 3 p.m.With the safety of allplayers and staffasthepriority,new safety guidelineshave been implemented based on recommendationsput forth by the Centersfor Disease Controland PreventionandThe American FootGolf League.

FootGolfcombines two…

Reserve a Picnic Shelter: Now It’s Easier Than Ever!

Reserve
July 1, 2020

The Park Authority’s Picnic Locator 2.0 is here! A new version of one of our most popular web applications makes it easier than ever to locate and reserve a picnic spot in a Fairfax County park.

With the new application, picnickers can now make reservations online. Visitors to the locator site can use filters to find the rental facility that best meets…

Park Authority Launches Outdoor Fitness Classes

Park
June 25, 2020
Get your fitness fix with the Park Authority’s new Outdoor Group Fitness Classes. The Park Authority is launching a series of outdoor exercise classes starting on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at RECenter locations across the county.

Finding a Pickleball Court Just Got Easier

Finding
June 25, 2020
Finding pickleball courts in Fairfax County parks just got easier.

Park Board Funds Grant Program, Approves Two New Mastenbrooks

Park
June 25, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a reallocation of funds to continue the Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program and has also approved grants for projects at Frying Pan Farm Park and Observatory Park at The Turner Farm.

Park Board Approves Fund Allocations for November Ballot Question

Park
June 25, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Board has approved a plan for the distribution of funds from the $100 million Park Bond that is scheduled to appear on the ballot in the upcoming November election.

Park Authority Virtual Summer Camps to Start

Park
June 25, 2020
While the Park Authority’s usual summer camps at RECenters, nature centers and local parks and schools cannot be held in-person this summer due to COVID-19, kids can still enjoy a great summer of fun and learning with all new virtual camps.

Join Turtles, Snakes and a Bearded Dragon in the Virtual Spotlight

Join
June 25, 2020
This week, the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center is putting the animals of Hidden Oaks Nature Center in the spotlight through a series of videos.

Keep Your Game on Par with July Golf Events

Keep
June 25, 2020
Swing into summer with upcoming tournaments hosted by Golf Fairfax. Get your practice rounds in and take your game to the next level!

Tour Frying Pan Farm Park from Your Car

Tour
June 25, 2020
Drive back in time to a working farm in Herndon, Virginia. Take a driving tour of Frying Pan Farm Park.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on June 24

June 17, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Learn Some New MOOOVs at the Park Virtual Exploration Center

Learn
June 17, 2020
Go on a virtual field trip to Frying Pan Farm Park and get eye-to-eye with a cow and her calf at the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center.

Deadline Extended for Elly Doyle Award Nominations

Deadline
June 17, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority is extending the nomination period for honoring those who volunteer in parks and support agency programs and initiatives.

Park Authority Names New Director for Park Operations

Park
June 17, 2020
Kurt Louis has been named the new Director for Park Operations for the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Facilities Closed at Jefferson District Park Due to Construction

Facilities
June 17, 2020
Some facilities at Jefferson District Park will remain closed through July due to construction work getting underway this month.

Huntley Meadows Park: Please Respect the Resources

Huntley
June 17, 2020
Welcome to, or back to, Huntley Meadows Park! As the Fairfax County Park Authority continues to reopen, please come and enjoy our trails.

More Park Facilities Opening Under Phase Two Guidelines

More
June 11, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin opening additional amenities to the public on Friday, June 12, 2020, as the region moves into Phase Two of Gov. Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia Blueprint for reopening.

Lazar Family Honored with National Award for Park Contributions

Lazar
June 11, 2020
The National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) has selected The Lazar Family as a recipient of a 2020 NACPRO Award in the Outstanding Contributor category.

Herndon Farmers Market Will Open June 18

Herndon
June 11, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Farmers Market in Herndon will open for the season on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

Trace the Origins of Silhouettes in artiFACTS

June 11, 2020

Today it’s easy to snap a selfie if you want a portrait of yourself. In the nation’s early years, people would turn to silhouette artists if they wanted a cheap and fast portrait.

In this month’s edition of artiFACTS, discover how silhouettes got their name and learn about the person who came to be associated with…

Get Golf Ready with the Return of Classes and Lessons

Get
June 11, 2020
The Fairfax County Golf Academies are thrilled to announce the return of private lessons and small group classes at five Fairfax County Park Authority facilities.

Park Authority’s Idea Portal Wins National Award

Park
June 4, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority is being honored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for an innovative program that helps to strengthen services for residents by embracing staff ideas for innovation and change.

Four More Fairfax County Farmers Markets to Open

Four
June 4, 2020
Fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods and more will soon be available at four additional Fairfax County Park Authority Farmers Markets. Markets at Oak Marr, Annandale, McLean and Kingstowne have now been scheduled to open.

Find Crafts, Games and Exercises at the Virtual Exploration Center

Find
June 4, 2020
Experiment with a new paper craft, challenge yourself with a picture and word game, or give your core a workout with a visit to the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center.

Sully Historic Site’s Annual Car Show Goes Online

Sully
June 4, 2020
Crank up your computer. The annual Antique Car Show at Sully Historic Site will be an online gathering.

Make Gardening Easy with Curbside Plant Pickup at Green Spring Gardens

Make
June 2, 2020
Green Spring Gardens is now offering phone orders and curbside pickup of plants from its Garden Gate Plant Shop.

Golf Fairfax Tees Up for Women’s Golf Month in June

Golf
June 2, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s seven courses are celebrating Women’s Golf Month with a variety of fun social events and specials to celebrate our growing network of women golfers.

Treat Dad to a Day on the Links with Golf Fairfax

Treat
June 2, 2020
Keep dad out of the rough this Father’s Day with special savings and events. Surprise dad with a friendly tournament, rounds of golf, gift cards or quality gear!

Further Changes Announced as FCPA Responds to Phase One

Further
May 29, 2020

Beginning today, face coverings must be worn inside public spaces. For the Fairfax County Park Authority, this currently means anyone who visits a Park Authority golf course clubhouse, or other indoor space would fall under Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 63. This effects players or visitors as well as park staff members. As other public facilities open, this rule will…

Discover New Activities to do Online and in Parks at the Virtual Exploration Center

Discover
May 28, 2020
Challenge yourself to a new workout, find a unique activity for the kids and explore the beauty of Green Spring Gardens from the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center. The website is filled with ideas to entertain everyone in the family.

Historic Colvin Run Mill’s Wheel and Flume to be Replaced

Historic
May 28, 2020
The flume and wheel that power grinding operations at Colvin Run Mill are going to be replaced.

Summer Concerts and Independence Day Celebrations Canceled in July

Summer
May 28, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series will be canceled through July due to public safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Fourth of July events have been canceled, too.

Park Authority Wins Six National Communications Awards

Park
May 28, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has been honored with six awards from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).

Fairfax County Athletic Fields Reopening for Unpermitted Use

Fairfax
May 27, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) are announcing the reopening of outdoor athletic fields in Fairfax County for unpermitted use as part of Forward Virginia Phase 1 for Northern Virginia.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on May 27

May 22, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Wakefield and Lorton Farmers Markets Scheduled to Open Next Week

Wakefield
May 22, 2020
Two more Fairfax County Farmers Markets will open next week. The Wakefield Market in Wakefield Park will open for the season on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, and the Lorton Market at the Lorton VRE parking lot will open on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Fairfax County Summer Camps, Rec-PAC, SACC Canceled

May 20, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) are announcing the cancelation of 2020 summer camp programs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Included in these cancellations are all FCPA sponsored summer camp programs, REC-Pac programs held at local schools, summer camp programs sponsored by NCS and SACC programs.

Collectively, these…

FCPA Shutters Pool, Water Mine and Our Special Harbor

May 20, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will not open its premier outdoor water attractions this summer due to COVID-19.

Plant a Row in your Garden to Benefit Food for Others

Plant
May 20, 2020

Use your love of gardening to help those in need.

The county’s Providence District Office is working with Food for Others to encourage gardeners who are planting fruits, vegetables and herbs this spring to consider dedicating some garden space to donations.

Pledge to “Plant a Row” at this ...

Swing into Spring with a Golf Fairfax Spring Pass

Swing
May 20, 2020

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!

Now through June 21, 2020, save up to 25% when you purchase multi-round passes at Fairfax County Park Authority golf facilities, including the Burke Lake, Greendale, Jefferson, Oak Marr, Pinecrest…

Dig Deep into Mount Air’s History in artiFACTS

Dig
May 20, 2020
The Mount Air Historic Site is best known for an 18th-century mansion that once graced the property. A recent archaeological discovery at the site points to a much older past.

Get Ready for a Duck Sing-Along, Tasty New Recipes and an Abs Workout

Get
May 20, 2020
Check out the new look of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center.

Phased Reopening of Fairfax County Parks Begins in Time for Memorial Day Weekend

May 19, 2020

The Park Authority has begun reopening of parking lots and parks in the park system to be open for the Memorial Day weekend. Park Authority staff will begin the process of clearing barricades and opening parking lots at all 427 parks for our community on Wednesday, May 20 through Friday, May 22. These parks will reopen for limited use in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines from the…

Pohick Stream Valley Sanitary Sewer Work Planned in Lorton

Pohick
May 13, 2020
Work associated with an approaching sanitary sewer replacement project within Pohick Stream Valley Park on parcels adjacent to Williamsburg Square neighborhood in Lorton, Virginia, is set to begin.

Find Colvin Run Mill Flour and Cornmeal at the Reston Farmers Market

Find
May 13, 2020
Add a taste of old-fashioned goodness to your baking and cooking. The 200-year-old Colvin Run Mill is set to begin selling its stone-ground products at the Reston Farmers Market.

Find Lessons on Science and Health at the Park Virtual Exploration Center

Find
May 13, 2020
Stay healthy, connected and engaged while parks are closed by checking out the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center.

Summer Entertainment Series June Performances Canceled

Summer
May 11, 2020
The Summer Entertainment Series will be canceled through June 2020 due to public safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phased Opening of Park Authority Golf Courses Set

Phased
May 7, 2020

Fairfax County Park Authority golf courses and driving ranges will reopen in May. This is the start of a phased reopening of park amenities that so far includes trail, farmers markets and garden plots as state restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 disease are eased. These sites will open as follows:

May 8: Burke Lake Golf Center, Greendale Golf Course, Laurel Hill…

Park Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Shelter at Burke Lake

Park
May 6, 2020
A new picnic shelter will be coming to Burke Lake Park with the help of a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant.

New Trail Coming to Flatlick Stream Valley Park in Chantilly

New
May 6, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on a new trail in Flatlick Stream Valley Park in Chantilly.

Roll the Dice to a Virtual Park Experience with the Family

Roll
May 1, 2020
This week, new features have been added to the Virtual Exploration Center to give your family a workout, challenge the kids with scavenger hunts and help you delve into county history from the comfort of your couch.

Maintenance Building Replacement Begins

Maintenance
May 1, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on the replacement of the Area 1 Maintenance Facility located at 1929 Pimmit Drive, Falls Church, Virginia.

FCPA to Open Select Farmers Markets with Safety in Mind

FCPA
May 1, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will open some of its farmers markets in May. This year’s markets will again offer delicious, locally grown, farm-fresh products. Three markets will open initially, with others phased in as resources allow.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on April 29

April 23, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s April 22, 2020, Board Meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 5 pm. In light of current social distancing recommendations, the meeting will be held in virtual format accessible via livestream.

Winners Announced in Fairfax Parks‘ Annual Student Poetry Contest

Winners
April 23, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation celebrated Earth Day with a virtual poetry showcase recognizing the winners of the 2020 Fairfax Parks student poetry contest.

Park Authority Board Seeks Nominees for Park Service Awards

Park
April 23, 2020
You can recognize volunteer’s invaluable contributions with a nomination for an Elly Doyle Park Service Award, Elly Doyle Special Recognition Award, Elly Doyle Youth Award, Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award, Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award, or Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award. Anyone can submit nominations.

Park Acreage Expands in Fairfax County with New Purchase

Park
April 23, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority just added more than 11 acres of land to its holdings in fiscal year 2020.

A Shout-Out to Park Volunteers During Volunteer Appreciation Week

A
April 23, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority salutes its invaluable volunteers as the nation celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week April 19-25.

Laurel Hill Golf Club Launches Virtual Pro Shop

Laurel
April 23, 2020

Laurel Hill Golf Club’s newly launched virtual store brings its fully stocked pro shop straight to you! Customers can view items online or set up a virtual in-store shopping experience with a personal shopper. The pro shop features everything a golfer needs to play a round of golf, from sunglasses to apparel to golf balls.

Browse the online selection of performance technology polo…

Head to the Trails with your Camera to Capture Spring’s Beauty

Head
April 23, 2020

Spring is the perfect time to dust off your camera and head outside to capture images of budding trees, wildflowers and baby animals. Let the April issue of the Snapshots e-newsletter inspire you with photos from Fairfax County parks.

If you want to experiment a little with photo processing, Snapshot offers tips on how to use…

Park Authority Board Cancels April 22 Meeting

April 17, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has canceled its regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2020, and will instead be holding a virtual, electronic meeting on Wednesday, April 29 at 5 p.m.

More information regarding the agenda and how the public can view this meeting will be forthcoming.We appreciate your patience as we refine our digital meeting platform and…

Park Authority Launches Virtual Exploration Center

Park
April 15, 2020
Whether you’re looking for an on-demand workout, activities to entertain the kids, or historical tidbits about Fairfax County, check out the Park Authority’s new Virtual Exploration Center.

Discover Where to Find Imari Ware in artiFACTS

Discover
April 15, 2020
Visit artiFACTS and learn about beautiful Japanese Imari ware and how it was used for entertaining.

Stay Active with Free On-Demand Les Mills Programs

Stay
April 9, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority cares about your health and wellness and so does our RECenter fitness partner Les Mills.

Spike Your Plan to Play Volleyball and Soccer in the Parks

Spike
April 8, 2020
During this time of COVID-19 awareness and social distancing, please be aware that sports activities, of all kinds, except for use of trails are prohibited at Park Authority locations.

Make a Historical Discovery from the Comfort of Your Couch

Make
April 8, 2020
Use your extra time at home this spring to become an armchair archaeologist or couch curator with a visit to the Fairfax County Park Authority’s artiFACTS website.

Temporary Storage Site Approved at Boyd A. & Charlotte M. Hogge Park

Temporary
March 30, 2020
A temporary storage site will be established at Boyd A. & Charlotte M. Hogge Park in Falls Church, Virginia, to help with a construction project in the area.

Help Keep Parks, Yourself and Others Safe

Help
March 20, 2020

Observe s o c i a l d i s t a n c i n g while you’re being sociable in parks.

Although park facilities are closed, parks are open, and the Fairfax County Park Authority is asking you to observe government guidelines to limit your group size to fewer than 10 people during the current world pandemic. One of the key tactics to limiting the spread of coronavirus is social distancing,…

Lake Accotink Master Plan Revision Meetings Postponed

March 20, 2020

The Lake Accotink Master Plan Revision community meeting at Cardinal Forest Elementary School scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and the community meeting at the large waterfront pavilion in Lake Accotink Park on Saturday, April 18, 2020, are postponed indefinitely, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety precautions.

Public input continues to play a big role in developing a vision…

Park Authority Postpones Resident Curator Meetings

Park
March 20, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority has postponed two public meetings of its Resident Curator Program Evaluation Team for the Lahey Lost Valley property in Vienna, Va. As a result, the period for public comment on a resident curator application for the Lahey Lost Valley site has been extended.

The postponed meetings were set for Monday March 23, 2020, and Monday, March 30 in the…

Stay Active Indoors with Livestreamed Exercise Programs

March 20, 2020

While Park Authority RECenters are temporarily closed, you can stay active and reduce stress by exercising at home.

Try “Everyday Tai Chi” or choose from four “Everyday Yoga” classes. They can be livestreamed on Channel 16 television at the air times listed below or viewed online by clicking on the…

Parks Poetry Contest Deadline extended to March 17

Parks
March 11, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority has extended the deadline for the 2020 Parks Poetry Contest. Entries will now be due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.The previous deadline was March 13.

The extended deadline will allow students in grades K-8 to work on entries over the weekend and on the March 16 Teacher Workday just announced by Fairfax County Public Schools, while also…

James Zook Reappointed to Park Authority Board

James
March 11, 2020
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has reappointed James P. Zook to the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. The action came at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Community Meeting on Lake Accotink Master Plan Revision Set

Community
March 11, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a community meeting Tuesday, March 31, 2020, to provide an update on the Lake Accotink Park Master Plan Revision.

Grant Approved to Refurbish Equestrian Ring at Turner Farm Park

Grant
March 4, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant to refurbish the equestrian ring surface at Turner Farm Park.

Plaque Honoring Bob Lundegard to be Installed at Great Falls Grange

Plaque
March 4, 2020
A memorial plaque will be installed at Great Falls Grange Park in honor of the late Bob Lundegard.

Laura Eakin Erlacher to Join Park Foundation Board

Laura
March 4, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has confirmed the appointment of Laura Eakin Erlacher to the Fairfax County Park Foundation Board.

Be Wise and Check out the Festival of Owls at Huntley Meadows

Be
March 4, 2020
Meet local live owls up close and personal! Come to the “Festival of Owls” at Huntley Meadows Park on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Fairfax County joins Move Your Way campaign to encourage physical activity

Fairfax
March 4, 2020
Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is pleased to announce that Fairfax County has been selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to participate as a pilot community implementing the Move Your Way campaign.

Park Survey to Help Grandparents Connect Grandchildren with Nature

Park
February 26, 2020
Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren, and the Fairfax County Park Authority wants to know what it can do to help grandparents connect their grandchildren with nature.

Park Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Invasive Plant Control

February 26, 2020
A Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant will be used to help control invasive plants in the Turkeycock Run Stream Valley.

Find Quarterly Updates on Fairfax County Park Projects Online

Find
February 26, 2020
Discover the improvements and new facilities that have come to your local Fairfax County parks.

Learn Campfire Safety at Historic Huntley

Learn
February 26, 2020
Make Smokey Bear proud and register for the “Campfire Safety for Families” program.

Be an Early Bird to Get Good Photos at Huntley Meadows

Be
February 26, 2020
Discover how you can capture the beauty of Huntley Meadows Park with “Nature Photography At Dawn.”

Park Authority Camps Among the Best in Northern Virginia

Park
February 20, 2020
Fairfax County Park Authority summer camps are winners! They have once again been named in Northern Virginia Magazine’s Best Summer Camps list. 

Sully Seeks Local Students for Paid Internships

Sully
February 20, 2020
Sully Historic Site is pleased to announce the seventh year of the Margaret C. Peck Youth Internship program.

Celebrate Pi Day with Pie at Sully

Celebrate
February 20, 2020
Indulge in some pie with a scoop of history on the side on Pi Day 2020 -- Saturday, March 14.

Discover the Tale of a Tail-less Jacket in artiFACTS

Discover
February 20, 2020
In this month’s addition to the artiFACTS website, read about a ladies’ spencer that was used as a family’s dress-up costume for decades before its historic importance was documented by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Peer Deep into the Universe at Turner Farm Park

Peer
February 20, 2020
Dorothy may have worried about lions and tigers and bears, but you have nothing to fear at the “Nebulas, Star Clusters & Galaxies, Oh My!” program at Turner Farm Park.

Celebrate Earth Day with the 2020 Parks Poetry Contest

Celebrate
February 12, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation invite students in grades K-8 to enter the 2020 Fairfax Parks Poetry Contest in honor of National Poetry Month in April.

Public to Hear Resident Curator Proposal for Lahey Lost Valley

Public
February 12, 2020
This meeting provides an opportunity for the applicant to present a proposal to the evaluation team in a public forum.

Step Back in Time with Blacksmithing Demos at Colvin Run

Step
February 12, 2020

Take a walk back in time as “Blacksmithing Demonstrations” return to Colvin Run Mill on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Come to the mill and watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. This free program is suitable for all ages and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations are required.

Blacksmithing is weather and…

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at Hidden Oaks

February 12, 2020

Hear the tales of the ambitious “Yertle the Turtle” and the envious “Gertrude McFuzz” as Hidden Oaks Nature Center celebrates the birthday of the children’s writer known as Dr. Seuss.

Naturalists will read the stories of these fictional critters and show how real woodland creatures share some of the storybook animals’ talents. Participants can meet live animals and make a…

Join the Grassroots Science Movement at Green Spring Gardens

Join
February 12, 2020

With the data-gathering methods available to everyone these days, gardeners and nature lovers everywhere can provide critical information to scientists in this changing world. Discover how you can help with the “Citizen Science for Gardeners and Nature Lovers” program at Green Spring Gardens.

Bird migration, butterfly numbers, invasive plant spread, and insect populations are just…

Take a Walk on the Spy Side at Huntley Meadows

Take
February 12, 2020

Stroll the less-visited side of Huntley Meadows Park to uncover a history of spies and espionage. Learn how the Cold War struggle between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union shaped Huntley and the Fairfax County we know today.

The “Secrets, Spies, Sputniks and Huntley” program includes a 2.4-mile walk over flat terrain. It runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020,…

Godbold and Carter Reappointed to Park Board

Godbold
February 5, 2020

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors reappointed two members of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board to four-year terms. Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter will return as the representative for the Lee District, and Marguerite (Maggie) F. Godbold will continue to represent the Sully District. The action came at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Dr. Carter was…

Bundle Up for a Maple Syrup Boil Down at Colvin Run Mill

Bundle
February 5, 2020

Discover what it takes to turn sap into maple syrup for your waffles and pancakes. Come to the “Maple Syrup Boil-Down” at Colvin Run Mill on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

The sap is rising at this time of year, and trees at Colvin Run have been tapped to capture the drip, drip, drip of sap from the tree. Bundle up and watch as that sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an outdoor,…

Wish Animals Goodnight at the Animal Pajama Party at Hidden Oaks

February 5, 2020

Show off those new holiday pajamas at the “Animal Pajama Party” at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Sunday, February 16, 2020.

Children age 3 to 7 are invited to put on their PJs and get ready for bed along with some woodland critters. There will be bedtime stories and a chance to meet the nature center’s animals and bid them goodnight. Kids are welcome to bring their own stuffed…

Make your Garden Sensational Year-round with a Four-Season Approach

Make
February 5, 2020

Discover ways to maintain an interesting garden year-round at the 16th annual “EcoSavvy Symposium” at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

This year, the topic will be: The Four Season Garden-Sensational Ornamental and Edibles All Year Long. Author and columnist Marianne Wilburn and Smithsonian Gardens Horticulture Collections Manager Cindy Brown will share ways to…

Park Authority Summer Day Camps Registration Begins February 4

Park
January 29, 2020

It may be cold outside, but it’s time to think about summer, and more specifically about summer camp for your children! Who is thinking about summer? You should! Registration for summer camps begins next Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Recently voted as one of Northern Virginia Magazine’s Best Summer Camps 2020, the Fairfax County Park Authority offers more than 2,000 summer day camp options at…

Fairfax County Park Authority Shares in Tree Conservation Award

January 29, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is among the organizations that have been honored by the Fairfax County Tree Commission with an award for tree preservation.

Commission members voted to present the Tree Conservation Award for Tree Preservation to the team of agencies and consultants that worked on the Difficult Run at Brittenford Drive Stream Restoration Project. Urban…

Ride the Rails to Fairfax County’s Civil War Past in artiFACTS

Ride
January 29, 2020

Railroad lines through Fairfax County were critical to both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War, and remnants of those lines are being preserved in some Fairfax County parks. In this month’s edition of artiFACTS, learn about a segment of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad that was documented at Lake Accotink Park. County archeologists are…

Annandale Community Park Playground to be Replaced

Annandale
January 29, 2020

A new playground is coming to Annandale Community Park. At its meeting on January 22, 2020, the Fairfax County Park Board approved a plan to demolish the current playground, which has exceeded its life cycle, and build a new playground that meets accessibility requirements and is located closer to the existing rentable…

McLean Project for the Arts and Park Authority to Host Open House for Possible Arts Center at Clemyjontri Park

McLean
January 29, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) andtheMcLean Project for the Arts(MPA)will host apublic open house to discuss the potential for development of anarts and education center at Clemyjontri Park. The meetingwill be held onMonday,February 24, 2020, with the open house at 6:30 p.m. and a presentationandcommunitydiscussionat7 p.m. The meeting will take place​in MPA's Emerson…

Travel Back through 50 Years of Headlines at a Green Spring Tea

Travel
January 29, 2020

Green Spring Gardens turns 50 year this, and to help celebrate its golden anniversary, the park is hosting “A Half Century of Headlines: Lecture and Tea.”

Come to the historic house and test yourself with a fun quiz on momentous milestones of the past. Revisit 50 years of world headlines, from the transformative to the trivial, and hear about some headlines made at Green Spring.…

Feed the Birds with your own Pinecone Birdfeeder this Winter

Feed
January 29, 2020

Help feed your feathered friends this winter with the “Make Your Own Pinecone Birdfeeders!” program at Riverbend Park.

Find out what birds stick around through the winter and make and take home a pinecone bird feeder to help them get through the cold. Learn about the common birds that may visit your feeder.

The program is being offered on two Saturdays in February –…

Treat your Little Sweetie to the Animal Sweethearts Dance

Treat
January 29, 2020

Get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with the “Animal Sweethearts Dance” at Hidden Pond Nature Center on Saturday, February 8, 2020. It’s the social event of Hidden Pond’s winter season!

Bring your youngster to the nature center for a morning of dancing, refreshments and crafts. There will be costumed animal characters, as well as live animals to entertain. The program runs from 10…

2020 Park Authority Board Officers Elected

2020
January 28, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board elected officers for 2020 in January.

At its meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, the Board voted to return William G. Bouie, who represents the Hunter Mill District, to his 12th term as chairman. Providence District Representative Ken Quincy will serve again as vice chairman. Michael W. Thompson, Jr., of the Springfield District, returns…

Burke Lake Golf Center Honored as Top 50 Public Range

Burke
January 22, 2020

For the second year running, Burke Lake Golf Center's driving range was recognizedas one of the Top 50 Public Ranges by Golf Range Magazine, apublication of the Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) and the Professional Golf Association (PGA).

Each year GRAArecognizes theteaching professionals, public, private and stand-alone rangeswhose achievements stood out.

GRAA…

Don’t Let the Cold Keep You and Your Camera Indoors

Don’t
January 22, 2020

Winter can be a beautiful time of year to take photos in Fairfax County parks, and the January issue of the Snapshots e-newsletter offers some tips on how to get you and your camera ready for a cold or snowy day.

Get inspired by the winners of the annual First Hike photo contest and see some award-winning nature photos shot…

Be Prepared with Wilderness Survival and Fire-Building Skills

Be
January 22, 2020

Learn basic wilderness survival skills, cook a meal over a campfire or study the art of fire-building in outdoor programs on Sunday, February 15, 2020, in county parks.

Huntley Meadows Park is offering “Wilderness Survival Skills 101” to get you ready for your next venture into the wild. In this program, learn how to build a fire, read a compass and set up a tent for shelter. The…

Wander through Winter on a Waterfowl Hike at Riverbend Park

Wander
January 22, 2020

Some water birds stick around all winter and others merely pass through our region. Go on a “Winter Waterfowl Hike” at Riverbend Park on Friday, February 7, 2020, and see what birds you can find.

Bird lovers age 14 to adult are invited to hike with a naturalist to search for winter waterfowl along the Upper Potomac River. Participants should bring binoculars and spotting scopes.…

Discover How Stone Soup Can Chase Away the Winter’s Cold

Discover
January 22, 2020
NOTICE: Making Stone Soup at Frying Pan Farm Park has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Nothing warms you up faster in winter than a hot bowl of soup, and making homemade soup from scratch can be easy. Learn how at the “Making Stone Soup” class at Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Your group will create a soup based on the children’s…

Go on a Winter Witch Hazel Hunt at Green Spring Gardens

Go
January 22, 2020

Celebrate Green Spring’s 50th anniversary with a garden tour featuring the park’s signature shrub. This docent-led tour will showcase Green Spring Gardens’ nationally-accredited witch hazel collection featuring more than 200 specimens that bloom from fall through March. After the tour, warm up in the Historic House with hot drinks.

The “Garden Tour-Winter Witch Hazels” program is…

Put your Manners to the Royal Test with Tea at Historic Green Spring

Put
January 22, 2020

Enjoy a traditional English tea as you learn about etiquette for nobility at the “Royal Manners” Lecture and Tea” on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Hear about codes of diplomatic decorum and dictates of British royal protocol, past and present. Learn the complex rules of etiquette to follow when in the presence of royalty and the surprising rules the royals must follow as well. This…

Take a Leap into the Wilderness on a Leap Day Walk at Huntley Meadows

Take
January 22, 2020

Celebrate the day that only comes around every four years. This Leap Day, go on a guided tour of the forest and wetland habitats at Huntley Meadows Park. Learn about common winter wildlife and where to find critters in the park at this time of year.

The “Leap Day Wilderness Walk” runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020. It’s designed for participants age four to…

Take your Family on a Hunt for Flying Squirrels or Courting Woodcocks

Take
January 22, 2020

Discover flying squirrels and lovesick woodcocks in park programs on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

At the “Family Woodcock Walk” at Huntley Meadows Park, listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Be ready for an approximately 1.5-mile walk on uneven terrain, and don’t forget to bring a flashlight. This event is designed for…

Plan Your Kids' Park Authority Summer Camps Now - My Summer Camp Planner!

Plan
January 16, 2020

Who is thinking about summer? You should! Registration for summer camps begins Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The Fairfax County Park Authority offers more than 2,000 summer day camp options for kids ages 3 to 17 at over 100 locations including RECenters, nature centers, historic sites, lakefront parks, golf courses and schools.

Want to make sure you get the popular camp your child…

Comments on Proposed Fee Adjustments Accepted Through Month’s End

January 16, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority has scheduled an opportunity for comments on the agency’s proposed 2020 fee adjustments. The public is invited to share their perspectives on the proposals with the Park Authority Board on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the Park Authority Board Room 941 on the ninth floor of the Herrity Building located at 12055 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax,…

Search for Hidden Treasures at Lake Fairfax Park with GPS

January 16, 2020

Set off on a search for hidden treasure at Lake Fairfax Park after learning how to put your Global Positioning System (GPS) unit to work.

At the “Geocaching Workshop” on Saturday, February 8, 2020, students age eight to adult will learn how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS. Treasure hunters will then follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container…

Discover Bunny Mellon’s Oak Spring Garden in a Winter Lecture

Discover
January 16, 2020

During this winter’s lecture series at Green Spring Gardens, hear from the gardener who’s carrying on in the spirit of Bunny Mellon at the Oak Spring Garden.

Rachel “Bunny” Mellon was a gardener, artist and icon who created countless gardens for famous friends and family, including the White House Rose Garden and the Potager du Roi at Versailles. Her most intimate garden was the…

Put a Little Muscle into an Old-fashioned Taffy Pull at Frying Pan Farm

Put
January 16, 2020

Dress for the weather and plan to get messy at an old-fashioned taffy pull at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Come to the “Old-fashioned Candy Making Party!” on Saturday, February 8, 2020, and make new friends as you make candy and sample refreshments from the olden days. Historic farm interpreters will lead a program that includes exhibits of an early 20th-century farmhouse, a brief…

Discover How Animals are Coping with Cold this Winter

Discover
January 16, 2020

Your pet may wear a sweater when it gets cold outside, but what do animals in the wild do to stay warm? Get some answers at the “Winter Wonder Campfire” at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Friday, January 24, 2020.

Bundle yourself up and get ready to learn some animal strategies for surviving winter. Meet some of the park’s exhibit animals and find out how they cope with the cold and…

Ring in the Chinese New Year with a Celebration at Hidden Oaks

January 16, 2020

Celebrate Chinese New Year with games, stories and crafts at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

Come to the park for the “Chinese New Year-Year of the Rat” party. Ring in the Year of the Rat by participating in a Ribbon Dance and a Dragon Parade. The program runs from 2 to 3 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. This event is designed for family members age…

Voting Now Open for First Hike Fairfax People’s Choice

Voting
January 8, 2020

On January 1, 2020, hundreds of people rang in the new year by hiking in Fairfax County parks. The Fairfax County Park Authority received nearly 200 entries in our annual First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest. Judges chose the top 18 photos for inclusion in the People’s Choice category and voting is now open! Visit ...

New Year Brings a New Facebook Link for Fairfax Parks

New
January 8, 2020

The new year brings opportunity for change and that rings true for the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Facebook page.

Effective Tuesday, January 7, 2020, the Park Authority’s Facebook handle has changed to @fairfaxparks. The link to the Facebook page has therefore changed to: www.facebook.com/fairfaxparks. This…

Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge - Sip at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Quench
January 8, 2020

Laurel Hill Golf Club invites guests, 21 years and older, to kick off the new Sip Series; classes and events that mix art and history with food, wine and spirits. Enjoy an afternoon with local experts as well as the expertise of Laurel Hill’s catering staff. Events are open to the public.

Sláinte! Scotch lovers rejoice on Saturday, February 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sip &…

Playground Replacement to Begin at Spring Lane Park

Playground
January 8, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on the Spring Lane 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 January. The project includes replacement of the playground equipment and related site work.…

Try your Hand at Cranking Ice Cream and Using Ice Tongs

Try
January 8, 2020

Ice cream didn’t always come from the freezer section of your local supermarket. Visit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Saturday, January 25, 2020, and learn the old-fashioned way of “Making Ice & Ice Cream at Walney.”

Crank ice cream as you discover how ice was harvested and stored on a 19th century farm. Try your hand at using ice tongs. The program runs from 2 to 3 p.m. and is…

Forge Ahead into February with Flying Squirrels and Campfires

Forge
January 8, 2020

Fill a chilly February evening with hikes, hot cocoa, s’mores and campfires at a park.

On Saturday, February 1, 2020, Huntley Meadows Park is hosting a “Hot Cocoa Wetland Night Hike” for participants age six to adult. Sip hot cocoa and join a naturalist for a winter wetland tour after dark. Look for signs and listen for sounds of beavers, owls, deer and other nocturnal winter…

Discover What Became Dinner at a Real Whooodunnit at Hidden Oaks

January 8, 2020
NOTICE: Investigating owls at Hidden Oaks Nature Center has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Barred Owls. Screech Owls. Great Horned Owls.

They are all owls whoooo live in this area. Learn more about them at the “Investigating Owls” program for adults at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Monday, January 13, 2020.

Hear about the different owl species…

Sample Fresh Syrup Over Cornbread at the Maple Syrup Boil-Down

Sample
January 8, 2020

How does maple syrup get from the tree to your breakfast table? See the old-fashioned process from beginning to end at the “Maple Syrup Boil-Down at Colvin Run Mill.”

When the sap starts to rise, the maple trees are tapped at Colvin Run and the drip, drip, drip begins. Now, it’s sugaring time! Bundle up, watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an outdoor, open…

Stroll the Boardwalk Under a Super Moon in February

Stroll
January 8, 2020

Experience the bright super moon rising in the sky as you take an evening boardwalk stroll at Huntley Meadows Park.

On the night of a super moon, the moon will be at its closest approach to Earth and the full moon often appears to be larger than usual. Take a “Super Moon Hike” at the park from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2020. This program is designed for participants…

Swap Seeds and Soak Up Gardening Info at 15th Annual Seed Exchange

Swap
January 8, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority and Washington Gardener Magazine are co-hosting the 15th Annual Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Stop by for gardening lectures, a seed swap and more. Bring your extra seeds to swap and leave with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends and expert planting advice.

The “Washington Gardener Seed…

New Canoes Coming to Riverbend Park through Grant

New
August 2, 2018

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…

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