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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Have a Splash and Earn Some Cash with a Summer Job at Water Mine

Have
January 25, 2023
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole offers a wide range of opportunities to earn some cash this summer!

Laurel Hill Golf Club Rated Among Virginia’s Top Courses

Laurel
January 25, 2023
Laurel Hill Golf Club was ranked among the top 20 best golf courses in Virginia according to the annual Golfers' Choice lists generated by the GolfPass community ratings and reviews.

Transport Yourself to the Tropics at Green Spring Gardens

Transport
January 25, 2023
Take a break from the winter weather and get some tropical inspiration with upcoming programs at Green Spring Gardens.

Learn All About Seeds at Green Spring Gardens This February

Learn
January 25, 2023
Come to Green Spring Gardens to explore the sensational world of seeds!

Celebrate Winter’s Starry Skies at Astronomy Festivals in the Park

Celebrate
January 25, 2023
With long evenings and clear skies, it is a great time to observe constellations and planets and create lasting family memories at the same time.

‘All-American Girl’ Activity Opens a Window to the Past at Sully Historic Site

‘All-American
January 25, 2023
Have your child pack a favorite doll, drink and snack, and visit Sully Historic Site for an All-American Girls story.

Burke Lake and Oak Marr Golf Centers Named Among PGA’s Top 50 Public Ranges

Burke
January 18, 2023
Two of Golf Fairfax’s ranges were 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).

Park Authority Breaks Ground on New Mount Vernon Rec Center

Park
January 18, 2023
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, for the expansion and renovation of the Mount Vernon Rec Center in Alexandria, Virginia, one of the county’s oldest and most popular Rec Centers.

Sully Historic Site Hosts Black History Month Lecture Series

Sully
January 18, 2023
Black History Month is more than just a monthlong observance at the Sully Historic Site.

Do You Wanna Build a (Felted) Snowman?

Do
January 18, 2023
Welcome the winter with a two-session workshop at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site.

Park Authority Chairman Concludes Distinguished Tenure

Park
January 13, 2023
Fairfax County Park Authority Board Chairman Bill Bouie has announced his intention to step down as chairman of the Park Authority Board after 14 years of distinguished leadership of that body.

Spectacular Photos Showcase Fantastic First Hikes in Fairfax

Spectacular
January 11, 2023
This year, nearly 300 contestants submitted photos showcasing the sights and scenes they experienced. The results were amazing!

Open a Window to the Past with Colvin Run Mill Book Club

Open
January 11, 2023
Join the Colvin Run Mill Book Club to broaden your horizons through excellent literature, insightful discussions, and fantastic treats.

Esports Club Takes Gaming from the Couch to the Community

Esports
January 11, 2023
The Fairfax County Park Authority is helping to get young gamers off the couch, out of the house and into the community with the new Esports Club.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Burke Lake Park

Celebrate
January 11, 2023
Commemorate the Lunar New Year with crafts, games, New Year’s resolutions, traditional snacks, and a discussion about history and culture.

Meet Flying Squirrels, Snakes, Toads and Turtles – Oh My!

Meet
January 11, 2023
Have a close encounter with some of the area’s common but curious critters!

Playground Replacement Underway at Glasgow Park

Playground
January 4, 2023
The Fairfax County Park Authority has begun work to replace the playground equipment at Glasgow Park.

Prepare Today for Park Authority Summer Camp Registration

Prepare
January 4, 2023
Registration for Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) summer camps serving children ages 3 to 16 will begin Jan. 10, 2023.

Grant Award To Fund Removal of Invasive Plants at Blake Lane

Grant
January 4, 2023
The Fairfax County Park Foundation has received a $20,000 grant to support the removal of invasive plants and replace them with new seedlings at Blake Lane Park in Oakton, Virginia.

Rec Center Memberships Offer Something for Everyone

Rec
January 4, 2023
Step confidently into a healthy new year and chart your course to improved health and wellness by creating a routine that works for you and meets your interests.

Make Bird Day Every Day with Fairfax County Parks

Make
January 4, 2023
Jan. 5, 2023 may be National Bird Day, but it’s not the only time to appreciate the abundance of beauty, color and species of birds that reside in and migrate through Fairfax County.

Learn To Preserve Your Story for Generations To Come

Learn
January 4, 2023
Learning about the past is a fascinating journey of self-discovery, as the histories of former generations become a part of our own living stories.

Lake Fairfax RV Campsites Now Open for 2023 Season

Lake
January 4, 2023
If you need to break away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, give RV-ing a try at Lake Fairfax!

Dinos Roar in Puppet Show and Crafts at Hidden Oaks

January 4, 2023
Dinos Roar in Puppet Show and Crafts at Hidden Oaks

Natural Wonders on Display at ‘Art in the Gardens’ Exhibits

Natural
January 4, 2023
Come and see exquisite photos of natural scenes and wildlife contributed by artists and photographers from across the D.C. area at the Green Spring Gardens “Art in the Gardens” exhibits.

Interstellar Art Class Stretches the Imagination at Hidden Oaks

January 4, 2023
Join artist and naturalist Avery Gunther and learn new tips and techniques to artistically recreate the beauty of outer space.

Park Authority Board Approves Ruckstuhl Park Project Scope

Park
December 21, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the project scope for the development of Ruckstuhl Park in the Providence District.

Park Authority Seeks Public Input on Proposed Fee Changes

Park
December 21, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority has scheduled its annual community comment meeting on the agency’s proposed fee adjustments.

Gailliot, Ta Reappointed to Park Foundation Board

Gailliot,
December 21, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has confirmed the reappointments of Michael Gailliot and Kevin Ta as recommended by the Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) Board.

New Community Park in Falls Church Now Open 

New
December 21, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority has achieved substantial completion on the development of Boyd A. and Charlotte M. Hogge Park in Falls Church.

Recycle Live Christmas Trees at the Curb, Not Your Local Park

Recycle
December 21, 2022
The Park Authority reminds you to recycle your tree at the curb and not by dumping it in the woods or on Fairfax County parkland.

‘Whoo’ is Coming to the Campfire at Hidden Oaks?

December 21, 2022
Learn to identify these owls from other native owls by their calls, markings and behaviors.

Mount Vernon Rec Center To Close Dec. 31

Mount
December 14, 2022
The Mount Vernon Rec Center will close its doors at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, for an extensive renovation and expansion project expected to last two years.

Farmers Market Vendors Sought for 2023 Season

Farmers
December 14, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is beginning the Vendor Application process for the 2023 farmers market season.

Gorham, Stone and Thompson Reappointed to Park Board

Gorham,
December 14, 2022
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors reappointed three members of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board.

artiFACTS: Toy Car Provides Portal to the Past

artiFACTS:
December 14, 2022
It’s interesting how much the day-to-day tools, utensils and technologies we use will tell of our day.

Oak Marr Child Care Room To Open Jan. 2

Oak
December 14, 2022
Parents and guardians will be able to drop off their children for up to two hours while they get in a workout, take a dip in the pool or enjoy any of the center’s diverse programming options.

Join the Search for Snowflake’s Gifts at Cub Run Rec Center

Join
December 14, 2022
Join the effort to find hidden treasures in nature through this creative winter-themed video scavenger hunt through the forest behind Cub Run Rec Center.

Enjoy a New Year’s Day Hike With a Naturalist at Burke Lake

Enjoy
December 14, 2022
If you want to join in the fun of First Hike 2023, consider a sunrise or sunset hike with a naturalist at Burke Lake Park on New Year’s Day!

Park Board Changes Parks, Rec Center Name in Lee District

Park
December 7, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has changed the name of two parks and one Rec Center.

Meeting Set To Discuss Turf Proposal for Linway Terrace Park

Meeting
December 7, 2022
The Park Authority has received a proposal from McLean Little League to fund the conversion of the grass baseball diamond at Linway Terrace Park to synthetic turf.

Mason District Park Authority Board Rep Reappointed

Mason
December 7, 2022
Mason District Representative Ron Kendall was recently reappointed to the Fairfax County Park Authority Board by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for another four-year term.

Winter Lecture Series Set To Offer Gardening Inspiration

Winter
December 7, 2022
Join us on Sunday afternoons in January and February in 2023 and learn from the experts through Green Spring Gardens’ annual Winter Lecture Series for home gardeners.

Take a Hike! First Hike Photo Contest Returns

Take
December 7, 2022
Ring in the new year with a hike on Fairfax County trails! Even better, take a great photo and win a prize.

Register Today for Winter Break Camps at the Park Authority

Register
December 7, 2022
Are you looking for ways to keep your child busy this winter break? If so, look no further!

Sip and Crunch; Join Us for a T-Rex Tea Party at Hidden Oaks

December 7, 2022
We’re having dinosaurs for tea! What could possibly go wrong?

Create Colorful, Natural Winter Art at Hidden Oaks

December 7, 2022
Let your inner artist loose through Kaleidoscope Art Weaving!

Bang the Bodhran with Celtic Band IONA at Sully Historic Site

Bang
December 7, 2022
IONA returns to the Sully Historic Site for a holiday concert on Dec. 30, 2022.

Add a Little Local History to the Holidays at Sully Historic Site

Add
December 7, 2022
Visit the Sully Historic Site Visitor Center and the Squirrel’s Nest Museum Shop this holiday season to add a unique touch of local history to the holidays.

Reimagined Wakefield Skate Park Now Open

Reimagined
November 30, 2022
The newly refurbished and expanded Wakefield Skate Park is open to the public.

Mastenbrook Grant Helps To Fund McNaughton Park Improvements

Mastenbrook
November 30, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Funds Grant to help fund a project to construct a concession/restroom building at McNaughton Fields Park.

Park Authority Staff Honored with VRPS President’s Award

Park
November 30, 2022
Two Fairfax County Park Authority employees were presented with the 2022 Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) President’s Award at the society’s annual conference in Virginia Beach.

Reserve Your Candlelight Tour and Get Your Tickets for Sully Historic Site

Reserve
November 30, 2022
Visitors will experience holiday traditions and decorations, including an 1885 Christmas tree, from the families that lived at Sully during the 18th and 19th century.

Come See the Elegant Decorations at Sully Historic Site

Come
November 30, 2022
Starting Dec. 1 through Dec. 23, 2022, come see the late 18th century decorations throughout the house at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Virginia.

Scholastic Swim Meets, Aquatics Alter Rec Center Pool Schedules

Scholastic
November 30, 2022
For hundreds of student athletes across the region, winter brings the start of the competitive swim season.

See Flying Squirrels Gliding into Hidden Oaks

November 30, 2022
Flying squirrels are commonly zipping between trees just after dusk, but many of us never get a chance to see them.

Storybook Trail Opens at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Storybook
November 30, 2022
This new trail at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park combines the opportunity for a healthful walk, the chance to share and interact with your favorite little one, and it provides a cost-free outdoor adventure.

Glide Over for a Cozy Flying Squirrel Campfire

Glide
November 30, 2022
A winter’s evening is the best time to learn about fairy gliders, better known as flying squirrels.

Santa Comes to Lake Accotink Park, Visits with Kids and Pets

Santa
November 30, 2022
Bring the whole family, including four-legged members, to celebrate the holidays at Lake Accotink Park.

Accotink Young Flappers Challenge High Schools to Park Cleanup

Accotink
November 23, 2022
If cleaning up Lake Accotink Park, while also competing with other high schools to collect the most trash sounds fun, it’s time to sign up for The Flap Trash Off.

Find Balance Between Meals and Fitness This Holiday Season

Find
November 23, 2022
Balance all the delicious holiday meals and hectic holiday shopping at your nearby Fairfax County Park Authority Rec Center.

Park Board Sets 2023 Meeting Schedule

Park
November 16, 2022
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 2023 meeting schedule.

Riverbend Forest Preschool Plans Open House

Riverbend
November 16, 2022
Riverbend Park Forest Preschool will hold an Open House on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, from 10 a.m. until noon.

Resident Curator Open House Set for Turner Farmhouse

Resident
November 16, 2022
The Turner Farmhouse Foundation (TFF) is hosting its third-annual pancake breakfast and open house.

Holiday Lights on the Farm Shine Brightly

Holiday
November 16, 2022
Come enjoy the Holiday on the Farm! Thousands of lights will decorate the Frying Pan Farm Park on select weekend evenings this December.

Plan Educational Family Fun This December at Green Spring Gardens

Plan
November 16, 2022
Bring the kids to Green Spring Gardens this December for one of these wonderful winter-themed programs.

Find Your Favorite Holiday Adventures at FCPA’s Seasonal Events Page

Find
November 16, 2022
Wouldn’t it be great if you could find lots of Park Authority holiday programs and events listed conveniently in one location? That’s what we thought.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center Offers Unique Seasonal Programs

Hidden
November 16, 2022
There is always something interesting to do at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale.

Shop Crafts for the Holiday With Your Local Park Volunteers

Shop
November 16, 2022
The Oakton Community Park Volunteer Team, in collaboration with other Oakton community organizations, will host a crafts sale at the historic schoolhouse in Oakton Community Park.

Wanda Rixon Field Naming Slated for Saturday, Nov. 19

Wanda
November 10, 2022
Friends and family, local officials and members off the Fairfax Women’s Soccer Association will gather on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. to dedicate a field at Pine Ridge Park in honor of Wanda Rixon.

Three FCPA Farmers Markets Remain Open in December

Three
November 10, 2022
The Fairfax County Farmers Markets have extended the season at three popular market locations.

Burke Lake Marina Maintenance Project To Begin

Burke
November 10, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) will soon begin work on the Burke Lake Park Marina Maintenance Project.

Celebrate Fall Festivals on International Children’s Day

Celebrate
November 10, 2022
Celebrate International Children’s Day honoring children everywhere with a multicultural salute. Hidden Oaks will highlight fall festivals.

Snakes Aren’t Slimy, Silly or Stinky; They are Super!

Snakes
November 10, 2022
Snakes native to Fairfax County showcase superior adaptations that enable them to get a meal or to keep from being a meal.

Jenny or Jake? Find Out at Tricky Turkeys at Hidden Oaks

November 10, 2022
Baby turkeys and their adults are very curious creatures.

FCPA Marks National Native American Heritage Month

FCPA
November 3, 2022
November is National Native American Heritage Month.

Get Ready for NASCOW’s Return at Frying Pan Farm Park Friday!

Get
November 3, 2022
Get set, get ready and root for your favorite cow when Frying Pan Farm Park hosts its third NASCOW Race.

Park Authority Names New Golf Division Director

Park
November 3, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) named Ryan Carmen to serve as its new Golf Division Director.

Veterans and Their Families Invited To Use Rec Centers

Veterans
November 3, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority will join in the national commemoration of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, by offering free admission to the Rec Centers to those who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

artiFACTS Explores a Mug and a Determined Woman

artiFACTS
November 3, 2022
In the November edition of artiFACTS, find out the story behind mended sherds of pearlware with a colorfully painted female figure found at a homestead in Lorton, Virginia.

Explore the War of 1812 at Historic Colvin Run Mill

Explore
November 3, 2022
Visit Colvin Run Mill to discover how communities, such as Colvin Run supported the young U.S. Navy during the War of 1812.

Golf Fairfax Black Friday Pass Sale Starts Nov. 19

Golf
November 3, 2022
There has never been a better time to use your Fairfax County Park Authority Rec Center and the robust Aqua Fitness classes taking place.

FCPA Rec Center Annual Aqua Flex Pass Sale Underway

FCPA
November 3, 2022
There has never been a better time to use your Fairfax County Park Authority Rec Center and the robust Aqua Fitness classes taking place.

Fairfax Villa Park Bridge To Be Replaced

Fairfax
October 28, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will be working to remove and replace the existing bridge at Fairfax Villa Park.

New Survey Will Help Develop Park Planning Strategy

New
October 26, 2022
Add your voice to the conversation via a short survey.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center Recognized for Educational Videos

Hidden
October 26, 2022
Hidden Oaks Nature Center took the challenge of filling the educational gap brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, developing a video alternative to onsite field trips.

Halloween in the Woods Comes to Riverbend Park

Halloween
October 26, 2022
Join lots of little ones for Halloween in the Woods at Riverbend Park on Halloween morning, Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Get Creative This Holiday Season at Green Spring Gardens

Get
October 26, 2022
Before the hustle and bustle of the holidays, treat yourself to a day of fun and learning.

Park Authority Receives Over $6 Million in Carryover Support

October 19, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority was the recipient of just over $6 million in carryover funding approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors earlier this month.

Park Authority Honors Former Board Chair Ellamae Doyle

Park
October 19, 2022
Ellamae Doyle, former chairman and member of the Park Board, is the recipient of a Chairman’s Choice Award, which recognizes her many years of service to the Park Authority and to residents of Fairfax County.

Adapted Aquatics Instructors Receive Inaugural Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award

Adapted
October 19, 2022
This year, the Park Authority Board will present the inaugural Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award, which was established this past summer.

Park Authority Names New Director of Marketing and Communications

Park
October 19, 2022
Susan Kalish has been named Director of the Office of Marketing and Communications.

Speak Up and Help Shape the Park System of the Future

Speak
October 19, 2022
There is still time to have your say and make an impact on the Fairfax County park system of the future! You can still join in the conversation online at two approaching workshops!

High School Swim and Dive Returns to Rec Centers in November

High
October 19, 2022
Fairfax County Park Authority Rec Centers will welcome back FCPS High School swim and dive teams starting Nov. 7, 2022.

Make a Floral Arrangement on Oct. 29

Make
October 19, 2022
Create a beautiful fall floral arrangement in the Floral Design Workshop.

Join the Monster Mash at South Run Rec Center Oct. 30

Join
October 19, 2022
Join all the other monsters and run for the fun of it at the South Run Rec Center on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022.

Construction Begins on Turner Farm Equestrian Parking Area

Construction
October 12, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin construction of the equestrian parking at Turner Farm Park, located at 927 Springvale Road, Great Falls, Virginia.

Join the Fun and Celebrate Harvest Time at Colvin Run Mill

Join
October 12, 2022
Just in case you have not signed up yet, you can still spend a day in the 1800s and explore how local crops were turned into food.

McLean Gears Up for Dark Sky Celebration

McLean
October 12, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is partnering with the McLean Citizens Association, Dark Sky Friends and the Analemma Society to host a celebration of the importance of dark skies.

Lake Accotink Park Hosts Youth Fishing Derby

Lake
October 12, 2022
On Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, a free Youth Fishing Derby for youngsters ages 15 and below will take place at Lake Accotink Park Marina.

Fear-less Fest Returns to Hidden Oaks Nature Center

October 12, 2022
One night a year, the forest creatures, and even some plants, come alive at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Learn To Make an Adorable Felted Bear

Learn
October 12, 2022
Outside, the bears are going to sleep, but you can make your own personality-filled felted toy bear.

Haunted Mini Golf Comes to Oak Marr Rec Center

Haunted
October 12, 2022
Come in your favorite costume to Oak Marr Rec Center and play some Haunted Mini Golf.

Learn More About Park Access and Inclusion

Learn
October 12, 2022
In a new Parks Plus video, you can learn how these inclusive programs are making a difference and providing life-changing experiences for individuals with disabilities of all ages and ability levels and their families.

Park Authority Opens New Pickleball Courts at Two Parks

Park
October 6, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will officially open new pickleball courts at two locations on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.

Select FCPA Farmers Markets Pilot Hot Foods

Select
October 5, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority farmers markets are pleased to announce the 2022 hot foods pilot program for the remainder of this year’s market season.

October artiFACTS Examines Writing in the Walls

October
October 5, 2022
You never know what lies behind the walls in old houses.

FCPA Marks Virginia Archaeology Month in October

FCPA
October 5, 2022
October is Virginia Archaeology Month.

Learn To Capture Nature’s Beauty with Ink and Markers

Learn
October 5, 2022
Discover techniques to create your own art projects and drawings using gel pens, art markers, colored pencils and watercolors.

The Science of Skeletons Is More Fun Than Spooky

The
October 5, 2022
Using real and simulated skulls and bones, children ages 5-11 can discover secrets that skeletons unlock.

Hunt for Mini Pumpkins in Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks

October 5, 2022
As the air gets crisp, the fun of fall abounds in the parks.

Invite Flying Squirrels to Your Backyard with a Feeding Box

Invite
October 5, 2022
Families can learn proven strategies to encourage these amazing native flying squirrels to your treed backyard.

Venture Into Volunteering Fair Returns

Venture
October 5, 2022
The 17th Venture Into Volunteering Fair has returned.

Enjoy Exercise with Rec Center Drop-In Group Fitness Classes

Enjoy
October 5, 2022
Add a dose of motivation to your workouts with Group Fitness Classes.

Public May Comment Online on Trailside Park Master Plan Amendment

Public
September 28, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority has initiated a master plan amendment process for Trailside Park, a 6.6-acre local park located at 6000 Trailside Drive in Springfield, Virginia.

Enjoy a Weekend of Family Fun at Farm Harvest Days

Enjoy
September 28, 2022
The activity heats up as temperatures cool down on the farm. See all that’s happening as Farm Harvest Days returns to Frying Pan Farm Park Oct. 14 through Oct. 16, 2022.

MYS, Leidos and UAE Honored for Philanthropic Partnership

MYS,
September 28, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) will honor McLean Youth Soccer Association (MYS) with a 2022 Eakin Philanthropy Award.

FCPA Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

FCPA
September 28, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October.

Help Develop Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Access Strategy

Help
September 28, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is developing a Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Access Strategy (PROSA).

Join in the Fun of Healthy Together Fairfax This Sunday

Join
September 28, 2022
This weekend, you can renew your personal commitment to health and wellness. Healthy Together Fairfax (HTF) will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022 from noon until 4 p.m. at Lee District Park.

Go Ape Offers Fall Festivities at South Run Rec Center

Go
September 28, 2022
Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park, a Fairfax County Park Authority business partner, located at the South Run Rec Center, is celebrating the change in seasons with a variety of fun, fall festivities throughout September and October.

Fishing Reports Let You Know Where the Fish are Biting

Fishing
September 28, 2022
Fairfax County Park Authority staff can help you find where the fish are biting with fishing reports.

Park Authority Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant Allocations

Park
September 16, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board allocated funds to continue the popular Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Grant Program.

Enjoy Autumn Colors and Bring the Magic of Fall to Your Own Landscape

Enjoy
September 16, 2022
Are you spellbound by the lovely trees you see at Green Spring Gardens? Learn about them and about how you can add more fall beauty to your own garden at one of these upcoming programs.

Get Creative in October at Green Spring Gardens

Get
September 16, 2022
Are you looking for a fun creative outlet for yourself or your family this fall? Consider signing up for a fine arts class at Green Spring Gardens in October.

Resurfacing of Borge Street Basketball Courts To Begin

Resurfacing
September 14, 2022
Beginning next week, site prep work will start on a Fairfax County Park Authority project that will replace the asphalt surfacing, color coating, fencing and gates, net posts, footers, and nets at the Borge Street Park basketball courts.

Trail Fixes Planned at Difficult Run Near Dulles Access Road

Trail
September 14, 2022
In just about two weeks, a Fairfax County Park Authority trail improvement project will get underway on the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail in Difficult Run Park near the Dulles Access Road.

Farmers Markets Plan Fall Harvest Festival in October

Farmers
September 14, 2022
Join the Fairfax County Farmers Markets for the Fall Harvest Festival at four FCPA Farmers Market locations.

Friends Groups Honored as 2022 Strickland Award Recipients

Friends
September 14, 2022
There are two Harold Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award recipients this year. The recipients include the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park and the Friends of Lake Accotink Park.

Ghost Town Comes to Burke Lake Park

Ghost
September 14, 2022
Announcing the inaugural year of the Ghost Town event at Burke Lake Park.

Small-Space Gardening Dreams Come True at This Year’s Garden Symposium

Small-Space
September 14, 2022
Do you have a small space but big garden dreams?

Learn About the Hidden History in Quilts at Green Spring Gardens

September 14, 2022
We invite you to explore the hidden history revealed in quilts inspired by Native American and Indigenous culture and lifeways.

Enjoy International Storytime at Green Spring Gardens

Enjoy
September 14, 2022
Enjoy nature-themed stories in different languages in the magical setting of the Children's Garden at Green Spring Gardens.

Lewis High Park Tennis Courts Close for Repairs

Lewis
September 14, 2022
The closure is estimated to be about two weeks in duration.

Kite Flyers Reminded of Dangers of String, Filament Left Behind

Kite
September 7, 2022
Flying a kite seems simple, but there are strings attached to this fun activity.

Elly Doyle Youth Volunteer Service Awardees To Be Honored

Elly
September 7, 2022
This fall, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board will honor numerous volunteers for their service to parks.

Park Board Honors Three With Special Recognition Awards

Park
September 7, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board understands the value of demonstrating appreciation for the individuals and organizations that provide volunteer service to the Fairfax County Park Authority.

A Woodland Wonder Welcomes Families to Nature Playce

A
September 7, 2022
Nature Playce at Fairfax County Park Authority’s Hidden Oaks Nature Center encourages outdoor play every day, plus an opportunity to get just a little bit dirty.

Fairfax Parks Joins 2022 Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz

Fairfax
September 7, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is taking part in this year’s Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz and is actively looking for volunteers to participate.

Hummingbird Fever Continues at Green Spring Gardens

Hummingbird
September 7, 2022
There are more than 330 species of hummingbirds in the Western Hemisphere, and the most common visitor east of the Great Plains is the ruby-throated hummingbird.

Family Fall Festival and Plant Sale Set at Green Spring Gardens

Family
September 7, 2022
On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, join us from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the annual Family Fall Festival and Plant Sale at Green Spring Gardens!

Crawl Into Fall With Bug Fest at Lewinsville Historic House

Crawl
September 7, 2022
Lewinsville Park is featuring Bug Fest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The entire family will love this program designed to appeal to learners of all ages who love insects!

Learn More About Plant Cuttings and Herbs at Green Spring Gardens

Learn
September 7, 2022
Are you starting to wonder how to overwinter your favorite tender perennials? Would you love to have a fresh supply of culinary herbs in your home or garden to add flavor to your home cooking? Two upcoming Green Spring programs can help you learn the basics!

Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole Closed for the Season

Water
August 31, 2022
Due to mechanical failures beyond our control, The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole in Reston is closed for the remainder of the season, effective immediately. 

Dog Daze Set for Sept. 10 at The Water Mine

Dog
August 25, 2022
UPDATE, Sept. 1, 2022: Due to The Water Mine's closure for the rest of the season, Dog Daze scheduled for Sept. 10, 2022 has been canceled.

Lake Accotink Anniversary Party Offers Special 10 a.m. Early-Bird Entry

Lake
August 25, 2022
Be the first one there! Join our 60th Anniversary Party at 10 a.m. and enjoy an extra hour of fun at Lake Accotink Park this weekend.

FCPA Rec Center Membership Sale To Begin

FCPA
August 25, 2022
As you shift to your fall schedule and routines, there has never been a better time to use your local Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Rec Center.

artiFACTS: Finding a Personal Touch in Historical Bricks

artiFACTS:
August 25, 2022
In this month’s edition of artiFACTS, we discover the personal touch of those who labored to build a brick barn in Fairfax County.

Summer Entertainment Series Closes With Great Performances

Summer
August 25, 2022
As kids return to school and the seasons change, there are still opportunities to see amazing performers in a park near you.

You Can Help Monarchs Winging Their Way to Mexico

You
August 25, 2022
Participants ages 4 and above are invited to learn more about this popular insect, its challenges and how to make a positive difference in your own backyard.

Dinosaur Egg Hunts Roar Back Into Nature Playce

Dinosaur
August 25, 2022
Join naturalists at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for a pretend dinosaur egg hunt after learning about the fossil record of sizes and shapes of real dinosaur eggs.

Early September Program Offered for Garden Lovers

Early
August 25, 2022
Green Spring Gardens has a special program for garden lovers like you.

Brush Up on Fall Gardening at Green Spring Gardens

Brush
August 25, 2022
Don’t fall behind on fall gardening! September is a great month to catch up on planting and gardening maintenance.

Do Your Part! Sign Up for a Watershed Cleanup Day

Do
August 17, 2022
Grab a bag and go on a trash scavenger hunt as the Fairfax County Park Authority hosts Watershed Cleanup Days once again this fall.

Two IMA Volunteers To Receive Elly Doyle Park Service Awards

Two
August 17, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board announced two recipients of the Elly Doyle Park Service Award for 2022.

Horsepen Run Stream Valley Park Gets New Playground

Horsepen
August 17, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin to replace the playground at Horsepen Run Stream Valley Park located on Burchlawn Street in Herndon, Virginia.

Park Foundation Honors Outstanding Philanthropists with Eakin Awards

Park
August 17, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) has named a foundation, an organization and a Park Authority Friends Group as recipients of this year’s Eakin Philanthropy Awards.

Huntley Meadows Park Seeks Volunteers To Spark Children’s Interest in Nature

Huntley
August 17, 2022
Huntley Meadows Park is looking for some very special volunteers.

Rec Centers Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Zumba

Rec
August 17, 2022
Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated this September. In honor of this occasion, Fairfax County Park Authority Rec Centers are featuring Zumba classes.

United States Army Blues Band To Perform

United
August 17, 2022
On Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, one of the Summer Entertainment Series’ favorite performances will take place.

Children’s Performances Set For Three Park Locations

Children’s
August 17, 2022
Pack up the kids and jump in the car because on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, there are three great performances in the parks perfect for children.

Water Levels To be Dropped at Walney Pond

Water
August 17, 2022
Walney Pond will be drawn down partially between Sept. 12 and Sept. 16, 2022.

National Public Lands Day: Volunteers Needed at Lake Fairfax

National
August 10, 2022
Parks director completes systemwide tour. Join Fairfax County Park Authority Executive Director Jai Cole on the last stop of her 420 parks tour for a community stewardship celebration at Lake Fairfax Park.

Public Meeting Set for Mount Vernon Woods Park Concept Design

Public
August 10, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is currently in the design process for redevelopment of Mount Vernon Woods Park located at 4014 Fielding St. in Alexandria, Virginia.

FCPA Names New Park Planning Director

FCPA
August 10, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Brendon Hanafin as the new Planning and Development Division Director.

Water Mine Goes to Weekends Only For Remainder of Season

Water
August 10, 2022
It’s going to be weekends only at the Water Mine a bit earlier this year.

Bill Kirchen Brings Rockabilly to Arrowbrook Centre Park

Bill
August 10, 2022
Save the date because Bill Kirchen is ready to perform at Arrowbrook Centre Park on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022.

The Swamp Romp Comes to the Farm

The
August 10, 2022
If you love jazz with a side of interesting interaction and content, join us for a Swamp Romp on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Enjoy 25 Years of Twang With Ruthie & the Wranglers

Enjoy
August 10, 2022
On Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., get ready for a memorable concert featuring Ruthie & the Wranglers.

Audrey Moore Rec Center Closes for Maintenance Aug. 27 to Sept. 9

Audrey
August 5, 2022
The Audrey Moore Rec Center, the oldest of nine Fairfax County Park Authority recreational centers, will close its doors from Aug. 27 through Sept. 9, 2022, to address pressing facility maintenance needs, as well as its annual, routine pool whitecoat maintenance. 

Huntley Meadows To Reduce Visitor Center Hours in August

Huntley
August 5, 2022
During the remainder of August, the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center at Huntley Meadows will have modified hours on Monday, Thursday and Fridays.

Park Authority Receives Historic Merrybrook Property

Park
August 3, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority received a land dedication on July 22, 2022, from Arrowbrook Centre LLC in the Dranesville District.

Park Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Great Falls Grange

Park
August 3, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Grant request from the Great Falls Grange Foundation (GFGF) in the amount of $20,000 to help install a municipal-connected water line to service the Great Falls Grange.

Middlegate House/Cabell’s Mill Parking Lot Gets Green Improvements

Middlegate
August 3, 2022
A temporary closure of the parking lot across from Walney pond in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park will result in long-term benefits to the environment, as a green design is implemented at the new facility under construction located at 5301Walney Road in Centreville.

August Artifacts: Enjoy History by the Glass

August
August 3, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority has more than 3 million artifacts and more than 33,000 of those interesting items came from one site. That one location was the Dulin site, located in the Holmes Run area.

ParkeMon Community Day Brings Fun to EC Lawrence

ParkeMon
August 3, 2022
On Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., head out to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for ParkeMon Community Day.

Join a Guided Walk at Green Spring Gardens in August

Join
August 3, 2022
Green Spring Gardens is bursting with color and blooms of all kinds this month! Adults have a chance to experience the gardens in a more meaningful way this August, by signing up for a guided tour of the gardens.

Sully Historic Site Seeks Volunteers

Sully
August 3, 2022
Sully Historic Site is looking for volunteers! Hone your public speaking and organizational skills, while learning local history in a friendly environment surrounded by fellow history enthusiasts.

Live or Virtual Golf Fit Workshop Slated Aug. 6

Live
August 3, 2022
During National Golf Month, join us Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, for a two-hour Golf Fit workshop taught by Laurie Strickland, golf conditioning specialist and CPT.

Gibson Brothers Perform Bluegrass Favorites at Grist Mill Park

Gibson
August 3, 2022
On Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, come out to see bluegrass royalty Leigh and Eric Gibson.

Taisha Estrada Headlines With Latin Jazz at Mason District Park

Taisha
August 3, 2022
If you love the sound of the islands, you don’t want to miss this exciting performance on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022.

The Roadducks Bring Southern Rock

The
August 3, 2022
The Roadducks are a five-man rock band based in Northern Virginia.

Stay Cool at Sully Historic Site

Stay
August 3, 2022
Beat the heat this summer in a house built during the 18th century. Sully Historic Site is open for tours of the 1794 house all summer long.

Fairfax County Park Authority Fall Class Registration Opens Aug. 2

Fairfax
July 27, 2022
Fairfax County Park Authority registration for fall classes and programs opens Aug. 2, 2022.

Lake Accotink Park Celebration Features Family Fun and Education

Lake
July 27, 2022
Lake Accotink Park is getting ready for its 60th anniversary celebration slated for Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

Fairfax County 4-H Fair & Carnival Offers Discounted Tickets, Host of Activities

Fairfax
July 27, 2022
Come out to Frying Pan Farm Park for family fun and excitement, as the fair and carnival return Thursday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

Oak Hill Manor Open House Event Returns In Person

Oak
July 27, 2022
Take a step back in time with a visit to historic Oak Hill Manor in Annandale.

McLean Central Park Bridge Replacement Work To Begin

McLean
July 27, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin bridge replacement work in McLean Central Park in McLean, Virginia.

S’mores for You and Me Celebration at Hidden Oaks

July 27, 2022
Celebrate National S’more Day on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, from 7 to 8 p.m. by learning more fun facts than you imagined existed about this popular gooey campfire treat.

Saturdays in the Park Bring Drive-in Movies & Children’s Show

Saturdays
July 27, 2022
What’s better than a drive-in movie? A movie and a children’s performance!

August is National Golf Month. Tee Off with Golf Fairfax

August
July 27, 2022
August is National Golf Month, a celebration that encourages golfers of all levels and experience to get out their clubs and tee it up at one of the seven public golf courses located throughout Fairfax County.

Return of a Classic: Seldom Scene To Perform at Nottoway Park

Return
July 27, 2022
One Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, The Seldom Scene will perform at Nottoway Park.

Vintage Rock and Salsa Headline at FCPA Concert Series

Vintage
July 27, 2022
Why not start the new month with a great time at the Summer Entertainment Series on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022?

Fairfax Water Monitoring Grant To Help Protect EC Lawrence Park

Fairfax
July 27, 2022
Fairfax Water recently awarded Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Friends a Water Supply and Protection Grant in the amount of $1,437 in support of ECLP’s water quality monitoring program.

Participate in Green Spring Gardens’ 1st Judged Photo Contest

Participate
July 27, 2022
Calling all photography and garden lovers! Green Spring Gardens is hosting its first judged photography contest this summer, sponsored by the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS).

Park Authority Financial Reporting Deemed Excellent

Park
July 20, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021.

Field at Pine Ridge Park To be Named After Longtime Advocate

Field
July 20, 2022
In action at their regular meeting on July 13, 2022, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to name rectangular field 6 at Pine Ridge Park in honor of Wanda Rixon at the request of the Fairfax Women’s Soccer Association (FWSA).

From Swing to Southern Rock, Enjoy FCPA’s Summer Series

From
July 20, 2022
On Thursday, July 28, 2022, head to Nottoway Park at 9537 Courthouse Road, Vienna, Virginia, for some of the best performances of the Summer Entertainment Series.

Three Wonderful Performances Slated at Local Parks

Three
July 20, 2022
The Summer Entertainment Series is in full swing with performances at dozens of locations. Three outstanding concerts are set for Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

Skip Castro Band To Perform at Burke Lake Park

Skip
July 20, 2022
Get ready to party with the Skip Castro Band, performing on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

National Farmers Market Week Arrives Next Month

National
July 13, 2022
Fairfax County Farmers Markets will join farmers markets across the nation in celebration of National Farmers Market Week, Aug. 7-13, 2022.

July Brings National Park and Recreation Month

July
July 13, 2022
Now is the time to rise up and support your local park system.

21 Outstanding Volunteers Honored by Park Authority Peers

21
July 13, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority will honor 21 individual volunteers named 2022 Outstanding Volunteers and selected by their peers from across the park system.

Legendary Nighthawks to Perform at Lee District Park

Legendary
July 13, 2022
Mark your calendars because the legendary Nighthawks are bringing their unbridled blues to the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022.

Grammy-Award Winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer Perform

Grammy-Award
July 13, 2022
Two-time Grammy winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are an eclectic folk festival on their own terms. Join them Wednesday, July 20, 2022, as they perform at Mason District Park Amphitheater.

Summer Entertainment Series Features The English Channel

Summer
July 13, 2022
On Wednesday, July 20, 2022, get ready to remember the best music of the past with The English Channel.

Latino Conservation Week Wraps Up With Festival at Justice Park

Latino
July 6, 2022
Fairfax County will highlight and celebrate the Latino community’s love for the outdoors during Latino Conservation Week, which takes place July 16 to July 24, 2022.

Historic Dranesville Tavern Repairs Begin

Historic
July 6, 2022
One of Fairfax County’s oldest and most interesting buildings is undergoing repairs to address termite damage that has affected its log structure.

Lake Accotink Park 60th Anniversary Celebration Approaches

Lake
July 6, 2022
Come celebrate six decades of excellence at Lake Accotink Park.

County 4-H Fair and Carnival Returns to Frying Pan Farm Park!

County
July 6, 2022

It’s back better than ever! Here comes the fair and carnival, one of summer’s most iconic events and popular family traditions, returning Thursday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Join in the celebration brought to you by the Fairfax County Park Authority, Frying Pan Farm Park, The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park, the Park Foundation, Fairfax County 4-H, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and…

Summer Entertainment Series July 13 Concerts Offer Diverse Mix

Summer
July 6, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series is in full swing! On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, there are several performances across the county. They are cost-free, nearby and lots of fun!

Enjoy Sensory Friendly Events at Our Special Harbor & Water Mine

Enjoy
July 6, 2022
Those with disabilities and their families are invited to Fairfax County Park Authority’s sensory friendly events this summer at Our Special Harbor and The Water Mine.

Randy Thompson Band Slated for Burke Lake Park

Randy
July 6, 2022
If you love Americana Country, you will love the Randy Thompson Band coming to Burke Lake Park on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, for the Summer Entertainment Series.

July artiFACTS Features Popular Toy Rocket

July
July 6, 2022
Archaeologists recovered an old toy rocket at a site in Fairfax County.

Twin Lakes Welcomes the Return of the Combo Classic

Twin
July 6, 2022
The Combo Classic returns to Twin Lakes Golf Course, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2022.

Still Looking for Summer Work? Be a Rec-PAC Leader!

Still
June 29, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority is hiring Rec-PAC leaders for our summer Rec-PAC program at 26 elementary schools across Fairfax County.

New Page Featuring Green Spring’s Moon Gate Garden Project

New
June 29, 2022
Green Spring Gardens celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020 and began making plans for a new Moon Gate Garden.

Latino Conservation Week Celebrates Community and Nature

Latino
June 29, 2022
Latino Conservation Week is from July 16-24, 2022. Fairfax County will be celebrating the Latino community’s love of nature.

Latino Conservation Week at Frying Pan Farm Park

Latino
June 29, 2022
Join us at Frying Pan Farm Park as we celebrate Latino Conservation Week.

Community To Celebrate Hidden Oaks Renovation, Expansion

June 29, 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. until 1 p.m.

North Hill Park Construction Work to Start

North
June 29, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Authority has began construction of North Hill Park at the North Hill Development located in Alexandria, Virginia, at the intersection of Richmond Highway and Dart Drive.

Officers Elected to Fairfax County Park Foundation Board

Officers
June 29, 2022
The Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors elected officers to lead the fundraising arm for the Park Authority from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2024.

Spend Three Jazzy Evenings on the Ellipse

Spend
June 29, 2022
If you have an appreciation for jazz, swing and R&B, here come three performances in the Evenings on the Ellipse series that you’ll love!

Lose Yourself in the Hunter Mill Melodies This July

Lose
June 29, 2022
Grab your dancing shoes and friends for a night in the park with upbeat performances at Hunter Mill Melodies at Frying Pan Farm Park!

Join Us for Rock and Bluegrass with Braddock Nights

Join
June 29, 2022
Three great bands are sure to dazzle you this July as the Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series continues.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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