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Construction Begins on Nottoway Park Field #4 Conversion


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

SpringFest Fairfax Comes to Sully Historic Site


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

Honor an Outstanding Volunteer with an Elly Doyle Nomination


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

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

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

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

Discover Elusive Vernal Pools in Campfire Program


Vernal pools are one of the most fascinating and elusive ecosystems in our parks. Join us after hours at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to learn more about their importance.

Come to the park on Friday, March 30, 2018, for a campfire program that puts the focus on vernal pools. Hike the trails at the park and search for signs of new amphibian life in the pools. Learn about the…

Capture Spring Ephemerals on Paper Before They Disappear


Spring ephemerals burst onto the scene to signal spring’s arrival but disappear quickly. Learn to capture their beauty on a sketch hike at Huntley Meadows Park.

On Saturday, March 31, 2018, Huntley naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler will lead a hike that focuses on spring wildflowers. Learn techniques to sketch these flowers and how to enhance your…

“Please Touch” on this Unique Tour at Sully Historic Site


Put your hands on history in a special day of touring at Sully Historic Site.

Tour Sully as never before on Friday, March 30, 2018, when visitors are encouraged to do more than just look. Enjoy the chance to touch such objects from the past as Redware dishes, blue and white china, tools, clothing and furniture.

The Please Touch Tours will run on the…

Sample Summer Camps at Colvin Run’s Summer Campler


If the kids aren’t sure what they want to do this summer, give them a chance to sample some of the upcoming summer camps at Colvin Run Mill with the Summer Campler.

The Summer Camp Sampler will be held during spring break from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018. Sample activities from camps such as Doll Camp and Mini Millers to see what captures everyone’s…

Learn about the Powhatan Way of Life in Two Park Programs


Get a taste of the life of the Powhatan People who once inhabited the Fairfax County area. Learn about these Native Americans in programs at Huntley Meadows Park and Ellanor C. Lawrence Park the weekend of March 24-25, 2018.

On Saturday, March 24, Huntley Meadows will show you how the Powhatans used the plants and animals you see every day for their medicine,…

Rec-PAC Summer Hiring Now Underway


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

Juniors at Three Schools to Compete For Sully Paid Internships


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

Juniors at Herndon, Chantilly and Westfield high schools in good standing and who have an interest in history are encouraged to…

Learn, Chip and Putt with Affordable Junior Clinics


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

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

Public Meeting Set to Discuss Ash Grove’s Resident Curator Potential


The Fairfax County Park Authority is hosting a public information meeting on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the McLean Government Center located at 1437 Balls Hill Road in McLean, VA. The meeting will take place in the Community Room.

The meeting will be used to provide an overview of the Fairfax County Resident Curator Program (RCP) administered by the Park…

Park Authority Seeks Volunteers to Combat Invasives


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

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

Enjoy a Field Trip Every Day at ECLP’s Spring Break Camp


Keep the kids entertained over spring break and sneak in a little history during the History Explorers Camp at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Children will explore the history of our county and take a field trip every day of camp to such local historic spots as Fairfax Historic Court House, Historic Blenheim, Gunston Hall, Frying Pan Farm Park and the Reston Museum.…

Build a Bat House and Go for a Wagon Ride at Riverbend Park


Riverbend Park is offering families two ways to keep busy on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

From 9 to 10:30 a.m., you can build your own bat house. Bats are good to have around. They help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants. Help them thrive by building a bat house to hang in your yard. The program is designed for participants age three to adult, and the cost is $8…

Puppets Have the World on a String in Spring Show at Frying Pan


Spend spring break enjoying an adventure around the world with the Bob Brown Puppets.

Bob Brown brings his cast of characters to the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. His talented friends will amaze you while they juggle, swing on trapezes and more. It's fun for all ages!

will be two, 45-minute performances. Shows begin…

Distribution Line Improvements Necessitate Temporary Dog Park Closure


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

Telecom Installation Begins at George Washington Park

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

During construction, there will be additional…

Enjoy One-Stop Shopping for Summer Fun at Camp Fair


Summer will be here before you know it and finding the right summer day camp for your kids can be tough. Make it easy this year with one- stop shopping at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Camp Fair 2018 on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Audrey Moore RECenter. Come check out our affordable day camps for children three years and up, near home or…

Find Work Down on the Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park


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

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

Calories and Courtship in Focus on Park Walks


Get outdoors this winter with programs in the parks that focus on fitness and nature.

Exercise your body and relax your mind with a Winter Wonderland Hike at Riverbend Park. Burn some calories and de-stress in this Saturday program from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on March 3 and March 10, 2018. After a quick hike in the park, relax with some meditation exercises to find…

Spring Break Camps Coming to Huntley Meadows Park


Huntley Meadows Park is offering two options for spring break adventures.

Elementary school age children can discover what life was like for the first people to use what is now Huntley Meadows Park. They’ll explore the plants and animals of spring, patterns of succession, and the daily life of Native Americans, colonial settlers and aviation pioneers. Activities…

South Run Field to be Named in Honor of Jack Nolan


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

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

Construction to Begin on New Wakefield Park Playground


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

Plan Graduations, Celebrations with Golf Fairfax


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

Laurel Hill Golf Club

Catch a Wave with Paddleboard Yoga at South Run RECenter


South Run RECenter is putting a new twist on yoga. Challenge yourself with yoga on the water in a Paddleboard Yoga class.

Paddleboard Yoga combines traditional yoga poses with the unstable surface of the RECenter’s pool for a challenging balancing act that takes yoga to a new level. Students dress in athletic wear and exercise on top of a floating training…

Search for Egg-cellent Egg Hunts and Egg-citing Activities in County Parks


Egg-citing activities are breaking out at parks throughout Fairfax County in March.

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, join the Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill. Children age two to nine can hunt for eggs and make egg-cellent crafts to take home. Bring your own basket. The cost is $8 per person. At Hidden Pond Nature Center, children age 3 to 12 can create a spring mobile of…

Leash-up your Canine Pal and Prepare for the Ides of Bark


This day is going to the dogs – but that’s a good thing!

Come to Grist Mill Park on Sunday, March 18, 2018, for the annual Ides of Bark celebration. It’s the ultimate event for you and your canine pal, and admission is free!

At Ides of Bark, there will be games, prizes, food and fun for everyone in the family -- on two feet and four feet. Enjoy demonstrations by…

Bring Your Own Basket and Hunt for Eggs at Nottoway Park


Hop on over to Nottoway Park on Saturday, March 31, 2018, for the annual Nottoway Egg Hunt.

Children age one to nine can bring their own baskets and hunt for candy and eggs filled with treats, win door prizes and greet the Easter bunny. There will be separate hunts and door prizesbyage group. Visit with the Easter bunny and explore the park before or after your egg…

Mix Art with Gardens at Green Spring


East meets West in a pair of programs that blend gardens, art and culture at Green Spring Gardens. Both programs are official events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Japanese Garden Design is the topic. Horticulturalist Bevan Shimizu will teach the essentials behind creating a Japanese style garden, an art form thousands of years in the…

Celebrate the Senses with the 2018 Parks Poetry Contest


The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation invite students in grades K-8 to “Celebrate the Senses” for the 2018 Poetry Contest in honor of National Poetry Month in April. Young poets can draw inspiration from what they see, hear, touch, smell or taste in Fairfax County parks. Poetry contest participants will compete for prizes and a chance to read their…

Celebrate the Music, Dance and Many Cultures of Fairfax County


Fairfax County is a melting pot of music, dance and cultures from around the world. Celebrate this richness of diversity at Culmore Multicultural Day 2018 on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Bring the family for hours of free fun.

This annual event returns to the Woodrow Wilson Library in Falls Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It features live music, folklore dances and activities…

Backlick Park Renovation Work to Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work to renovate park facilities at Backlick Park located at 4516 Backlick Road in Annandale, VA.

The contractors, will be mobilizing on site shortly with active construction activities beginning in March. This project includes the installation of a new shelter and tables, additional of a connecting accessible trail,…

Learn What it Takes to Care for Nature Center Animals


Hidden Oaks and Hidden Pond Nature Centers are offering children and adults a chance to get up close and personal with some of their exhibit animals.

On Monday, February 19, 2018, you can meet native reptiles and amphibians at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Participants age two to adult will learn how to identify these species and see at least one animal being fed.…

Build a Bird Feeder from Recycled Items at ECL


Ellanor C. Lawrence is going to the birds! On Sunday, February 25, bring empty milk jugs and/or two-liter soda bottles and learn how to turn them into bird feeders. You will also learn to identify some of the birds likely to visit your feeder, so bring some binoculars along. The program from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult…

Discover What it Takes to Keep a Nature Center Humming


Considering a career in the environmental field? Then Huntley Meadows Park has the program for you!

Teens can explore the workings of a nature center in the Wildlife Ranger Series this winter at Huntley Meadows. This four-week series meets on Sundays, beginning February 25, 2018. From 10 to 11:55 a.m. each week, participants age 13 to 17 will join park…

Encourage a Love of Nature with Park Programs for the Young Crowd


Children have a natural curiosity about nature. Draw on their enthusiasm with programs designed for our youngest park lovers.

Open the door to nature with Lake Accotink Park’s ParkTykes program for children age one to three. In this program, you and your toddler will join a naturalist in the classroom and outdoors to discover the wonders of the natural world.…

Find Presidential History in Fairfax County in artiFACTS


A president who helped to inspire this month’s celebration of Presidents’ Day was once a popular subject for portraits in American homes.

Turn to artiFACTS this month to see a presidential portrait in the Fairfax County Park Authority’s historical collections, and learn about a printing technique that made portraits such as these more affordable for Americans. Discover how…

New Playgrounds and Picnic Area Coming to Backlick Park


The Fairfax County Park Board has approved a major renovation plan that includes a new playground area, picnic shelter and tennis court at Backlick Park in Annandale, VA. Approval came in late January as construction plans began to take shape.

Under the plan, the park’s existing playground will be removed and replaced with separate playgrounds for children in the 2-5 and…

New Playground Equipment Coming to Wakefield Park


The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the installation of a new playground for Wakefield Park at its meeting on January 24, 2018. The park, located in the Braddock District, is among those benefitting from funding in the 2016 Park Bond to replace playground equipment throughout the county that has exceeded its useful life.

Although the equipment at…

Park Authority Summer Camp Registration Opens February 8


Who is thinking about summer? You should! Registration for summer camps begins Thursday, February 8, 2018. The Fairfax County Park Authority offers more than 1,900 summer day camp options at 100+ locations. Camps held at RECenters, nature centers, historic sites, lakefront parks, golf courses and schools offer a variety of camp formats. These camps feature plenty of fun and…

Swing into Spring With Golf Classes for All Ages and Levels


There is a class for everyone this spring at Fairfax County Golf courses: from children new to golf to experienced golfers who want to improve their game. Golf is an excellent family sport and can be played for a lifetime!

Golfers or all ages and skill can take advantage of classes at Burke Lake Golf and Pinecrest Golf Academies. Starting New at Golf (SNAG) classes cover…

Dead Run Stream Restoration Work to Begin in February


Work to restore Dead Run within McLean Central Park and Dead Run Stream Valley Park between Old Dominion Road and Churchill Road is set to begin shortly.

The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has contracted with Meadville Land Service, Inc., to begin work this month. The project involves restoration of approximately 3,000 linear feet of…

Playground Replacement Work to Begin at Lisle Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on the Lisle Park Playground Replacement Project in Falls Church.

Contractors will be mobilizing on site shortly, and active construction is scheduled to begin in March 2018. The project includes replacement of the existing playground equipment and related site work. Lisle playground will be closed during the…

Junior Golf Camps Offered at Four Golf Fairfax Courses


Calling all juniors ages 8-14 looking to learn a lifelong sport while having a blast! Choose from four Golf Fairfax locations offering full- and half-day, spring and summer Junior Golf camps. Golf is an awesome family sport that encourages good manners, builds friendships and embraces nature and the outdoors.

Junior Golf campers will learn putting, chipping,…

Playground Replacement to Begin at Griffith Park


The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin to work on the Griffith Park Playground Replacement Project, which will force closure of the playground during the construction period.

Contractors will be mobilizing on site shortly with active construction activities beginning in March. The project includes replacement of the playground equipment and related site work.…

Park Authority Board Elects Officers for 2018

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has elected its officers for 2018. At a meeting on January 24, 2018, the Park Board voted to return William G. Bouie, who represents the Hunter Mill District, to his tenth term as Chairman. Providence District Representative Ken Quincy will serve as Vice Chairman. Michael W. Thompson, Jr. of the Springfield District returns to the post of…

South Run Basketball Court to Close for One Month


The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will improve the basketball court at South Run District Park by replacing aging and outdated court lighting. This Park Authority Energy Improvement Plan project includes new, energy efficient, LED court lighting at a cost of $112,000. Saving energy has benefits for our environment, saves money and will offer local basketball enthusiasts a…

Fairfax County Parks Add Acreage Near Loisdale Park


Fairfax County’s parkland is growing again with the acquisition of eight acres of land near Loisdale Park in Springfield, VA.

The two parcels, one 7.6 acres and the other 0.4 acres were a donation from L and F Darby Lane LLC. The properties are considered an addition to Loisdale Park and will remain vacant until or unless they are included in a future master…

Cub Run RECenter Now Offers Chair Massage, Health Coaching!


Staying fit and feeling great just got easier with the Fairfax County Park Authority. Cub Run RECenter’s Fitness and Wellness program recently expanded to include chair massage and health coaching. Licensed massage therapists can help eliminate painful muscle tension. Getting rid of that pain can potentially result in increased ability to exercise in the future as well as…

It’s Witch Hazel Time at Green Spring Gardens


Which witch do you like?

Pick a favorite on a visit to Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria.

Green Spring Gardens has nearly 200 witch hazels gracing its landscape. Besides producing a marvelous tour of late winter color from early February into March, witch hazels play an important role in a national program. Green Spring is a part of the American…

You Too Can Make Healthy Strides in 2018


The new year has so much promise. In fact, 2018 is shaping up to be the best year yet for Healthy Strides, the Park Authority’s recently-renamed community wellness program. Healthy Strides, formerly Take 12 Steps for Health, began in 2010 with the basic premise that better health can be achieved by reaching small goals, one per month, for the whole year. Healthy Strides takes a…

If You Love to Read, Join Healthy Strides Wellness Book Club


Make healthy strides in your own life by joining the Healthy Strides Wellness Book Club! This club is for adults, and meets at different Fairfax County Public Library sites each month. Discussion on the featured books will be led by a Fairfax County Park Authority fitness and wellness expert, on topics of health, fitness, nutrition and wellness. No registration is required to…

Find Out How Slipware Ceramics Got The Name in artiFACTS


Ceramics often stand the test of time and provide clues into the lives of the people who used them. This month, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s artiFACTS series takes a look at a type of ceramic dishes, bowls and mugs known as “slipware.”

The Staffordshire Slipware that can be found in the county’s archaeological collections was widely exported to America through the…

Warm Up your Winter with a Cozy Campfire and S’mores


Hidden Pond Nature Center is warming up winter with campfire programs in January, February and March.

Stop by the nature center for Campfire Fridays and enjoy an evening of exploration and s’mores. Each winter campfire will feature different topics, and different parts of the park will be explored. Look and listen for animals and hear stories by the campfire as you roast…

Fee Proposals Available and Public Comment Accepted

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold its annual public comment meeting on the agency’s proposed fee adjustments. The public is invited to share their perspectives on the proposals with the Park Authority Board either at the meeting, via correspondence or by email. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Room 106 of the Herrity Building located…

Chantilly Park Grows with Land Acquisition

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) acreage continues to grow with the acquisition of 7.33 acres of land from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS), which will be combined with 6.13 acres of existing parkland at Chantilly Park.

This acreage in the Sully District was transferred to the Park Authority from the BOS in November 2017. It originally was part of a…

Park Authority Board Approves Park System Master Plan


The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved it’s first-ever Parks and Recreation System Master Plan at its meeting on December 13, 2017.

With a 10-year time horizon, the Great Parks, Great Communities Parks and Recreation System Master Plan will guide the agency to meet growing and changing community needs. This long-range, comprehensive park system master planning…

Let a Master Gardener Help You Make the Most of your Garden


While it’s too cold for weeding and planting, boost your gardening knowledge at Green Spring Gardens and get ready for spring.

Green Spring is hosting a series of Garden Talks with Master Gardeners during the winter months of 2018 that will help you make the most of your garden when temperatures start to rise. The Friday afternoon workshops are led by Master Gardeners…

Know Which Holiday Gifts Are Welcome in the Parks


Fairfax County households are overflowing with new toys and other gifts at this time of year. While it is fun to head outside to try them out, it’s important to know the rules before bringing holiday gifts into the parks.

Park Authority Sets Next Workshop For Lake Accotink Park Options


The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking further public comment on plans for Lake Accotink Park. Residents are invited to a meeting on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at North Springfield Elementary School. The school is located at 7602 Heming Court in Springfield. The Park Authority will host a community gathering to gain further public input towards…

Pohick Creek Tributary Restoration Work to Begin at Greentree Village Park


Restoration work on the Pohick Creek Tributary located within Greentree Village Park is set to begin shortly. The Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division and Utility Design & Construction Division have contracted with Environmental Quality Resources, LLC for the work which will start in January 2018. Greentree Village Park is located at 6600 Field Master Drive in…

Park Authority Publishes FY 2017 Strategic Plan and Annual Report


The Fairfax County Park Authority has published the FY 2017 Strategic Plan and Annual Report. This document celebrates “A Place in Time” as Fairfax County concludes its celebration of the 275th anniversary of Fairfax County. The park system report notes a host of memorable events, vital accomplishments and progress on many fronts.

Inside this report, Park Authority Board…

Fairfax County Park Board Approves Three Mastenbrook Grants


The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved three sports-related Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program requests at its meeting on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Board members approved a grant of $20,000 for the Great Falls Lacrosse Association. Funding will be used to install a practice wall adjacent to Field #4 at Great Falls Nike Park, which…

Winter Offers Outdoor Fun in FCPA Parks


When snow falls, Fairfax parks offer the perfect play area for those wishing to explore the outdoors. The public is invited to make use of trails and parks when sufficient snow has fallen; however, skiers and sledders must furnish their own equipment and engage in these activities at their own risk. Ice skating on ponds and lakes is prohibited for safety reasons. Sledding and skiing…

It’s Time to Kick Up Your Heels at Frying Pan Farm Park


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

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

FCPA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Changes at Bren Mar Park


The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Master Plan for Bren Mar Park. The park’s existing Master Plan was revised in 2013 and the Park Authority is now considering an administrative update that would involve the relocation of a proposed picnic shelter and an area for additional parking. All comments must be received by January 12,…

Be a Star During Winter Break with New Performing Arts Camps


The Fairfax County Park Authority is teaming up with Moonlit Wings Productions to offer two new winter break camps -- “Act Up with Despicable You!” and “Broadway Bound” – for aspiring performers age 7 to 14. These camps will offer theater buffs at all levels a chance to explore original scenes inspired by popular films and classic stories.

IONA Returns to Sully Historic Site for a Holiday Concert


IONA is one of the top-rated pan-Celtic groups in the world, and you can catch one of their high-energy performances this holiday season at Sully Historic Site. On Friday, December 29, 2017, IONA will treat the audience at Sully to its special blend of Scottish fiddling, percussion and vocals.

Hop Over to Riverbend Park for a Beatrix Potter Tea


Keep your kids out of mischief as they listen to Beatrix Potter’s tale about Peter Rabbit and his precocious bunny family. Riverbend Park hosts a Beatrix Potter tea on Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

Take a Trail Walk with the Park Authority and Provide Feedback


Members are the public are invited to go on a trail walk with the Fairfax County Park Authority in the Mount Vernon District Park on Friday, December 15, 2017. The Park Authority has been asked to review the Master Plan for the park in conjunction with some planned trail improvements. On the walk, participants will have a chance to observe the existing conditions and activities in the…

Treat Yourself to Candlelight Tours at Historic Sully


Celebrate the holidays with a glimpse into the past at Sully Historic Site. Bring the whole family for a charming, candlelit tour of Sully and enjoy past holiday festivities during “Christmas with the Lees” on Saturday, December 9, 2017, “Christmas on the Homefront” on Saturday, December 16, and “Victorian Candlelight” on Sunday, December 17.

First Hike Fairfax – Healthy Steps for a Happy New Year


Start the year off right by getting a jump start burning off those extra holiday calories. Take a hike – literally – with First Hike Fairfax. On New Year’s Day, the Fairfax County Park Authority is joining with America’s State Parks and Virginia State Parks for First Day Hike Programs that will get you outside on the trails. Last year thousands of people rang in the New Year with hikes…

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


The Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park continues to grow in appeal to families with the addition of Chessie’s Trail – a nature trail dotted with features designed to appeal to children. Start your new year off with a hike on this unique new trail.

A Stitch in Time: artiFACTS Showcases a Christmas Quilt


Just in time for the holidays, artiFACTS features a quilt this month that was designed as a community Christmas project. Discover the quilt’s links to historic Dranesville Tavern and learn how quilts once stitched a community together in Fairfax County and what the featured quilt tells about those who made it.

Parkland Acquisition Preserves Natural and Cultural Resources


The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has acquired approximately 58 acres of land that will help to preserve natural and cultural resources in the Springfield District. These 58 acres of vacant land are adjacent to an existing historic resource park known as the Confederate Fortifications Historic Site.

Work to Begin on Eakin Community Park Picnic Shelter


Work is about to begin on a new picnic shelter at Eakin Community Park in Annandale, Virginia. This shelter project will not only provide a great place for families to recreate and enjoy time outdoors, but also continues the Eakin Family legacy of support for Fairfax County parks.

The project includes the installation of a new 20 by 24-foot shelter with a grill and four…

Lake Fairfax Park Master Planning Process to Start


The Fairfax County Park Authority has started a public planning process that will update the master plan for Lake Fairfax Park. A public meeting will outline current conditions and amenities, explain the process and discuss potential revisions to the existing plan this November.

This 482-acre park is located in Reston, Virginia and is owned and operated by the Park…

Transportation Project Closes Oakton Community Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority has closed Oakton Community Park to all visitors effective immediately. Oakton Community Park and all facilities including the playground, parking lot, and historic schoolhouse will be closed through April 2018 due to a transportation improvement project to be built by the Fairfax Utilities Design and Construction Division (UDCD).


Calendar Set for 2018 Fairfax County Park Authority Board Meetings

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has published its 2018 meeting schedule. The Park Authority Board is a 12-member board appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to set policy and establish strategic policy and direction for the Park Authority. The Park Board holds public meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

New Online Tool Helps Homeowners Find Borders


Fairfax County residents who live next to parkland now have an online tool that reveals their property borders. The new mapping application was introduced by the Fairfax County Park Authority this month. The app is part of the park system’s effort to let residents know about the damage caused by encroachment, which is unauthorized private use of public parkland.

Board of Supervisors Names New Braddock District Rep to FCPA


The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors named Kiel Stone to the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board as the Braddock District Representative. He replaces Anthony J. Vellucci, who resigned earlier this month. The 12-member Park Board has members representing each magisterial district, as well as three at-large members.

Ease Childcare Concerns with Snow Day Camps in the Parks


Leaves are already falling. Can snow be far behind? Plan ahead for unexpected school closures and childcare needs with Snow Day Camps at Fairfax County RECenters.

Holmes Run Stream Valley Trail Closing to Allow Sanitary Sewer Repair Project

Starting the week of October 23, 2017 a short section of Holmes Run Stream Valley Trail will close to allow completion of an emergency sanitary sewer repair project. Depending on the level of repairs required, an approximately 1,500-foot section of trail could be closed for up to a year.

The trail follows Holmes Run from the outfall of Lake Barcroft south to Cameron Run…

Fairfax County Park Acreage Keeps on Growing

Fairfax County’s parkland holdings continue to grow. The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has added 0.7345 acres in the Accotink Stream Valley Park, adjacent to Bear Branch.

This addition to the park network in the Providence District will provide an opportunity for a trail connection from Accotink Stream Valley to Route 50. The Park Authority acquired the land through…

Stream Restoration Work Begins at Turkeycock Run

Stream restoration work scheduled to begin this month at Mason District Park will force closure of some trails in the park.

The project involves the restoration of approximately 1,575 linear feet of Turkeycock Run using natural channel design techniques.The primary goal of this restoration is to stabilize the channel and prevent future erosion and degradation along the…

Green Spring Gardens' ADA Renovations to Begin


Many of Green Spring Gardens’ pedestrian routes may experience temporary closures as a result of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) retrofits for compliance purposes. Work is expected to begin October 9, 2017 , with project completion targeted for spring 2018. Garden features will remain open, but visitors may need to use alternative routes while work is being…

Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail Improvements to Begin


The Fairfax County Park Authority began improving the surface of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail last week. The trail will be paved between Braddock Road and Accotink Parkway. The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) 2014 Transportation Bond will provide $200,000 for the construction phase of the project and a 2012 Park Bond will provide additional funding in…

Lake Accotink Park Carousel Closes for Repairs

The carousel at Lake Accotink Park has been closed for the remainder of the 2017 operating season for needed repair work.

Nottoway Park Stream Restoration Project to Begin


Restoration work on two stormwater outfalls at the northern end of Nottoway Park adjacent to Courthouse Road is set to begin immediately. Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division and Utility Design and Construction Division have contracted with Environmental Quality Resources, LLC for the work which will start early this month.Nottoway Park, a Fairfax County Park Authority…

Great Falls Nike Park Synthetic Turf Field #7 Installation


The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin making improvements to Great Falls Nike Park located at 1089 Utterback Store Road, Great Falls, VA. The project will begin in the next few days and is anticipated to be completed this fall. The Great Falls Soccer Club, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, and Fairfax County Park Authority are providing funding…