Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Jai Cole,
Executive Director

Department Resources

Park Authority Wins Six National Communications Awards

Communications Award LogoThe Fairfax County Park Authority has been honored with six awards from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, winners of the 2020 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards were announced in a virtual ceremony that featured taped thank you messages from the award recipients. The ceremony was held last week.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center won first-place honors in the Display category for its Winged Wonders Wall. The brightly colored display just outside the entrance to the nature center in Annandale encourages visitors to compare their “wingspan” to creatures past and present. The bird silhouettes show how many local species would fit across the wingspan of an early North American flying reptile, known as the Quetzalcoatlus.

Two Park Authority publications received honors. ResOURces received a second-place award in the E-Newsletter category. This popular monthly, digital publication is designed to teach and encourage stewardship of county wildlife and waterways and educate residents about local history, horticulture, natural and cultural resources. Parktakes received an Award of Excellence in the Magazine category. Parktakes is the Park Authority’s chief marketing publication with a subscriber base of nearly 200,000. Parktakes editor Karen Thayer received a Writer’s Portfolio Award of Excellence for feature stories she wrote for the magazine.

Parks by the Numbers received a second-place award in the Infographic category. The graphic provides an eye-opening look at the vast size and scope of the Park Authority in an easily digestible manner. A winter video of animals at Frying Pan Farm Park giving snow day advice took second-place honors in the Social Media Outreach (Nonpaid) category. The video provided a glimpse of how the animals were spending a snow day and reminded viewers that farmers are still at work, even when schools and other business shut down for weather.

NAGC is a national not-for-profit professional network of federal, state and local government employees who disseminate information within and outside government. Its members are editors, writers, graphic artists, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists and agency spokespersons.

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