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Hidden Oaks Nature Center Grand Reopening Draws a Crowd

There were hundreds of people who turned out for the grand reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale last Saturday. It was a day of celebration. The renovated and expanded facility featured a host of diverse programs, activities and performances, as well as remarks by local officials.

The nature center has operated for 53 years, first opening its doors in 1967. With funding from the 2016 Park Bond, Hidden Oaks Nature Center underwent $1,627,000 in renovations and expansions. The construction added an additional classroom, kitchen area and interpretive space. The restrooms were also renovated to current Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

A new pond now graces the property, complimenting the outdoor public amenities in Annandale Community Park, including trails, the Wing Wall exhibit, the woodland carved tree and a butterfly-themed playground.

Hidden Oaks Ribbon Cutting
Courtesy Annandale Today

From left: Gregg Eberly, Bowman Consulting Group; Valerie Maislin, project manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; Heather Lynch, project manager, Fairfax County Park Authority; Fairfax County Park Foundation Executive Director Roberta Longworth; Fairfax County Park Authority Board Member Ron Kendall, Mason District Representative; Site Manager Michael McDonnell, Hidden Oaks Nature Center; Operations Branch Manager Mary Olien, Resource Management Division; Del. Vivian Watts, House District 39; Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Kevin Holland, president, Friends of Hidden Oaks Nature Center (FOHONC); Suzanne Holland, Visitor Services manager Hidden Oaks Nature Center; Fairfax County Park Authority Deputy Director Sara Baldwin; Zoey Baldwin; Eagle Scout Kalen Vidwans; Fairfax County Park Authority Deputy Director Aimee Vosper; Eagle Scout Pranav Kuruba; Laura Grape, director, Resource Management Division, Fairfax County Park Authority; and Ryan and Devin Grape.

Also cutting the ribbon but not in the photo: Zeena Al-Nasser, SWSG architect; and Eagle Scouts Cy Mueller, Erik Eidsmoe and Spencer Sirotsky.

Media Note: Photo Courtesy Annandale Today. Click the image above to download. 

See more photos of Hidden Oaks Nature Center on our Flickr page

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