Planning and Improvements

Fairfax County, Virginia


12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 204
Fairfax, Virginia

Andrea Dorlester,
Manager of Park Planning

Park Development

Clemyjontri ParkPark development does not always closely follow adoption of a park master plan process. The Park Authority Board must identify project funding sources, typically through voter-approved bonds, private developer contributions, and/or cooperative agreements with local user groups.


When funding is secured, a project scope is developed for Park Authority Board approval. The scope identifies the facilities to be developed, areas of cultural and natural resources to be preserved, transportation and utility improvements, and federal, state, and local code requirements. The scope includes a preliminary cost estimate and schedule identifying major milestones for the design, permitting, bidding, and construction phases of the project.


Once the scope is approved the project proceeds to the detailed design phase. During this phase each element of the plan such as buildings, athletic fields, playgrounds, parking lots, and trails are specifically located on a base plan. Various code requirements for buildings, site work, accessibility, wetlands, and Chesapeake Bay preservation are incorporated into the plan during this process. Following completion of the design, the plans are submitted to various agencies to obtain the permits necessary to proceed to construction.


As a public agency, the Park Authority must conduct the bidding of construction projects in accordance with the Virginia Public Procurement Act. Construction projects must be advertised, and the resulting bid proposals opened in public. Each contract is presented to the Park Authority Board for approval. A "Pardon Our Dust" letter is mailed to citizens that live near the construction site notifying them of the impending project. The Park Authority ensures that the project is constructed in compliance with the plans, specifications, and permit requirements resulting in the issuance of an occupancy permit for the facility. Park Authority operational staff then opens each facility for the public's use.

Groundbreakings and Openings

Patricia Strat photo of Riverbend Park

Patricia Strat’s wintry photo of Riverbend Park was named the winner in the 2018 First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest. Despite the frigid weather on January 1, 2018, the Park Authority received more than 130 photo entries from people who hiked one of five designated Fairfax trails to celebrate the new year. After Park Authority staff narrowed the entries down to ten, Facebook users were asked to select favorites by “liking” photos. More than 1,134 likes were received with Ms. Strat’s photo garnering 289 votes. As the winner, she received a four-month RECenter pass valued at up to $300. A one-month RECenter family pass was also awarded to runner-up Jane Durrett for her photo of David Durrett and Harvey Durrett experiencing the joy of Cub Run Stream Valley Park. Media Note: Click image to Download. See more photos at:

Park Authority and Pathways Sign Partnership Agreement

The Fairfax County Park Authority signed an agreement with ServiceSource's Pathways to Careers initiative on December 13, 2017, in an effort to provide adults with disabilities internship opportunities in programs and activities operated by FCPA. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to provide competitive employment opportunities for qualified individuals in some of the more than 10,000 programs offered annually by the Park Authority. ServiceSource's Pathways to Careers initiative supports integrated and customized work opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the DC metro region. For more information about Pathways to Careers, please contact Pathways to Careers Employer Relations Coordinator John Gyourko at 571-249-9468 or  Pictured from left to right in the front row are: Sara Baldwin, Acting Executive Director, Park Authority; John Gyourko, Pathways to Careers Employer Relations Coordinator, ServiceSource; Second row: Kasey Kahmann, SourceAmerica; Ken Crum, Regional Executive Director, ServiceSource; and Jennifer Cardona-Kellett, Pathways to Careers Program Manager, ServiceSource.

A New Birthday Party Shelter is Coming to Clemyjontri Park

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, December 8, 2017, for a new birthday party shelter at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Virginia. The shelter is being fully funded thanks to grants from the McLean Community Foundation, the Rotary Club of McLean, Friends of Clemyjontri and individual gifts to the Fairfax County Park Foundation. The $80,000 project is scheduled for completion by spring 2018. Pictured from left to right are: From the Rotary Club of McLean: Vance Zavela, President of McLean Rotary Club Foundation; Thamir Al’Hashimi, Rotarian; Michael Arietti, Rotarian; Bob Jansen, President of Rotary Club of McLean; Gene Durman, Rotarian; Jan Auerbach, Rotarian; and Carol Stone, Rotarian. From the Fairfax County Park Foundation: Bobbi Longworth, Executive Director. From the Friends of Clemyjontri Park: Julie Clemente, Board Director; Dan Clemente, Board Director; and Rachel Georgelas, President. From the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors: John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor. From the McLean Community Foundation: Janet Tysse, President; Amy Swaak, Trustee; Julie Warin, Trustee; and John Schell, Trustee