Fairfax County Park Authority

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This is the official page for the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Mission: The Park Authority’s mission is to set aside public spaces for and assist citizens in the protection and enhancement of environmental values, diversity of natural habitats and cultural heritage to guarantee that these resources will be available to both present and future generations. Our vision is to create and sustain quality facilities and services which offer citizens opportunities for recreation, improvement of their physical and mental well being, and enhancement of their quality of life.

Here's one idea for how to spend a day in a park. 📷: Laura Streckerhttps://bit.ly/2vLe8Dw#greenspring #greenspringgarden...
09/06/2020

Here's one idea for how to spend a day in a park.
📷: Laura Strecker
https://bit.ly/2vLe8Dw
#greenspring #greenspringgardens #fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #gardens #gardenlife #gardening #painting #painters

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a virtual information meeting about the proposed Long Branch Stream Valley T...
09/06/2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a virtual information meeting about the proposed Long Branch Stream Valley Trail Maintenance project on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. The meeting will provide an update on the project, which includes reconstruction of about a mile of trail in Long Branch Stream Valley Park. https://bit.ly/31zogzX

Have you explored the Children's Garden at Green Spring Gardens? It's an excellent learning opportunity, especially for ...
09/06/2020

Have you explored the Children's Garden at Green Spring Gardens? It's an excellent learning opportunity, especially for kids who are schooling from home right now. See the video at https://bit.ly/32SE3JB

How about an adventure with wildlife! Our nature centers have outdoor programs. https://bit.ly/3gpjQA6📷: Charlotte Geary...
09/06/2020

How about an adventure with wildlife! Our nature centers have outdoor programs. https://bit.ly/3gpjQA6
📷: Charlotte Geary Photography
#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #hiddenoaks #hiddenoaksnaturecenter #wildlife #snakes #parks

A round of applause, if not a standing ovation, for scouts from Scouts BSA Troop 13. They freed 11 trees from being stra...
09/05/2020

A round of applause, if not a standing ovation, for scouts from Scouts BSA Troop 13. They freed 11 trees from being strangled by invasive English ivy (Yeah, that ivy's invasive) and pulled out more than 30 bags of invasive plants such as thorny multiflora rose, wineberry, amur honeysuckle, and Japanese stiltgrass. These guys spent 10 hours over two weekends volunteering in Difficult Run Stream Valley Park, and at least two of them plan to remove invasive plants in the park as their Eagle project. Like these guys! https://bit.ly/3dGyIIL

Preschoolers benefit from daily outdoor play. Encourage their natural curiosity by exploring forest critters on either S...
09/05/2020

Preschoolers benefit from daily outdoor play. Encourage their natural curiosity by exploring forest critters on either Sept. 9 or Sept. 23 from 10-10:45 a.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Naturalists lead a small group on a hike, in outdoor activities, and through a live animal introduction. Ages 4 and 5. Each session is $8 per child. https://bit.ly/3gTJX2k

The Park Authority Board will hold a public virtual meeting on September 9 at 5 p.m.  Details at https://bit.ly/3jIqG5D📷...
09/05/2020

The Park Authority Board will hold a public virtual meeting on September 9 at 5 p.m. Details at https://bit.ly/3jIqG5D
📷: Native cardinal flower in Difficult Run Stream Valley by Sara Holtz

Mini golf at #JeffersonGolf is getting a makeover. Updates include new greens, enhanced landscaping, drainage and power ...
09/04/2020

Mini golf at #JeffersonGolf is getting a makeover. Updates include new greens, enhanced landscaping, drainage and power washing of the ponds, and a fresh coat of paint for the pavilion. Follow us @GolfFairfax to stay posted on the reopening. #MiniGolf https://bit.ly/3lzKie1

Did you know that swimming is prohibited in all ponds, lakes, rivers, streams and bays or from shoreline of water bodies...
09/04/2020

Did you know that swimming is prohibited in all ponds, lakes, rivers, streams and bays or from shoreline of water bodies owned or maintained by the Fairfax County Park Authority without the express written permission of the Park Authority? Safety is the big reason. Another is health. You can see by this link that the Health Department discourages swimming in any county waters: https://bit.ly/2yT4fW9. Here's more information from state officials: https://bit.ly/3hCY1OY.
📷: Lake Accotink by Matthew Dryden

There’s never been a better time to get fit at a Park Authority RECenter. Get a 60-day pass for $30. The pass is good fo...
09/04/2020

There’s never been a better time to get fit at a Park Authority RECenter. Get a 60-day pass for $30. The pass is good for 60 consecutive days from the date of purchase. Sale going on now through Sept. 30. https://bit.ly/3gEujZe

Today we present #35 of 50 reasons to love Green Spring Gardens: Wildlife. The gardens are home to a variety of wildlife...
09/04/2020

Today we present #35 of 50 reasons to love Green Spring Gardens: Wildlife. The gardens are home to a variety of wildlife. What animals have you spotted recently? Sept. 4 is National Wildlife Day. https://bit.ly/2vLe8Dw
#GreenSpring50

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board is scheduled to meet on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. Find the board agenda and instructions...
09/03/2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board is scheduled to meet on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. Find the board agenda and instructions on how to watch the meeting and provide comment at https://bit.ly/3jIqG5D.

Spend a morning at Green Spring Gardens and enjoy an 'Outdoor Storytelling' experience. Throw down a picnic blanket or j...
09/03/2020

Spend a morning at Green Spring Gardens and enjoy an 'Outdoor Storytelling' experience. Throw down a picnic blanket or just sit in the grass and listen to a story. Program is for ages 2 to adult and runs Sept. 7 & Sept. 21 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Cost is $3. https://bit.ly/2QV3W5S

We're not letting up. We continue to follow safety guidelines in RECenters. https://bit.ly/3e2NJoG📷: Vicki Gregory
09/03/2020

We're not letting up. We continue to follow safety guidelines in RECenters. https://bit.ly/3e2NJoG
📷: Vicki Gregory

From Sept. 4-14, snap a photo with your dog near any body of water – lake, river, puddle, bathtub, sink or baby pool. An...
09/03/2020

From Sept. 4-14, snap a photo with your dog near any body of water – lake, river, puddle, bathtub, sink or baby pool. Any water will work. Enter the photo in the Virtual Dog Daze contest for a chance to win prizes. Suggested entry fee of $10 per pup. https://bit.ly/32tzGVb

It's the time of year when foggy, translucent webs appear in certain trees. It's perfectly normal. They are Fall Webworm...
09/02/2020

It's the time of year when foggy, translucent webs appear in certain trees. It's perfectly normal. They are Fall Webworms, an insect native to our area that is commonly seen in late summer. The Park Authority does not treat webworms, or bag worms, in the parks. Overall, they do little harm to mature trees and are considered part of the natural ecosystem. They have a lot of natural predators. Here's more info: https://bit.ly/2QLAn74
📷: Ronald F. Billings, Texas A&M Forest Service, https://bit.ly/3hNj0i5

The Park Authority is not the only Fairfax County Government agency with a page. We've got as many county Faceb...
09/02/2020

The Park Authority is not the only Fairfax County Government agency with a page. We've got as many county Facebook friends as this guy has spots. There are county pages for police, fire and rescue, health, the animal shelter, libraries, the environment, climate, land use, homelessness, disabilities, children, 50+, consumer affairs, volunteers, housing, zoning, transportation, family services and more. Check them out at https://bit.ly/2Yrpewg
📷: Jane Gamble

Bring your teddy bear or favorite plush toy to an outdoor teddy bear picnic in Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Cente...
09/02/2020

Bring your teddy bear or favorite plush toy to an outdoor teddy bear picnic in Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day on Sept. 9. Make a bear craft; hear stories and poems. For kids 3-9 years old. Cost is $7. https://bit.ly/3hy1PAY

It’s time to find out all the details about the approaching Park Bond.  Visit online for more details at https://bit.ly/...
09/01/2020

It’s time to find out all the details about the approaching Park Bond. Visit online for more details at https://bit.ly/2EDMxMa or request a virtual presentation in your community at [email protected]

Picnic shelter capacity is reduced because of coronavirus, but park shelters are still available to rent. See https://bi...
09/01/2020

Picnic shelter capacity is reduced because of coronavirus, but park shelters are still available to rent. See https://bit.ly/2NnxmrE

Job hunting? The Park Authority is seeking a motivated leader for its award-winning invasive plant management program. D...
09/01/2020

Job hunting? The Park Authority is seeking a motivated leader for its award-winning invasive plant management program. Details at https://bit.ly/2G7ZnmI

Head out this month to Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn about dinosaurs. Go on an egg hunt. Look for ...
09/01/2020

Head out this month to Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn about dinosaurs. Go on an egg hunt. Look for tracks. Make a dino craft. For kids 3 to 8. Cost is $10. https://bit.ly/2EzWOZX

Save the date. Sept. 1 is #WomensGolfDay. Take a swing at #BurkeLakeGolf #PinecrestGolf and #TwinLakesGolf with buy 1, g...
08/31/2020

Save the date. Sept. 1 is #WomensGolfDay. Take a swing at #BurkeLakeGolf #PinecrestGolf and #TwinLakesGolf with buy 1, get 1 FREE small buckets! Course ready? Sign up for the #NineandWine at #LaurelHillGolfClub at 4pm. #GolfFairfax #inviteher #driveon https://bit.ly/2z48gL4

Time for a family shopping trip to a farmers market before the holiday weekend. Here's the market schedule: https://bit....
08/31/2020

Time for a family shopping trip to a farmers market before the holiday weekend. Here's the market schedule: https://bit.ly/2JAB5Bg
📷: Shirl Walley

Have you ever wondered what kinds of plants and animals are in Fairfax County parks and where you could get information ...
08/31/2020

Have you ever wondered what kinds of plants and animals are in Fairfax County parks and where you could get information about them? Well, have we got the web site for you: https://bit.ly/2JM25gt

Flit your way over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center/Annandale Community Park to the butterfly metamorphosis-themed playgroun...
08/30/2020

Flit your way over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center/Annandale Community Park to the butterfly metamorphosis-themed playground. Pretend to be munching plants along with the caterpillars, tuck yourself into a pretend chrysalis, and soar around flowers as you climb over monarch butterflies. https://bit.ly/2EzJh4O

Congratulations to our colleagues at DPWES!! National award winners from the National Association of Clean Water Agencie...
08/30/2020

Congratulations to our colleagues at DPWES!! National award winners from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. We love working with you!

Do you know what to do if you come across a possible fish kill or suspect pollution has entered a waterway? Take these t...
08/30/2020

Do you know what to do if you come across a possible fish kill or suspect pollution has entered a waterway? Take these two steps. Notify DEQ state officials through the 24/7 Virginia Emergency Operations Center at 800-468-8892. Notify county officials at https://bit.ly/32cVWCK
#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty

There is a park bond on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. Bonds fund things like renovations and upgrades for playgrou...
08/30/2020

There is a park bond on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. Bonds fund things like renovations and upgrades for playgrounds, athletic field lighting and irrigation systems, picnic shelters and outdoor restrooms. More information at https://bit.ly/2EDMxMa

Looking for a new plant to try? How about the cardoon? Learn a bit about it in our blog: https://bit.ly/2EjMJAs
08/29/2020

Looking for a new plant to try? How about the cardoon? Learn a bit about it in our blog: https://bit.ly/2EjMJAs

Parks offer virtual versions of our popular programs. There are scheduled offerings and online programs by request. They...
08/29/2020

Parks offer virtual versions of our popular programs. There are scheduled offerings and online programs by request. They're appropriate for teachers, scout leaders, parents, homeschool co-ops and other groups or families looking to connect with nature and history from the comfort of home. See "Request a Virtual Program" at https://bit.ly/34KbOh0
📷: Laura Strecker

Did you ever have a question about park rules? They're online at https://bit.ly/2FLjneQ📷: Ruby-throated hummingbird by J...
08/29/2020

Did you ever have a question about park rules? They're online at https://bit.ly/2FLjneQ
📷: Ruby-throated hummingbird by Jane Gamble

We just want to say thank you. This is one quarantine “family” with scouts that recently came out to volunteer for an ho...
08/29/2020

We just want to say thank you. This is one quarantine “family” with scouts that recently came out to volunteer for an hour at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. They pulled out a mess of invasive bush honeysuckle. A great way to get outdoors. https://bit.ly/2z4xNn1

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA
22035

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The Fairfax County Park Authority was awarded the 2010 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, the park's and recreation industry's highest honor.

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