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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.

If you like Fairfax County's new (voluntary) glass recycling efforts, please don't leave trash at drop-off sites. The tr...
02/05/2020

If you like Fairfax County's new (voluntary) glass recycling efforts, please don't leave trash at drop-off sites. The trucks that move the purple containers cannot collect trash. Illegal dumping requires a separate truck to pick up the mess.

Photographer Jane Gamble says cold air and backlighting are the keys to getting a photograph of a redwinged blackbird bl...
02/05/2020

Photographer Jane Gamble says cold air and backlighting are the keys to getting a photograph of a redwinged blackbird blowing smoke rings. She caught this one last week at #huntleymeadows. Look for these birds in marshes, meadows, pastures and along the edges of golf courses near water hazards. #fairfaxparks #birdsofinstagram #redwingblackbird

Cabell's Mill is more than 220 years old and operated as a mill until 1916. It then became a guest house that once hoste...
02/04/2020

Cabell's Mill is more than 220 years old and operated as a mill until 1916. It then became a guest house that once hosted Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. You can see it on a visit to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. 📷: Patricia Greenberg http://bit.ly/38Y4QG4

No, it's not a tree that hacks computers. Rather, the hackberry tree is a native of the Mid-Atlantic, including Northern...
02/03/2020

No, it's not a tree that hacks computers. Rather, the hackberry tree is a native of the Mid-Atlantic, including Northern Virginia. It has the honor of being named the 2020 Urban Tree of the Year by the Society of Municipal Arborists. Info: http://bit.ly/31fvI1G

Some water birds stick around all winter and others merely pass through our region. Go on a Winter Waterfowl Hike at Riv...
02/03/2020

Some water birds stick around all winter and others merely pass through our region. Go on a Winter Waterfowl Hike at Riverbend Park on Friday, February 7 and see what birds you can find.
Register now ➡️ http://bit.ly/2S6uMYW

REMINDER! Summer camp registration opens tomorrow - February 4.  Are you ready?  Be sure you test your login and passwor...
02/03/2020

REMINDER! Summer camp registration opens tomorrow - February 4. Are you ready? Be sure you test your login and password early today to give yourself plenty of time to troubleshoot issues. Don't miss out on our popular summer camps! #reptilecamp http://bit.ly/2GK6zSJ

Superb owl fact: Owls have 3 eyelids: for sleeping, blinking and for keeping the eye clean. And with this sleepy pic, we...
02/03/2020

Superb owl fact: Owls have 3 eyelids: for sleeping, blinking and for keeping the eye clean. And with this sleepy pic, we're going to end another fascinating #Superbowl Sunday. Thanks to all those whoooo hung around with us today. 🦉 We think you're all winners!
📷 :Tyler Reber

Superb owl fact: Owls lay their eggs over the course of a few days, so there will always be a size difference in the owl...
02/03/2020

Superb owl fact: Owls lay their eggs over the course of a few days, so there will always be a size difference in the owl siblings, as they hatch at different times.
#fairfaxparks #superbowl #superbowlsunday

Suberb owl fact: Owls don’t make their own nests. Instead, they take over the abandoned nests of other birds.📷: Eric Atk...
02/02/2020

Suberb owl fact: Owls don’t make their own nests. Instead, they take over the abandoned nests of other birds.
📷: Eric Atkisson
#suberbowl @superbowlsunday #fairfaxparks

Suberb owl fact: Most baby birds are just called chicks, but baby owls have their own special title: owlets!📷: Don Sween...
02/02/2020

Suberb owl fact: Most baby birds are just called chicks, but baby owls have their own special title: owlets!
📷: Don Sweeney
#fairfaxparks #suberbowl #superbowlsunday

Suberb owl fact: Owls are farsighted, meaning they can’t see things close to their eyes clearly. 👀📷: Don Sweeney#Superbo...
02/02/2020

Suberb owl fact: Owls are farsighted, meaning they can’t see things close to their eyes clearly. 👀
📷: Don Sweeney
#Superbowlsunday #fairfaxparks

TRUE or FALSE? Owls can rotate their heads in a full circle.  ...FALSE! Owls can turn their necks 135 degrees in either ...
02/02/2020

TRUE or FALSE? Owls can rotate their heads in a full circle.
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FALSE! Owls can turn their necks 135 degrees in either direction, giving them 270 degrees of movement, not 360. We still think that makes them suberb owls. 📷: Keith Freeburn
#superbowl #fairfaxparks

Happy #superbowl Sunday - our fav day to share facts and photos about the superb owls in our parks! 🦉 Owls are generally...
02/02/2020

Happy #superbowl Sunday - our fav day to share facts and photos about the superb owls in our parks! 🦉 Owls are generally solitary, but a group of owls is called a “parliament” as they are considered to be of a wise disposition.
📷: Ed Eder
#fairfaxparks #superbowlsunday

🏈 Take a peek inside our 24,000 square foot field house at South Run RECenter. The 160-foot by 100-foot lined synthetic ...
02/01/2020

🏈 Take a peek inside our 24,000 square foot field house at South Run RECenter. The 160-foot by 100-foot lined synthetic turf playing surface is used for lacrosse, soccer, football and other activities. http://bit.ly/37MFnyH

Get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with the popular Animal Sweethearts Dance at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Saturday, Fe...
02/01/2020

Get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with the popular Animal Sweethearts Dance at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Saturday, February 8.
❤️🦊🐦🐰🐊❤️
Spaces still available; register today: http://bit.ly/2U7mDq1

Fun...Friends...Fitness. Everything you need for great results is included in your RECenter Membership! Sign up before F...
02/01/2020

Fun...Friends...Fitness. Everything you need for great results is included in your RECenter Membership! Sign up before Feb. 14 to save 15% on 4- and 12-month membership️‍s.
👯 http://bit.ly/2VY2wJf

A little fire, just a little, is good for nature in our parks. This past Wednesday, there were two prescribed burns at E...
02/01/2020

A little fire, just a little, is good for nature in our parks. This past Wednesday, there were two prescribed burns at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The SMASH meadow, north of Walney Visitor Center, and a small meadow near Cabell’s Mill were carefully burned to suppress non-native invasive plants and woody species and to enrich the soil. This was a team effort of ECLP staff, the Fire Department, Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch of the Park Authority, and a trained volunteer. 📷: Mike Bishop.

Railroad lines through Fairfax County were critical to both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War, and remna...
01/31/2020

Railroad lines through Fairfax County were critical to both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War, and remnants of those lines are being preserved in some Fairfax County parks. Learn more in the latest issue of ArtiFACTS. http://bit.ly/38R3JI4

In celebration of Green Spring Gardens' 50th anniversary, we present #5 of 50 reasons to love Green Spring: Seeds. Start...
01/31/2020

In celebration of Green Spring Gardens' 50th anniversary, we present #5 of 50 reasons to love Green Spring: Seeds. Start on your seedlings at this year's Seed Exchange tomorrow, Saturday, February 1, from 12:30-4:30pm. http://bit.ly/2RAT9z7

Don't forget!  Today is the last day for the public to provide input on the Park Authority's 2020 fee adjustments.  More...
01/31/2020

Don't forget! Today is the last day for the public to provide input on the Park Authority's 2020 fee adjustments.
More info ➡️ http://bit.ly/376c6iC

The Park Authority and the McLean Project for the Arts invite the public to an open house to discuss the potential for d...
01/30/2020

The Park Authority and the McLean Project for the Arts invite the public to an open house to discuss the potential for development of an arts and education center at Clemyjontri Park: Monday, Feb. 24 at 6:30pm, McLean Community Center. http://bit.ly/2vsJQIP

At last week's meeting, the Park Authority Board  elected 2020 officers. Congratulations to Chair William Bouie, Vice Ch...
01/30/2020

At last week's meeting, the Park Authority Board elected 2020 officers. Congratulations to Chair William Bouie, Vice Chair Ken Quincy, Secretary Mike Thompson and new treasurer Timothy Hackman. More info: http://bit.ly/315XRYS

We have tee-rific news! ⛳ Burke Lake Golf Center's driving range was  recognized as one of the Top 50 Public Ranges by G...
01/29/2020

We have tee-rific news! ⛳ Burke Lake Golf Center's driving range was recognized as one of the Top 50 Public Ranges by Golf Range Magazine. 👏💯👏 http://bit.ly/37vQ7Bz

The Park Authority relies on volunteers and friends groups to help maintain and improve our 23,000 acres of park land.  ...
01/28/2020

The Park Authority relies on volunteers and friends groups to help maintain and improve our 23,000 acres of park land. Learn how the community came together to plant new trees in Royal Lake's Lakeside Park. 🌳 http://bit.ly/30XETDt

Winter can be a beautiful time of year to take photos in Fairfax County parks, and the January issue of the Snapshots e-...
01/27/2020

Winter can be a beautiful time of year to take photos in Fairfax County parks, and the January issue of the Snapshots e-newsletter offers some tips on how to get you and your camera ready for a cold or snowy day.
📷: Kim Sharp
http://bit.ly/37uYVrr

What has four legs and sounds like a duck? Find out in our January blog offering. http://bit.ly/38OEnL3
01/27/2020

What has four legs and sounds like a duck? Find out in our January blog offering. http://bit.ly/38OEnL3

🏞️ The Fairfax County Park Authority and Washington Gardener Magazine co-host the 15th Annual Seed Exchange at Green Spr...
01/26/2020

🏞️ The Fairfax County Park Authority and Washington Gardener Magazine co-host the 15th Annual Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, Feb. 1. Gardening lectures, a seed swap, and expert planting advice. Plus a beautiful public gardens. 🌿 http://bit.ly/3a699jN #fairfaxparks #greenspringgardens #greenspring #publicgardens

On behalf of all of the local strawberries at our farmer’s markets, we offer our condolences to Mr. Peanut.  Our PB&J sa...
01/26/2020

On behalf of all of the local strawberries at our farmer’s markets, we offer our condolences to Mr. Peanut. Our PB&J sandwiches will never be the same without you. #RIPeanut

Due to wet conditions, Jefferson Golf Course and the Lakes course at Twin Lakes and are closed today, Saturday, January ...
01/25/2020

Due to wet conditions, Jefferson Golf Course and the Lakes course at Twin Lakes and are closed today, Saturday, January 25.

🍁 How does maple syrup get from the tree to your breakfast table? Bundle up, watch and learn the old-fashioned process a...
01/25/2020

🍁 How does maple syrup get from the tree to your breakfast table? Bundle up, watch and learn the old-fashioned process at the Maple Syrup Boil-Down at Colvin Run Mill on three Sundays this winter – Feb. 9, Feb. 23 and March 1. http://bit.ly/39XRScI

Fairfax County parks have something for everyone.  #dollypartonchallenge Pssss... We're not really on Tinder. But we kno...
01/24/2020

Fairfax County parks have something for everyone. #dollypartonchallenge

Pssss... We're not really on Tinder. But we know you'd swipe right if we were.

Today is Beer Can Appreciation Day. Really. We think that's a good idea, and we invite you to show some love, not just f...
01/24/2020

Today is Beer Can Appreciation Day. Really. We think that's a good idea, and we invite you to show some love, not just for beer cans, but for all cans. If you see one out in a park, exposed to the elements where it's freezing cold, stranded in a place where it could rust away into loneliness, show it some appreciation. Carefully pick up the can and any of its nearby friends, and gently place it and its buddies in a container where it can be properly recycled so that it can live a long, healthy, environmentally-friendly life. You'll feel good about it. #fairfaxparks #parks #recycle #beercanappreciationday

Number 4 of 50 reasons to love Green Spring Gardens. Art Classes. Green Spring offers drawing and watercolor classes thr...
01/24/2020

Number 4 of 50 reasons to love Green Spring Gardens. Art Classes. Green Spring offers drawing and watercolor classes throughout the year. #GreenSpring50 http://bit.ly/2Pt7eh1

🍬 Learn how to make candy with an old-fashioned taffy pull at Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday, February 8.  ➡️ http://b...
01/24/2020

🍬 Learn how to make candy with an old-fashioned taffy pull at Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday, February 8. ➡️ http://bit.ly/2NV444n

Join us for the next winter lecture at Green Spring Gardens. Hear from the gardener Judy Zatsick, who is carrying on in ...
01/23/2020

Join us for the next winter lecture at Green Spring Gardens. Hear from the gardener Judy Zatsick, who is carrying on in the spirit of Bunny Mellon at the Oak Spring Garden. Sat., Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at door. ➡️ http://bit.ly/2GjOdIm

Thank you to everyone who celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy by giving back to our community. Hidde...
01/22/2020

Thank you to everyone who celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy by giving back to our community. Hidden Oaks naturalist Alex Doumbia led 800 people in a milkweed seed packet volunteer event at the Jewish Community Center in Fairfax. The event was presented by Volunteer Fairfax. For more volunteer opportunities in the parks, visit http://bit.ly/368BQti.

Head to Lake Fairfax Park to search for hidden treasure at a Geocaching Workshop on Saturday, February 8.  More info ➡️ ...
01/21/2020

Head to Lake Fairfax Park to search for hidden treasure at a Geocaching Workshop on Saturday, February 8.
More info ➡️ http://bit.ly/2tFMGcT

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”  -Martin Luther King, Jr.Thanks to Braddock Supervisor James Walk...
01/20/2020

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thanks to Braddock Supervisor James Walkinshaw, the Friends of Royal Lake and 60+ volunteers who celebrated Dr. King’s legacy with a day of service at Rabbit Branch Park. The group braved frigid temps to clean up the Fairfax park, including painting the park sign and removing 18 large bags of trash. #MLK

Keep moving forward.
01/20/2020

Keep moving forward.

01/19/2020

Update: The Lakes course at Twin Lakes Golf Course is closed today, Sunday, January 19.

The house at Sully Historic Site is currently closed through spring for renovation but it has seen plenty of cold winter...
01/18/2020

The house at Sully Historic Site is currently closed through spring for renovation but it has seen plenty of cold winters - and frozen ink! When the house was constructed 200+ years ago, winter’s beauty would have offered many hardships. As the primary source of heat came from fires, entire wings of the house were closed off to minimize how much space needed to be heated, and in both the main house and the slave quarters people would make sure the fires kept burning. Even so, temperatures in the bedrooms would dip to below freezing overnight, and one letter describes how the ink in the inkwell had frozen solid. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully-historic-site

Your pet can wear a sweater when it gets cold outside, but what do animals in the wild do to stay warm? Find out at the ...
01/18/2020

Your pet can wear a sweater when it gets cold outside, but what do animals in the wild do to stay warm? Find out at the Winter Wonder Campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Friday, January 24 at 4:30pm. Ages 4+. $8. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2020/psa008

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