Fairfax County Park Authority News - May 9, 2018

Sports and Recreation

May 14, 2018

From: Fairfax County Park Authority

Bridge Replacement to Impact Access to Pimmit Run Trail

The Fairfax County Park Authority knows how much residents love their trails. In fact, recent surveys found that our robust system of trails through stream valleys, parks and woodlands are among our most popular amenities. However, sometimes construction may close or restrict access to a particular trail section.

Pedestrian bridge replacement work along Old Dominion Drive (between Linway Terrace and McLean Drive) within Pimmit Run Trail system is set to begin soon. The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has contracted with Accubid Construction Services, Inc., for the work which will start in early June. The impacted trail system is located along the Pimmit Run Stream Valley Park in McLean, Virginia.

The project involves the removal of an aging steel bridge and replacement with a new extruded fiberglass bridge. A portion of the trail leading up to the bridge will be closed from either directions to accommodate the work. Active construction is anticipated to start in early next month and be complete by the end of August 2018.

For more information contact Project Manager Steven Rudy at 703-877-2860.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/z-ir062

Pinecrest Golf Course’s Indoor Golf Facility Underway

Golfers will be able to keep their golf game at peak-season performance year-round with the indoor practice facility currently under renovation at Pinecrest Golf Course. This project began last month and will be completed in July 2018.

State-of-the-art amenities include expanded hitting bays, an instructional bay with electronic swing analysis and a golf simulator that gives you the option to practice and play realistic golf, anytime, regardless of weather.

The renovations also allow for enhanced instructional opportunities through Pinecrest Golf Academy, as well as a dedicated dining space for golf and FootGolf outings and party rentals.

“This is the first major upgrade at Pinecrest since it opened in 1986,” said Pinecrest General Manager Sarah Oberther. “Once complete, the project will give Fairfax County residents expanded opportunities to learn and practice golf and Pinecrest will join the ranks of modern indoor golf facilities.”

The updated facility will also include improved lighting and more natural light via skylights and windows. The project is funded through a variety of sources, including the 2008 Park Bond, grants, and private donations. A $25,000 donation from Wayne and Angela Valis helped the Park Authority to purchase the state-of-the-art golf simulator. An official facility opening is slated for later this year.

Pinecrest Golf Course is located at 6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA and is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

For additional information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/z-ir061

Celebrate National Trails Day at New Children’s Trail

The Fairfax County Park Authority will celebrate National Trails Day this year with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Chessie’s Trail at the Lee District Family Recreation Area. This event will also mark the completion of the fully-accessible, award-winning park facility that is designed to assure that people of all ages and abilities can play together.

Members of the public are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 2 p.m. It will include brief remarks by park officials and light refreshments. Afterward, everyone is welcome to enjoy the delightful amenities at the park.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act as well as the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Join the celebration by simply getting out on the trail. With the passage of the National Trails System Act in 1968, America was given a gift – the creation and protection of some of Americans’ favorite places to discover the great outdoors. Chessie’s Trail is very special and unique. Partial funding for Chessie’s Trail was made available from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund which annually funds parkland acquisitions and development throughout the United States and is administered by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Chessie’s Trail is an interactive and fully accessible park trail designed specifically for children but can be enjoyed no matter how old you are. It includes such features as stepping blocks, a music garden, rock steps, a nest seating area, spinning rocks, a stone abacus, a log stone secret path, and a boardwalk. You can stop along the trail and discover animals native to the Chesapeake Bay area and animal tracks as you enjoy a quiet walk through the woods, The Lee District Family Recreation Area also offers Our Special Harbor sprayground, an accessible Tree House, Chessie’s Big Backyard playground, a carousel with a Chesapeake Bay theme that allows children in wheelchairs to move up and down, as well as ‘round and ‘round, and several picnic shelters.

The Lee District Family Recreation Area is testimony to the power of Park Authority partnerships with the community. More than 80,000 people enjoy Our Special Harbor every summer thanks to the help of the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund, which has been supporting county parks for 20 years through contributions to the Park Foundation. This year, the organization is adding four new attractions to the water playground to help celebrate its 20th anniversary.

“We are an immensely proud partner of Paola and Bob Pizzano, founders of the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund (JPMF) in loving memory of their son, Joey,” said Park Foundation Executive Director Bobbi Longworth. “Hundreds of individuals combined modest donations totaling $10,000 to dedicate ‘Soar,’ the Chessie’s Carousel eagle as an expression of appreciation for JPMF’s outreach through our parks.”

The Lee District Family Recreation Area is located at 6601 Telegraph Road, Franconia, VA. For more information about the park, please visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/recenter/lee-district/family-recreation-area. For more information about the ribbon-cutting, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or via Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/z-ir060

Lee District Family Recreation Area Wins National Recognition

The Lee District Family Recreation Area will be honored by National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) when the organization holds its annual meeting in Nashville this July. This unique fun spot for families will receive a 2018 NACPRO Award in the Park & Recreation Facility category for agencies with a population service area over 500,000.

The Fairfax County Park Authority facility provides fully accessible play features that allow children of all abilities to play together. It features Our Special Harbor sprayground, an accessible Tree House, Chessie’s Big Backyard playground, a carousel with a Chesapeake Bay theme, and Chessie’s Trail, an interactive trail designed especially for kids.

“This project was possible in large measure to the generosity of donors who helped support each and every innovation and amenity, successful acquisition of grants, and the cooperation of our Planning and Development Division and availability of tax-payer approved park bonds,” said Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon. “It goes without saying that we depended on the support of elected officials, the Park Authority Board and the Park Foundation Board.”

More than 80,000 people enjoy Our Special Harbor every summer thanks to the help of the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund, which has been supporting county parks for 20 years through contributions to the Park Foundation. This year, the organization is adding four new attractions to the water playground to help celebrate its 20th anniversary.

“We are an immensely proud partner of Paola and Bob Pizzano, founders of the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund in loving memory of their son, Joey. The popular Our Special Harbor sprayground inspired Chessie’s BIG Backyard play area featuring the JPMF Wave feature,” said Park Foundation Executive Director Bobbi Longworth. “Hundreds of individuals combined modest donations totaling $10,000 to dedicate ‘Soar,’ the Chessie’s Carousel Eagle as an expression of appreciation for JPMF’s outreach through Fairfax County parks. This well-deserved NACPRO award is timely as a new lighthouse and other exciting water features are added on this special anniversary.”

“The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund is proud of our public-private partnership with Fairfax County that allows families free access to Our Special Harbor and to wonderful activities for children and adults of all abilities,” said Paola Pizzano. “The community of support that has grown around the park and for the children and families of individuals with disabilities in general is a great example of what is possible when we find ways to work together. And a wonderful tribute to our son Joey and kids like him.”

NACPRO is a non-profit professional organization that advances official policies that promote county and regional park and recreation issues while providing members with opportunities to network, exchange ideas and best practices, and enhance professional development.

For additional information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/z-ir059

Enjoy Folk Music Performed by David Wilcox at Grist Mill Park

Summer concerts are an American tradition. In the not-so-distant past, towns and villages across the nation boasted town bands and bandstands in the village square or the park at the center of town. Music was a catalyst, drawing young and old alike to come together as a community. The Fairfax County Park Authority has adopted this summer staple from small-town America to orchestrate a renewed sense of community. These free performances include a wide array of musical styles and great performers!

The fun gets underway with folksinger David Wilcox on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Grist Mill Park located at 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy, in Alexandria, VA. Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', David Wilcox songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

For more information visit online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances. Concerts are held outdoor and are generally cancelled due to inclement weather. Call 703-324-7469 one hour prior to the start of the show for updates.

Concerts are funded by the Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with generous contributions through the Fairfax County Park Foundation from local businesses, corporations and individual donors.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/psa131

It’s Time to Sink or Float at the Cardboard Boat Regatta

Crazy watercrafts will again be put to the test as Lake Accotink Park hosts the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Sunday June 3, 2018.

Who will sink and who will float? Come to the park to find out which of the wacky creations will sail to victory.

Boats assembled for the cardboard flotilla will be judged between 9 and 10:30 a.m. on their creativity, design and crew members. The judging categories will be: Most Likely to Float, Titanic (most likely to sink), Best Costume (most creative attire and boat), Team Spirit (most spirited team), and Pride of the Regatta (most spectacular cardboard boat entry).

Awards will be presented between 10:45 and 11 a.m., and the races will immediately follow from 11 a.m. to about 2 p.m.

To register a cardboard boat, visit the Park Authority website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lake-accotink/ and download the registration form. Fill out the form and fax or mail it to Lake Accotink Park along with your registration fee. The form can also be found on the Springfield Days website.

Due to anticipated crowds, a one-day parking fee of $5 applies to all vehicles entering Lake Accotink Park the day of the regatta. Due to the scale of the event, no vehicles will be permitted in the parking lot at the marina.

Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road in Springfield, VA. For more information call 703-569-0285.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/psa130

The Big Plant Sale Returns to Green Spring Gardens on May 19

Get your garden ready for prime time! Plan on a day of shopping at The Big Plant Sale at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

This annual event draws more than 40 local garden vendors who can talk about their plants and offer advice on how to make them thrive at your home. Master Gardeners will also be on hand to help with plant selections and growing tips. Get inspiration as you stroll the grounds at Green Spring Gardens and shop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all your gardening needs.

Proceeds from The Big Plant Sale help to support Green Spring Gardens.

Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-642-5173 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/psa129

Align with Jupiter in a Family Astronomy Night at Turner Farm

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and the largest in our solar system. Get a closer look at this planetary giant at Astronomy for Family Fun night at Observatory Park at Turner Farm on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

In this family program, enjoy hands-on activities and peer through our telescopes to learn more about this planet known as a “gas giant.” The program from 8 to 9 p.m. is designed for participants age six to adult. The cost is $8 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult registered for the program.

Turner Farm is located at 925 Springvale Road, Great Falls, VA. For more information, call 703-324-8618 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/turner-farm.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/psa128

Enjoy a Children’s Storytime with a View at Historic Huntley

Bundle the kids up in their jammies and bring them Historic Huntley for Storytime on the Hill on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Toss a blanket on the ground and snuggle in as you listen to stories the way the Mason family may have when they owned the property in the 1800s. Soak in the surroundings as you enjoy the sunset and spectacular view from Historic Huntley’s hilltop location.

Storytime is designed for children age 2 to 12. The cost is $5 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Historic Huntley is located at 6918 Harrison Lane, Alexandria, VA, near the entrance to Huntley Meadows Park. For more information, call the park at 703-768-2525 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/historic-huntley.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/psa127

Act Fast to Join the Stream Clean-up this Weekend at Roundtree Park

Do your part to help the environment and make our parks look their best.

Join the staff of Hidden Oaks Nature Center and the Nature Conservancy for a stream clean-up at Roundtree Park on Saturday May 12, 2018. Meet at the picnic shelter for an overview and to pick up trash bags and treats. The clean-up runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and this event will go on rain or shine. Registration closes on Friday, May 11 at 5 p.m.

Come prepared with a water bottle, sunscreen, hat and insect repellant. Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and long sleeves, and bring work gloves. Guides will assure that all recognize poison ivy so you can avoid contact.

Roundtree Park is located at 3329 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA. To register to participate, contact Suzanne Holland, Hidden Oaks visitor services manager, at Suzanne.holland@fairfaxcounty.gov.

For additional information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/psa126

Ribbon Cut on New Playground at Alexandria’s Bucknell Manor Park

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 for the new playground at Bucknell Manor Park in Alexandria, Va.

Bucknell Manor Park now features two play areas to appeal to children of different ages. In addition to the play structures, the facility includes new borders, subsurface drainage, child safety fencing and an asphalt trail – all designed to meet ADA standards. The $100,000 project was financed through the 2016 Park Bond as part of a plan to install new playground equipment at aging parks to bring them into compliance with today’s safety and ADA standards.

Members of the community, both young and old, were joined by (left to right, in back): Linwood Gorham, Park Authority Board Rep, Mount Vernon District; Philip Hager, Park Authority Area Manager; Daniel Storck, Board of Supervisors, Mount Vernon District; Kirk Kincannon, Park Authority Executive Director; Dave Bowden, Director of Planning & Development, Park Authority.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/cutlines/2018/ctl007

County Leaders Celebrate Opening of Government Center Farmers Market

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, County leaders gathered to celebrate the opening of the Government Center Farmers Market in Fairfax, Virginia. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova rang the bell to mark the market’s official opening at its new location in the grassy median near the entrance to the Fairfax County Government Center. The Government Center market is open Thursdays through October 25 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. The only exception is June 7, to allow for Celebrate Fairfax set up.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/cutlines/2018/ctl006

New Pump Track Opened at Springfield’s Brookfield Park

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Fairfax County Park Authority and TrailsforYouth.Org opened a new bicycle pump track at Brookfield Park in Springfield, Virginia. The track is designed to allow riders of a wide range of abilities to maneuver around the track, while navigating smooth bumps (rollers) and banked turns (berms). The track project was supported by the Springfield Civic Association and funded by TrailsforYouth.Org through a Park Authority Mastenbrook Grant and community-raised matching funds. The Park Authority oversaw the construction of the project, with expertise provided by the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE).

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/cutlines/2018/ctl005