Fairfax County Park Authority News Update: July 6, 2018

Sports and Recreation

July 10, 2018

From: Fairfax County Park Authority

Load up the Family for a Drive-In Movie Night this Summer

Enjoy a blast from the past with drive-in movies for the family at the Fairfax County Park Authority's Starlight Drive-in Cinema in Centreville, Virginia.

Every Saturday night in August, the fun will begin before the opening credits even start to roll. There will be music, food and children's activities from 6 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Centre. The movies begin at dark. Bring coolers, blankets and lawn chairs if you want to enjoy a picnic supper under the stars. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the admission is free.

Here's the lineup:

August 4 - Little Mermaid is the Disney classic about a young mermaid who strikes a deal with a sea witch to become human in order to land the man of her dreams, even though her father has forbidden her to swim to the surface.

August 11 -- Early Man is a stop-motion animated comedy set in prehistoric times, when a tribe of primitive hunters are displaced from their homes by emissaries from a distant empire that has mastered bronze-making.

August 18 - LEGO Batman finds big changes brewing in Gotham, and Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

August 25 - Coco, a Disney release, takes aspiring musician Miguel to the colorful Land of the Dead to find his great-great grandfather, a legendary singer.

Trinity Centre is located at 5860 Trinity Parkway in Centreville, VA.

For more details about the movies and the concerts that are part of the Park Authority's Summer Entertainment Series, visit online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances   Movies are held outdoors and may be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Call 703-324-7469 one hour prior to the start of the show for updates.

The Summer Entertainment Series is 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/z-ir095   

Park Board Approves Three Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Grants

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved three Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants that will be used to improve safety at athletic fields at Poplar Tree Park in Chantilly, help restore a meadow at Marie Butler Leven Preserve in McLean, and enhance the equestrian program at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon. Action came at the June 27, 2018 meeting of the Park Board.

The Chantilly Youth Association, Inc. (CYA) will receive $10,000 in grant money for fencing at Poplar Tree Park to improve playability on fields 2 and 3. Funds will go toward construction of 20-foot high fencing behind each goal and 10-foot high fencing to complete each endline. CYA said the fencing was needed to prevent soccer balls from being kicked and lacrosse balls from being thrown into the parking lot, playground and woods. There have been concerns about the safety of children who chase after the balls into the parking lot and woods. CYA is contributing $10,000 toward the project. The Fairfax County Park Authority is providing $12,802 in funding, and the grant provides the final $10,000 necessary to complete the project.

Board members also approved a $9,962 grant request from Earth Sangha to restore a 1.25-acre meadow at Marie Butler Leven Preserve that is dominated by invasive grasses. Earth Sangha has already restored a small portion of the meadow, and the grant will be used to restore the remaining meadow area by removing invasive grasses and establishing native grasses. The organization will donate $28,889.38 in plants and in-kind services to complete the project.

In addition, the Board approved a $4,507.50 grant request from the Friends of Frying Pan Park to purchase equestrian jumps for the park. The new jumps and poles will replace existing ones that are old, heavy and larger than needed. Park staff feels the new jumps will address concerns about the difficulty of moving the existing jumps. The Friends group will provide a matching amount of money to meet the projected budget of $9,015.

Since 1999, there have been more than 170 Mastenbrook Grant projects with awards of approximately $1.6 million. The grants have gone toward projects in Fairfax County valued at more than $10.6 million.

For more information, or to apply for a matching grant, visit online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/mastenbrook-grants  or call 703-324-8591.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/z-ir094    

Park Authority Begins Implementation of New Strategic Plan; Adopts New Mission and Vision

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a new Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2023 on June 27, 2018. The new five-year strategic plan replaces its FY14-FY18 Strategic Plan, which was completed on June 30, 2018. As part of the strategic planning process, the Park Authority Board reviewed and updated its mission and vision. The new mission and vision emphasize health, equity and inclusion, while also reinforcing the Park Authority's longstanding focus on stewardship and recreation. Visit online to read the new mission and vision.

The Strategic Plan is a key tool to guide agency staff in the implementation of the 2017 Parks and Recreation System Master Plan. The new plan provides a roadmap to further community priorities based on the findings from the Parks Count! Needs Assessment that was completed in spring 2016. It also plays an essential part in ensuring the Park Authority achieves world class standards as required for re-accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). You can find the adopted strategic plan and learn more about how the master plan and strategic plan connect by checking out the project website.

For more information please contact Samantha Hudson at samantha.hudson@fairfaxcounty.gov  or call 703-324-8726.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/z-ir093  

Hidden Oaks Nature Interpreter Wins National Recognition

A natural history interpreter from Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale, Virginia, is being honored by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the organization is recognizing 30 Shining Stars of Interpretation in 2018, and Hidden Oaks Visitor Services Manager Suzanne Holland has been added to the prestigious list.

Each of NAI's 10 geographical regions determined three shining stars - a new interpreter, an established career interpreter, and an esteemed veteran - to represent the region and receive one of NAI's 30 for 30: NAI Shining Star Awards. Holland was chosen as NAI Region 2's Shining Star in the Veteran Category.

"Those of us who've worked with her daily or with projects, or who've had the privilege to have been one of her interpretive students through NAI, have known Suzanne was our interpretive 'secret weapon' here at Hidden Oaks," said Hidden Oaks Manager Michael McDonnell. "This is quite an honor, and we are proud to call her our colleague."

Holland is credited with increasing programming and visitation at the Fairfax County Park Authority site. She was the driving force behind the Nature Playce exploration area, helped to secure funding to provide free programs targeting underserved communities, and conducts training programs for other interpreters. A description of Holland's work and her photo are on display on the NAI website. In addition, in recognition of her excellence in interpretation, Region 2 is awarding Holland a $100 credit to be used toward NAI national or regional workshops or trainings.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA. For more information, call 703-941-1065 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hidden-oaks .

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/z-ir092 

Get Tips on How to Explore the Cosmos with your own Telescope

Bring your telescope to Observatory Park at Turner Farm and get some tips on how to make the most of it.

In "Intro to Telescopes," you will learn some astronomy basics and how to set up and use your own telescope. The course content will depend on the types of telescopes participants bring.

The program runs from 8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, and includes some time to observe selected objects in the sky from the roll-top observatory, weather permitting. This program is designed for participants age nine to adult and costs $8 per person.

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/psa189 

Discover What's Stirring in the Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

There's a lot going on in the deceptively still waters of local ponds. See what's stirring in the "Pond Life" program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond and join the search for catch-and-release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. The program for participants age two to adult runs from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Don't forget to bring old shoes that can get wet and muddy.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-631-0013 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/eclawrence.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/psa188 

Discover Visitors from Space at Observatory Park at Turner Farm

They came from outer space, and they're waiting for your touch.

Examine meteorites on Thursday, July 19, 2018, in a program at Observatory Park called "Meteorites: Explore Visitors from Space." Learn about meteorites, and touch and examine meteorite specimens from the moon and Mars.

This program is designed for participants age six to adult and meets from 8 to 9 p.m. in the roll-top observatory classroom. The cost is $8 per person.

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/psa187 

Party in your PJs with a Favorite Stuffed Animal at Hidden Oaks

Put the fun back in bedtime with an "Animal Pajama Party" at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Friday, July 20, 2018.

Hidden Oaks invites children age three to seven to slip into their PJs and come to the nature center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish good-night to the center's live critters. Partiers are welcome to bring a favorite stuffed animal along to join in the bedtime rituals.

The program from 7 to 7:45 p.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA. For more information, call 703-941-1065 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hidden-oaks.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/psa186   

Kick and Compete at the American FootGolf League National Qualifier Slated for Pinecrest Golf Course

The American FootGolf League (AFGL) U.S. National Championship will hold a Qualifier Tournament at Pinecrest Golf Course, on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Entry is open to the public and to all skill levels.

"We've had a great turn out at our qualifiers the past few years. We love to meet both our returning players on the tour, as well as those new to the sport who want to see what soccer and golf is all about. All levels are welcome to join in on the fun", said Pinecrest Golf General Manager Sarah Oberther.

FootGolf is played on a traditional golf course and involves the kicking of a soccer ball down the fairway of the course, with the intention, similar to golf, of reaching the hole in as few "strokes" (kicks) as possible.  In FootGolf, the hole is increased to 21" in diameter in order to accommodate a regulation soccer ball. If you can kick a ball you can play FootGolf!

This Regional Qualifier feeds into the AFGL U.S. National Championship, which will be held the last week of August at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, FL. All players who play in the qualifier will be eligible to play in the national championship.

FootGolf is suitable for players of various ages and genders. To highlight the sports diversity, the tournaments feature four different player classifications for the U.S. National Championship: juniors age 12-17, men age 18-45, seniors age over 45 and women age 18 and over.

FootGolf is available at Pinecrest Golf Course, Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 1:30 pm.

Register for the Northeast Regional Championship at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/golf/pinecrest/american-footgolf-league-qualifier .

For more details on FootGolf, the American FootGolf League (AFGL), and the U.S. National Championship, please visit www.footgolf.us.

Pinecrest Golf Course is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. For more information visit online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/golf/pinecrest/footgolf   or call 703-941-1061. Pinecrest Golf Course is located at 6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2018/psa185     

FROGS Honored with Board of Supervisors Resolution

The Friends of Green Spring Gardens, better known as FROGS, were honored for 25 years of service to the Fairfax County Park Authority site with a resolution from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. At an evening concert and celebration at Green Spring on June 26, 2018, Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross presented the resolution, which she called an "anniversary card," to FROGS President Sarah Munroe.

Over the past quarter-century, the FROGS organization has donated more than $1.9 million to support Green Spring operations and special projects. FROGS has used its Annual Appeal to support initiatives such as the Frances Tyler Fund, which subsidizes educational programs for children from Title I schools and has supported 10,055 children through more than 500 educational programs. The group has provided renovations to the Glasshouse, repairs to Historic Green Spring and maintenance vehicles for staff. In addition, it expanded the Garden Gate Plant Shop, funded plants and site maintenance projects, and sustained Spring Garden Day, the Fall Garden Day & Silent Auction, summer concerts, Gardeners' Holiday, art shows in the Historic House and Horticultural Center, and the Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series.

Pictured left to right are: FROGS President Sarah Munroe and Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross.

For more information about Green Spring Gardens and the FROGS organization, visit online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring.

Media Note: Download the photo at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/cutlines.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/cutlines/2018/ctl013