Archive: Parks and Recreation

A Special Insight Into the W&OD Trail

This article and video from today's Fairfax Extra introduces readers to Paul McCray, the man who was its steward for the better part of twenty years and knows the popular 45-mile path for bikers, walkers like no other. Read the article and share your trail stories here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 19, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

Culmore Center Expands Programs

The Culmore Family Resource Center near Seven Corners and Bailey's Crossroads, long a place were members of the area's immigrant community have sought information and support, is expanding its services by opening a health center and offering literacy classes for Spanish speakers. Read more in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 13, 2008; 03:19 PM ET | Email a Comment

Spring Babies at Frying Pan Farm Park

Sophie Nemec, 6 of Fairfax meets Oscar, a one-month-old calf at Frying Pan Park. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post) If it's spring there must be baby animals at Frying Pan Farm Park. Check out this article from today's Fairfax Extra to read about this year's new arrivals....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 13, 2008; 03:01 PM ET | Email a Comment

Plans Call For Visitors Center at Historic Mill

(BY KEVIN CLARK - THE WASHINGTON POST) Check out this Fairfax Extra cover story on the historic Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls. Fairfax County Park Authority officials are calling for new ways, including building a visitors center, to play up the historic significance of the building and milling operation which has been grinding wheat into flour for 200 years....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 14, 2008; 11:19 AM ET | Email a Comment

County: No Figure for Cost of Services For Illegal Immigrants

Fairfax County officials can't put a dollar amount on the amount of money the local governement spends on services used by illegal immigrants they say, partly because many of those services are "universal access;"required by federal law to be open to anyone, regardless of immigration status.The officials also cite the difficulty of counting how many undocumented immigrants live in here. This is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 27, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Email a Comment

From Prison To Park

The latest piece of the former Lorton prison site to be opened to the public, Laurel Hill Park offers a rural oasis in the heart of suburbia. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 8, 2007; 10:40 AM ET | Email a Comment

Parks Set Geocaching Guidelines

The Fairfax County Park Authority has drawn up some suggestions for how to participate in the increasingly popular version of the scavenger hunt -- which uses global positioning technology -- without running afoul of park authority rules. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 27, 2007; 01:19 PM ET | Email a Comment

Developer and Preservationists Square Off Over Park

The story is set in West Virginia's Harper's Ferry National Historical Park, but Fairfax readers -- who always seem keen on development news and how it relates to our own crowded existence here -- might be interested in this item from today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 13, 2007; 01:57 PM ET | Email a Comment

Ambivalence Greets Wetlands Project

The Fairfax County Park Authority is getting set to build a new $2 million earthen dam to protect the wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park. Some are happy that an effort to preserve the ecosystem is in the works, but others think that this specific plan might not be the right one. Today's Fairfax Extra has the story. Taking a walk through Huntley Meadows Park wetlands are, from left, Gregory Nardacci, 5, Jennifer Nardacci, Camille Westmore, 12 and Rebecca Nardacci, 1. They are talking with David Lawlor, Natural Resource Manager for the park (Tracy A. Woodward)...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 13, 2007; 12:53 PM ET | Email a Comment

Park Authority Steps Up Artificial Turf to Fight Shortage

To address the shortage of athletic fields, the Fairfax County Park Authority has stepped up its game with regard to installing more artificial turf fields. But according to this Fairfax Extra article, not everyone is happy with the move and concerns persist about artificial turf's benefits....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 2, 2007; 12:22 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fire Shutters Therapeutic Riding Program

A fire is a Clifton barn has left the horses used by a therapeutic program for mentally and physically disabled people homeless and forced the suspension of the program. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 26, 2007; 11:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

Independence Day Celebrations and Closings

Courtesy of your Fairfax Extra, here are lists of holiday events and closings for next week....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 28, 2007; 12:55 PM ET | Email a Comment

Public Garden Celebrates Korean Culture

This article from yesterday's Metro section, describes how a special garden, planned for a section of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, will help to celebrate the Korean heritage of a large number of local citizens when it is completed in 2010....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 11, 2007; 10:46 AM ET | Email a Comment

Arts in the Parks Gets Underway This Weekend

The Fairfax County Park Authority's annual summer series of concerts and other arts events at various parks located throughout the county gets underway this weekend. Read this piece from the Fairfax Extra to find out how things kick off....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 31, 2007; 01:30 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATED 4/30: Model Plane Enthusiasts Seek Fairfax Fly Zone

Updated 4/30 Check out this article from this morning's Metro section to hear how the flight demonstration went and about the concerns the park's equestrian users have about the plan. Originally posted 4/12 If all goes well for a group of local radio-controlled airplane hobbyists, a flight show scheduled for later this month will convince officials from the Fairfax County Park Authority that their pursing their pastime in a designated area of the Sully Woodlands area is a good use of public property. Read the story here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 30, 2007; 08:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Birds and Watchers and a Freshwater Marsh.

More than 200 species of birds, and the people who come to watch them, re regular visitors to Huntley Meadows Park, the areas largest non-tidal freshwater marsh. Read about the park and its winged denizens in this story from today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 22, 2007; 02:28 PM ET | Email a Comment

Departing Parks Director Looks Back (and Ahead)

Michael A. Kane, who will step down as the Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority next month, took time last week to share with the Fairfax Extra some of his thoughts about the work he accomplished and what lies ahead for the county parks. A Q & A with Kane is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 15, 2007; 10:52 AM ET | Email a Comment

North Hill Compromise to Offer Housing, Trails?

Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) said the compromise proposal to redevelop land in the North Hill section of the Route 1 corridor, as a mix of walking trails and affordable housing, would leave no one "completely happy" but would at last solve the dilemma of what to do with the 33 acre parcel which has been vacant since 1981. Read about the history of the land and the feud about what to do with it here, in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 22, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

County's Largest Artificial Turf at Patriot Park?

Read here about the Fairfax County Park Authority's efforts to convert 97 acres of woodland along the Fairfax County Parkway near Fairfax Station into playing fields, trails and nature areas....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 1, 2007; 03:10 PM ET | Email a Comment

McLean Youth Soccer Seeks More Synthetic Turf Fields

The McLean Youth Soccer Association is looking to spend $7 million of its own money to install artificial turf on up to a dozen county-owned grass fields to greatly extend the number of hours the fields can be used. The story is in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 18, 2007; 02:44 PM ET | Email a Comment

Parking at Accessible Playground in Short Supply

At Clemynjontri Park, Fairfax County Park Authority's wildly successful playground for both disabled and able-bodied children, the lines are long and the parking is in short supply. The park authority has been asking visitors to come at off-peak hours. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 4, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Korean Senior Center a Popular Draw

The Fairfax Extra this week features a look at how a Vienna-based recreation center for Korean senior citizens is providing cultural and educational resources for as many 400 people a week from across the region....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 19, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Chill Winds Won't Stop Parks Activity

Fall is here, winter is whispering through the keyhole, but even as the pools are drained and campgrounds are closed, the area's parks and recreation departments have plenty of cool weather activities to keep us all busy. Today's Fairfax Extra takes a look....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 12, 2006; 11:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Park Officials Dedicate Accessible Park

Clemyjontri Park, the Fairfax County Park Authority's newest park and which offers playground equipment accessible to children with disabilities, was officially dedicated yesterday. Read about it here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 10, 2006; 09:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

Sully Woodlands Plan Approved for Trails, Fields

The Fairfax County Park Authority board now has an approved plan in place for trails and athletic fields in the 4,400 acres that make up Sully Woodlands, one of the last undeveloped parts of the county. The news story is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 3, 2006; 09:10 AM ET | Email a Comment

Bond Referendums on Ballot For Nov. 7

By now most Fairfax County households will have received a brochure from the Board of Supervisors explaining the upcoming bond referendums to fund public safety renovations and expansions and parks and recreation facilities development. The mailing explains the basic arguments for and against issuing bonds to pay for these types of expenses, but there is certainly more to both the pros and cons of borrowing the money. What's your take?...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 28, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Email a Comment

Teens Work as Planners at Youth Centers

An article in this morning's Metro section discusses Fairfax County's program wherein teens hired by youth centers are charged with creating programs that will engage their peers and steer them away from violence and trouble....

 

By | August 29, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 8/14: FEMA Denies Fairfax Flood Aid

Updated 8/14 From Saturday's Metro section: FEMA Again Denies Aid Virginia officials announced yesterday that the state has lost its appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for flood aid to 13 communities that suffered storm damage in late June. Without explanation, FEMA denied Virginia's appeal of the agency's decision last month turning down emergency aid the state had requested for the communities, including Fairfax and Arlington counties and the city of Alexandria. The state had hoped FEMA would grant low-interest loans, cash grants, unemployment assistance and temporary housing to residents whose homes were flooded, including 150 in the Huntington neighborhood of Fairfax that suffered severe damage. Local officials and members of Virginia's congressional delegation were furious that the aid was denied, and they wrote letters to FEMA in protest as Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) announced the appeal last week. Yesterday, U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), whose...

 

By | August 14, 2006; 10:35 AM ET | Email a Comment

One Park Gets a Plan; Another a New Name

The master plan for the John C. and Margaret K. Horticultural Park near Falls Church has been completed, ending a controversial process to determine where the park's entrance will be placed. And Fox Mill District Park in Herndon will be Fred Crabtree Park in honor of the former Park Authority board member.....

 

By | August 4, 2006; 09:29 AM ET | Email a Comment

Equestrian Center for Laurel Hill Park

A public riding facility, a 60-stall barn, indoor and outdoor arenas and riding trails are planned for Laurel Hill Park, former site of the Lorton prison. Today's Fairfax Extra reports an agreement between Fairfax4Horses and the Park Authority was signed June 14....

 

By | June 29, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Email a Comment

$150 Million Bond Referendum Set For November

What do you think of this? The county Board of Supervisors will put this question to the voters on the Nov. 7 election ballot: Should the county sell $150 million dollars in bonds to pay for renovations and more security for police and fire stations, to expand the county animal shelter and to add synthetic turf to athletic fields? Metro section coverage of the board action is here.. There are a couple of questions here and plenty of room for observations....

 

By | June 6, 2006; 10:14 AM ET | Email a Comment

Coming to Vienna, an Old-Fashioned Town Green

The project upends traditional ideas about how communities develop, according to this Fairfax Extra article. Instead of the town growing up around a central gathering place for its citizens, this green will be carved from reclaimed commercial property....

 

By | May 25, 2006; 11:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Falls Church Filmmaker Shoots for a Difference

Today's Fairfax Extra cover story introduces us to Falls Church documentary filmmaker David Eckert who has made five movies about local environmental issues in as many years....

 

By | May 4, 2006; 02:00 PM ET | Email a Comment

Cross County Trail Officially Opens Saturday

It was completed in December but the celebration marking the opening of the 40-mile long Cross County Trail is scheduled for Saturday. Read about the trail and the festivities here. A Cross County Trail Marker in Wakefield Park (James M. Thresher)...

 

By | May 2, 2006; 11:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax: The 2006 Guide

An Introduction To The Guide Trying to make sense of Fairfax? Join our club. To help newcomers learn and old-timers discover new possibilities, here's The Guide for 2006. We know how easy it is to get confused here, because there are about a million people -- more people than seven states have -- and trying to make sense of the governing machinery can be tricky. The local governments include those of the county and two cities, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church, each with its own idiosyncrasies and treasures. What you'll find in these pages is our attempt to lead you to old favorites you had not thought of for a while or to what might become favorites. There's golfing and fishing and biking and walking, just to name a few leisure pursuits. If you have students in the family, there's a place within the county...

 

By | April 28, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Reston Approves Revised Charter

Officials with the Reston Association announced yesterday that its members have voted to approve the first revisions to the community's charter in 22 years. The changes include an increase to the cap on the assessment that Reston residents pay annually and a on-time $250 fee for people buy property or move within Reston. Washington Post coverage of the results of the referendum is here....

 

By | April 17, 2006; 01:05 PM ET | Email a Comment

Tickets To Wolf Trap Summer Shows On Sale

Wolf Trap, the country's only national park for the performing arts, put tickets on sale this week for their 35th season. How lucky are we to have this place in Fairfax County? Which of the shows do you plan to attend?...

 

By | April 5, 2006; 10:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

Please Read: Rules Issued for Commenting on Fairfax Focus Blog

Some readers of this blog have recently raised questions about the role of The Washington Post in policing Fairfax Focus. I have deleted a few blog posts because they did not meet The Post's standards for fairness. For more clarity about how to play by the rules, Jim Brady, the executive editor of washingtonpost.com has posted a message explaining the rules for readers participating in the site's Live Online discussions, discussion forums and for posting comments on the company's blogs. The complete list of rules is here. --Steve Fehr, Fairfax Extra Editor...

 

By | February 17, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

Lewinsville Senior Center To Expand

Plans are proceeding to renovate and expand a recreational and assisted living center for seniors in McLean. Read about it here....

 

By | February 16, 2006; 01:26 PM ET | Email a Comment

County Park Authority Considering Higher Fees

Today's Fairfax Extra takes a look at some the fee increases the Fairfax County Park Authority is considering....

 

By | February 9, 2006; 12:54 PM ET | Email a Comment

Proposal To Quiet Ballfields Killed

Updated 1/31:The bill has been killed. Originally posted 1/24:An article from this morning's Washington Post front page talks about the fallout from a local lawmaker's proposed legislation to limit the hours ballfields near residences can be used. ...

 

By | January 31, 2006; 09:30 AM ET | Email a Comment

Hearing Rescheduled on Lawyers Road Park

A hearing on proposed changes at Lawyers Road Park in Vienna has been rescheduled for Jan. 26 after being postponed Dec. 15 because of snow. The 7 p.m. hearing, conducted by the county Park Authority, will be at Flint Hill Elementary School. Park officials will talk about plans for the 13.7-acre park, which is on the west side of Lawyers Road and about a mile south of Hunter Mill Road....

 

By | January 12, 2006; 01:54 PM ET | Email a Comment

Lake Accotink About To Get A Little Deeper

A dredging project which will remove about 161,000 cubic yards of silt from the Springfield lake's bottom will be getting underway soon. Read about the project in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | December 29, 2005; 09:44 AM ET | Email a Comment

Park Authority Board Sets 2006 Meeting Dates

From today's Fairfax Extra: The county Park Authority board has announced its meeting schedule for next year. The 12-member board is scheduled to meet Jan. 11 and 25, Feb. 8 and 22, March 8 and 22, April 12 and 26, May 10 and 24, June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, Sept. 13 and 27, Oct. 11 and 25, Nov. 2 (committee only) and 8 and Dec. 6 (committee only) and 13. The board sets policy and establishes priorities for the park agency....

 

By | December 15, 2005; 02:35 PM ET | Email a Comment

Newly Dedicated Trail Links Riverbend and Great Falls Parks

The Potomac Gorge Interpretive Trail, was dedicated on Saturday. Read about the 2.5 mile and its 14 informational signs here....

 

By | December 12, 2005; 02:55 PM ET | Email a Comment

Why Lorton Residents Oppose Prison's Historic Status

Update 12/8: Steven P. Adragna, president of the Crosspointe homeowners association added his explanation in this week's Voices of Fairfax column Originally posted 10/27:The president of the Laurel Hill Civic Association explained in a guest opinion column in this week's Fairfax Extra why  his group opposed the nomination of the former Lorton prison property to the National Register of Historic Places....

 

By | December 8, 2005; 01:10 PM ET | Email a Comment

Supervisors Want Bike Policy Update to Encourage Cycling

Proposals such as creating a countywide biking map and creating new bike lanes on roads are to be considered. Read the details in today's Fairfax Extra. Also related, park officials have announced improvements to county trails....

 

By | December 8, 2005; 12:57 PM ET | Email a Comment

Connolly Favors Expansion Of Artificial-Turf Program

From Thursday's Fairfax Extra: Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) is asking county park officials to consider using money from bond sales to help finance additional artificial-turf fields throughout Fairfax. The county recently launched a program that allows Fairfax sports organizations to apply for matching funds of up to $483,000 to develop artificial-turf fields. At least one field will be built as part of the program this year. However, Connolly said at Monday's board meeting, if the staff can find ways to leverage other existing county resources, additional fields could be built. Connolly asked that county officials report back to the board with a plan to make park bond funds available for the installation of more artificial-turf fields....

 

By | December 8, 2005; 11:03 AM ET | Email a Comment

Long-Awaited 38-mile Cross County Trail To Open Dec. 17

The Fairfax County Park Authority has issued the following news release: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Park Authority Board will cut the ribbon at the Cross County Trail (CCT) on Saturday December 17, 2005, marking the official opening of this 38-mile trail which runs the length of the County, providing a continuous link from the Occoquan River in the south to the Potomac River in the north....

 

By | December 6, 2005; 01:39 PM ET | Email a Comment

Lawyers Road Park Hearing Set

The following news brief was in today's Fairfax Extra: The county Park Authority is planning to hold a public hearing Dec. 15 at Flint Hill Elementary School to present a proposal for changes at Lawyers Road Park in Vienna. Park staff will outline plans for the 13.7-acre park, which is on the west side of Lawyers Road and about a mile south of Hunter Mill Road....

 

By | December 1, 2005; 03:34 AM ET | Email a Comment

Briarwood Park Set to Open Saturday

The county Board of Supervisors and the Park Authority will have a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the opening of Briarwood Park near the Vienna Metro station....

 

By Steve Fehr | November 18, 2005; 02:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Va. Supreme Court Rejects County on Lewinsville Park

The Supreme Court of Virginia has refused a request from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to reconsider its decision that in effect bars Marymount University's soccer and lacrosse teams from playing at Lewinsville Park in McLean...

 

By Steve Fehr | November 15, 2005; 01:55 PM ET | Email a Comment

Meeting On Field Lighting Nov. 17

The county Park Authority is planning to hold a public meeting Nov. 17 at W.T. Woodson High School to present the results of a consultant's report on athletic-field lighting in Fairfax County. var technorati = new Technorati() ; technorati.setProperty('url','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/02/AR2005110201167_Technorati.html') ; technorati.article = new item('in brief','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/02/AR2005110201167.html','The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services has launched a matching funds program to encourage county sports organizations to develop synthetic-turf athletic fields in the county.','') ; document.write( technorati.getDisplaySidebar() ); The report, and public reaction to it, will be used to develop specifications and guidelines for athletic-field lighting. It will also be used to address concerns of park neighbors, create cheaper lighting systems and identify the latest technology to reduce glare and spill from lighting systems....

 

By | November 13, 2005; 05:08 AM ET | Email a Comment

County To Hold Meetings On Funding For Synthetic-Turf Fields

The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services has launched a matching funds program to encourage county sports organizations to develop synthetic-turf athletic fields in the county. The department will provide up to $483,000 toward the cost of installing synthetic turf on a rectangular field. var technorati = new Technorati() ; technorati.setProperty('url','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/02/AR2005110201167_Technorati.html') ; technorati.article = new item('in brief','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/02/AR2005110201167.html','The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services has launched a matching funds program to encourage county sports organizations to develop synthetic-turf athletic fields in the county.','') ; document.write( technorati.getDisplaySidebar() );...

 

By | November 13, 2005; 05:03 AM ET | Email a Comment

Revisions To Lee District Park Under Consideration

The county Park Authority has scheduled a hearing Nov. 15 in the Alexandria area on a proposal to revise the master plan for Lee District Park. The proposed revisions include adding a family recreation area, lighting three existing fields, redesigning the field space and increasing parking....

 

By | November 13, 2005; 04:21 AM ET | Email a Comment

Reston Pool Re-Opens Today

The indoor aquatic center at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods is scheduled to reopen today 29 after being closed for renovations....

 

By Steve Fehr | October 29, 2005; 05:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

Laurel Hill Golf Club Set To Open Sunday

The Fairfax County Park Authority has released a statement about the opening of the new Laurel Hill Golf Club to the public on Oct. 16. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 15. The Fairfax Extra published a feature story about the golf course in August....

 

By | October 14, 2005; 10:47 AM ET | Email a Comment

Falls Church Adding Parkland

The city of Falls Church announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the three-acre forested "Hamlett Tract" located at 601 W. Broad St. According to the news release, the purchase price is $1,040,000. The city currently owns more than an acre of land adjacent to this parcel, enabling the creation of a four and half acre contiguous park with the addition of the Hamlett Tract. This will be the third largest park in the city, behind Cherry Hill Park and Crossman Park/Four Mile Run....

 

By Steve Fehr | October 12, 2005; 03:02 PM ET | Email a Comment

RCC Sponsoring Mountain Boarding Workshop For Teens

Reston teens are invited to learn the extreme sport of mountain boarding during the Reston Community Center's day-long outing at Bryce Mountain Resort Oct. 22.Mountain boarding is a cross between snowboarding and skateboarding.Hours are 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $40 for Reston residents, $60 for nonresidents and includes board rental and lessons. Teens will need to purchase their own lunch and dinner.For more information, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com....

 

By | October 5, 2005; 04:41 PM ET | Email a Comment

Gingerbread House Workshop Friday at McLean Community Center

The McLean Community Center is sponsoring a gingerbread house workshop for families Oct. 7 at the center's community hall.Hours are 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $44 a family; $36 for McLean area residents; each additional gingerbread house will cost $25. Decorating products will be provided.Registration is required. The center is at 1234 Ingleside Ave. For more information, call 703-790-0123....

 

By | October 3, 2005; 04:46 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Plans to Buy Easement on 41-Acre Open Space in McLean, Largest Land Expenditure in County History

Fairfax County officials have announced plans to spend $16.1 million dollars to buy an easement on a 41-acre historic property in McLean that will create a public park. It would be the largest single land expenditure in the county's history. The property is part of the Salona estate, currently owned by Daniel H. DuVal and Clive DuVal III, sons of the late state Sen. Clive DuVal II (D-Fairfax). The DuVals have agreed in principle to allow the county Board of Supervisors and the park authority to acquire a conservation easement on the land, protecting it from development and allowing the county to use it indefinitely. If the DuVals sell the land, the county would have the right to buy it first. Offficials said the open space would include athletic fields, a playground and picnic area. The county goverment still has to find the money to pay for the easement on...

 

By Steve Fehr | October 2, 2005; 05:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Meeting Tomorrow Night on McLean Park

The county Park Authority has scheduled a public information meeting Sept. 27 to re-examine the master plan for Langley Fork Park in McLean....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 25, 2005; 07:06 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax County Park Authority On Supreme Court Decision

The Fairfax County Park Authority today released the following statement with regard to Friday's Supreme Court of Virginia decision on Lewinsville Park: The Fairfax County Park Authority Board is disappointed with the ruling of the Supreme Court of Virginia in the Lewinsville Park case. It should be noted that the Supreme Court ruled against the Park Authority on technical grounds, and did not rule on the underlying merits of the case related to whether Lewinsville Park is a public use.Under the rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Park Authority has the right to request a rehearing from the Supreme Court. We intend to request a rehearing from the Supreme Court in order to rectify this matter. Therefore, the appeal process is still underway and there has not yet been a final ruling of the Supreme Court....

 

By | September 20, 2005; 01:49 PM ET | Email a Comment

Va. Supreme Court Says Park Authority Controls W&OD Trail

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, not Dominion Virginia Power, has control over the telecommunications lines that run along the 45-mile Washington & Old Dominion trail, land now in the heart of one of the nation's key telecommunications neighborhoods....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 19, 2005; 11:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Feedback Sought on Adding Laurel Hill to Historic Places Register

A series of public meetings have been scheduled on the nomination of a portion of Laurel Hill www.fairfaxcounty.gov/laurelhill and the former D.C. prison at Lorton to the National Register of Historic Places, county officials announced. The first meeting is Thursday night....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 18, 2005; 07:12 AM ET | Email a Comment

Frying Pan Park Meetinghouse To Be Re-dedicated Today

The 1791 Frying Pan Spring Meetinghouse at Frying Pan Park in Herndon will be re-dedicated today at 1 p.m. The celebration will commemorate an 18-month restoration, stabilization and documentation that recently has been completed on the 214-year old building....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 18, 2005; 07:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Virginia Supreme Court Overturns Controversial Lewinsville Park Decision

The Supreme Court of Virginia today reversed a lower court decision that has allowed Fairfax County, through an arrangement with McLean Youth Soccer, to host Marymount University soccer and lacrosse games at  Lewinsville Park in McLean....

 

By | September 16, 2005; 04:43 PM ET | Email a Comment

Hearing Tomorrow On Plans For Future Of Great Falls National Park

A hearing on the draft management plan that addresses the future of  Great Falls National Park begins at 1p.m. tomorrow. Yesterday's Fairfax Extra had the story....

 

By | September 16, 2005; 10:16 AM ET | Email a Comment

Public Horse Stables Proposed in Lorton

A group trying to establish horse facilities on county parkland recently showed drawings for a proposed stable for Laurel Hill Park www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/laurelhill/LHcdpsummary.htm in Lorton....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 10, 2005; 07:01 AM ET | Email a Comment

New Softball Fields Open in Annandale

Fairfax County has opened two athletic fields specifically designed for girls fast pitch softball at Wakefield Park in Annandale, park officials said....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 8, 2005; 07:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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