Saturday, May 4, 2013
This sign made headlines on Patch this week.
This sign at a Fairfax County park has generated quite a bit of buzz from Fairfax County residents this week. Here's what Patch Facebook fans had to say about the sign: "The only way you can understand the message is if you're already drunk." "Someone must have had 1 too many!" "Don't Drink and Write!" What's wrong with this sign? Tell us in the comments below. (Editor's note: Fairfax County was quick to fix the recycled sign after reading about it on Patch.)
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Fairfax County Park Authority hosted a public comment meeting Tuesday evening at Belle View Elementary School.
About 100 residents attended the public comment meeting Tuesday evening hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority at Belle View Elementary. FCPA discussed the master plan for the Westgrove Park, which became available online six weeks ago for residents to review before the meeting. The plan received mixed reviews according to the concerns voiced during Tuesday's meeting. Westgrove residents commented on their concerns with barking dogs disturbing members of residential areas adjacent to the park and with the size of the area designated as the off-leash dog area (OLDA) in the master plan. During the moderated comment portion of the meeting, Mary Jo Detweiler with Friends of Westgrove Park said the group is happy for the opportunity to …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The competition attracts skaters from across the region.
Ice skaters from around the region will compete at Mount Vernon RECenter’s 35th annual Cherry Blossom Ice Skating Competition starting Friday. The public is invited to watch Olympic hopefuls skate in this long running and historic competition sponsored by the Capital Regional Council of Figure Skating Clubs. Sponsored by the Capital Regional Council of Figure Skating Clubs, the competition is open to all qualified eligible skaters who are members in good standing with the U.S. Figure Skating Association. More than 100 skaters will compete in events including basic skills, singles, pairs, couples dance, solo dance, moves/spins/jumps, and showcase. Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd , 3rd, and 4th place finishes. Mount Vernon RECenter is …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Fort Hunt Road trail will get a complete overhaul.
The Fairfax County Park Authority started construction Monday on the Fort Hunt Road trail. Crews will install 3,150 linear feet of eight-foot wide asphalt trail along Fort Hunt Road in Mount Vernon District Park. It will connect the new trail section to the sidewalk near Quander Road at the southern end and the sidewalk at Martha Washington Library at the northern end. An additional 350 linear feet of six-foot wide asphalt trail will connect the new trail to the parking lot for the Mount Vernon RECenter. The project will cost $425,000 and will be funded through the park bond. The project is expected to be completed by July. For safety reasons, the existing footpath will be closed during construction.
Friday, April 5, 2013
The eight courses brought in more than $10 million in revenues in fiscal year 2012.
April is the biggest month for the eight Fairfax County golf courses and with warmer weather on the horizon, county officials are expecting to see a spike in rounds played. Judy Pedersen, a spokeswoman for the Fairfax County Park Authority, said April is the traditional time when golfers start thinking about and playing more golf – both because the weather is improving and because golf becomes more visible with key national events like The Master’s. According to the National Weather Service forecast for Falls Church, temperatures will be in the high 50s Saturday, mid 60s Sunday and by Monday, temperatures will hit the low 70s. “Last year, April rounds accounted for about 12 percent of total play for the fiscal year,” Pedersen said. “And …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The wetlands will be restored after 20 years of site monitoring and project planning.
The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin restoring the wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park on April 17, after more than 20 years of site monitoring and project planning. The $3 million reconstruction project is funded by the Fairfax County Park bond and some grants, said Park Manager Kevin Munroe. The hemi-marsh consists of 50 percent open water and 50 percent vegetated water. During the 1980s, silt and debris that got into the park due to redevelopment projects in the area reduced the water depth and wildlife, Munroe explained. “It caused us to lose some of the biodiversity that lived in the hemi-marsh,” Munroe said. “We want to bring back that unique community of wildlife.” If it were left alone, the wetland would eventually become a …
John Dargle cited personal reasons for leaving the Park Authority; search for a new leader will take anywhere from six to nine months.
John Dargle has resigned from his position as director of the Fairfax County Park Authority. The resignation was announced in a release from parks officials Monday. In an email to Patch, Park Authority Board Chairman Bill Bouie wrote Dargle resigned to “pursue some other personal interests.” “The Park Authority Board wishes him the best in his future endeavors,” Bouie wrote. The Board will conduct a national search for a Dargle’s successor. Bouie said the search would likely take anywhere from six to nine months. Cindy Messigner, the authority's deputy director and chief financial officer, will serve as acting director until a successor is found. Messinger has worked in the Park Authority for more than 30 years. Parks face a $200,000 …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Parking was the biggest concern among Mount Vernon residents.
Mount Vernon District residents support moving the Mount Vernon Farmers Market to another location, according to a recent survey performed by the Consumer Affairs committee of the Mount Vernon Council of Civic Associations. The Mount Vernon Farmers Market takes place at Sherwood Regional Library from May to November. The survey found that parking was the biggest concern not only for the number of parking spaces but vehicle and pedestrian safety. Sixty-seven percent of respondents support moving the Mount Vernon Farmers Market to another location. Alternative locations discussed in the survey include Fort Hunt Park, Hollin Hall Senior Center, Grist Mill Park, George Washington RECenter, and the grounds of INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital. The …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Fairfax County Park Authority director will meet Thursday with residents in Lorton.
Fairfax County Park Authority Director John Dargle, Jr. will host a "listening forum" Thursday night at the Laurel Hill Golf clubhouse. Residents are invited to ask questions about parks in their communities and to share any concerns they may have. Dargle has been meeting with residents bi-monthly for the past few years. He values the opportunity to hear feedback directly from park users. The information he receives is shared with his leadership team and helps guide future park planning decisions, according to a release sent by Fairfax County Parks. The forum will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. The Laurel Hill Golf Course is located at 8701 Laurel Crest Drive in Lorton. For more information, call the Fairfax County Park Authority 703-324-…
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Take a look back at this week's top headlines from the Route 1 corridor.
Children Evacuated from St. Luke's Day School Tuesday After Crane Collapse Students in classes at St. Luke’s Day School at St. Luke’s Church in Fort Hunt were evacuated and sent home Monday after a crane collapse occurred while workers were attempting to work on a cell phone tower on the church steeple. Two workers sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The church re-opened Wednesday afternoon after it was deemed safe to enter by Fairfax County inspectors. New Parkland Acquired in Mount Vernon District The Fairfax County Park Authority recently acquired several parcels of parkland with new properties located in Mount Vernon, Braddock, and Springfield districts. John McPherson donated 14 acres within the Paul Springs Stream Valley in the …