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Online Discussion Set With Park Authority Director; Public’s Questions, Comments Invited

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

Park Authority Director John Dargle Jr., is well-known for his Listening Forums that travel throughout Fairfax County every other month, providing a venue for residents to discuss local parks and related issues.  Now he is taking that discussion online with Ask Fairfax!, another opportunity for park lovers, critics and people with a great idea or two to get instant feedback on park topics.

On Friday, December 2, 2011 beginning at 9:30 a.m. you can ask questions about our parks.  The Fairfax County Park Authority is a tremendous asset to the community with more than 23,000 acres of parkland, nine recenters, golf courses, historic sites, more than 250 miles of trails, and over 400 parks.  You can enjoy lakes or ball fields, and nature centers or swimming pools. 

National Parks to Waive Entrance Fees November 11-13

National Parks to Waive Entrance Fees November 11-13

This notice comes to us from Bill Line and the National Park Service:

Riverbend Park’s Night Sky Festival Focuses on Jupiter

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m., visitors will gaze through a 10-inch telescope at our solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, during Riverbend Park’s annual Night Sky Festival. Due to the dark, moonless night, Jupiter’s colors and banding should be visible. The planet’s four Galilean moons (Ganymede, Io, Europa, Callisto) are also expected to be seen. The festival occurs near the peak of the Leonid meteor shower and, although rare, participants may occasionally see shooting stars while listening to stories by a warm campfire.

Parks Seek Volunteers to Restore Habitat During VolunteerFest

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

The Invasive Management Area (IMA) program is participating in Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerFest® on October 22, 2011, which coincides with the National Day of Service.  Conveniently located IMA sites are holding events this year for volunteers to help restore native habitat in parks. Pulling invasive weeds and planting native species benefits local communities and is a great way to socialize with friends and neighbors. To register as a volunteer at an IMA site, call IMA Coordinator Erin Stockschlaeder at 703-324-8681, or send her an email at Erin.Stockschlaeder@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Events on October 22

Become a Member of the Design Team For Two Skateparks

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold two Design Review Meetings in order to gain public input into the planning of a new skatepark at Lake Fairfax Park and the expansion of Wakefield Skatepark located next to the Audrey Moore RECenter. The public is invited to both meetings for a chance to share concepts and suggestions.  Earlier this summer we gathered initial input.  You told us what you thought and what you wanted to see.  Now it’s time to make sure we got it right!

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7 p.m. at Audrey Moore RECenter. Join Park Authority staff and the experts from Spohn Ranch for a chance to design the addition at Wakefield Skatepark.  Audrey Moore RECenter is located at 8100 Braddock Road in Annandale.