Fairfax County Park Authority
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The Fairfax County Park Authority is a department of the Fairfax County, Virginia county government responsible for developing and maintaining the various parks, historical sites, and recreational areas owned or administered by Fairfax County. Figures published as of 2003 indicate the Park Authority manages over 22,617 acres (92 km²) of parkland.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established the Park Authority in 1950 under a provision of the Code of Virginia, with the published goal of providing 15 acres (60,000 m²) of parkland for every 1000 county residents. John W. Brookfield was named to the board of the new authority and elected its first chairman.
As of 2003, the Park Authority had at least 22,617 acres (92 km²) of parkland under Park Authority oversight for a resulting 23 acres (93,000 m²) of parkland per 1000 county residents.
The authority officially classifies parks in its system as local parks, district parks, countywide parks or resource-based parks. Additionally, the authority uses the classification of regional parks for those parks and facilities administered by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
In addition to numerous local parks, which are generally less than 50 acres (200,000 m2), the Park Authority also manages nine recreation centers (Cub Run, George Washington, Lee District, Mount Vernon, Oak Marr, Providence, South Run, Spring Hill, and Audrey Moore/Wakefield) in several of its district parks. The authority also owns seven golf courses (Oak Marr, Pinecrest, Jefferson, Burke Lake, Greendale, Laurel Hill, and Twin Lakes), as well as over 200 acres (0.81 km2) of trails.
Fairfax County has adopted a program to both link the various existing trails and to acquire new land for trails with the goal of creating a county-wide network of pedestrian trails.
In terms of political structure and oversight, the Fairfax County Park Authority reports an independent board including twelve members appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board, although appointment of the Director of the Park Authority is subject to approval by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (the highest governing body of Fairfax County).
The twelve members of the Board comprise nine members respectively representing the nine magisterial districts of Fairfax County, as well as three at-large members.
Public meetings of the Board are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7:30 in the Herrity Building of the Fairfax County Government Center.
- Huntley Meadows Park, the largest park overseen by the Authority
- Eakin Community Park, part of the land that became Fairfax County's very first park
- "Crestwood Park Named Brookfield". The Washington Post. 18 November 1955. Retrieved 17 September 2015 – via Proquest. (subscription required (. ))
- "Fairfax County Buys Great Falls Park". The Washington Post. 15 January 1953. Retrieved 17 September 2015 – via Proquest. (subscription required (. ))
- "Park Classification System" (PDF). Fairfax County Park Authority. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "Trail Development Strategy Plan" (PDF). Fairfax County Park Authority. Retrieved 30 September 2015.