Fairfax County Park Authority

Fairfax County Park Authority

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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.

History

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. 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.

Operations

In addition to numerous small and medium-sized parks below located throughout Fairfax County, 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) and seven golf courses, as well as over of trails.

Fairfax County has adopted a program to link the various trails currently under county supervision, and to acquire new land for trails to eventually link the entire county through trails suitable for pedestrian policy.

Governance

In terms of political structure and oversight, the Fairfax County Park Authority reports an independent board including twelve members appointed...
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