Spring Clean-up at Lake Accotink Park

image001Spring Clean-up at Lake Accotink Park was just one of the activities at Fairfax County Park Authority parks during Watershed Cleanup Day on April 2. Undaunted by gray skies and drizzle, 178 enthusiastic volunteers turned out at Lake Accotink – and there were likely others who may not have been counted.

In just a few hours, the local residents and former local residents who converged at the marina dove into tasks along the lake shoreline, up the creeks and along stormwater channels that flow into the lake. They also worked the park’s border areas near industrial properties. The day’s work amassed an estimated 975 pounds of trash, much of which was collected in 65 trash bags.

Among the items removed:

  • 580 plastic beverage bottles
  • Lots and lots of foam pieces – small, but deadly to wildlife
  • 135 beverage cans
  • 140 food wrappers/containers
  • 130 glass beverage bottles
  • 120 bottle caps (plastic)
  • 30 bottle caps (metal)
  • Balls – many, many tennis balls
  • One rusted hibachi grill

Most of these items originated elsewhere in the Accotink Creek Watershed and were washed into the lake via storm drains and creeks as a result of improper disposal. Thanks to generous volunteers who pitched in and took action, the lake and the park are much cleaner — and thousands of pieces of trash are now where they belong.


Author Julie Tahan is the Park Supervisor at Lake Accotink Park

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About Fairfax County Park Authority

About Fairfax County Park Authority HISTORY: On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia. To date, 13 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2016. Today, the Park Authority has 427 parks on more than 23,000 acres of land. We offer 325 miles of trails, our most popular amenity. FACILITIES: The Park system is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including: • Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces. Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist • Eight golf courses from par-3 to championship level, four driving ranges including the new state-of-the-art heated, covered range at Burke Lake Golf Center • Five nature and visitor centers. Also nine Off-Leash Dog Activity areas • Three lakefront parks including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter • Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of family friendly fun and a carousel, as well as Chessie’s Big Backyard and a carousel at the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park • An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter and the Skate Park in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter • Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s-era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel • Eight distinctive historic properties available for rent • A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly • A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale • Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community • Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center • Provides 263 athletic fields, including 39 synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at 417 school athletic fields. PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/social-hub/ for Fairfax County Government's Comment Policy.

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