In Memory of Audrey Moore

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It’s original name was the Wakefield Park RECenter. Former Annandale Supervisor Audrey Moore played a major role in the park’s creation, and in 2002 the RECenter was named in her honor.

Moore died peaceably at her home Dec. 12, 2018, at age 89. (Legacy.com: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/springfield-va/audrey-moore-8085786 ) A Celebration of Life gathering was held at Demaine Funeral Home on December 22, 2018. Contributions in Audrey’s memory may be made to Friends of Accotink Creek, http://www.accotink.org/.

The Washington Post considered Moore a political maverick in the days she served the county. She was elected to the Annandale District Supervisor position in 1971 and served in that post for 16 years. She was a slow-growth proponent, battling developers and, sometimes, other supervisors.

The board underwent a major change in 1987 when three supervisors were replaced in November elections by candidates promoting a slower growth rate for the county after it had seen rapid development. Moore was elected chairman, defeating three-term incumbent Republican John F. Herrity, for whom the Herrity Building in the Fairfax County Government Center complex is named. That pivotal election swung control of the board from a 5-to-4 Republican majority to a 7-to-2 Democratic majority.

The $850,000 campaign for chairman set a record at the time for being Northern Virginia’s most expensive local election. The Washington Post reported that the vote was seen “as a referendum on the county’s future and a popular endorsement of Moore’s campaign theme that transportation and development policies need to be balanced.” The population of Fairfax County, currently more than 1.1 million, had increased from 596,901 in 1980 to 704,757 in 1987.

Moore’s concern about overdevelopment stemmed from a childhood spent in suburban New York City where she watched buildings take over open spaces and add to pollution problems. While voters were initially drawn to her slow-growth approach, she was defeated for the Board chairmanship during a recession in 1991.

In 2002, Moore was honored for her county service when Fairfax County renamed Annandale’s Wakefield Park RECenter in her honor. Moore had said it was her involvement in the creation of Wakefield Park that spurred her interested in the slow-growth movement.

 

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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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