Jul 30, 2014

Great Falls Park to See New Observatory, Celebrates New Playground

Turner Park was the scene of a ground-breaking for the observatory and ribbon-cutting for the new playground.

Great Falls Park to See New Observatory, Celebrates New Playground Great Falls Park to See New Observatory, Celebrates New Playground

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust gathered with members of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and members of the Analemma Society, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club, Friends of Turner Farm, Save the Farm, and Celebrate Great Falls for two ceremonies at the park in Great Falls on Saturday. Ceremonial shovels were used to break ground on a new roll-top observatory located within the Observatory Park, and a ribbon was cut to officially open a new picnic pavilion located near a playground.

Both projects reflect the community’s interest in shaping the 52-acre park located on the site of a former dairy farm. Turner Farm features horseback riding and jumping facilities, a celestial telescope, sundial garden and educational facilities plus a tot lot, picnic area, trails and nature observation. The Analemma Society, a non-profit organization, has a partnership agreement with the Park Authority to develop recreational and educational astronomy programs at Turner Farm.

Ribbon Cutting Photo (larger photo): Pictured in the photo from left to right are Mary Cortina, at-large member, FairfaxCounty Park Authority Board;  Ginger Nelson Yale, Turner Farm Team; Martha Rice, Save the Farm; Charles Olin, Analemma Society president and founder (AS); John Adams, Georgetown Pike Association founder (rear); Rich Bliss, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust founder (NVCT); Joan Bliss, Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department; Beverly Bradford, Save the Farm founder; Molly Hockman, Turner Farm Team; Candace Campbell, Celebrate Great Falls; John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor, FairfaxCounty Board of Supervisors; Kirk Kincannon, Park Authority director; and Mike Kearney, Celebrate Great Falls founder. (The playground shown at left was paid for by the Great Falls Lions Club.) 

Groundbreaking Photo (click on smaller photo): Pictured from left to right are Jacqueline Olin, recording secretary, Analemma Society;  Bob Anderson, AS; Phil Wherry, president, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club;  Alan Figgatt, member, AS/NOVAC; Kirk Kincannon, director Fairfax County Park Authority; Charles Olin, president, AS; John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Doug Wood, AS, (hidden); Mary Cortina, at-Large member, Park Authority Board;  and Jeff Kretsch, treasurer AS and NOVAC member.

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