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Lane Closures for March 21-25, 2022 -- Crews will be performing excavation and fill operations, clearing and other construction-related activities on March 21-25 along eastbound and westbound Route 7 and on other neighborhood streets. As a reminder, drivers will experience lane shifts on Route 7, traffic pattern changes on neighborhood streets, and detours along the corridor. Please see the related traffic alerts. Utility relocation work and other construction activities are ongoing in the Colvin Run and Difficult Run area.

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Memorial Day Ceremony  to be Held at Great Falls Freedom Memorial

On Monday, May 30, at 11:00 a.m., the annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial to honor the residents of Great Falls and all others who have given “the last full measure of devotion” to their country.  The event will feature patriotic songs led by Great Falls resident Dick Kuntz, a Boy Scout color guard, a bagpipe performance of “Amazing Grace” by Great Falls student MacPhearson Strassberg, a keynote speech by retired Army three-star general David H. Huntoon, a Taps bugler, Memorial Day poppies, and a bell ringing and name-reading for residents  of Great Falls killed while serving in the Armed Forces and in honor of those who perished in the 9/11 attacks.

The Freedom Memorial is located behind the Great Falls Library at 9830 Georgetown Pike.  The ceremony is open to all. Parking is available in the library parking lot.  In case of rain, the ceremony will move to the library meeting room.  Limited seating and shelter will be provided.  Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to bring portable chairs.  Updates to the schedule will be posted at www.gffreedom.org.

Great Falls Garden Club To Host  June TourGreat Falls Garden TourThe Great Falls Garden Club will host a tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in our community. 

The tour will feature eight gardens that run the gamut from a large cutting garden to a fabulously landscaped five acre property with hundreds of perennials, a small orchard, and a “secret garden” backyard with a waterfall and koi pond. Attendees will be inspired by the diversity and range of impressive gardens and landscape designs graciously opened to the public by individual garden owners.

Attendees should purchase their tickets in advance via EventBrite beginning May 1, as tickets will not be sold at the gardens.  Tickets are $30.

Exact locations and directions will be provided with ticket order confirmation.

Parking is limited so attendees are encouraged to carpool. The tour will be held rain or shine.  There will be no public access to private homes or restrooms. Public restrooms are located at the Great Falls Library.

Proceeds from this Great Falls Garden Tour will go toward caring for and beautifying the Great Falls Library Gardens and Meadow, and to fund horticulture related local scholarships.

In consideration of all, children under the age of 12 and pets will not be permitted on the tour.

Mark your calendars for Sat, June 4, 2022 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT

For more information about the Great Falls Garden Club, please visit us at: www.gfgardenclub.org

Zoning Amendment to Establish a Dark Sky Preserve around the Great Falls Observatory: Town Hall Meeting Conducted

Protection for the skies above the County Observatory at the Turner Farm Park is taking shape and representatives from the County Zoning Administrator’s staff, along with Supervisor Foust  joined a GFCA-sponsored Town Hall panel on a proposed ordinance on March 24, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.  The Town Hall Webinar will be conducted via ZOOM.  

Staff presented suggestions about the scope of the ordinance amendment (believed to be a one-half mile radius surrounding the Observatory) and preliminary thoughts on how exterior lighting in that area could be managed to benefit the County Observatory.

To view the recording of the event go to GFCA's YouTube: https://youtu.be/Picv6xt8iuI

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Town Hall re: Proposed Dark Sky Preserve at Turner Farm Park Observatory
https://youtu.be/Picv6xt8iuI
EP Committee Presentation featuring Tips on Lawn Care from Master Gardener Tony Makara
https://youtu.be/JVaAP5th7SQ
Town Hall re: Towlston Rd./Rte. 7 Intersection -
https://youtu.be/FXdel1pYOkc

Town Hall re: Milestone Towers proposed Monopole - 
https://youtu.be/QwRui2L1DNw

Town Hall re: Springvale Rd. Bridge Replacement -
https://youtu.be/npSkWpbIwcw

Deer Management Presentation - 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIV9QOiwlaw

Native Plants Presentation - 
https://youtu.be/WEoC75APda0

Fairfax County Master Gardener
Resources and Information for Healthy Lawns

Additional Information Sources for Learning About Responsible Lawn Maintenance.pdf

What is the GFCA?

The Great Falls Citizens Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)4 organization that advocates solutions and government actions that benefit Great Falls. 

Our goal is to preserve the semi-rural character of our community while addressing practical concerns like traffic, zoning, retail, schools, parks and the environment where problems arise and solutions must be found. 

Since Great Falls is not an incorporated municipality like the Town of Vienna, or City of Falls Church, we lack a town/city government to represent our local interests.  The GFCA acts in an unofficial capacity to represent the voices of the citizens of Great Falls on these matters, and works with county, state, and national government to get things done.  On Great Falls issues, no other organization has GFCA’s influence with elected leaders at the County and State level, or is as respected by them.

Our charter calls for GFCA to "serve as a community organization to promote all aspects of community interest accruing to a common good and, in general, to preserve the historic, low density, semi-rural character of Great Falls and its natural resources."


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From the GFCA Archives The following was published in the October 1989 GFCA Newsletter:                                 

VOTE:  Fire Stations

Fairfax County has proposed two new fire stations which will service our community.  They will acquire 12 acres at the corner of Beulah Road and Rt. 7 and 14 acres at the corner of    Reston Ave. and Rt. 7.

The Executive Committee of GFCA has voted to support the location of these fire stations but have expressed concern about what the County plans to do with the additional acreage over and above the 5 acres needed for the station on each site.


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