New Stables Open at Frying Pan Park with a Whinny and a Neigh

Fairfax, VA, May 22, 2010 - Fairfax County Park Authority

Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and the Founders, Benefactors, Supervisors and Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park joined park staff, equestrian enthusiasts and community members for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the official opening of new equestrian facilities at Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday, May 22, 2010.


After many years of planning, local equestrians now have new state-of-the-art facilities at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon. The 2004 Park Bond program included funding for construction of new horse stables. The Park Authority Board approved the project scope for the improvements in the fall of 2007 which included a 90-stall horse stable, a 60-stall horse stable, manure shed, gravel parking area for horse trailers, a warm-up riding ring and the demolition of four existing stables. The work was completed in November 2009, by general contractor Hammerhead Construction Company of Sterling, VA. The total project cost was $3.4 million.

Frying Pan Park is home to Kidwell Farm, a working model farm typical of farms found in Fairfax County in the early 20th-century. Also at Frying Pan are a Visitor Center, museum, rental facilities, picnic pavilion, country store, school house, nature trails, 18th century Baptist Meeting House, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and an equestrian trail.

How You Can Help

The Laurel Hill Equestrian Center is a unique public/private funding venture between Fairfax County Parks and local horse groups.

You can help make the Center a reality with a donation. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made through the Clifton Horse Society and Fairfax4Horses. Both are 501c3 charitable organizations.

For more information or to make a donation, visit our "How You Can Help" Page, or the following sites: