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A lifeguard at The Water Mine in Reston (via Fairfax County Park Authority/YouTube)

The popular Water Mine at Lake Fairfax in Reston is officially closed for the season after its pool filtration system failed.

The closure at the Water Mine Family Swimming’ Hole was announced yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon by the Fairfax County Park Authority, which cited “mechanical failures beyond our control.”

The closure includes this coming Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3-4) and an event for dogs scheduled for Sept. 10 is also cancelled.

“We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you next season,” FCPA wrote in a statement.

An FCPA spokesperson told FFXnow that the park authority was aware before the summer season began that The Water Mine’s 25-year-old filtration system was in need of replacement. The agency has started to plan that project with the goal of implementing it before the facility reopens in 2023.

“However, based on the information we had prior to opening this season, we made the decision to open this very popular facility for the public until this recent mechanical failure made it impossible to continue to stay open,” the park authority said.

The emergency closure comes just two weeks after staff shortages forced the water park to operate with reduced hours. It was closed from Aug. 15 through 20 due to a lifeguard and staff shortage.

Its last day is typically the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Per the park authority, The Water Mine admitted 3,358 people over Labor Day weekend in 2021, equaling $50,000 in revenue. It had sold 347 advance tickets for the weekend this year.

The park authority confirmed that those pre-sale tickets will be refunded.

Despite the mechanical and staffing challenges, the FCPA says the facility “had a great season, serving thousands of families throughout the summer.” Starting with Memorial Day weekend on May 28, the 2022 summer season drew a total of 87,000 visitors.

Angela Woolsey contributed to this report. Screenshot via Fairfax County Park Authority/YouTube

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A one-day beautification project at Lake Fairfax Park is planned next month (via Virginia Tourism Corporation)

A one-day beautification project is slated to take place next month at Lake Fairfax in Reston.

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking volunteers for a community stewardship celebration at Lake Fairfax Park on Sept. 24.

After a community celebration — which will feature a light breakfast and remarks by local officials — volunteers will begin beautifying the park.

Naturalists will be on site to help volunteers plant trees near the park’s core areas, remove invasive plants, and help with other beautification efforts.

“This is a great way to give of yourself and be part of something much larger,” the park authority said.

Volunteers can sign up online as individuals or as groups. Individuals 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The event is in honor of National Public Lands Day, which falls annually on the fourth Saturday of September and encourages volunteers to help out on public lands.

The park is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive and the event is part of FCPA Executive Director Jai Cole’s last stop on her parks tour this year.

Photo via Virginia Tourism Corp.

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Repairs on Lake Fairfax’s dam are expected to begin next month (via Fairfax County Park Authority)

Park visitors may notice Lake Fairfax‘s waters dipping below their usual levels next month.

The Fairfax County Park Authority plans to complete maintenance work on the main spillway at the Lake Fairfax Dam in early April.

FCPA spokesperson Judy Pederson says the work is part of a routine effort to maintain the functionality of the dam.

“The work is part of periodic maintenance to reseal concrete joints in the principal spillway structure to prevent seepage and to reinstall several energy dissipators,” Pederson told FFXnow.

The lake’s water levels will be reduced about roughly 1.5 feet to facilitate the maintenance.

Noticeable activity on the spillway is planned as part of the maintenance work.

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn says safety measures will be in place, and pedestrians should still be able to access the trails and pedestrian bridge above the dam.

The 476-acre park in Reston includes a 20-acre lake within fishing, a swimming hole for families, boat rentals, playgrounds, shelters, and a carousel.

Carousal and boot rentals will resume on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

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