The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Park Authority Board invite the public to join in renaming ceremonies at Lamond Park, which will now be known as Gilbert S. McCutcheon Park, a tribute to the late Park Authority Board member and Farmers Market master. McCutcheon was a dedicated public servant and volunteer, and residents will have a chance to celebrate the stories of his life.
McCutcheon served on the Fairfax County Park Authority Board from 1992 to 2010, serving as vice chair from 2000 to 2005. He was also a member of the Founders, Benefactors, Supervisors and Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park for many years. His contributions ensured the growth and success of the farm.
He was also a well-known figure at Mount Vernon Farmers Market where he served as the Market Master for 26 years. Regardless of the weather or ill health, he could be found at the market each week. He was also the president of the Marlan Forest Citizens Association.
During his 18-year tenure as a member of the Park Board he was instrumental in the planning, creation, protection and acquisition of numerous park facilities and locations. These include the Laurel Hill property, Old Colchester Park and Preserve, the establishment of the Grist Mill Dog Park, renovations at Mount Vernon RECenter as well as the acquisition of Lamond Community Park. McCutcheon’s service to the community ended with his death on Dec. 28, 2011.
Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. at the park located at 7509 Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria. Onsite parking is limited, so attendees are asked to park at the nearby Mount Vernon RECenter located at 2017 Belle View Blvd. in Alexandria. A shuttle bus will run for one hour before and after the ceremony.