Friends and family, local officials, and members of the Fairfax Women’s Soccer Association gathered Nov. 19 to dedicate a field at Pine Ridge Park in honor of Wanda Rixon. Rixon is a longtime advocate and participant in women’s soccer.
Earlier this summer the Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to name rectangular field 6 in her honor at the request of the Fairfax Women’s Soccer Association (FWSA). FWSA has made great strides over the years in promoting the growth of women’s soccer in Fairfax County and the development and improvement of the playing fields. The July Park Board action was unanimous.
Rixon has been involved with the development and administration of FWSA since 1978 and has served in many capacities, including multiple terms as a head commissioner on the executive board. She was instrumental in the effort to retain Pine Ridge Park as permanent parkland. Rixon served as co-chairwoman of the “Green Team” that lobbied to preserve the parkland, which was dedicated in 2001. Since the park was developed, FWSA has contributed more than $350,000 toward field improvements and maintenance.
Rixon has been especially influential in creating soccer opportunities for seniors as the membership has aged, creating divisions for the over 50 and over 58 members. Her efforts have resulted in the receipt of several awards over the years.
Pine Ridge Park is located at 3401 Woodbridge Road in Annandale.