Renaming Honors Champion of Parks

Frederick Crabtree also promotes youth sports.
Frederick Crabtree also promotes youth sports.
By C. Woodrow Irvin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 3, 2006

Frederick M. Crabtree, who has given a lot in his 90 years and is credited as a driving force behind the development and expansion of many of the county's parks, is now giving his name to one.

Such an honor generally goes to someone posthumously, but the Fairfax County Park Authority board agreed unanimously that Crabtree merited special treatment.

Board members renamed Fox Mill District Park in Herndon for Crabtree, a former board member and longtime promoter of youth athletics. Crabtree served on the park board from 1969 to 1992 and created the Elly Doyle service award, which annually recognizes an individual's or group's outstanding contributions to the Park Authority.

In 1993, he was recognized by the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials for his exceptional work. In Vienna, where Crabtree helped found the boys' and girls' Little League baseball program, he was known as Mr. Baseball.

The Park Authority announced plans to schedule a dedication ceremony at the renamed Fred Crabtree Park later in the summer, at which time new signs will be unveiled.

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