Fairfax County
Park Foundation

Supporting the Fairfax County Park Authority by raising private funds, obtaining grants and creating partnerships to meet our community's needs for park land, facilities and services.

Fun in the Summer Sun!

Summer Entertainment Series.

FCPA’s Summer Entertainment Series includes Arts in the Parks that introduces children to live, quality entertainment in an outdoor setting. Concerts and shows are free to attendees thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors and individual donors. Find a performance near you!

Rec-PAC Summer Camp

Children with Buddy the Wolf

Help provide affordable, safe and fun recreational and educational activities for Fairfax County children by contributing to Rec-PAC summer camps. Your donation supports the program and provides scholarships to children in need.

67th Annual 4-H Fair and Carnival

4H Fair Exhibitor.The Park Foundation is proud to be a Blue Ribbon sponsor of the 67th Annual 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park from July 30 - August 2, 2015. See the flyer.

There’s fun for all with Free Admission, Free Parking Thursday & Friday, Big Truck Night, 18 Departments of 4-H Competitions, Farm Animals, Interactive Educational Exhibits, Carnival Rides, Fair Food, Tractor Pull and Picnic Areas!

Sponsorship Opportunities remain. Contribute now to maximize your reach to more than 20,000 attendees at this popular event!

REI Supports Invasive Management Area Program

REI logo.For the fifth time, REI is partnering with the Park Authority to support the Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program. The outdoor equipment company presented the Fairfax County Park Foundation with a $10,000 grant for the volunteer program designed to reduce invasive plants and increase biodiversity on parkland. This grant totals $55,000 over the past five years to REI's support of the award-winning IMA program and its associated youth outreach efforts. The new funds will be used to install boot brush stations in parks, a proven Eagle Scout project.

Explore the Discovery Trail this summer!

Discovery Trail MapFCPA’s Discovery Trail Map features 12 distinctive sites that give students age 17 and younger the chance to discover each site’s unique features. Visit 8 or more sites and get a $75 valued prize package AND get entered in a drawing for one of three bicycles provided by Spokes!Spokes logo.

Maps sponsored by the Park Foundation are available at libraries, community centers and at all staffed Park Authority locations from June – September 2015.

Thanks For Helping Your Parks!

Kirk Kincannon. Bill Bouie, Bobbi Longworth, and Steve Thormahlen.
On June 10 the Park Foundation was pleased to present $681,562.66 of your generous contributions to the Park Authority Board. These monetary donations will be used specifically for the purposes for which they were given. Significant support is directed to the Summer Entertainment Series, Arts in the Parks, PACT Scholarships, Rec-PAC Summer Camps, Clemyjontri Picnic area, Open Space and Colvin Run Mill.

Happy Birthday to Fairfax County Parks!

Park Authority logo.With the support of friends, the Park Authority provided education about nature, history, sports, swimming, golf and open space for 65 years.

The Park Foundation is proud to sponsor events and programs through the end of the year to celebrate!

Thank You for Being a Friend!

The Friends of Colvin Run Mill presented a $50,000 check.
The Friends of Colvin Run Mill (FOCRM) presented a $50,000 check on June 10 to the Park Foundation. FOCRM member Marjorie Lundegard and others built this fund for capital improvements over the last 15 years. Fundraising efforts for the mill included gathering donated clothing and household goods for the McLean INOVA Thrift Store and selling publications authored by Marjorie. In addition to the Colvin Run Mill, INOVA Fairfax Hospital was also a beneficiary of the fundraising activities.

2014 Annual Report

Blue Heron.2014 was an exciting year of growth! The Fairfax County Park Foundation's 2014 annual report, both as the full report and as a brochure version, are available. With generous funding from thousands of individual, corporate and foundation donors, $819,322 was raised to help support a wide variety of Park Authority programs.

Ruthanne G. Lodato Music Scholarship

Ruthanne Lodato. This life-long resident of Alexandria brought the gift and joy of music to thousands of our area’s children for almost 40 years. She taught music at elementary schools, piano at her family home, and early childhood music and movement as the Center Director of Music Together Alexandria. Ruthanne didn’t just teach piano and music lessons to her students; she fostered creativity, confidence and personal growth and instilled a lasting love of music. Sharing this gift of music is her legacy, and her students both young and old are a living tribute to her spirit and generosity.

Unfortunately, Ruthanne’s life was tragically taken on February 6, 2014. Her family, in concert with the Fairfax County Park Foundation, set up a special scholarship in her honor to allow children without means to receive music classes through the Fairfax County Park system. Contributions are being accepted in her memory.

Arts class scholarships have been awarded to more than a dozen children to date thanks to memorial gifts honoring the life of Ruthanne Lodato. Piano lessons were selected by each of the awardees!

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