Advocacy: noun | the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal. Be in the know with the new Advocacy Portal hosted by the Fairfax County Park Foundation.
Invasive Management Area
REI store employees gather with FCPA staff for an IMA volunteer day at Nottoway Park.
The national award-winning Invasive Management Area program marks its 10th anniversary this year. Over that time, with financial support from REI, 13,441 volunteers have given 43,442 hours to remove 8,706 bags of invasive plants from 68 places in parks.
Honoring America's Veterans
Honoring America's Veterans is a special program funded by the Park Foundation to honor those who serve our country on Monday, May 30.
On Memorial Day, veterans, active military and their families who live in Fairfax County receive complimentary admission to the Park Authority's 9 RECenters including use of pools and spas, fitness rooms, gyms, ice skating as well as participation in drop-in fitness classes. A military ID must be presented to take part in the program. The program is in effect at all RECenters except George Washington RECenter, which is closed for the holiday. See more.
Help Send a Child to Summer Camp
FCPA provides a safe and supervised summer for more than 4,000 young people. You can give a child in need a week of RecPAC summer camp activity for $50 or a full six weeks of summer programming for only $300. A contribution of $1,000 would provide engaging activities for an entire school site for the summer.
Read the RecPAC appeal letter and learn how you can help!
Discovery Trail Map Presidential Edition
The 2016 Discovery Trail Map features educational messages connecting former U.S. Presidents or some aspect of their administration to each of the sites.
From May 28 through September 5, youth age 17 and younger are encouraged to explore the featured parks. Maps will be available at all staffed FCPA sites, Fairfax County Public Library branches and offices of Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Participants who visit 8 or more sites will receive a prize pack of tickets to more fun valued at more than $80. Each will also be entered in a drawing to win a bicycle and fitted safety helmet!
Special thanks to Spokes, Inc. for partnering with the Park Foundation by providing the three high-quality bicycles and safety helmets as the grand prizes!
Help Improve Burke Lake Park
Burke Lake Park is a very special park and has meant a lot to many thousands of Fairfax County residents for more than 50 years!
You can help Burke Lake Park by donating to the Burke Lake Park Improvement Campaign either by mail or give online and select "Burke Lake Park" from the drop-down menu.
95/495 Express Lanes Grant Program Awards $1,500 for Highway Sign
Hidden Pond will soon be easier to find! The Park Foundation is honored to have been awarded a $1,500 grant from the Transurban Express Lanes Grant Program for a VDOT Tourist Destination highway sign for Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield.
The sign will direct more visitors to this wonderful nature center that is literally "hidden" in a neighborhood off Old Keene Mill Road.