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.

"We all have heart!"

Children making heart shape at Udvar Hazy Center.

Rec-PAC campers, staff and volunteers totaling 1,249 participants simultaneously made a heart-shaped hand gesture symbolizing "We all have heart!" This gathering broke the previous Guinness World Record of 554. Watch the video.

Sun sets on summer fun!

Summer Entertainment Series.

Thank you all for coming out to FCPA’s Summer Entertainment Series including Arts in the Parks for children. Thank you to the sponsors and donors who made these free events possible.

2015 Eakin Philanthropy Awards Announced

The Eakin Award recognizes significant financial or in-kind contributions, projects with broad, long-term benefit to the community and visionary contributions which create new programs or facilities and provide a new approach to addressing community needs. Tthe Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors selected:

  • Tom D. Fleury, Vice President and founding member of Cityline Partners, for his career-long dedication to environmental preservation and his commitment to include ample green space in the development of Tysons.
  • Ann Smith worked with the Fairfax County Park Authority and Mt. Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland’s office to identify a soccer field improvement to be made in memory of her husband. Lt. Col. Gary F. Smith.
  • Suzan Syron-Singh, Children’s Physical Therapy Center (CPTC) owner/therapist, committed to support of Chessie’s BIG Backyard playground at Lee District Park in memory of her daughter, Kelley Syron.

Turtle Playground at Surrey Square Park

Turtle Playground Ribbon Cutting.

The community raised more than $20,000 to get their playground replacement moving faster. Through a variety of fundraising efforts, matching grants and collaboration Turtle Playground at Surrey Square Park opened to the public on August 22.

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.

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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