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.

Clemyjontri Park

Boy at Clemyjontri Carousel.

Leave Your Legacy. Include the Park Foundation in your will or estate plan to benefit your Clemyjontri or another special park!

Summer Entertainment Series

Summer Entertainment Series.

A diverse variety of shows, concerts and movies. Enjoy the best local and regional entertainers all across the county and all summer long.

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. .

Discovery Trail Map Leads Kids to Summer Fun!

Discovery Trail. Discovery Trail Map Leads Kids to Summer Fun! Pick up a Discovery Trail Map at one of nine Park Authority historic sites and nature centers. The journey offers children age 12 and younger the chance to discover each site’s unique history and mark their progress with a map sticker. Each child who visits four sites receives his or her choice of a free wagon or carousel ride at Frying Pan Farm Park. Those who visit all nine sites get their choice of a pass to the Water Mine or any Fairfax County RECenter.

Take 12 for Family Health: September is Active Aging

Take 12 Family Health logo.

Make 2014 the year of the fitter family.

Step up!

Kids: Drink two big glasses of milk per day.

Teens: Think outside the box when it comes to physical activity. Step team, skateboarding, rock climbing and camping are all great non-traditional ways to be active.

Adults: Encourage your elderly family members to take a walk with you for exercise a couple of times this month.

Learn more about Take 12 Steps for Family Health in 2014 sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, Fairfax County Park Authority and Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Your Gifts At Work!

Check presentation.Pictured: Bobbi Longworth, FCPF executive director, and Kathy Ward, Park Foundation board chairperson, present the FY 2014 distribution check to Ken Quincy, Park Authority Board vice chair and Kirk Kincannon, FCPA director.

The Fairfax County Park Foundation recently presented a check in the amount of $868,673.38 to the Fairfax County Park Authority. This represents monetary contributions from individuals, foundations and organizations in fiscal year 2014.

Sponsors gave to the popular Summer Entertainment Series and Arts in the Parks and to environmental education including the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience, the Invasive Management Area, as well as Open Space Land Preservation and Trail Building and Care.

Contributions fund Chessie’s BIG Backyard, Colvin Run Mill, the Park Authority’s RecPAC Summer Camp and PACT scholarships. Donors also supported the Combo Classic Golf Tournament and Take 12 Steps for Health.

2014 Eakin Philanthropy Awardees announced

Mike Rolband. The 2014 Eakin Philanthropy Awards will honor Mike Rolband (pictured left), president of Wetland Studies and Solutions (WSSI) and Transurban-Fluor for generous financial support of park programs and capital projects. These Park Foundation recognitions will be presented at the Elly Doyle Park Services and Outstanding Volunteers Award program this November.

Transurban logo.Fluor logo.

Colvin Run Mill Restoration Tours

Yellow Hard Hats. Fairfax County Park Foundation was awarded a $75,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to fully restore Colvin Run Mill. Special tours featuring the Mill’s history and restoration work in progress are available through November. Young preservationists (ages 2 – 12) who tour the site will receive ‘hard hats’ while supplies last!

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