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.

Discovery Trail Program Winners

Children with bicycles.

More than 235 children earned a coupon book for visiting 8 FCPA sites via the 2015 Discovery Trail program. Cassandra from Clifton, Frank of Fairfax and Mikala from Centreville received their bikes and helmets, generously donated by Spokes, Inc..

Help Improve Burke Lake Park

Burke Lake Park Improvement Campaign.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.

Take 12 for Community Health: October's Step is Stay Safe and Alert

Set yourself up for survival! Get connected with your local government for updated information about weather and other emergencies in our area.

Take 12 for Community Family Health.

Learn more about Fairfax County Park Authority’s Take 12 Steps for Community Health in 2015 sponsored by Fairfax County Park Foundation, Cigna, Giant, Inova, Sandy Spring Bank, and Walmart.

We're preparing for Take 12 Steps for Your Health in 2016:

Become a 2016 sponsor | Complete the 2016 sponsorship agreement form

Why I Love Parks Contestants Gather at the Farm

Thank you to all young poets, ranging in age from 5 to 13, who participated in the Why I Love Parks Poetry Contest!

Two contestants from each age category will be presented with prizes sponsored by the Park Foundation at the Poetry Reading at 10 a.m. on October 10 at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Winners will read in front of the Cider Press. Attendees will enjoy fresh-squeezed apple cider, cider donuts and musical entertainment in celebration of National Poetry Day and the 65th anniversary of the Fairfax County parks.

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.

Scholarships Have Class

Springfield Art Guild.Board members of the Springfield Art Guild were inspired by the Ruthanne G. Lodato Music Scholarship which honored the life of the much loved piano instructor. Friends and Family made contributions to send children in need to FCPA offered music classes. Scholarships for piano lessons were awarded to more than a dozen children to date thanks to Lodato memorial gifts!

SAG’s generous contribution of $1,000 will similarly provide scholarships for income-eligible individuals to experience visual or fine arts classes. This partnership with FCPF helps further SAG’s mission of serving the community’s interest in fine “visual” arts, fine crafts and photography.

More than 55 fine arts classes are listed quarterly in Parktakes Magazine. The Park Authority and Foundation are committed to helping all Fairfax County residents improve their lives. Philanthropic support of donors such as SAG help us to reach more people each year.

Learn how you may support class scholarships!

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