• Adopt a Chessie's Carousel Animal!
  • RecPAC Campers at Burke Lake Park
  • Enjoy Summer Fun in your parks!
  • Recharge your phone and YOUR Parks!

We Need You!

The Fairfax County Park Foundation supports the Fairfax County Park Authority by raising private funds, obtaining grants and creating partnerships that supplement tax dollars to meet our community's needs for park land, facilities and services.

The Park Authority receives less than 1% of Fairfax County's General Fund budget and while fees provide nearly 60% of operating expenses, some programs and facilities can't be fee-based. These areas are where the Foundation specifically provides support.

Solar Eclipse

The first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years will happen on Monday, August 21. About 80 percent of the sun will be covered from view in Fairfax County at 2:42 p.m. Some of the eclipse will be visible from 1:17 p.m. to 4:01 p.m.

The Park Authority is partnering with Fairfax County Public Schools and the Fairfax County Public Library to provide residents with programs about eclipses. Burke Lake Park, Lake Accotink Park, and Riverbend Park will be excellent vantage points for the eclipse.

Enjoy the eclipse safely!

Dog Daze and Wagfest Join Forces for a Doggone Good Cause

Dog Daze and Wagfest.The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax Park will go to the dogs September 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Dogs and dog lovers are invited for dogs-only swimming. Dogs can swim in Rattlesnake River for a suggested donation of $10 per dog.

Welcome Amy Sonderman to the Foundation's Board of Directors

Ms. Sonderman is the Deputy Director of Global Stakeholder Engagement at U.S. Pharmacopeia, where she manages relationships with consumer and patient advocacy groups as well as industry trade organizations. In her current role, Amy serves as the USP representative on the American Cancer Society/Cancer Action Network corporate advisory board as well as on the board for the National Council on Patient Education and Information.

Eakin Philanthropy Award Recipients for 2017 Announced

The Fairfax County Park Foundation's Board of Directors unanimously selected this year's Eakin Philanthropy Award recipients: Jean and Ric Edelman, Volkswagen of America, the Chantilly Youth Association and Timber Ridge at Discovery Square. These individuals and organizations are honored for their visionary financial and material contributions that significantly enhance Fairfax County parks.

Explore Summer Fun on the Discovery Trail!

Discovery Trail Map.Chart your course with the Discovery Trail map of 12 distinctive Fairfax County parks. Visit eight of these locations through September 4 and get a prize pack with tickets to mini golf, camping, RECenter admission, and boat, train and carousel rides. Plus, you’ll be entered in a drawing for one of four bicycles donated by Spokes, Etc. and Trek through the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Maps are available online, at Park Authority locations and the Fairfax County Public Library.

What a great way for both adults and children to celebrate Fairfax County's 275th birthday.

RecPAC Summer Camp Ends

RecPAC summer camp program concluded with RecPAC Gives Back. Campers gave back to the community by writing thank you letters to first responders, cleaning up litter, creating school supply kits and donating food to a local food bank. Since RecPAC Gives Back was established in 2010, campers have donated more than 13,485 pounds of food to Western Christian Ministries.

SpringFest Fairfax at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly

Springfest.Step back in time at Sully Historic Site for a day of free, environmental, and health-focused family-friendly activities and games at this year’s SpringFest Fairfax – a celebration of Earth and Arbor Days on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

A special treat for us at 10:30 a.m. will be readings of their written works by winners of the Park Authority’s Children’s Poetry Contest.

Come out rain or shine! Admission and parking are free.

Pirate Fest: weekend of revelry and swashbucklin' fun!

Pirate Fest.Pirates will invade Lake Fairfax Park in Reston on May 6 and 7.

Pirate Fest this year will be a two-day affair. There will be seafarin’ songs, tales of pirates, a Raingutter Regatta, a treasure hunt, and sailin’ on the boundin’ main of Lake Fairfax. The family-friendly gatherin’ includes paddle boat races, pirate boat tours, science and craft activities, and a pirate skills challenge.

Summer Concerts Draw Young and Old

This tradition marks a time to relax, share a picnic supper and catch up with friends and neighbors while enjoying local and regional entertainers. Close to home and absolutely free to attendees!​ Now through August 26 at 10 locations across the county. See the schedule.

Adopt a Chessie’s Carousel Animal!

Adopt a Chessie’s Carousel Animal!A new carousel opened on July 8, 2017 at Springfield’s Lee District Park. Located near Chessie's BIG Backyard play area and Our Special Harbor sprayground, the carousel is a ride every child, including individuals with mobility issues, can enjoy!

A $10,000 gift to the Park Foundation enables the donor to name and adopt a special Chesapeake Bay-themed animal such as a Sea Horse, Swan Chair, Eagle, Wheelchair Chariot and Horses!

Recharge your phone and YOUR Parks!

Portable charger.Make a gift of $40 or more and receive a 2200 mAh high capacity universal portable charger for your portable devices.

This FCPA/FCPF gift will be mailed in an attractive gift box, perfect for you or someone special. This charger promotion is a special thank you gift that is available only while supplies last! Donate online or call 703-324-8582.

Honor Someone Special with a Commemorative Card

Card cover.For the person who seems to have everything or is difficult to surprise, consider making a donation to the Park Foundation in honor of a special friend or family member.

You can celebrate a special occasion or remember the life of a friend or loved one.

The Park Foundation will mail this beautiful card (featuring Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Virginia) to share that a commemorative gift was made. More details.

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.

SMILE with Amazon this Summer

Amazon Smile.Your Amazon purchases for pool and other supplies for fun in the sun can help bring smiles throughout Fairfax County’s 427 parks!

The Park Foundation can receive a 0.5% donation of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases. Whether you shop for spring fashion, home organization, gardening supplies or just about anything, Amazon will make a donation to the Park Foundation.

Here are the easy steps!

Take 12 Steps for Family Health

Take 12 logo.August's Step is Know Your Family’s Health History

A family medical history can identify people with a higher-than-usual chance of having common disorders, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, certain cancers, and diabetes.

Do your homework and research to find your personal risk factors and learn how to make better health choices.

Get screenings, physicals and check-ups done together as a family. Learn and try foods that may help with prevention.

Learn more about Fairfax County Park Authority’s Take 12 Steps for Family Health sponsored by Fairfax County Park Foundation, Cigna, Inova, Virginia Pediatric Group, Ltd., Whole Foods Market, Giant, Trader Joe's and Walmart.

Take 12 Calendar. Download the 2017 Take 12 calendar now! or pick up a FREE print copy of the 2017 Take 12 Steps for Family Health at your local FCPA RecCenter or at your Fairfax County Supervisor's office. To request calendar by mail, call the Park Foundation at 703-324-8532 with your name and mailing address.