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.
"Together We Got This!”
Please FLAP on Sunday, September 17 at Lake Accotink Park as Friends of Lake Accotink Park team with America’s Adopt A Soldier® for their 5-10k Walk/Run in support of their toy closet at Walter Reed for Hospitalized Military Kids. Register to run or walk or just drop off a new unwrapped toy to reach the goal of 500 new toys. Stop by the FLAP table for park, Friends and FCPF information.
Thank you to Fairfax Adult Softball
Becca Frece (pictured center) presented a check from Fairfax Adult Softball to help Burke Lake Park. The Park Foundation's Improvement Campaign will fund a much needed picnic shelter. More than $92,800 has been raised for this well-loved park. Barbara Nugent of the Park Authority and Bobbi Longworth of the Park Foundation gratefully accepted the gift.
We've Reached the End of the Discovery Trail Map 2017.
Discovery Trail Map 2017 came to an end on September 4. Congratulations to those who visited eight of the twelve Fairfax County Park locations listed on the map. Stay tuned for the results of the drawing for the winners of the four bicycles donated by Spokes, Etc. and Trek through the Fairfax County Park Foundation.
Dog Daze and Wagfest Joined Forces for a Doggone Good Cause
A big THANK YOU to all who came out on September 10 and supported the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and us. Hope your dog enjoyed the chance to frolic in water.
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.
Adopt a Chessie’s Carousel Animal
A new carousel is open 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.
SpringFest Fairfax at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly
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!
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.
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.
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.
Recharge your phone and YOUR Parks!
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
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.
SMILE with Amazon this Fall
Your Amazon purchases for sprucing up your house and yard, items for Halloween and more 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.
Take 12 Steps for Family Health
Healthy people come in all shapes and sizes. Improving your strength will help keep your body and mind moving with ease.
Choose a new class to attend at the RECenter and commit to creating and maintaining a strong body.
Movement and exercise can be done in many ways – go pumpkin or apple picking as a family. Build strong bodies and strong relationships at the same time!
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.
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.