• Adopt a Chessie's Carousel Animal!
  • Visit beautiful Burke Lake Park
  • Learn through the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience
  • Observe the skies

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.

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.

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.

Fall On The Farm

Thank you for coming out to Frying Pan Farm Park (October 13 -15). We hope you had a chance to watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations. We were happy to be a sponsor along with the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park and with Whole Foods Market.

Adopt a Chessie’s Carousel Animal

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.

Discovery Trail Map 2017 Bicycle Winners!

Discovery Trail winners. On October 9, 2017, Evan Willis age 10 from Burke, Patrick Gallager age 13 from Herndon, Asa Collegio age 7 from Falls Church, and Brian Viskupic age 44 from Falls Church received their new bicycles and safety helmets from Ryne Dickens at Spokes, Etc. in Fairfax. The winners were selected in a drawing from 935 participants that completed the Fairfax County Park Authority 2017 Discovery Trail.

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.

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.

SMILE with Amazon this Fall

Amazon Smile.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.

Here are the easy steps!

Take 12 Steps for Family Health

Take 12 logo.October's Step is Snacking Smart

At home, school, on-the-go or at a cafe, choose healthful food and drinks for the whole family.

On your own Pick one day and plan your snacks out for the week to set yourself up for success!

As a family Get input from you kids on what they like and plan ahead of time. A fun idea is to use muffin pans to store snacks.

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.