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.
Fairfax County Parks are Golden
FCPA has been awarded the 2019 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), awarded this honor to the Fairfax County Park Authority at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The honor caps months of preparation and commitment to the highest level of service in parks and recreation.
Here are excerpts from FCPA’s full information release of what two key Ex-Officio Directors of the Park Foundation have to say about this recognition.
Park Authority Executive Director Kirk W. Kincannon shared, “Our Park Authority team is honored and humbled to be recognized as “The Best in the Nation.” We do what we love and we love what we do every day of the year because parks matter and parks build strong and healthy communities all across this great nation.”
“It is an honor and pleasure to be awarded the National Gold Medal in Class 1,” said Bill Bouie, Chairman of the Park Authority Board. “This award is a tribute to the quality of life in Fairfax County and the importance of parks in the health and wellness of our residents. We can only do this with a great staff, and support from the Board of Supervisors, the Park Authority Board, and our residents. Our citizens love their parks and this award is a tribute to them.”
Watch the 2019 FCPA Gold Medal Video.
Join the Lazars to help Natural Resources
Heidi Allen and Tibor Lazar, pictured with sons Keaton and Corvin, partnered with FCPF to establish The Lazar Family Fund with a generous 10 year commitment to donate at least $470,000 for Natural Resource Management within the Fairfax County Park Authority.
“Some of the donated parkland is in poor condition, and we want this fund to be a starting base and encourage other people to give to this fund so we can have good-quality parkland that people can enjoy,” said Heidi. “We need to take better care of the land and control invasive plants.”
“I’m so happy we’ve been able to put this together,” Heidi said. “My hope is that down the line, our sons, who both love nature, will continue supporting charitable funds, follow through and choose well.”
Elizabeth Eakin Walsh Legacy
The life of Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Eakin Walsh (1936-2019) is being honored by loved ones and many others who enjoy FCPA parks. See her story.
The family requests that consideration of memorials and in lieu of flowers a donation can be made in her name to FCPF - mail to 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 404, Fairfax, VA 22035; call 703-324-8581; or donate online noting ‘Walsh memorial’ in the ‘Add special instructions to the seller’ field.
Gifts will help fund improvements at the Prosperity Avenue entrance of Eakin Park. Her grandfather, LeRoy Eakin, Sr., affectionately known as ‘Daddy Roy’, donated the first park land to Fairfax County!
10th Annual Eakin Philanthropy Awardees
FCPF is proud to announce the following 2019 Eakin Philanthropy Awards honorees recognized for their magnanimous efforts to support county parks.
Eakin Properties and The Eakin Park Family Trust are recipients of a special Builders/Developers Eakin Philanthropy Award. In 1951, LeRoy Eakin Sr. (pictured) donated 14.5 acres of land in the Accotink Stream Valley that became the Fairfax County Park Authority’s first park, and his donations inspired the Eakin Philanthropy Award in 2009.
The Lazar Family Fund is the Eakin Philanthropy Award for individuals. In 2018, Tibor Lazar and his wife, Heidi, ratified a gift agreement with FCPF to build and endow the Park Authority’s Natural Resources Management and Protection branch. Their generous contribution each month over 10 years is in memory of Tibor’s parents, Rita and Caaba, and they are requesting donations to the fund in lieu of gifts.
Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park is the 2019 recipient of the organization Eakin Philanthropy Award, for 50 years of financial, physical and advocacy support for Frying Pan Farm Park. The group owns, buys and sells farm animals; hosts multiple horse-show series; pays for animal vet care and fees for support; and supports the park’s volunteer program.
Calling all anglers!
Lake Fairfax is the only Fairfax County Park Authority owned lake that has trout fishing – rainbow trout. Not only are rainbow trout delicious, they are also a challenge to catch.
Donations are needed to help keep the trout streaming. It’s a sport that parents pass down to their children and Lake Fairfax is the perfect location to learn as fishing is open all year long at this treasured park.
Lake Fairfax Park Trout Fishing sponsors include: Arlington Designer Homes Construction, Contractor's Plumbing, Dulles Motorcars, Pale Blue Glow Imaging, Anthony Offutt, Patriot Harley-Davidson and Shayan Transportation.
Donate now to ensure that Lake Fairfax Park has a great fishing season with a lake filled with trout. Select ‘Fairfax County Park Foundation’ and enter ‘Lake Fairfax Park Trout’ in the field titled ‘Add special instructions to the seller.’
Discovery Trail Map 2019 Ended
Thank you to all who blasted off for fun with this year's Fairfax County Park Authority Discovery Trail Map which celebrated the 50th anniversary of man's giant leap from Earth to the moon!
You had a chance to see parks by visiting eight of 12 select Fairfax County Park Authority parks and received a prize package valued at $93. You also were entered in a drawing to win one of four bikes courtesy of Spokes Etc., Trek, and sponsorship by the Fairfax County Park Foundation.
Drawing for the winners will take place at the FCPF Board meeting on September 17.
SMILE with Amazon
The Park Foundation can receive a 0.5% donation of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases. Designate Fairfax County Park Foundation today.