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.
FCPA Brings Parks to You!
Our new Virtual Exploration Center helps you stay healthy and engaged.
Check out photos and descriptions of natural and cultural resources, ideas for things to do, a printable health journal, health and fitness trackers, video workouts and nutrition information.
There are nature walk and scavenger hunt bingo games, a field guide to plants and wildlife, updates on births at Frying Pan Farm Park, history-themed coloring pages, interactive tours of county historic sites, a guide to historical roadside markers and historic sites, and information about county museum collections. This page is updated regularly, so check back for new ideas.
Come explore parks from home!
Buy Giant bags and help your parks!
Throughout MAY, the Fairfax County Park Foundation will automatically receive a $1 donation from the purchase of each $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Giant Food Union Mill located at 5740 Union Mill Road, Clifton VA.
Shopping at another Giant Food store? Every Community Bag comes with an attached Giving Tag that gives you the opportunity to direct a $1 donation to the non-profit of your choice within 7 days of the purchase. (Of course, we recommend the Fairfax County Park Foundation!)
Reusable bags come in many beautiful designs and are welcome for your shopping use at Giant. So, stock up to help the environment and your Fairfax County parks!
Welcome Back to Your Parks!
Thank you for following the updated recommendations to help ensure your safety as well as the safety of friends, family members and others who enjoy the parks.
For new park guidelines, FAQ and a list of what's open/closed, click here.
Connect with the outdoors, not each other!
Read more information about food resources for families, testing, hand washing and more.
QUESTIONS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS?
CALL 703-267-3511 (9 A.M. TO 7 P.M. WEEKDAYS AND 9:30 A.M. TO 5 P.M. ON WEEKENDS)
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Special appreciation is extended to the more than 150 students who entered the 2020 Fairfax Parks Poetry Contest in honor of National Poetry Month in April. This year’s theme 'My Parks, My Planet' celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Students shared how local parks inspire them to take care of the planet.
Congratulations to the following winners who received a $50 Park Authority gift card, courtesy of the Fairfax County Park Foundation.
- Ali Dane of Springfield, a first-grade student at Garfield Elementary School
- Quraishi of Ashburn, a kindergarten homeschool student
- Jackson Stear of Burke, a fifth-grade student at Fairview Elementary School
- Sophie Yamaoka of Annandale, a fourth-grade student at Canterbury Woods Elementary School
- Eleanor Kim of Fairfax, a sixth-grade student at Fairhill Elementary School
- JoonWon Lee of Oakton, a sixth-grade student at Oakton Elementary School
“Earth Day is a fitting opportunity to celebrate our local parks and the planet through the inspiring words of these young poets,” said Michael Gailliot, (pictured) Vice Chair of the Fairfax County Park Foundation Board. "Enjoy these six winning videos and poems on the Fairfax Parks 2020 Poetry Contest website!"
2019/2020 Bluegrass Barn
Thanks to all who supported the 2019/2020 Bluegrass Barn, presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park. If you missed last season, Bobbi Longworth (pictured) invites all to join us for 8 fantastic concerts at Frying Park Farm Park next fall!
Special appreciation goes out to the following generous 2019-2020 season donors.
John and Sandy Herring
Steve and Yvonne Johnson
Linda and Van Hubbard
In-Kind Prize Sponsor
Eastman Handcrafted Guitars & Mandolins
Donations for prize drawing tickets over four years raised over $3,000 to make the Bluegrass Barn series possible. Congratulations to David B. (pictured), lucky Grand Prize winner of the beautiful acoustic guitar!
You can join other individuals to support this popular Series through the Fairfax County Park Foundation by making an online donation. Any amount is welcome!
Thank you, Park Foundation Donors!
Please take a look at the FCPF Year End Appeal to help your parks!
Park Bench Celebrates a Special Life
Many thanks are extended to Ed Richardson of Park Operations and the Park Authority for helping with a meaningful memorial bench project.
After burying his ashes that morning, friends and family went out to celebrate Matt Sean Siner. They wore Washington Nationals shirts, one of Matt's favorite teams, with the number 19 on the back and his last name SINER as Matt would have been so thrilled that they won the World Series! A bald eagle watched over them the whole time.
“You picked the perfect place for the bench. I go down there often and meet all kinds of people enjoying sitting there … fishermen, bird watchers and lots of dog walkers. I am pleased that so many people are enjoying Matt's bench!”, stated Kathy Siner on behalf of her family. “Thanks again from all of us — Happy New Year!
See how you can honor the memory of loved one or friend through the Park Foundation’s Commemorative bench project. It’s a creative way to recognize a birthday, wedding, anniversary, retirement or other special event.
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.”
Your IRA Distribution Gift can Help Parks
The Pension Protection Act of 2006 states that you may contribute funds from your IRA if:
- You are age 70½ or older.
- The gift(s) do not total more than $100,000 annually.
- The gift is made on or before December 31 to qualify for that calendar year.
- Funds are transferred directly from an IRA or Rollover IRA.
- Gifts are made to a qualified charity, such as the Fairfax County Park Foundation.
Making the charitable gift from your IRA is simple. View these three easy steps.
"Steve and I use his IRA distribution to donate to many charities, and the Park Foundation is special, of course. To me, FCPA’s Summer Entertainment Series, Starlight Cinema puts “One Fairfax” in action – a free outdoor movie for anyone, especially families, to enjoy. What’s not to like about that?!!" - Maggie Godbold, pictured with Steve.
SMILE with Amazon
Buy and support your parks at the same time when you shop on Amazon. You'll 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. Designate Fairfax County Park Foundation today.