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  • Help Your parks through United Way, CFC & CVC Campaigns!

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.

Welcome FCPA Executive Director

In September 2021, Jai Cole was selected as the Executive Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority. She also serves as an ex-officio Director on the Park Foundation Board.

Ms. Cole returns to her childhood park system as a park professional with more than two decades of leadership experience with award-winning recreation and park agencies. Read her full bio for additional information about education, experience, and interests. Click here for the Q&A interview by InsideNOVA.com.

Memorialize Someone Special at the Moon Gate Garden

Susan G. Akroyd.Green Spring Gardens is a gorgeous park to honor the life of a loved one, especially as part of the Moon Gate Garden.

Generous donor, Victor E. Schwartz, Esq. shared, "I am pleased to make a memorial contribution to honor my dear friend, Susan G. Akroyd, (1945-2021) a retired principal at Parklawn Elementary, a Title I school. It is fitting that Susan will be memorialized in the seating area of the future Moon Gate garden at beautiful Green Spring Gardens where we enjoyed conversations and many walks together."

You can honor someone special at the future Moon Gate Garden!

Your IRA Distribution Gift can Help Parks

The Godbolds.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.

Join the Lazars to Help Our Environment

Lazar family.Your Gift will be DOUBLED by the Lazar Family!

A special challenge match is underway with a $1 for $1 donation to the Park. Foundation's Lazar Family Fund up to $7,500!

Tibor Lazar, sons Keaton and Corvin, and Heidi Allen continue to help preserve, protect and care for the environment by building a fund for future natural resource stewardship of Fairfax County parkland.

“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, a dedicated volunteer who often helps with local invasive management clean-up efforts.

Read about the 2020 NACPRO Outstanding Contributor, 2019 Elly Doyle Outstanding Volunteer and Eakin Philanthropy Awards in the full Lazar Donor Profile.

Make a gift to join the Lazars to help preserve, protect and care for natural environment in your parks!

Thank you for considering this ideal opportunity to DOUBLE Your DONATION. By acting locally, we can change the world.

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 420 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.

50th Anniversary Moon Gate Garden

Green Spring Gardens Giving Tree logo.Give to Green Spring’s large-scale moon gate garden which will include a mix of traditional and modern design concepts to draw visitors into a new Asian-inspired garden. The project will begin with the construction of the moon gate near the boundary of the Edible Garden. The medium will be a mix of stone and metal to reflect elements of Green Spring’s historic landscape, designed by trailblazing garden designer Beatrix Farrand in 1942. Beatrix Farrand’s own signature moon gate (pictured below) is an acclaimed feature of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine.

Wall with circular cutout.Read the GSG Moon Gate Garden Appeal Letter. Contribute $50 or more to add your name and a virtual leaf on The Giving Tree!

2021 Eakin Philanthropy Awards

If you missed the debut of the virtual 2021 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards, including presentations of the Eakin Philanthropy Awards, you may watch online at your convenience!

Valis family stand in front of Valis Family Golf Learning Center sign. Wayne and Angela Valis and the Valis Family (pictured) were recognized for their generous support of Pinecrest Golf, Burke Lake Park and more.


Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home. Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home and Fairfax Memorial Park was honored for their seventeen-year partnership with Braddock Nights, part of the FCPA Summer Entertainment Series.


Friends of Colvin Run Mill.The Friends of Colvin Run Mill received an award for their preservation efforts of the historic property.


The Park Foundation established the Eakin Philanthropy Award to recognize visionary, financial, and material contributions that significantly enhance Fairfax County parks. The award is named in honor of LeRoy Eakin, Sr. who donated 14 acres of land in 1951 which became Fairfax County's first park.

See all FCPF Eakin Philanthropy Awardees since 2009!