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.
Poetry Contest: Submissions due by March 12
Students in grades K-8 are invited to enter the 2020 Fairfax Parks Poetry Contest in honor of National Poetry Month in April. This year’s theme 'My Parks, My Planet' celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Students are encouraged to share how local parks inspire them to take care of the planet.
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
This year, 2020, marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, so come out to celebrate at the Sully Historic Site on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! We will have a fun day packed with entertainment, activities, food vendors, Touch-A-Truck, prizes, and more! Learn more about how we can all support our event theme of “Healthy People – Healthy Planet” and all that Fairfax County is doing to support environmental sustainability. Special guest: WUSA9's Chief Meteorologist Topper Shutt.
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.
Rehabilitated Eagle Soars Again
On January 12, 2020, more than 500 people gathered to witness the release of a rehabilitated bald eagle at FCPA’s Burke Lake Park in Springfield, VA. See the video and more photos of this beautiful event.
Supervisor Pat Herrity joined Dr. Belinda Burwell, D.V.M., of Wildlife Veterinary Clinic who facilitated the rehabilitation. The bird suffered from a shoulder injury and lead poisoning. After a few jumps on the ground, the eagle headed towards the lake. He is believed to be one of the pairs of eagles that built nests on the Vesper Island wildlife refuge in the middle of the Burke Lake.
Donate to help Burke Lake Park through the Park Foundation today.
Thank you, Park Foundation Donors!
Please take a look at the FCPF Year End Appeal to help your parks!
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.”
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.