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.
Thank you, Park Foundation Donors!
Please take a look at the FCPF Year End Appeal to help your parks!
SMILE with Amazon
Buy your holiday gifts 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.
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!
Discovery Trail Map 2019
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 took place at the FCPF Board meeting on September 17.