• FCPF earned GuideStar’s highest level of Transparency!
  • Help your neighbors in need enjoy Fairfax County Park Authority camps and classes!
  • Lightning-Struck Tulip Poplar Tree at Hidden Oaks Nature Center
  • Congrats to all 2020 First Hike Photo Contest Winners!
  • In FY2019, $1,176,757 was raised to help YOUR parks. Thank you!
  • Help Burke Lake Park & Get this I Love Parks decal!

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.

Help STOP the Spread of COVID-19 VIRUS

When Fairfax County Park Authority trails are open, we remind visitors to follow current social distancing recommendations.

Limit groups to 10 or fewer and maintain a minimum of six feet between persons.

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)
Email ffxcovid@fairfaxcounty.gov (monitored 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays)

2019/2020 Bluegrass Barn

Blue Grass Barn poster.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.

Founding Sponsor
Vienna Hardwoods

Contributing Sponsors
John and Sandy Herring
Steve and Yvonne Johnson
Linda and Van Hubbard

In-Kind Prize Sponsor
Eastman Handcrafted Guitars & Mandolins

Man with acoustic guitar.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!

In Fairfax County, Everyone Counts!

Census 2020 poster.The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count — or a census — of America’s population. For each resident who does not respond to the census, Fairfax County could lose $12,000 in potential funding over the course of a decade.

See more information including the Census 2020 timeline; Census Day on April 1, 2020; language guides; and how you can help spread the word to ensure that everyone in Fairfax County is counted.

Poetry Contest

My Parks, My Planet logo.Special appreciation is extended to all the Students in grades K-8 who entered 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 were encouraged to share how local parks inspire them to take care of the planet.

Poetry contest participants compete for $50 gift cards and a chance to read their poems. The Fairfax County Park Authority will provide detailed updates and will contact the talented young writers of winning poems!

Park Bench Celebrates a Special Life

Men, women and children around a memorial bench.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

Eagle with crowd of people.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!

Annual Report Cover photo.During this season of giving, the Fairfax County Park Foundation is thankful for the park improvements and outreach programs that are possible thanks to the generosity of loyal supporters like you!

Donors who gave $25 or more are listed and Leadership Society members, including I-66 express mobility partners are features the FCPF Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report.

Please take a look at the FCPF Year End Appeal to help your parks!

Fairfax County Parks are Golden

Several people in front of NRPA letters.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.”

Thanks to all volunteers and donors who help enrich Fairfax County’s award-winning parks through time, talent and treasure!

Watch the 2019 FCPA Gold Medal Video.

Join the Lazars to help Natural Resources

The Lazar family.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.”

Read the full Lazar Donor Profile. Make a gift to join the Lazars to help preserve, protect and care for natural resources in your parks!

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.

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