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.
10th Annual Eakin Philanthropy Awardees
FCPF is proud to announce the following 2019 Eakin Philanthropy Awards honorees recognized for their magnanimous efforts to support county parks.
Eakin Properties and The Eakin Park Family Trust are recipients of a special Builders/Developers Eakin Philanthropy Award. In 1951, LeRoy Eakin Sr. (pictured) donated 14.5 acres of land in the Accotink Stream Valley that became the Fairfax County Park Authority’s first park, and his donations inspired the Eakin Philanthropy Award in 2009.
The Lazar Family Fund is the Eakin Philanthropy Award for individuals. In 2018, Tibor Lazar and his wife, Heidi, ratified a gift agreement with FCPF to build and endow the Park Authority’s Natural Resources Management and Protection branch. Their generous contribution each month over 10 years is in memory of Tibor’s parents, Rita and Caaba, and they are requesting donations to the fund in lieu of gifts.
Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park is the 2019 recipient of the organization Eakin Philanthropy Award, for 50 years of financial, physical and advocacy support for Frying Pan Farm Park. The group owns, buys and sells farm animals; hosts multiple horse-show series; pays for animal vet care and fees for support; and supports the park’s volunteer program.
ONE FAIRFAX in YOUR Parks
The Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors is proud to join Fairfax County Government, Public Schools and the Park Authority in adopting the One Fairfax social and racial equity policy. It’s a declaration that all residents deserve an equitable opportunity to succeed—regardless of their race, color, sex, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, disability, income or where they live.
Your gifts help ensure that all residents can enjoy Fairfax County’s 427 parks and enriching programs!
Fairfax County hosts Virginia Parks
The Fairfax County Park Authority prepares to host the 2019 Virginia Recreation & Park Society Conference from September 7 through 10. FCPA will welcome professionals from park systems throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia who will gather in Fairfax County to celebrate accomplishments and share best practices. Sheraton Tysons will be the hub of this 5 day event to ultimately elevate parks for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.
The Park Foundation is pleased to join other VRPS Conference sponsors including Visit Fairfax, the best resource to local world-famous destinations, restaurants, arts and cultural attractions. While in the National Capital Region, learn about Fairfax County’s role in defining the history of America and, of course, enjoy recreational activities throughout thousands of acres of beautiful parkland.
Explore with the Discovery Trail Map
Blastoff for fun with this year's Fairfax County Park Authority Discovery Trail Map celebrating the 50th anniversary of man's giant leap from Earth to the moon! Visit 8 park sites and learn about their connection to transportation through history - plus mark your calendar for bonus "moon walk" activities. This summer promotion runs through September 2. Read more details and get your map.
Once again, it's a chance for you to see parks and win prizes. Travel down Discovery Trail 2019 by visiting eight of 12 select Fairfax County Park Authority parks and receive a prize package valued at $93. You’ll also be entered in a drawing to win one of four bikes courtesy of Spokes Etc., Trek, and sponsorship by the Fairfax County Park Foundation.
Two Ways to Help Clemy
Clemyjontri Park is one of the initial large-scale parks in the U.S. specifically planned and built so children with and without disabilities can play side-by-side. The Carousel, Liberty Swing and other play equipment are all specially designed to accommodate children in wheelchairs, walkers or braces with limited mobility as well as those who have sensory and developmental disabilities.
Each year, nearly 300,000 visit this special park. Thanks to a collaboration with the Friends of Clemyjontri, the new trackless train was commissioned last year.
In order to keep Clemy beautiful and in good condition for all to enjoy, we need YOUR help! Here are two opportunities:
- Donate for Clemy today! Your gift to the Park Foundation’s Clemyjontri Campaign will put a smile on a child’s face tomorrow.
- Save the Date! The Friends of Clemyjontri will host a Concert in the Park on Monday, September 9 featuring The Tysons McLean Orchestra. Learn more about Tickets and Information.
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.”
Calling all anglers!
Lake Fairfax is the only Fairfax County Park Authority owned lake that has trout fishing – rainbow trout. Not only are rainbow trout delicious, they are also a challenge to catch.
Donations are needed to help keep the trout streaming. It’s a sport that parents pass down to their children and Lake Fairfax is the perfect location to learn as fishing is open all year long at this treasured park.
Lake Fairfax Park Trout Fishing sponsors include: Arlington Designer Homes Construction, Contractor's Plumbing, Dulles Motorcars, Pale Blue Glow Imaging, Anthony Offutt, Patriot Harley-Davidson and Shayan Transportation.
Donate now to ensure that Lake Fairfax Park has a great fishing season with a lake filled with trout. Select ‘Fairfax County Park Foundation’ and enter ‘Lake Fairfax Park Trout’ in the field titled ‘Add special instructions to the seller.’
SMILE with Amazon
The Park Foundation can receive a 0.5% donation of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases. Designate Fairfax County Park Foundation today.
LHK joins FCPF to bring Rec-PAC happiness!
In a heartfelt message from Let’s Help Kids Chairman of the Board and Founder, Jen and Rachel, the organization announced its dissolution after making a difference for thousands of children for over a decade. The legacy continues through the Fairfax County Park Foundation which received LHK support for RecPAC Summer Camp.
“Rachel and I are grateful to (the Park Foundation) for being willing to pick up where we are leaving off. Please show your support by donating to assist them in their work.” - Jen Sterling, LHK Chairman of the Board.
Donate Now to give a child a week of summer activity for $50 or a full six weeks of summer programming for only $300. A contribution of $1,000 would provide engaging activities for an entire school site for the summer!