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.
Virtual Dog Daze 2020
Congratulations to these Top Dogs…!
…and to more Good Dogs!
Thanks to all of Harley’s Heroes who donated to the Park Foundation to help FCPA Dog Parks and the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter by participating in our inaugural Virtual Dog Daze 2020!
FCPA Brings Parks to You!
Our new Virtual Exploration Center helps you stay healthy and engaged.
Check out photos and descriptions of natural and cultural resources, ideas for things to do, a printable health journal, health and fitness trackers, video workouts and nutrition information.
There are nature walk and scavenger hunt bingo games, a field guide to plants and wildlife, updates on births at Frying Pan Farm Park, history-themed coloring pages, interactive tours of county historic sites, a guide to historical roadside markers and historic sites, and information about county museum collections. This page is updated regularly, so check back for new ideas.
Come explore parks from home!
FCPF Board Welcomes New Officers
The FCPF Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors elected Officers to lead as the fundraising arm for the Park Authority from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022 at its May 19, 2020 Annual Meeting.
Watch the video to congratulate the following!
Chair - Michael Gailliot is a real estate professional with Century 21 New Millennium in Alexandria. He has volunteered with and supported the Park Foundation for many years.
Vice Chair - Anita Herrera is the General Counsel for Nodal Exchange, LLC and has over 20 years of legal experience. She enjoys the Fairfax County golf courses.
Treasurer - Rich Harpe is a Private Client Services Tax Senior Director at BDO. He lives in Oak Hill with his family who enjoy Frying Pan Farm Park.
Secretary - Amy Sonderman is the Director of Convention and Global Stakeholder Engagement at U.S. Pharmacopeia. She and her family are frequent users of Clemyjontri and other Fairfax County parks.
“I’m honored to join fellow Park Foundation board officers and directors to enrich Fairfax County’s 427 parks, which are critical to the physical and mental health of our community," stated Michael Gailliot. “Donations help fund outreach to camps and classes, which aligns with the One Fairfax Policy affirming that all deserve an equal opportunity to succeed.”
Welcome Back to Your Parks!
Thank you for following the updated recommendations to help ensure your safety as well as the safety of friends, family members and others who enjoy the parks.
For new park guidelines, FAQ and a list of what's open/closed, click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (monitored 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays)
50th Anniversary Moon Gate Garden
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.
Contribute $50 or more to add your name and a virtual leaf on The Giving Tree! Donor names will also be added to a Giving Tree in the Green Spring Gardens Visitor Center.
Thank you, Park Foundation Donors!
Please take a look at the FCPF Year End Appeal to help your parks!
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.
Join the Lazars to Help Our Environment
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 for environmental needs within Fairfax County parks.
“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 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!
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.