Parks are in Elizabeth Eakin Walsh's family legacy!
In 1951, ‘Betsy’s' grandfather, LeRoy ‘Daddy Roy’ Eakin, Sr. donated 14.5 acres within the Accotink Stream Valley, it became the county’s first park that ultimately established the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Eakin family added 240 additional acres and established a family trust to award matching funds to support that park through the Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF).
Their philanthropy planted the seed that has grown into your NRPA Gold Medal award-winning park system. In 2009, FCPF established the annual Eakin Philanthropy Award to recognize visionary financial and material contributions that significantly enhance Fairfax County parks.
“I’m proud to continue ‘Daddy Roy’s’ legacy to help ensure that exceptional parks are available for my grandchildren,” said Betsy who included the FCPF in her will in 2015. “My hope is that other individuals and families will be inspired to join the FCPF Legacy Circle to enrich Fairfax County parks. It’s an investment that will reap dividends for future generations!”
The life of Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Eakin Walsh (1936-2019) continues to be honored by loved ones and many others who enjoy FCPA parks. See her story.
The family requested that consideration of memorials and in lieu of flowers a donation can be made in her name to he Fairfax County Park Foundation.
You can join the FCPF Legacy Circle by creating a legacy of parks and green space for future generations by including the Fairfax County Park Foundation in your will, as an insurance beneficiary or other planned and estate giving vehicle.