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Burke Lake Park.

Are you one of the more than 1 million people who visit Burke Lake Park each year? If so, then you know what a special place it is! If not, we hope you will visit it soon to spend a day enjoying one of Fairfax County most treasured parks. Burke Lake Park has meant a lot to many thousands of Fairfax County residents for more than 50 years - let’s help to improve Burke Lake Park for generations to come!

Boy looking at train.
“My 3 year old grandson always loves family train rides at what he calls the ‘Birthday Park’, states Cynthia, a proud Fairfax grandma."

Whether hiking, biking, fishing, birding, playing mini golf, riding the train or carousel, or enjoying an ice cream, there is truly something for everyone at Burke Lake! It’s no wonder it was named the “Best park in the Metro DC area” by a Washingtonian magazine poll, Burke Lake Park has earned the distinction of “Best Public Park” by Northern Virginia Magazine’s “Best of NoVA”!

Burke Lake Park’s popularity for birthday parties and celebrations has exceeded its capacity! To better accommodate the demand for more celebration areas, the Fairfax County Park Foundation began a capital campaign in 2015 to partner with the Park Authority to identify $333,000 to build two ADA compliant picnic shelters. The new shelters are in the children’s area near the carousel, train and mini golf.

Accessible picnic shelter. Accessible picnic shelters.

As of 2021, Burke Lake Park features two Celebration Shelters thanks to the generosity of many donors including:
Burke Lake Park Celebration Shelters Plaque 2021.

Signature Benefactors

Wayne, Angela & Valis Family

Elizabeth, Thomas & Chennikara Family

Steve & Adriane Thormahlen

Fairfax County Park Foundation


Major Donors

Anonymous Donor
Keith and Allison Arnott
Marshall F. and John Bryans
Burke & Herbert Bank
Clive C. and Cris Carpi
Amarnath Divecha
Scott and Holly Dubbeling
Annette B. Elseth
John J. and Linda L. Fagan
Fairfax Adult Softball
Harry R. and Margaret P. Gault
Michael J. Gillotte, Jr.
Harrison A. Glasgow
Jan Hedetniemi and Martin Bodrog
Hal B. and Mary A. Henry
John and Christie Johnson
Gary W. and Vicki A. Kirkbride
Doris M. Kumar
Elise, Thomas and Bobbi Longworth
Cameron and Britta Mayer
Thomas and Barbara McKittrick
Mark and Helen Russell of Metro Run & Walk
Charles Morris
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Bob Oliver
John and Cindy Osborn
Duane Pennebaker
Jane and Robin Rueger
Gail Ruf
Edward L. Walker
Jeanne E. Wardlaw

Rehabilitated Eagle Soars Again

Eagle with crowd of people.In ​January 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.