You can create 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.
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 Eakins 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.
“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. “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!”
This information is not intended as tax or legal advice. Consult with your attorney or financial advisor before taking any action that affects your estate.
Heartfelt appreciation is extended to each of the Legacy Circle Members designated with a . Scroll down to see special stories. Their legacy endures through parks that have touched their lives. The park improvements and outreach programs made possible through their largesse continue to benefit thousands of children and adults who enjoy Fairfax County parks!
Other individuals listed below have pledged their intent to create a lasting legacy for the future of their parks.
- Anonymous (11)
- Anonymous (Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail)
- Olander Banks, Sr. (Olander Banks, Sr. and Margaret Lomax Banks Community Park)
- Judith ‘Judy’ B. Currier (Green Spring Gardens)
- Louise M. Duhamel
- LeRoy ‘Daddy Roy’ Eakin, Sr. (Eakin Community & Eakin Mantua Parks)
- David L. Gorsline (Huntley Meadows)
- Timothy B. Hackman (Riverbend Park)
- Robert Kevin Holland (Hidden Oaks Nature Center)
- Adele G. Lebowitz (Clemyjontri Park)
- Roberta A. Longworth (Unrestricted Funds for priority park projects)
- Margaret M. Loveless (Westgrove Park Off Leash Dog Area)
- Elisabeth Guerry Newton (Lee District Park Treehouse)
- Eugene ‘Gene’ C. Nivera (Unrestricted Funds for priority park projects)
- Georgia E. Rangel
- Arleen B. Richman (Huntley Meadows Park)
- Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Eakin Walsh (Eakin Community Park & Unrestricted Funds for priority park projects)
Learn how you can make a lasting difference in the Plant Your Legacy brochure.
Gifts of all sizes are welcome. Each gift plays a vital role in caring for our parks.
In addition to these traditional Legacy gifts,
- Wills and Bequests
Contributions may be made in many forms including:
- Appreciated Stocks, Bonds & Mutual Funds
- Charitable trusts
- Real estate
- Life insurance
- Retirement accounts
Discuss these and other giving methods with your attorney, accountant or other financial advisor. You may be surprised to find that planned gifts can have significant tax benefits for both donors and heirs.
Complete our Letter of Intent to make a Planned Estate Gift to notify the Park Foundation in advance of your wishes.
For more information or to inform us of your decision to include the Fairfax County Park Foundation in your estate plans, contact:
Roberta A. "Bobbi" Longworth, Executive Director
Fairfax County Park Foundation
Olander Banks, Sr. gifted his family homestead that is now the Olander Banks, Sr. and Margaret Lomax Banks Community Park in Springfield, VA. He thoughtfully requested memorial gifts to the Park Foundation in lieu of flowers.
LeRoy ‘Daddy Roy’ Eakin, Sr. donated 14.5 acres that became Fairfax County’s first parks, Eakin Community & Eakin Mantua parks in Fairfax, VA.
Margaret M. Loveless bequeathed funds to help Westgrove Off Leash Dog Area where canines and owners socialize and play in Alexandria, VA.
Arleen B. Richman bequeathed a generous gift for birding and other naturalist programs at Huntley Meadows Park, in Alexandria, VA.
Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Eakin Walsh included a bequest to help Eakin Park as well as undesignated support to the Park Foundation to help where needed most.