Every Contribution, regardless of the amount, is important and greatly appreciated!

Looking up on Monday, August 21 at 2:42 pm
The Great American Eclipse will bring a total eclipse on the sun from Sea to Shining Sea on Monday August 21, 2017. The Park Authority welcomes park visitors to view the eclipse.

The Park Foundation has distributed each of the thousands of coveted protective solar eclipse glasses to participants enrolled in RecPAC and other Park Authority summer camps and educational programs. 
A Fairfax County website contains information on how to safely view the event which includes television coverage provided by NASA as one option.  Enjoy the experience, just remember to protect your eyes as your one pair that must last a lifetime!  
Cox Conserves Heroes Honors Nancy Vehrs
At the July 25, 2017 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting Nancy Vehrs was recognized as the Northern Virginia 2017 recipient of the Cox Conserves Heroes award for valuable volunteer efforts with the Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS).  Nancy earned the $5,000 award contribution that will fund a botanical research grant.
Nancy's community service is longstanding.  This former clerk of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is a Park Foundation supporter and current Board President of the VNPS.
See more about this meaningful award by watching this brief video clip

Summer 2017 Isn't Over Yet!
There's still time to catch a few more performances within the FCPA's 2017 Summer Entertainment Series.   Thousands of Fairfax County residents and visitors have already enjoyed this year's concerts and movies!

This evening's Braddock Night's concert at Rutherford Park is moving indoors due to the rain! Bring a lawn chair and/or your dancing shoes for an End of Summer/Swing Dance with King Teddy at Audrey Moore RECenter on Friday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. 

Zootopia is planned as the featured movie in the Starlight Cinema series on Saturday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity Center, 5860 Trinity Parkway in Centreville, VA.

This popular FCPA series is FREE to attendees thanks to the generous support of sponsors including 495/95 Express Lanes, Cox Communications, Dominion, Ruth & Hal Launders Charitable Trust, PNC, Pulte Homes and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

 Submit your Discovery Trail Map Entries!  
As a reminder all park visits for the 2017 Discovery Trail Program must be made by Labor Day September 4!  

Visit eight sites and receive a prize pack with tickets to more summer fun such as mini golf, camping, RECenter admission and boat, train and carousel rides - a $93 value!
Plus, you'll also be entered into a drawing for one of four bicycles and helmets donated by Spokes, etc. and Trek.

FCPA Executive Director, Kirk Kincannon and Deputy Director, Aimee Vosper, present the 275th Anniversary Edition maps to 'Lord Fairfax VI'!  Maps are available at any Spokes etc. stores, staffed Park Authority location and  online .  

Help Plan YOUR Parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority is in the process of creating its first ever Parks and Recreation System Master Plan.  With a 10-year time horizon, the Master Plan will guide the agency to meet growing and changing community needs. This long-range, comprehensive park system master planning effort builds on the findings from the Parks Count! Needs Assessment that was completed in spring 2016.

Check out the Great Parks, Great Communities Parks and Recreation System Master Plan website and draft master plan to learn more and share your thoughts about the plan

The draft master plan is available for public review until September 15,2017.

Submit your comments via Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov on the project website or at one of the to be announced open house sessions in September.  For information please contact Project Manager Samantha Hudson at samantha.hudson@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-8726.

Thank you, Fairfax Adult Softball!

Becca Frece (pictured center) presented a check from  Fairfax Adult Softball to help Burke Lake Park.  Barbara Nugent of the Park Authority and Bobbi Longworth of the Park Foundation accepted the gift.

The Park Foundation's Improvement Campaign will fund a much needed picnic shelter at Burke Lake Park.  More than $92,800 has been raised for this well-loved park.

Fairfax Adult Softball, the largest non-profit, private, softball program in the U.S. now offers Co-Ed Kickball for Grownups !
Treat your Best Friend to Dog Daze
On Sunday September 10, 2017 let your canine friends splash and swim in Rattlesnake River, the lazy river at The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole water park located at Lake Fairfax Park 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, Va. The suggested donation of $10 per dog at this end of season event is for a doggone good cause! It will benefit both the County Animal Shelter and Park Foundation. 
  There will be door prizes!

Some simple rules will ensure that the event is fun for all:
  • All dog handlers must be 18 years or older and supervise dogs
  • No humans are allowed in the water
  • All dogs must be current on vaccinations
  • No female dogs in heat, puppies less than 3 months old, or aggressive, unruly dogs will be permitted.
For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks or call 703-471-5415.

Upcoming Events
August 21  2:42 pm
 Solar Eclipse in Fairfax County
September 4
 Discovery Trail Map Program Ends
September 10
 Dog Daze at The Water Mine 10 am to 1 pm
September 15
 Last day to submit comments on the Parks and   Recreation System Master Plan

Summer FUN at YOUR parks continues.
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