Easy Ways to Honor, Remember or Enjoy Time with Your Father in Fairfax Parks 

Honor Your Father in a Fairfax County Park

Father's Day is Sunday, June 18!  So if you can, spend some quality time with your father and grandfather in a county park.  The more than 400 county parks and recreational facilities provide many opportunities to participate in a favorite hobby or sport or to relax and enjoy time together.

Consider these opportunities!
  • Golfing, fishing, hiking, boating, ice skating, picnicking, jogging or bicycling
  • Attending a Summer Entertainment Series concert
  • Asking your Dad to share his favorite story or memory that happened to him in a park. Don't worry if his fish was always just a little bigger than the one you caught!
  • Recording his oral history
  • Volunteering together
  • Learning about his childhood and what he values most in life
  • Making time to remember his birthday and respecting his traditions
  • Forgiving him
  • Attending the Sully Antique Car Show
  • Talking often 
  • Looking at photo albums and sharing memories on a quite park bench 
  • Attending an event on the June park calendar
If your Dad is not in the area or no longer living, a wonderful way to honor him is to donate a park bench, a tree or making a contribution to the Park Foundation. For more information please calling Margaret Thaxton at 703-324-8532. 

Shop for a Cause on June 22 at Whole Foods

Shop at a  Whole Foods Market located in Fairfax, VA ( Fair Lakes,
Reston, Springfield, Tysons or Vienna) on Thursday, June 22, 2017 and 5% of net sales will be donated to the Fairfax County Park Foundation
to help Frying Pan Farm Park, Hidden Pond Nature Center and other
Fairfax County park programs!

If you are a regular Whole Foods customer, consider changing your shopping day to Thursday, June 22.  If you shop elsewhere for food, consider experiencing what Whole Foods has to offer on June 22.

The Foundation is pleased to participate in Shop for a Cause where 5 % of the net sales will be donated to the Park Foundation.  This is the first time that five stores are supporting Fairfax County parks on the same day.
Changing your shopping routine for one week will mutually benefit you, county parks, and Whole Foods Market. 

Look for an article in the next Park Foundation newsletter about what can be accomplished by shopping for a worthwhile cause. 

County Parks Contribute
 to the County's 275th Birthday

Participants from Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Frying Pan Farm Park, Colvin Run Mill and Sully Historic Site will have booths at the Historic Fairfax Courthouse located at 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 on Saturday, June 17 for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Frying Pan will be showing small animals and Colvin Run Mill's staff will talk about milling. Sully will have hands-on activities and several Friends Groups and other Park Authority partner organizations will also have booths.  Be on-hand to meet the 14th Lord and Lady Fairfax traveling from Cameron, Scotland to celebrate this historic event.

 Summer Entertainment Series

The Park Foundation is honored to raise funds to support the Summer Entertainment Series that is held at 9 venues throughout Fairfax County. Concerts, movies and children's shows through Arts in the Parks are very popular and widely attended.
Philanthropic companies and foundations such as Cox, Ruth & Hal Launders Charitable Trust, Pulte, 495/95 Express Lanes, Dominion, PNC Foundation, RZ Foundation,
Lerner, Tysons Corner Center, Fairfax Memorial, Interstate, Sheehy Auto Stores, Brandywine Realty Trust, Trinity Centre, Pohanka Automotive Group, Westfields Business Owners Association, Vulcan Materials, and many others that help bring these free concerts and movies to Fairfax County residents.

Concerts are presented throughout the county at 10 different venues.  A user friendly webpage will show what is being offered in your part of the county.  
Celebrate at Lake Fairfax Park!

Go Ape! at South Run 
Be among the first to experience the challenges being provided by Go Ape! at the South Run Park.  The site opened to the public on May 5, 2017.

Swing through the treetops and into adventure with Go Ape at the Fairfax County Park Authority's first woodland obstacle and zip line course. Let loose because this is going to be fun! The Go Ape adventure company opened a new course at South Run Park in Springfield. This course offers more than 99 suspended obstacles 20 to 40 feet up in the forest canopy. There are nine exhilarating zip lines and a specially designed course for kids.
Visit the  website for participant age requirements, admission fees an more information about this 2 - 3 hour journey through the forest canopy as you take on suspended obstacles, Tarzan swings, and breath taking zip lines. 
  2017 Discovery Trail Map
Just in time for Fairfax County's 275th birthday, the Park Authority's Discovery Trail Map reveals milestone moments in the history of 12 distinctive, Fairfax County parks. This year, both adults and children are encouraged to pick up a map and chart the course to discover each park's unique feature.

Visit eight sites and get 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 donated by Spokes, Etc. and Trek through the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Maps will be available by mid-May at any staffed Park Authority location, at any Fairfax County Public library, and online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks

The promotion will run between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  


Sun and Fun Awaits!

If winter lingers on, there is still time to get ready to look your best for the beach, pool and other summer fun.

FCPA RECenter membership sales  are available for you and your family through June 15th! 
Upcoming Events

June 12
National Men's Health Week
June 18
Father's Day
June 22
Whole Foods Market 5% Shop for a Cause Day
July 1
Fireworks at Lake Fairfax Park 
July 8
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Chessie's BIG Backyard Carousel at Lee District Park 

Don't miss the numerous Summer fun offerings at your Fairfax County parks.  See more online!

Register for your FREE Subscription of Parktakes!

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