Holiday Events
Celebration Station
When the sun goes down, the lights go up! Warm up your winter with a festive evening train and carousel ride amid holiday lights at Burke Lake Park.

December 6,7,13 and 14

6 pm to 9 pm

Winter Wonderland
On December 7, 8, 14, and 15 from noon to 5 PM visit Burke Lake Park to visit with Santa, enjoy Gingerbread Man's Golf, ride the Holiday Express Train and Caroler's Carousel and enjoy hot chocolate.

Bring a new toy or canned food item for donation to those in need.

Holiday Craft Show
On December 7 and 8, 2019 visit the 41st Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show at Audrey Moore RECenter at Wakefield Park.

Shop for handmade arts and crafts from local artisans.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, Giving Tuesday inspires millions of people across the globe to show up and give back to causes and issues that matter to them.

On December 3, 2019 look for an e-mail from the Park Foundation that will inspire you to give a special gift -- one that will make our county parks even better!
66 Parallel Trail
On November 19, 2019, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors decided to name the shared use path on I-66 the "66 Parallel Trail". The trail will provide direct access to Random Hills Park, one of the 427 Fairfax County Parks.
Fairfax Couty Parks are open and provide a wide variety of activities during December!

Here are some suggestions for you to explore solo or with your family and friends. To brighten the December days, schedule weekly visits to a Fairfax County Park.

At Green Spring Gardens you will see many garden styles and how nice they look even during the short winter days. Learn about the National Historic Site and receive a deeper appreciation of this park treasure. 

Visit one or all of the RECenters and use the pool and exercise equipment. At the front desk, introduce yourself as a first time visitor and a friendly volunteer or staff members will make you feel at home. Hours and more information can be found in Parktakes or on the web .    

Since everyone needs exercise, why not explore sections of the 41-mile Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail or another stream valley trail in your December plans? You can enjoy the natural beauty of the open spaces, wildlife, breath the clean air, and enjoy the silence - except for the sounds of the flowing streams.
December is a good time to think about ways you can make a lasting impact on Fairfax County Parks that can be enjoyed by future generations.

A short brochure provides information about how you can provide a lasting legacy. As a 501(c)(3) charity, the Park Foundation ensures that your wishes are followed and appropriately recognized.

Those who have included the Park Foundation in their estate plans will be included in the Legacy Circle. Read how Legacy Circle Members have fulfilled their dreams and passions by including the county parks in their estate plans.

Gifts of all sizes will make a significant difference to our 23,000 acre park system.

This month, talk with your family members, your financial adviser, or give Bobbi Longworth, Executive Director of the Park Foundation, a call at (703) 324-8581 about how you can join the Legacy Circle.
‘Tis the Season of Giving
During this season of giving, the Fairfax County Park Foundation reflects on the successes of our programs that is due in large part to the generosity of our many loyal supporters like you! Please look for our Year End Appeal that will arrive at your home during the first week in December

We hope you choose the Park Foundation when deciding on your year-end philanthropic giving. As you can see in our Year End Appeal and the Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report, we helped fund many critical programs and hope to do so again in 2020 with your charitable gift! 
Learn More About the Fairfax County Park Authority
The Park Authority's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report presents audited financial statements of the governmental activities and each major fund of the Authority.
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2019 includes the Mission, Guiding Principles, Financial Statements, Required Supplementary Information, and a Statistical Section.
2019 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards

Since 2010 Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park have donated $118,076 to the Park Foundation. The Friends support the building of horse stalls, purchasing farm equipment, an equestrian jump and the 4-H Fair. The Friends received the 2019 Organizational Eakin Philanthropy Award.
Eakin Properties and the Eakin Park Family Trust have contributed toward the Eakin Community Park picnic shelter, 32 gifts for a variety of park needs, and a significant Legacy Circle bequest pledge. Current donations total more than $141,000. The Eakin Philanthropy Award is named after LeRoy Eakin, Sr., the donor of the first 14.5 acres of park land in 1951.

Tibor Lazar and family are the 2019 recipients of the individual Eakin Philanthropy Award. In 2018, Tibor Lazar and Heidi Allen committed to give a minimum of $ 3,000 per month for 10 years for a total of $360,000. The fund was created for the purpose of building a future endowment for FCPA Natural Resources Management and Protection.
Thanks to Wegmans of Chantilly for donating three beautifuly cakes that everyone enjoyed following the awards ceremony. The dessert reception provided and opportunity to congratulate the award winners. and thank the four retiring members of the Board of Supervisors for providing support to Fairfax County Parks.
Merrifield Garden Center donated beautiful tropical plants, flowers and greenery to create an elegant venue for the Elly Doyle Awards Ceremony at the Waterford at Fair Oaks.

Many outstanding park volunteers were recognized during the awards ceremony.  Thank you, Merrifield for your generosity!
Confidence via Transparency
The Fairfax County Park Foundation believes that everyone benefits by knowing how donations are used. Your gifts are only used for the purposes of which they were given. Your personal information is protected and never shared with unauthorized persons.

Learn more about the Park Foundation by reading our Information Tax Return and our CPA Audit Report.
Contribute While You Shop
If you use Amazon for your purchasing needs, please designate the Fairfax County Park Foundation as your charity of choice and use to enter the site.

AmazonSmile will donate 1/2 of 1% of your eligible purchases to the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Click here for additional information about the program.
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