Enjoy these Dog Days of Summer at YOUR parks!
It takes a Village at Clemyjontri Park
On July 28, 2018, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, the Park Authority, Park Foundation representatives and numerous supporters (pictured above) gathered to celebrate two exciting additions. This event marked the ceremonial opening of a new Picnic Celebration Area made possible thanks to generous contributions from McLean Community Foundation, Rotary Club of McLean, the Friends of Clemyjontri Park, Amy and Jeff Sonderman, and the friends and family of Sue Rowell, a longtime supporter and advocate for people with disabilities.

The Friends of Clemyjontri Park also funded the new trackless train and a forthcoming train station. Partnership recognition was also extended to partner, McLean Project for the Arts, and Wheat's for pro-bono landscaping services.  This project exemplifies what is possible when many join together for a worthy cause!

Discovery Trail Program Continues through September 3
Adults and children still have time to complete a 2018 Discovery Trail Map program to be eligible to win a high-quality bicycles with safety helmets.
Now in its fifth year, the map encourages children and adults to explore 12 distinctive parks and learn interesting facts about the wildlife that lives in the parks.

Participants who visit at least eight of the featured sites will receive tickets to more park fun valued at $93 and will also be entered in a drawing for one of four bicycles donated by Spokes, etc and Trek through the Fairfax County Park Foundation. 
Remember, the program ends on Labor Day, September 3, 2018!
 Fairfax County Trail Buddy helps you explore 325 miles of FCPA Trails!

FCPA's FREE Summer Series continues to Entertain
Fairfax County Park Authority has adopted this summer staple from small-town America to orchestrate a renewed sense of community in Fairfax County. The line-up for the Park Authority includes a wide array of performances from classical to bluegrass and everything in between as well as children's performances, music and dance from around the world and drive-in movies.

Ready for FREE Summer Concerts in the Parks
Sully District Supervisor, Kathy Smith, welcomes families to Starlight Cinema's Saturday evening Drive-In Movies in Centreville.  Lego Batman will begin at dusk on Saturday, August 18.

Get Jazzed with the David Bach Consort at the  Music at Arrowbrook Park series in Herndon, also on Saturday, August 18.

But wait, there's more!  See what else remains in store during these final summer days before the 2018 Summer Entertainment Series comes to a close. 

The FREE performances and movies are possible thanks to  business sponsors and individual donors through the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Treat your Best Friend to The Water Mine on 9/9!

The Water Mine will go to the dogs on  Sunday, September 9, 2018, with a season-ending event benefitting the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and Fairfax County Park Foundation.

The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole at Lake Fairfax Park will open for dogs-only swimming from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, Dogs can swim in Rattlesnake River and splash in the playground area for a suggested donation of $10 per dog. The event will also serve as a collection site for dog food donations for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
This year's end-of-season hoopla will once again feature a canine resource fair. Two-legged and four-legged visitors can visit pet vendors, obtain/renew dog licenses, learn about Park Authority dog parks and or find out how to volunteer as a dog park monitor. A low-cost rabies clinic will be available in Lake Fairfax Park's Main Office from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Pets may receive 1-year rabies vaccinations for $15 each (cash or check only).

For maximum FUN and the safety of the dogs and owners, please observe the following rules at Dog Daze:
  • All dogs must be current on vaccinations.
  • All dog handlers must be 18 years or older and supervise dogs at all times.
  • No female dogs in heat or puppies younger than three months old.
  • Aggressive or unruly dogs are not permitted.
  • Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs; please bring your own bags.
  • Dogs swim at owners' risk.
  • Humans are not permitted in the pool.
  • Food and treats are not permitted in the pool area.
Dog Daze is presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority in partnership with Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and Fairfax County Park Foundation, with support from Weber's Pet Store. 

The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole at Lake Fairfax Park is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, Va. For more information, visit  The Water Mine  or call 703-324-8662.

JPMF to host 20th Anniversary Family Fun Day!

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (rain date September  9) come view and enjoy the new lighthouse, sunken dinghy, anchor, and aqua sprayers added in 2018.
The new features are the  funded by the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund (JPMF).  JPMF is a non-profit charitable organization the Pizzanos started to honor the memory of their 6-year-old-son, Joey, a child with developmental disabilities who died in an accidental drowning in 1998.
While this milestone is bittersweet for Paola and Robert Pizzano, they are dedicated to help others by funding water safety and fun for all families. 
JPMF's contributions through the Fairfax County Park Foundation continue to honor Joey's love of water by providing opportunities for other families to enjoy water play together in a safe environment.    
Riverbend Park Barbeque Benefit
The Friends of Riverbend Park (FORB) is sponsoring a fund-raising benefit at the Visitors' Center on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Bring your family and come relax by the Potomac River on a late summer's evening while supporting the stunning Riverbend Park. Enjoy a glass of wine or a  beer on the deck with a delicious barbeque dinner catered by Mookie's BBQ of Great Falls.
The Barbeque Benefit is a great opportunity to make new acquaintances with those who share your love of Riverbend Park known for it's blanket of Virginia Bluebells each Spring.  
Please Register to Attend in advance so plans can be made for a relaxing and enjoyable evening.
Healthy Strides 2019 Calendar Campaign

Each year the park authority publishes and distributes 10,000 free calendar where each month features a step for a healthier life. The calendar will also available online.
August and September are good times for businesses to decide to become title, major or supporting sponsors.  Ask your employer to become a sponsor or consider becoming an individual sponsor. 
See details are in the Healthy Strides 2019 sponsorship prospectus .

  Back to School can bring a SMILE
Purchase with purpose. Amazon donates to Fairfax County Park Foundation Inc when you select Fairfax County Park Foundation as your charity of choice shop for back to school supplies at smile.amazon.com.        
Donor Highlight

The Park Foundation will gladly accept your donation of a car, truck, motorcycle, boat, motor-home or other vehicle - even if not in operating condition.

Donating is fast,easy and vehicle pick-up is free through our partner CARS (Charitable Rides & Services).  

"When my husband and I decided to donate our Prius, my first choice was the Fairfax County Park Foundation since I know what a big part our parks play in making Fairfax County a great place to live!"
                                       -Jenny Pate

 The Park Foundation board directores thank Jenny and all who donate vehicles to help Fairfax County parks!

Thank you, 4-H Fair & Carnival Sponsors!
The success of the 70th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair & Carnival that closes on August 5, would not have been possible with out the generous support of the following 2018 sponsors.   
When you see a sponsor remember to say thanks for support the 4-H Fair which draws the greatest number of attendees to Frying Pan Farm Park. 
 Save these Dates  

Monday, September 3, 2018 Labor Day
Discovery Trail Program Ends
September 8, 2018,
1:00-4:00 p.m.
(rain date September  9) 

Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund 20th Anniversary
Family Fun Day
at Lee District Park (6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA)
September 9, 2018
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Dog Daze at The Water Mine - Lake Fairfax Park
to benefit for FCPF and Fairfax County Animal Shelter.  ( 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA)
Please bring a can of dog food for the shelter.
September 15, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Valis Family Golf Learning Center at Pinecrest Golf Course (6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312) 
Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
FCPA Ghost Train at Burke Lake VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!   (3415 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA)  

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