Giving Tuesday is Today!
United Way of the National Capital Area partnered with Giving Tuesday to unite Do More 24 and Giving Tuesday global days of giving.

This resulted in today's Do More 24 / Giving Tuesday Now to help power the community through challenging times.

Critical revenue that parks depend upon is dramatically reduced until park facilities and programs can safely reopen. Your gift to the Park Foundation today will help ensure that parks are ready for you, your family and friends.

Fairfax County park staff continue to perform essential work such as:

  • Caring and feeding of animals at Frying Pan Farm Park and Nature Centers
  • Aeration of FCPA Golf courses avoiding non-use later in the season
  • Clearing trails of litter and branches to offer safe use
  • Maintenance of RECenter pools that normally requres closures
  • Cleaning Fairfax County Park Authority facilities for safety

Please consider giving what you can - every gift to FCPF helps! Here are EASY ways to donate, many can be done remotely without direct contact.

Your support will be greatly appreciated and will help Fairfax County parks be ready to serve you in the future.

Until then, you can connect to your Fairfax County parks TODAY through the FCPA Virtual Exploration Center for fitness, nature and history! This collection of resources to help you stay healthy, connected and engaged while our parks are closed. This page will be updated regularly, so check back often for new information and ideas to help with your at-home exploration and recreation. 
Fairfax County parks and Your Safety
In light of Virginia’s stay-at-home order, residents are encouraged to use trails near their homes to reduce unnecessary travel.  The health and wellbeing of our community, park visitors and staff remain our highest priority.

Visitors who choose to use our trails should adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid congregating in groups.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance between others.
  • Avoid touching shared surfaces.
  • Take trash with you.
  • Do not park illegally.
  • Wash hands frequently.

Wearing a Cloth Face Covering is also recommended by Fairfax County Government.
All Park Authority programs and events through June 10 have also been canceled. Park Authority facilities will be continuously re-evaluated. We look forward to reopening our parks as soon as it is safe to do so. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in contributing to the health and wellbeing of our entire community.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the  county's Coronavirus page . Get key Coronavirus updates from Fairfax County by texting FFXCOVID to 888777 or visit .

Check for future Fairfax County Park Authority updates here . Thank you for continued support of your local park system!
In Fairfax County, Everyone Counts!
Most of you will already have received several mailings to file the April 1, 2020 U.S. Census.

It's not too late to be counted!

Responding online, by phone or by mail helps ensure accurate funding, estimated up to $12,000 per person for your community. It will ease the work of the enumerators during these trying times.

Read more about Census 2020 and what it means to Fairfax County!

What will your Legacy be?

“Whether promoting outdoor play, leading environmental programs, volunteering, or supporting a woodland tree sculpture, we’ve always been inspired by the natural connections at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Everyone can help ensure the future of stewardship through a Fairfax County Park Foundation financial legacy gift. Please join us!”

-Kevin Holland, FCPF Legacy Circle Founding Member
 (pictured with his wife Suzanne)

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. Here's how!
Earth Day Poetry Contest
Special appreciation is extended to the more than 150 students who entered the 2020 Fairfax Parks Poetry Contest in honor of National Poetry Month in April.

This year’s theme 'My Parks, My Planet' celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Students shared how local parks inspire them to take care of the planet.

Grades K-2
  • Ali Dane of Springfield, a first-grade student at Garfield Elementary School
  • Quraishi of Ashburn, a kindergarten homeschool student
Grades 3-5
  • Jackson Stear of Burke, a fifth-grade student at Fairview Elementary School
  • Sophie Yamaoka of Annandale, a fourth-grade student at Canterbury Woods Elementary School
Grades 6-8
  • Eleanor Kim of Fairfax, a sixth-grade student at Fairhill Elementary School
  • JoonWon Lee of Oakton, a sixth-grade student at Oakton Elementary School

“Earth Day is a fitting opportunity to celebrate our local parks and the planet through the inspiring words of these young poets, Enjoy these six winning videos and poems on the Fairfax Parks 2020 Poetry Contest webpage ."
-Michael Gailliot, Vice Chair
Fairfax County Park Foundation Board
Reusable Bags at Giant can help Parks
Throughout May, the Fairfax County Park Foundation will automatically receive a $1 donation from the purchase of each $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Giant Food Union Mill located at 5740 Union Mill Road, Clifton VA.

Shopping at another Giant Food store?
Every Community Bag comes with an attached Giving Tag (pictured below) that gives you the opportunity to direct a $1 donation to the non-profit of your choice within 7 days of the purchase. (Of course, we recommend the Fairfax County Park Foundation!)

Reusable bags come in many beautiful designs and are welcome for your shopping use at Giant. So, stock up to help the environment and your Fairfax County parks! See Food Community Bag and Giving Tag Program details on Giant Food's website !