July -- A Wonderful Time for a Picnic in a Park
Looking for something different to do in July?

A picnic in a Fairfax County Park may be just the safe and low-cost opportunity you were looking for.

If you are not sure where county parks are located, you can check the park locator web page to find a nearby park. County parks are now open from dawn to dusk and offer differing views throughout the day. With so much open space to choose from, your household can easily maintain a safe social distance from other park visitors.

To have a picnic, all you need is some favorite foods, a blanket, some water and a little imagination .

Cold sandwiches or a hearty salad, fruits/vegetables, and maybe a dessert are some easy additions. Depending on your household, you may want to include some toys, hats, sunscreen, bug repellent, music and a camera.

After eating may be a good time to toss a ball or Frisbee, explore what the park has to offer, listen to some music, or simply enjoy the silence and beauty of the park. Before leaving, remember to take your trash with you.

Why not enjoy a picnic in a park and create some lasting summer memories.

Click here for making reservations for picnic shelters.
Skyline Park
5615 Seminary Road
Falls Church
Boyd & Charlotte Hogge Park 3139 Glen Carlyn Rd
Falls Church
Collingwood Park
8200 West Boulevard Dr.
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Friends
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Friends and some 2020 Chantilly High School graduates joined forces to create an event to raise funds and awareness for their park. On Sunday, July 19, 2020 from 11 am to 5 pm, the park will become a giant game board with Parkemon characters and a RallyUp online raffle.

Click here for additional information.
Last Year By the Numbers
You helped make this possible!
FY 2020 has recently ended for FCPF.

We are grateful to every donor for contributing $754,432 in monetary donations and in-kind goods and services valued at $90,325. These, and a $360,000 commitment, brought FCPF to over $1 million last fiscal year which demonstrates that residents love their parks! Such generosity made enriching outreach programs and park improvements a reality.
All gifts are welcome. 

Make a difference in your parks by donating on our secure website .
FCPF Board Welcomes New Officers
The Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors elected Officers to lead the fundraising arm for the Park Authority from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022 at its May 19, 2020 Annual Meeting.
Congratulations to the following officers shown above from left to right:

Chair - Michael Gailliot is a real estate professional with Century 21 New Millennium in Alexandria. He has volunteered with and supported the Park Foundation for many years.

Vice Chair - Anita Herrera is the General Counsel for Nodal Exchange, LLC and has over 20 years of legal experience. She enjoys the Fairfax County golf courses.

Treasurer - Rich Harpe is a Private Client Services Tax Senior Director at BDO. He lives in Oak Hill with his family who enjoy Frying Pan Farm Park.

Secretary - Amy Sonderman is the Director of Convention and Global Stakeholder Engagement at U.S. Pharmacopeia. She and her family are frequent users of Clemyjontri and other Fairfax County parks.

“I’m honored to join fellow Park Foundation board officers and directors to enrich Fairfax County’s 427 parks, which are critical to the physical and mental health of our community," stated Michael Gailliot. “Donations help fund outreach to camps and classes, which aligns with the One Fairfax Policy affirming that all deserve an equal opportunity to succeed.”

Special appreciation is extended to immediate past chair, John Osborn , and Harry Glasgow , who served as Treasurer.
The Park Foundation has a high number of readers who clicked on the Trails link in FCPF’s June eNewsletter. You can help the Park Foundation advocate for improved park trails by:
  1. Telling us what you think about FCPA trails, sharing your photos, thoughts and experiences on park trails. Just send them to FCPF by email. This is a no-cost way to share kudos or concerns so we can learn more about the trails you love; and
  2. making an on-line donation to the Trail Building & Care Fund.
Virtual concerts will be held Thursday through Sunday evenings in August at 7:30 p.m., and children’s shows will be held on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. A schedule of virtual events will be released later this month. For a complete list of sponsors please visit https://fairfaxparkfoundation.org/our-projects/summer-entertainment-series/
A Moment of Beauty in your Parks
Riverbend Park in Great Falls, VA