Donate your vehicle to help parks!
"It was time to retire our green machine." - Mona Enquist Johnston and Gary Johnston

Donating is fast and easy and vehicle pick-up is free. We accept cars, trucks, boats, and motor homes - even if not in operating condition.
For more information, call 855-500-7433 or visit CARS online.
It's Latino Conservation Week!
Fairfax County will be celebrating the Latino community’s love of nature during Latino Conservation Week. Modeled after the Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Conservation Week, the Fairfax County Park Authority together with Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik, Defensores de la Cuenca, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, the Fairfax County Park Foundation and other community partners will provide free bilingual (English/Spanish) conservation-themed programs, nature activities and recreational opportunities at parks around the county throughout the week.

Latino Conservation week wraps up on Sunday, July 24 with a Festival at Justice Park!

Click here for a full schedule of events and offerings in Spanish.
Free Concerts, Movies and Shows
The Summer Entertainment Series schedule of concerts, movies and performances was announced in the last newsletter. Click here for more information. For details regarding each series, go to the Summer Entertainment Series | Park Authority (fairfaxcounty.gov).

Thanks to the generosity of the following sponsors through the Park Foundation, the talented performances and popular movies in the Summer Entertainment Series are free. Join the audiences in each supervisory district throughout Fairfax County!
Celestial Stars
Stellar Stars


Presenting Stars



Rising Stars

Family & Friends of
Bob Lydick
Premier Stars
Finmark Management
Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park
Greenspring Senior Living
Hilltop Sand and Gravel
Kingstowne Towne Center
Lerner Enterprises
Pohanka Auto Group
Sheehy Auto Stores
Tysons Corner Center
 
Shining Stars
Adler Foundation
Bauernshub Team
Erickson Living
EYA, LLC
Friends of Mason District Park
Great American Restaurants
Kings Park West Civic Association
McLean Project for the Arts
NOVEC
Paisanos
 PNC Foundation
Walsh, Colluci, Lubley & Walsh PC
Westfields Business Owners Association
West Springfield Car Care
 
Community Stars
Kramer-Bunin Pediatric Dentistry
Young Won Trading
 
Individual Stars
Canterbury Woods Civic Association
Glory Days Grill
Thank you sponsors for your support!.
The Park Foundation could not fund this popular series without your help.

If you or your company would still like to support the Summer Entertainment Series by becoming a sponsor, please visit Summer Entertainment Series – Fairfax County Park Foundation (fairfaxparkfoundation.org). 

Every gift helps and is greatly appreciated!

Donors will receive a thank you letter from the Park Foundation suitable for tax purposes.
Be a 4-H Fair and Carnival Sponsor or Volunteer!
The 72nd Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival is back in full swing this year from August 4 through 7, 2022.

Save the date to bring the whole crew out to the Annual 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park. This great family event features thrilling rides, delicious carnival fare, and photo ops with the cutest baby animals in Fairfax County.

Sponsorship opportunities with recognition are available through the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Levels and benefits are listed in the
4-H Fair Sponsorship Prospectus! This popular 4-day event attracts more than 32,000 people making it the Fairfax County Park Authority’s most highly attended program!

Frying Pan Farm Park is looking for volunteers for the annual 4-H Fair and Carnival from August 4th-7th. Join staff in helping the park operate this amazing event for the community! Below are the links to learn more information and register for fun volunteer opportunities.
Carnival Wrist banding: https://bit.ly/CarnivalWristBanding
Front Gate Parking Collection: https://bit.ly/FrontGateCollection
Park Foundation Welcomes Board Officers
The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) Board of Directors elected officers to lead the fundraising arm for the Park Authority from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2024.

“I’m honored to join fellow Park Foundation board officers and directors to enrich Fairfax County’s 420 parks, which are critical to the physical and mental health of our community,” Herrera said. “Whether supporters contribute time and talent as a volunteer, plant a tree, sponsor a bench, give a car or make a monetary gift, or leave a legacy in your will, this generosity helps fund the Woodlands Stewardship Education Center, Summer Entertainment Series, local camps and classes, and programs which align with the One Fairfax Policy affirming that all deserve an equal opportunity to participate and succeed through the Fairfax County parks that you love!”

Anita Herrera, Chair
General Counsel
Nodal Exchange, LLC and Nodal Clear, LLC
Laura Eakin Erlacher, Vice Chair
Director of Government Affairs & Policy
GE Power
Rich Harpe, CPA, Treasurer
Principal
Matthews, Carter & Boyce CPAs & Advisors
Harrison A. Glasgow, Secretary
Founder
FCPA Federation of Friends
Michael Gailliot completes two years as Chair with many pivots due to the pandemic. He is a real estate professional with Century 21 New Millennium in Alexandria, Virginia. Gailliot supports Lee District Park through the Park Foundation, as he has for many years, and continues as a Park Foundation director.

John Osborn, Principal Vice President and Credit Officer with Burke & Herbert Bank, completes his maximum three terms of board service. During his tenure as chair, the Park Foundation raised more than a million dollars annually in voluntary donations. Osborn was instrumental in initiating the Park Foundation’s long-term investment initiative to endow Fairfax County parks.
Thank you for making a positive difference through your service, John!
Rise Up during Park and Recreation Month!
On July 13, 2022, the Fairfax County Park Authority declared July Park and Recreation Month in Fairfax County!irfax ounty.

Now is the time to rise up and support your local park system, because now, more than ever parks play an essential role in determining the quality of life we enjoy. During Park and Recreation Month remember the park professionals who day in and day out work for their communities in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. We celebrate our wonderful park volunteers!

Together we will rise up in gratitude for the legacy park system we enjoy daily. We will rise up to the challenge of continuing our search for excellence and progress. We will rise up in the name of equity and accessibility to share the promise and potential, the enjoyment and the benefits of Fairfax County parks for all.

Learn more because Fairfax County Parks are YOUR parks!
Sensory Friendly Time
The Park Authority is pleased to invite those with disabilities and their families to quiet times at Our Special Harbor 6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, and The Water Mine located at Lake Fairfax Park at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston so they can enjoy the water in an enjoyable and accessible way.

For additional information, please visit the Recreation Services for Customers with Disabilities webpage or call 703-324-8565.
Keep cool - Be a Lifeguard!
The Fairfax County Park Authority is hiring enthusiastic, responsible, friendly, communicators dedicated to providing outstanding customer service, all while maintaining the highest level of safety for our customers and staff.
Locations: 
  • All Recreation Centers & The WaterMine
Hours: 
  • Opening and midday shift times vary between 6am to 4pm.
  • Weekday evenings shift times vary between 4pm to 9:30pm.
  • Weekend shift times vary between 7:30am to 7pm.
Salary: 
  • Weekday opening and midday positions start at $15.00 per hour
  • Other times $11.00 to $15.00 per hour.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Applicants must be at least 15 years of age to apply.
  • Applicants are required to pass a lifeguard certification course, which is provided at no cost.
  • Course prerequisites include:
  • Swim 100 yards continuously using a front crawl or breaststroke.
  • Retrieve a 10-pound dive brick from the deepest part of the facility’s pool.
  • Tread water without hands for one minute.

Click Rec Center Jobs | Park Authority (fairfaxcounty.gov) for lifeguard and other recreation center jobs.
Bike to Market Week August 7-13
The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) is proud to be joining with the Fairfax County Park Authority next month to celebrate Farmers Markets!
 
National Farmers Market Week, August 7-13, is a great opportunity for Fairfax County riders to show their support for these markets and the value they bring to their communities by biking to shop for fresh, locally-grown food. During this week, FABB will be encouraging and supporting riders to take advantage of the health, fitness, and fun benefits of biking and fresh food.
The Fairfax County Park Authority operates ten farmers markets at a variety of locations including parks, rec centers, and commuter parking lots from April to November. Each market operates one day a week, Wednesday to Sunday, typically from 8:00 am to noon.
These markets are a great opportunity to buy local and bike local! Just like biking, farmers markets help to build communities. Getting out of cars and onto bikes adds to the markets’ spirit of good health, fresh air, and low stress shopping.
Look for the FABB representatives at the markets between August 7-13 to talk about safe bicycling to market.
See and Hear a Moment of Beauty!







Sound of a Green Tree Frog

Click here to listen to their call.

(Be ready for a loud sound!)

by Maddy McCoy
Huntley Meadows Park Photography
Upcoming Events
See MANY more great Summer & Fall FCPA Programs and Events online!
Go Green with E-Parktakes!