MOOve out of the way! The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park invited 11 of their cows in a not-so-speedy race, to be held rain or shine, on Friday, October 16, 2020.
Donors may contribute funds and guess which cow will be first to cross the pasture to reach their breakfast. Because large gatherings are still prohibited, the event will be shown online. The NASCOW contestants range in age from 9 months to 4 years. Find sponsorship information, photos and bios of each contestant on the NASCOW webpage.
The goal of NASCOW is to raise $25,000 to replace lost revenue due the COVID-19-related cancellation of the traditional Farm Harvest Days to help care for the animals. Proceeds from NASCOW Race will help pay for food, bedding, veterinary bills or new equipment to grow food to help feed the animals.

Click here to make a generous donation and tell the Friends which cow you think will win the October 16 NASCOW event!

On or before November 3, 2020 Fairfax County voters will be asked to decide on a $112 million Park Bond to fund Fairfax County Park Authority and NOVA Parks.

Every Vote for the 2020 Park Bond is a Vote for:
  • Park Renovations and upgrades;
  • Land acquisition and Open Space Preservation;
  • New Park development; and
  • Natural and Cultural Resource stewardship.

Watch the 2020 Park Bond Video for park development and specific bond-funded projects that would be supported. Click here for more information.
Need a screen break?

No problem! Turn any space into a park with the Fairfax County Park Authority Chalk Challenge! Now through the first week of November, join us for the weekly challenge, submit your pics and you could be featured on Park Authority social media platforms. 
This challenge isn’t just for kids… adults are invited to grab some chalk and send us your artwork! Photos may be submitted to For more info, follow the Park Authority on social media:
Show Some Love for YOUR Parks
Take a moment and Show Some Love by designating the Fairfax County Park Foundation to receive your contribution through the fall United Way, CFC and CVC giving campaigns.

With so many giving opportunities we hope you designate your gift to FCPF.
Braddock Supervisor James Walkinshaw Highlights County Parks
In a recent welcome message to new neighbors in Braddock District, Supervisor James Walkinshaw highlighted FCPA parks and programs. “I highly recommend enjoying one of our beautiful lakes!

Lake Accotink Park (LAP) is home to 493 acres of relaxation and entertainment. Along with Royal Lake, LAP is home to the FCPA’s Braddock Nights summer entertainment series funded through the Park Foundation. This is one of our most popular local events! This year, we were fortunate to have our artists perform virtually. These concerts can be re-watched at your convenience by visiting the artists’ Facebook pages."
He added, "Oak Hill Mansion is a Georgian style 1790 home in Annandale. The privately-owned Mansion’s history was forged during the Revolutionary War and Civil War. This year we are planning a virtual Oak Hill Day event that will highlight the story of the lives of the enslaved people.”
Wherever you live, work or play in Fairfax County, we encourage you to take advantage of the FCPA's 427 beautiful parks!
Shop Amazon Smile for Parks
Prime Days are back on October 13-14!

This is a great opportunity to choose Fairfax County Park Foundation, Inc. to receive AmazonSmile donations during this epic two days of deals and promotions. 

See how easy it is to Shop for Parks!
(Your Amazon prime and other benefits are extended when using Amazon Smile. ;)
Do your part to help the environment. Volunteer for a “Watershed Clean-up Days” event at a park or recreation center near you this fall. Work outdoors helping to clear earth’s arteries by removing tires, bottles, cans and other debris dumped in local waterways. All ages are welcome to take part.
Clean-ups scheduled to date:
  • Saturday, October 17, 2020: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020: Lake Fairfax Park
  • Saturday, November 7, 2020: Cub Run RECenter, Hidden Pond Nature Center, Providence RECenter and Riverbend Park

To register and to get all the latest details on locations, dates and times, click here.
A Moment of Beauty in your Parks
On Katherine Neill Ridgley's daily walk in the Holmes Run Stream Valley Park she captured this beautiful fungus growing on a log by the trail.

Katherine writes:
"Thanks for providing such wonderful natural resources for us to enjoying our county." 

Share your favorite
park photo that may appear in a future FCPF e-Newsletter!
Simply e-mail it to FCPF.