VRPS Honors Board Director Emeritus 

Amy Sonderman, John Osborn, Robin Walker, Steve Thormahlen, 
Bobbi Longworth, Kirk Kincannon and Brooke Nielsen

On September 9, 2019, the Virginia Recreations and Park Society (VRPS) presented two awards to Fairfax County recipients.  Congratulations to Stephen C. Thormahlen, a former FCPF Board Chair, and director for 16 years for receiving the 2018 Distinguished Volunteer Service Award, and to FCPA Golf Enterprises for the 2018 Pinecrest Golf Course Indoor Valis Family Learning Center

FCPA and other Northern Virginia park districts organized the statewide conference and dinner that was held at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner and co-sponsored by Visit Fairfax.


The Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors is proud to join Fairfax County Government, Fairfax County Public Schools and the Park Authority in adopting the
One Fairfax social and racial equity policy.  It's a declaration that all residents deserve an equitable opportunity to succeed -regardless of their race, color, sex, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, disability, income or where they live.

Numerous FCPA programs funded with FCPF donations, such as Rec-PAC Summer Camps, Class Scholarships, Adapted Recreation at Chessie's BIG Backyard and Clemyjontri Park support such inclusion and One Fairfax.

Your gifts help ensure that all residents can enjoy Fairfax County's 427 parks and enriching programs!

Do Your Part! Sign Up for a Watershed Clean-Up Day

Grab a bag and go on a trash scavenger hunt as the Park Authority hosts "Watershed Clean-Up Days" again this fall.

Join with family, friends, neighbors or work colleagues and lend a hand by helping to remove tires, bottles, cans and other debris from local waterways. Helping to clear the earth's vital arteries is a great community volunteer project for service groups and students. All ages are welcome.

Thanks to these four 2019 summer interns that volunteered 341 hours to care for Fairfax County Parks!

Clean-up events run throughout the Fall at park locations around the county. The sites include:

Saturday, September 21
  • Royal Lake Park, 8 to 11 a.m.
  • Ossian Hall Park, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, October 5
  • Ossian Hall Park, 8 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, October 12
  • Huntley Meadows Park, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Lake Accotink Park, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Lake Fairfax Park, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Riverbend Park, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Scott's Run Nature Preserve, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Friday, October 18
  • Providence RECenter, 9 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, October 19
  • Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, October 26
  • Backlick Park, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Hidden Pond Nature Center, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Cub Run RECenter, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, November 2
  • South Lakes Drive Park, 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday, November 16
  • John Byers Park, 8 to 11 a.m.
For a complete listing and to sign up as an individual volunteer, visit  Volunteer. Groups, please call the site of your choice to make arrangements!

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or e-mail parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

10th Annual Eakin Philanthropy Awards

FCPF is proud to announce the following 2019 Eakin Philanthropy Awards honorees being recognized for their magnanimous efforts to support county parks.

Eakin Properties and The Eakin Park Family Trust are the recipients of a special Builders/Developers Eakin Philanthropy Award. In 1951, LeRoy Eakin Sr. donated 14.5 acres of land in the Accotink Stream Valley that became the Fairfax County Park Authority's first park, and his donations inspired the Eakin Philanthropy Award in 2009.

The Lazar Family Fund is the Eakin Philanthropy Award for individuals. In 2018, Tibor Lazar and his wife, Heidi, ratified a gift agreement with FCPF to build and endow the Park Authority's Natural Resources Management and Protection branch. Their generous contribution each month over 10 years is in honor of Tibor's parents, Rita and Caaba, and they are requesting donations to the fund in lieu of gifts.

  Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park is the 2019 recipient of the organization Eakin Philanthropy Award and are being honored for 50 years of financial, physical and advocacy support for Frying Pan Farm Park. The group owns, buys and sells farm animals; hosts multiple horse-show series; pays for animal vet care and fees; and supports the park's volunteer program. 

Eakin Philanthropy Award recipients will be recognized at the Elly Doyle Park Service Awards, a program honoring significant contributors of time and treasure, in November 2019.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center
Tree Sculpture & 50th Anniversary
The loss of the beautiful 100-foot tulip poplar and its natural habitat for birds and flying squirrels to a lightning strike has been salvaged and carved into a beautiful sculpture  featuring images of animals that call the park their home.

More than $10,000 in donations of philanthropic nature lovers funded the commission of Chainsaw Artist Andrew Mallon, a local chainsaw artist, who sculpt lifelike animals including a fox, owls, raccoons, snakes, turtles, flying squirrels and more on the snag. 

A coordinating bench near this special tree will soon follow.

The Fairfax County Park Foundation thanks the Friends of Hidden Oaks Nature Center for leading this unique project just in time for the Golden Anniversary!

Fairfax County's first nature center will mark its 50th anniversary with a day of fun, music and special family-friendly activities on October 19, 2019, 11 am - 4 pm.   Please call (703) 941-1065 for more information.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce Street in Annandale, Virginia, opened in 1969 and now serves more than 30,000 visitors annually.

Dog Daze A Huge Success!

On September 7, after the Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole at Lake Fairfax closed for the season, 850 dogs were given a change to enjoy the pools and lazy river. 
Bobbi Longworth, pictured left, welcomed the Golden pup named Teddy who brought his 2-legged friends, Carley and Ian, to enjoy the water at the 2019 Dog Daze.  

Special appreciation is extended to our 2019 sponsors: Weber's Pet Supermarket ; Chuy's Tex-Mex Restaurant & Catering ; and Robin Walker Designs

In addition to in-kind gifts of dog food to help Fairfax County Animal Shelter, generous monetary donations raised $7,777 which will be shared to benefit the Fairfax County's Animal Shelter and the Park Foundation!

Friends of Fairfax County Archaeology 
and Cultural Resources  Symposium 
Check out this interesting symposium co-hosted by FCPA and FOFA
Your Donation Will Help Our 
Burke Lake Park Improvement Campaign 

Many park users received a letter in the U.S. mail this week asking for a donation to complete our fundraising campaign for two new picnic shelters at Burke Lake Park.   The letter explains that due to the park's p opularity for birthday parties and celebrations the demand has exceeded their capacity! 

To better accommodate the demand for more celebration areas, the Fairfax County Park Foundation began a capital campaign in 2015 to raise $333,000 to build two ADA compliant picnic shelters. The new shelters will be located in the children's area near the carousel, train and mini golf.
Thanks to our many generous donors, we only need to raise $36,400 before we can break ground! Your donation today of $1,000, $500, $250, $100 or any amount you can afford to donate to the Burke Lake Park Improvement Campaign will help us reach our goal!

Supporters who donate $50 or more will receive an 'I Love Parks' sticker (magnet upon request).

All donors contributing $1,000 or more will be listed on the permanent donor plaque!
Please help us reach our goal in 2019 so that we can begin construction of the new shelters in 2020!  Please make your on-line donation today. 

Tour one of Fairfax County's Oldest homes! 
4716 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, VA

Saturday, September 21 
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Ghost Train  at Burke Lake Park
7315 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA

Saturday, Oct. 26 & 
Sunday, Oct. 27
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.