Oak Hill Open House
Click Oak Hill | Park Authority (fairfaxcounty.gov for more details about Oak Hill.
Dog Daze, Dog Parks & Trails
It's a doggone shame to share that FCPA's Dog Daze 2022, previously scheduled for September 10, is canceled due to a mechanical failure at the Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole at Lake Fairfax Park.

We hope to enjoy this popular season-ending swim event for dogs only which includes a canine resource fair next year.

Since EVERY DAY is a Dog Day, please enjoy a day of fun with your four-legged friend at FCPA’s off-leash Dog Parks or along hundreds of miles of Park Trails!

If you would like to make a donation to help FCPA Dog Parks and Programs, please click here to give online via the Park Foundation.
Use Your Talents, Energy, and Time to Connect
Far more than just doing a good deed, volunteering is a way to develop skills, learn about career options, make professional contacts, socialize, and have an impact on your community.

  • If you have an interest in helping children better understand nature, Huntley Meadows Park is looking for a volunteer to fill an urgent need when school field trips visit the parkClick here for details.
  • During September and October, the Park Authority is asking for help to clean up the watersheds in Fairfax County    Click here for the dates, locations, and additional details for watershed cleanups.
Park volunteers have diverse backgrounds and interests. If the above opportunities do not interest you, click here to see a complete list of ways you can help connect our parks and recreation centers with your community.    
Meet Harry Glasgow and Nancy Vehrs
Harry Glasgow and his partner, Nancy Vehrs, are shining examples of volunteers and donors!
Harry and Nancy’s long and impressive track record of environmental stewardship includes leadership positions in local organizations, and a personal commitment to stewardship education as evidenced in leading their weekly bird walks at Huntley Meadows Park.

Click here to read their full donor profile!
2022 Eakin Philanthropy Awards
The Fairfax County Park Foundation established the Eakin Philanthropy Award to recognize visionary financial and material contributions that significantly enhance Fairfax County parks. The award is named in honor of LeRoy Eakin, Sr. (pictured above with Laura Eakin Erlacher and Eakin Family members) who donated 14 acres of land in 1951 which became Fairfax County's first park. The Eakin family gave another 240 additional acres which ultimately became the Fairfax County Park Authority.

The Park Foundation is proud to recognize three awardees in 2022 who help to continue the Eakin legacy. The Eakin Philanthropy winners will be honored at the virtual Elly Doyle Park Service Award ceremony on Friday, November 18.
The Adler Foundation, committed to helping communities and the environment, is recognized for generous support of various FCPF projects. It began in 2021, supporting Hunter Mill Melodies Summer Entertainment Series. In 2022, The Adler Foundation donated $20,000 to adopt carousel horses at Chessie’s Big Backyard in Franconia. Acknowledging the environmental impact that the Stewardship Education Center at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park will have through education, The Adler Foundation donated $100,000 to fund the new amphitheater.
FCPF is honoring Wegmans, long known for its philanthropic outreach in local communities, for their active involvement in many Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) programs. Ranging from donations for FCPA events, such as the Elly Doyle Park Service Awards and 2022 Take Your Child to Work Day, to monetary sponsorship of the Summer Entertainment Series and the Stewardship Education Center’s STEAM feature. Since 2013, Wegmans’ support exceeds $30,000.
The Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Friends group will receive an Eakin Philanthropy Award for partnering with the Park Foundation to preserve and protect the park and to help the Park Foundation secure sponsorships for the STEAM features, including musical flowers, solar trail cameras, and the birds and wildlife feeding stations at the Stewardship Education Center (SEC) at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The ECLP Friends have already raised more than $20,000 since forming in 2020.
Honoring the Life of Bob Lydick
The opening night of FCPA’S Summer Entertainment Series, Braddock Nights 2022 at Royal Lake Park on Friday, July 8 was a special event honoring the life of Robert H. “Bob” Lydick. Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw took the stage and announced that the performance was sponsored by 13 sponsors and by the Friends and Family of Bob Lydick.
Supervisor Walkinshaw explained that Bob Lydick had passed away in 2021 and had always treasured the fact that his beloved home backed up to the natural world of Royal Lake. As a lifelong environmentalist, Bob explored the woods and lake with daily walks alone or with his daughters and wife. When walking alone he always came home with a “fish and wildlife” report for his family. Bob further treasured Royal Lake as the extraordinarily beautiful backdrop for Braddock Nights concerts. It was fitting that friends and family made memorial gifts to the Fairfax County Park Foundation to support Braddock Nights in Bob’s memory. Supervisor Walkinshaw and Margaret Thaxton, Director of Development, Fairfax County Park Foundation, presented Bob’s widow, Susan, with a plaque in appreciation for the thoughtful sponsorship with a mission of “Long live Braddock Nights.”
The Friends and Family of Bob Lydick’s substantial donation to the FCPF helps make it possible for three years of Braddock Nights performances.

This article was adapted from a Friends of Royal Lake newsletter article written by Paul & Kathy Gross.

The Fairfax County Park Foundation appreciates all gifts to honor the life of Bob Lydick and welcomes monetary contributions to support the 2023 Summer Entertainment Series.
The Park Authority is looking for your views about the 2022 free summer concerts, outdoor movies and children's performances.

Your comments and suggestions will help the Park Authority to know what type of music and performances you want in 2023. Your feedback will be summarized and shared with our donors who make these concerts free for everyone.

Please click here to take a few minutes to fill out the brief online survey.

Surveys must be completed by September 18, 2022.
Fall Payroll Giving Campaigns
During the last campaign year, Fairfax County Park Foundation received a total of nearly $25,000 from hundreds of employees who donated through payroll deduction in the 2021-2022 United Way (UW), Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC).

If your employer participates in the 2022 fall UW, CFC, or CVC campaign, consider selecting the Fairfax County Park Foundation as your designated charity to receive your donations via payroll deduction.

Simply complete your employer's pledge form, and select the campaign code number as listed above.

For 61 years the CFC has been gathering funds for established charities. Designating funds to the Park Foundation will help to support a wide variety of park improvements, outreach programs, and activities.

These much-appreciated donations make a positive difference to help FCPF meet some of the greatest needs of Fairfax County parks!
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