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Register with Parktakes Online
Spring registration underway

Register with Parktakes Online Browse on-line listings, check class enrollment and register with a few clicks of your mouse.

Internet registration offered daily, 5am to 11pm

Take 12 Steps for Health

Take 12 Steps to Health
The Take 12 program is free and anyone can participate at any time. This program is designed to:

  • Help you accomplish healthy goals each month, with tips to keep you going for the duration
  • Give you access to information - free workshops are available each month on different healthy topics

For Fitness Try Body Pump

For Family Fitness Try Body Pump

For Family Fitness Try Body Pump

Whether you're a weight training rookie or a seasoned athlete, practically everyone can benefit from Body Pump. With choreographed, barbell routines to popular music, Les Mills Body Pump gives you all the benefits of weight lifting in a fun, group setting.

Set Sail for the Cove!

Set Sail for the Nautical Cove!

Set Sail for the Nautical Cove!

The latest addition to Chessie's BIG Backyard features a fully accessible pirate boat, sea animals and a working lighthouse, all of which complement the park's other Chesapeake Bay-themed attractions!

Archaeology Camp

Young Scientists "Dig" Archaeology Camp

Young Scientists

Who knows what treasures lie buried beneath the ground in Fairfax County? Archaeologists have uncovered artifacts dating back thousands of years, and one of the Park Authority's newest camps gives kids age 8-14 a chance to try their hand at the scientific discovery!

Golf – A Family Tradition

Register on the Go!

Golf – A Family Tradition

Stop by Burke Lake Golf Course, and there's a good chance you'll cross paths with the Davis brothers: Todd, 12; Eric, 10; and Trey, 8. Each has a passion for the game their grandpa first taught them, and the course's Junior Golf program helps keep them linked to their family tradition.

Frequent Player Pass Sale

Spring Break/Summer Camps

Come Out to Play!

Spring Break Competitions

Tournaments for Turf

Spring Break Competitions Support Synthetic Turf Fields

Tournaments for Turf, a series of competitive events created to raise money for the replacement of synthetic turf fields in Fairfax County, has scheduled two activities that coincide with spring break: the All-Star Mini Golf Competition and the Fairfax LEGO Design Contest.

Park VideosPark Videos

Zumba Video

Calendar of Events

Spring on the Farm

Celebrate Spring on the Farm

Celebrate Spring on the Farm

Mark your calendar for Spring Farm Day May 10 at Frying Pan Farm Park. Create a great family memory celebrating Fairfax County's rich farming heritage on this 1930s-era working farm.

Painting Class Taps Talent

Painting Class Taps into Talent and Culture

Painting Class Taps into Talent and Culture

Step into Jahee Oh's Paint in Oil or Acrylic class, and you instantly become captivated by her creative energy. "Feel the gesture from the picture," she said enthusiastically while explaining how to capture the emotion of a photograph in an oil painting during a class at Spring Hill RECenter.

For Recreation, Take a Hike!

For Year-Round Recreation, Take a Hike!

For Year-Round Recreation, Take a Hike!

Hiking is a form of exercise that anyone can take up at any age, and Fairfax County is well-known for its picturesque and diverse system of trails. Now, there’s an online tool to help you map your route! Fairfax Trail Buddy!

Upcoming Nature Classes


Park Blog


Transforming Tysons

Transforming Tysons Into
Fairfax County’s New Downtown

Transforming Tysons Into Fairfax County’s New Downtown

If you’ve spent any time in Tysons recently, you know big changes are underway! A team of Fairfax County planners works with Tysons landowners and developers to ensure Tysons successfully transforms to a thriving, mixed-use urban environment over the coming decades. As the Park Authority’s representative on that team, my job is to ensure new developments in Tysons provide a variety of high quality parks in the right places to meet the demands of future residents, workers and visitors. This includes small pocket parks, open civic plazas, neighborhood common greens, larger recreation-focused parks, and linear parks with trails along restored streams.

Major cities across the nation and world recognize the valuable benefits parks provide. In some cities, like New York, Chicago and London, parks are defining features. Parks promote increased physical activity and mental wellbeing, provide venues for community building, enhance tourism and boost the local economy, positively impact real estate values, support ecosystem functioning and biodiversity, reduce air pollutants, provide stormwater management and contribute to cooling effects in urban areas. The list of park benefits goes on and on.

As Tysons transforms from a suburban commercial center to a major regional urban center, a connected network of urban parks will help to distinguish Tysons from other urban areas and bring benefits to the local economy and quality of life. To help ensure that happens, the Park Authority has embarked upon an effort to develop a comprehensive park system master plan for Tysons that will complement and refine the existing Tysons Urban Center Plan.

The Tysons park planning process depends on public input. As the process moves forward there will be multiple opportunities to share your ideas with us. Please visit the project website to learn more about the master plan and the ways in which you can participate. I hope to hear from you!

Andrea “Andi” Dorlester
Senior Park Planner













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