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Summer 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

Water Fun for Everyone

Water Fun for Everyone

Water Fun for Everyone

There’s nothing like cool splash of water on a hot summer day, and the Park Authority offers plenty of water fun options for the whole family!




Outdoor Thrills!

For Outdoor Thrills, Try Nature Explorers Camp

For Outdoor Thrills, Try Nature Explorers Camp

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this one from Nature Explorers Camp tells it all.

Drama Camp Raves

Drama Camp Gets Rave Reviews

Drama Camp Gets Rave ReviewsYoung theater enthusiasts are wild about the Park Authority’s latest drama camp offering. Moonlit Wings Camp Drama provides showbiz fun with acting and improvisation, music and choreography, character creation, set design and more.

Wildlife Watching

New View for Wildlife Watching

A New View for Wildlife Watching

Some of the best seats in town for nature-watching, fishing and all-around fun are now at Riverbend Park! The new sit-on-top kayaks have similar hull shapes to traditional designs, but instead of sitting inside the kayak, you sit on an adjustable cushioned seat on top.

Pirates at Lake Fairfax

Pirates at Lake Fairfax

Pirates at Lake Fairfax

Ahoy, matey! Grab yer pirate gear and set sail for Pirate Fest July 26 at Lake FairfaxPark! Feast your eyes on the schooner, Lion, climb aboard for a pirate boat tour ride, see the cannon firing and learn about the swashbuckling life of pirates on the high seas.

Twin Lakes Oaks Room

Twin Lakes Oaks Room

Whether you’re hosting a golf tournament or a family celebration, the newly-expanded Oaks Room at Twin Lakes Golf Course offers a private setting with comfortable accommodations for up to 200 guests.

Everything Out is In

Rock OUT! Cook OUT! Wipe OUT! Everything OUT is IN during this year’s Park and Recreation Month. The Park Authority is encouraging residents to get out and make summer memories in their parks this July.
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Summer Camps

Come Out to Play!

Summer Entertainment Series

Summer Entertainment Series

Summer Entertainment Series

The Summer Entertainment Series is a summer-long calendar of FREE shows, concerts and movies appropriate for you and your family. These concerts held in local parks are the perfect place to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers.

Park VideosPark Videos

Calendar of Events

Discovery Trail

Discovery Trail Leads Kids to Summer Fun!

Discovery Trail Leads Kids to Summer Fun!

Pick up a Summer Discovery Map at one of nine Park Authority historic sites and nature centers and follow the trail to summer fun! The journey offers children age 12 and younger the chance to discover each site’s unique history and mark their progress with a map sticker. Each child who visits four sites receives his or her choice of a free wagon or carousel ride at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Savor the Farmers Markets

Savor the Flavor of Summer at Farmers Markets

Savor the Flavor of Summer at Farmers Markets

There’s nothing like the taste of a fresh tomato or a juicy peach to bring out the flavor of summer. Starting in May, Fairfax County’s 11 farmers markets come to life with a feast for the senses. The vibrant colors of freshly picked fruits and vegetables contrast with the fragrant perfume of cut flowers.

Upcoming Nature Classes


Park Blog


Your Input Needed

Your Input Needed

Your Input Needed

Snow has thawed, temperatures are warming, and summer is finally on its way! As you move outside to take full advantage of our vast park system, you may be interested to know how park planners decide which park facilities, services and programs to provide our community.

Every ten years the Park Authority conducts a study to better understand what Fairfax County residents need from a park and recreation system. From that assessment, we can better prioritize and balance those needs across the county and plan for them.

This summer, while you are enjoying our parks, programs and golf courses, you will begin to see opportunities to become involved in our next park needs assessment – online and in person. Your views will help guide our research and analysis over the course of the study and plan for future park initiatives. You may be one of 15,000 randomly selected residents to receive a survey in the mail asking for your feedback. By mid-summer, a dedicated webpage will provide status updates and announce more opportunities for public input including open forums and informal polls. Once this site is live, you’ll be able to access it from our homepage. If you would like to receive updates by e-mail, please subscribe to the Planning and Development E-News.

Your Input NeededThe success of our study and our ability to plan effectively relies on your candid views, so whether you receive a survey, are asked to respond to an online poll or receive an invitation to attend a public meeting, we’d appreciate hearing from you. Until then, enjoy your summer in your parks!

Anna Bentley, AICP
Senior Park Planner













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